Big Ben thrives in no-huddle offense

Steel City wake-up call: morning links

The Pittsburgh Tribune Review’s Mark Kaboly’s insightful weekly film breakdown confirms that Ben Roethlisberger has been considerably better when running the two-minute offense. Kaboly provides numbers from the Bengals loss to back it up, and the Todd Haley critics will point to those statistics as further indictment of the offensive coordinator since Roethlisberger calls his own plays in the no-huddle attack.

The blame for the Steelers’ woes, writes Beaver County Times columnist Mark Madden, should be placed on coach Mike Tomlin. Madden predicts that general manager Kevin Colbert or Haley will take the fall if the Steelers continue down the path that has them on a collision course with a 6-10 or 5-11 season, and unfairly so. Tomlin, Madden writes, is ultimately responsible for some of the personnel decisions that have eroded the Steelers’ talent and for trying to fit a square peg into a round hole when it comes to the team’s philosophy on offense.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review columnist Joe Starkey writes that it is too early to bury the Steelers based on the mediocrity that prevails in the AFC North as well as the conference. Starkey writes that Tomlin was correct in saying the Steelers could have been able to overcome an incorrect call that negated a big pass play at Cincinnati. Starkey also points out that the lousy call totally changed the complexion of the game and cost the Steelers a chance of beating the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.

No easy fix: Tomlin acknowledged at his weekly news conference that a lack of offense is the biggest reason the Steelers are 0-2. Not exactly a news flash, but Tomlin remains steadfast in his belief that the Steelers can fix the offense through individual improvement by the players. We shall see.

A look back: A review of the Steelers’ loss at Cincinnati concludes that the Steelers were wise to parts ways with James Harrison and that young wide receivers Markus Wheaton and Derek Moye need to get on the field more. Wheaton played just five snaps against the Bengals.