Wednesday, August 1, 2012
No-huddle to be 'big part' of Steelers
By Jamison Hensley
The first wrinkle in Todd Haley's offense has been revealed: The Steelers are spending time in training camp working on the no-huddle attack.
Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger lobbied Haley's predecessor, Bruce Arians, for more no-huddle, but it never became a staple in the Pittsburgh offense. That apparently will change under Haley, who said the no-huddle will be "a big part of our offense.”
"[Roethlisberger] has shown a propensity to do that at a high level," Haley said. '"Ideally, if you have a quarterback like Ben and what he's done, when he's in full control, that's a good situation to be in because he's right in the middle of it and seeing what's going on."
I'm in favor of anything that puts more of the offense in the hands of Roethlisberger. He's earned the right to direct this offense and this team.
But the installation of the no-huddle has larger ramifications. Remember when it seemed like it took forever for Roethlisberger and Haley to sit down and talk this offseason? Well, they're obviously feeling quite comfortable in this working relationship. Going to the no-huddle is a strong sign of trust between Haley and Roethlisberger.
“It’s a quarterback league, and after 16 or 17 years of coaching, I now believe that,” Haley said. “You need a guy who’s going to be the field general, move the team up and down the field and control the huddle, handle the defense. Ben is in that group of top guys, and he’s proven it from Day 1 in the NFL. ... With Ben handling the football on every snap, it makes it fun for all the coaches.”