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Thursday, October 11, 2012
How the Steelers offense will improve

By Jamison Hensley

ESPN's KC Joyner has an interesting piece on how the Steelers' offense will improve. It's an Insider article, so you'll need a subscription to read all five of his reasons. But I wanted to touch on two of them:

The Steelers' run blocking has been more than solid this season. According to Joyner, the Steelers' offensive blockers have given running backs good blocking on 45.7 percent of planned running plays in the first four games. He defines "good blocking" as the times when blockers do not allow the defenders to do anything to disrupt a rush attempt. Based on this statistic, the struggles of the run game falls more on the backs (Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer) than the offensive line.

Pittsburgh's upcoming schedule is favorable for downfield passing. The next five opponents (Tennessee, Cincinnati, Washington, New York Giants and Kansas City) all rank in the bottom 10 in yards per pass attempt. Perhaps quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will get more chances to stretch the field. His 7.11 yards per attempt ranks 18th in the NFL.