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Roethlisberger says he’s happy wth offense

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After a season of passive-aggressive complaining about the new Steelers offense orchestrated by Todd Haley, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger finally has progressed through the various stages of grief and arrived at acceptance.

Of course, throwing key interceptions late in back-to-back close losses may have sped the process along.

According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Roethlisberger said Wednesday that he’s happy with the team’s offense, and that he looks forward to improving in 2013.

The Steelers’ fans look forward to that, too.

Whether there will be improvement is the big question.  With receiver Mike Wallace heading toward free agency and the windfall that will go with it from a team with plenty of cap space and a strong desire for offseason sizzle, the corps of pass catchers will be worse.  In turn, the running game needs to get better.

A lot better.

The Steelers need a workhorse running back — a guy who can move the chains even if the blocking is substandard, as it has been for most of the last decade.  The team that had Jerome Bettis and Willie Parker and Bam Morris and Barry Foster and Franco Harris needs another stud tailback to help balance a passing game that still has the punch to deliver.

Then there’s a defense that is aging and generally not as effective as it used to be.  A patchwork secondary is more likely to be exposed when the front seven can’t bring the heat like it used to, and at some point coach Mike Tomlin needs to decide whether Dick LeBeau’s 3-4 defense should become more flexible, using 4-3 concepts from time to time in order to keep the opposing offense on its toes.

Regardless, the Steelers have a long way to go to become what they were just two years ago.  Having Roethlisberger finally buy in to the offense is a good start, but it’s only that:  A start.

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  1. trollaikman8 says: Dec 26, 2012 1:39 PM

    pick 6

  2. ravenator says: Dec 26, 2012 1:41 PM

    Happy? If happy means not making the playoffs after being ousted by Tim Tebow last year, then yes, he’s ecstatic. What a liar, I mean seriously. Just admit this experiment was an utter failure. Bruce Arians is laughing his way to the Bank. You must be proud Pittsburgh fans.

  3. monkeesfan says: Dec 26, 2012 1:42 PM

    The Steelers are in worse shape than I think people realize. The offensive line is terrible, Roethlisberger suddenly appears to be regressing, and the Steelers have personnel issues across the board.

  4. ravenator says: Dec 26, 2012 1:43 PM

    Too bad their workhorse running back could’ve been Ray Rice but that awesome front office I keep hearing about missed him, TWICE!

  5. anyonebutbrady says: Dec 26, 2012 1:44 PM

    This is the equivalent of nodding your head yes while saying the word no…

  6. ravenator says: Dec 26, 2012 1:45 PM

    Patchwork oline, patchwork secondary, patchwork coaching staff, what isnt patchwork on the steelers?

  7. ravenator says: Dec 26, 2012 1:46 PM

    But in all seriousness, I’m curious, will steeler fans show up only to POSSIBLY obtain a .500 record? It’s so funny, I almost feel bad, but I don’t. Cheers!

  8. blackngold4life says: Dec 26, 2012 1:48 PM

    If you look at those last 3 INTs Ben never look at any other receiver…MAYBE it’s because he’s always UNDER pressure! something has to be done about that O-Line AGAIN..if they can’t Run the ball they wont win. And I do agree about the Defense using more 4-3 concepts..we don’t have Pro Bowl NTs anymore and only One DE that can get pressure on the QB (Keisel) and he’s getting up in years. Times have changed and its time the Steelers do too

  9. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 26, 2012 1:48 PM

    He’s just happy Jim Caldwell isn’t his OC.

  10. peytonwantsaflag says: Dec 26, 2012 1:50 PM

    “The team that had Jerome Bettis and Willie Parker and Bam Morris and Barry Foster and Franco Harris needs another stud tailback to help balance a passing game that still has the punch to deliver.”
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    but, as was stated, without Wallace they won’t have the punch. That and trying to find a stud tailback is easier said than done or everybody would have one.

  11. buccobrigade says: Dec 26, 2012 1:50 PM

    Sounds like he was told to say this. I would like them to bring back Wiz once ‘Zona fires him

  12. 33rdasylum says: Dec 26, 2012 1:54 PM

    I don’t know what people are looking at, but Steeler’s D still looks more than solid to me. As for their O line, when has it not been barely adequate. As a Ravens fan, however, I too am extremely pleased with Todd Haley’s offense.

  13. trollaikman8 says: Dec 26, 2012 1:55 PM

    So basically the defense is now suddenly average and therefore Roethlisberger is exposed as being a bum. I’ve been saying it for years. He’s not HoF material…it was all the defense.

  14. mcfaj0dm says: Dec 26, 2012 1:57 PM

    “Then there’s a defense that is aging and generally not as effective as it used to be”

    Who was the #1 defense throughout most of the season?

    LeBeau and crew should be furious. They darn near pitch shutouts and still get beat cause the offense is so horrendous. Haley should be locked out of the complex. Florio says the receiving corp will be worse. Worse? How could they possibly be worse? Anybody who comes in couldn’t possibly drop more balls or fumble it as often (Brown needs to worry about more than just his “first down” strut.) I only felt good when Cotchery was out there. Bring Ward back. He’s not fast, but he caught the damn thing.

    And I don’t feel bad about Dwyer out back there. He’s not a all-pro or anything. But cobble any sort of consistent line blocking, and he’ll do well.

    Just pray the Miller’s knee isn’t an issue. Or else 2013 is sunk before it starts.

  15. halusbr33 says: Dec 26, 2012 1:57 PM

    monkeesfan says: Dec 26, 2012 1:42 PM

    The Steelers are in worse shape than I think people realize. The offensive line is terrible, Roethlisberger suddenly appears to be regressing, and the Steelers have personnel issues across the board.

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    Not seeing where Roethlisberger is regressing, as where are talking it was the first year in a completely different offense for the 1st time in his career. The line was in fact beat up and patch work at times, but could and should improve going forward. Maurkice Pouncey is no doubt the best center in football, David DeCastro should be a Faneca-like stud at G. Kelvin Beachum could be a diamond in the rough at Tackle. Foster is serviceable. If some tackles can be sured up, the line should be better.

  16. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 26, 2012 1:58 PM

    ravenator says:

    Too bad their workhorse running back could’ve been Ray Rice but that awesome front office I keep hearing about missed him, TWICE!
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    I find it hilarious that you refer to the same draft the Ravens wasted a 1st-round pick on Flacco. Nice front-office scouting to find that gem.

    *that last sentence is sarcasm Ravenator.

  17. halusbr33 says: Dec 26, 2012 2:00 PM

    ravenator says: Dec 26, 2012 1:43 PM

    Too bad their workhorse running back could’ve been Ray Rice but that awesome front office I keep hearing about missed him, TWICE!

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    A lot of teams passed on Rice. That can be said for a lot of teams in a lot of drafts, with a lot of players.

  18. nickster31 says: Dec 26, 2012 2:02 PM

    “the corp of pass catchers will be worse”

    Wallace has 64 catches for 863 yards. That is 4 catches per game and 57.53 yards per game.

    “Then there’s a defense that is aging and generally not as effective as it used to be”

    Defense is ranked #1 overall, #1 against the pass and #2 against the rush.

    “A patchwork secondary is more likely to be exposed when the front seven can’t bring the heat like it used to”

    The Steelers have not brought the heat in 2 years, as they have 33 (1st against the pass) sacks this year and 35 in 2011 (1st against the pass) .
    In 2010 they had 48 sacks(12th against the pass) and in 2009 (16th against the pass).

    Since the Steelers have gotten less sacks, the defense has actually been BETTER, not worse.

  19. juliodamfoolio says: Dec 26, 2012 2:05 PM

    “With receiver Mike Wallace heading toward free agency…the corps of pass catchers will be worse”

    Myself and many other Steeler fans would dispute this. Yes, speed kills, but so do hands of stone.

    And Ravenator – seriously man, give it a rest. The fact that half the posts in this thread are yours says more about you than any insults I culd throw at you.

  20. ravenator says: Dec 26, 2012 2:10 PM

    Last time I checked Flacco has made the playoffs five years in a row. What about Ben?

  21. buccobrigade says: Dec 26, 2012 2:16 PM

    It will be a laugh riot when the Ravens get smoked in the first round.

  22. eric30wiz says: Dec 26, 2012 2:22 PM

    So basically the defense is now suddenly average and therefore Roethlisberger is exposed as being a bum. I’ve been saying it for years. He’s not HoF material…it was all the defense.
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    I guess it was the defense that completed that pass to Holmes in the Super Bowl!!! Ben has not lost a thing or regressed, he had a make shift O-Line due to injuries and a 1st year OC………Ben and the Steelers will be back next year contending for the division and Super Bowls!!!!

  23. halusbr33 says: Dec 26, 2012 2:34 PM

    ravenator says: Dec 26, 2012 2:10 PM

    Last time I checked Flacco has made the playoffs five years in a row. What about Ben?
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    Last time I checked, Ben has two of those gaudy rings. Where’s Joe’s?

  24. polamalusboyfriend says: Dec 26, 2012 2:34 PM

    I think he means “I’m happy our number one rated defense is keeping us (me) in these games.”

    Losing 5 of 6 with that kind of defense (and the numbers to prove it) shows exactly where the problem is. Blame it on Haley all you want…Ben just stinks right now.

    Ben was good. The Steelers were good. Gas used to be cheap. Cry a river. This is just the way things are right now; while the defense seems to be holding up well despite all the critics calling them old, the offense and Ben suck balls.

  25. crownofthehelmet says: Dec 26, 2012 2:35 PM

    Last time I checked Flacco has been bounced from the playoffs five years in a row.

  26. halusbr33 says: Dec 26, 2012 2:39 PM

    juliodamfoolio says: Dec 26, 2012 2:05 PM

    “With receiver Mike Wallace heading toward free agency…the corps of pass catchers will be worse”

    Myself and many other Steeler fans would dispute this. Yes, speed kills, but so do hands of stone.

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    I would agree. Wallace had a lot of drops this year, and several times it looked like he didn’t make an all out effort when called upon.

    We may lose a lot of speed, but Antonio Brown hasn’t reached his ceiling, Sanders could pan out to be a decent 3rd or 4th receiver at worse. Not too mention, mid-round receivers can be had in the draft. Plus, the Steelers in recent memory, usually sprinkle in some under the radar veteran WR’s that bring experience, et cetera.

  27. midwestwarrior says: Dec 26, 2012 2:43 PM

    the only reason i read steelers articles is to read posts by ravenator. it is hilarious seeing him rile up steelers fans in these articles LOL

  28. bobzilla1001 says: Dec 26, 2012 2:59 PM

    eric3owiz:
    Twice in that game, the Steelers faced first-and-goals, and twice they settled for field goals. And that was against an Arizona defense that had allowed 49 TDs during the regular season.
    The New England Patriots — just a few weeks before Super Bowl 43 — had scored 47 points (with Matt Cassell as their QB) against that same defense that Roethlisberger and Co. produced just 13 points in 59:30. The Steelers’ offense also gave up a safety in that game.
    Also, it had been a Roethlisberger interception that set up James Harrison’s spectacular 100-yard interception for a 14-point swing and a TD right before halftime that gave the Steelers a 17-7 lead.
    I’d say the Steelers’ defense contributed mightily to that victory.

  29. CKL says: Dec 26, 2012 3:12 PM

    Scott Kacsmer has an in depth article on what happened to Pitt this year. I know it’s iffy on posting links so I won’t but people can use search. I mentioned to him that their O scores around the same w/Haley as they did with Arians and he pointed to RZ issues.Says another TE would help, their WRs are useless in RZ. Makes sense, but overall the WR corps is probably the best one they’ve had skill wise to take advantage of what BR likes to do.

  30. effjohntaylornorelation says: Dec 26, 2012 3:36 PM

    Having to publicly exclaim you’re “happy” with your working conditions probably means you’re not. Say it aloud “Ben TebowBerger.”

  31. pens5829 says: Dec 26, 2012 3:37 PM

    Ravenator: I think it’s absolutely hilarious reading the posts on Steeler articles. I feel bad for you because it appears you’ve got no life at all and are way too obsessed with reading and posting on these articles.

    It’s obvious you either you are really jealous of the 6 time Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers? Or you really have no life? Which is it? DO you have a job? Is your name really Ray Lewis?

  32. mostlombardisintheleague says: Dec 26, 2012 3:56 PM

    Bringing in Haley is bringing down Ben. Bruce Arians won 9 straight games with a rookie QB. Haley has a 2-Time Superbowl Champion QB. Ben has been put on too short a leash that has constrained and confined his natural playmaking skills.

  33. jr4real says: Dec 26, 2012 3:58 PM

    BTW

    Haley has to go.

    Worst end-of-game play calling i have ever seen. At least 4 sideline interceptions this year. It’s not Ben’s fault. Everyone knew it was coming because that’s Haley’s trademark. Even the Dallas DB knew it was coming and said so after the game.

  34. mostlombardisintheleague says: Dec 26, 2012 3:58 PM

    ravenator says: Dec 26, 2012 2:10 PM

    Last time I checked Flacco has made the playoffs five years in a row. What about Ben?
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    How many Superbowls has Flacco appeared in from his 5 straight play off appearances ?
    Answer = 0.

  35. randallflagg52 says: Dec 26, 2012 3:59 PM

    And the downward spiral continues in pittsburgh.

  36. toolkien says: Dec 26, 2012 4:27 PM

    Pittsburgh lived and died on its defense. It seemed from 2005-2010, the Steelers were either in the Super Bowl or out of the playoffs altogether, depending on the toggling of their defense between great or fair. And now the defense is a little long in the tooth. Teams go in cycles and the Steelers have had a decent run, but perhaps the current window has closed. Of course it only takes two years to turn back around, assuming a quality front office. It seems by the time you realize your team is running low on talent, you’re only a short time away from turning back around. The case in point is my Packers whom Mike Sherman as GM painted into a corner as he floated a bunch of contracts for slow, dumb, and overpaid players. Within the third year after replacing him, the Packers were back to relevance. So this is an off year for the Steelers, suffer through another, and the arrows could easily be pointing back up by 2014.

  37. bobzilla1001 says: Dec 26, 2012 6:09 PM

    I’m so tired of hearing and reading about how many Super Bowls a quarterback has won. Give it a rest…
    TEAMS, not quarterbacks, win games and championships.
    Case in point: Eli Manning has two Super Bowl rings. Peyton Manning has one. Eli couldn’t carry Peyton’s jock…

  38. halusbr33 says: Dec 26, 2012 6:29 PM

    @ toolkien

    Your point is well taken and is a good case in point. Teams can retool rather than totally rebuild in the environment of the NFL. Look at the Colts, et cetera.

    Plus in Pittsburgh it would not to be a total rebuild, the core is there and will remain there. Depth is what is needed.

    The defense is somewhat long in the tooth, but they played very well this year and were really not the problem – – aside from not creating enough turnovers. But they were solid.

  39. halusbr33 says: Dec 26, 2012 6:41 PM

    randallflagg52 says: Dec 26, 2012 3:59 PM

    And the downward spiral continues in pittsburgh.
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    Not here.

  40. koenig61 says: Dec 26, 2012 7:51 PM

    Everyone has theories on why the steelers didnt play we’ll at the end of the season. It’s basically a combination of many things. New OC to start the season, Wallace held out all,of training camp, mendenhall coming of ACL surgery, Troy missing 8 games, Ike Taylor missing 3 games, Ben missing 3 games, harrison missing multiple games coming off knee surgery, the offensive line only playing the same lineup 3 times all season, Pouncy having to play guard twice, Woodley missing 3 games, starting two practice squad players at corner, running back by committee almost all year, Antonio brown missing 2 games, and the injury list goes on, and yet until the loss against the bengals, they still had a shot at the playoffs. For quite a while they were leading the league in 3rd down conversion, the offense was starting to jell when the O line got hurt, and Ben was out 3 straight games. Yes I understand every team has injuries, but anyone can look at the steelers and realize they were hit week after week with major injuries at key positions, and were starting 3rd stringers at multiple positions. Anyone could see Bens accuracy was way off after the injury, yes the same injury people said was pure drama, yet he had to sit out 3 games. He missed 3 key games just for drama? I doubt it. Bottom line, the steelers lost to teams they shouldn’t have, raiders, browns, titans, so they don’t deserve to be in the playoffs. However to blame it all on Haley, Ben or a defense, who played quite well despite all the injuries, tells me you simply hate the team ,and don’t really follow football. Plenty of blame to go around, from the coaching staff, to the lack of leadership on the field, but being a jags fan who lives in Pittsburgh, I get to watch a lot of the steelers, and that team was slammed with key injuries week after week. How many teams had to resort to 3rd string QB, or practice squad players week after week ?

  41. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 26, 2012 8:33 PM

    halusbr33 says:
    Dec 26, 2012 6:41 PM
    randallflagg52 says: Dec 26, 2012 3:59 PM

    And the downward spiral continues in pittsburgh.
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    Not here.

    1 6

    Randal you wouldn’t know a spiral if it was thrown to you . You don’t know anything about football and you bob your head on 3 when told to by the lead bobble head.

  42. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 26, 2012 8:41 PM

    koenig61 says:
    Dec 26, 2012 7:51 PM

    Very in depth look at reality of this season, but good teams overcome these problems and we almost did with what we had. Not a time to hang our heads it’s not the steeler way. Head up and on to next year because we have a core to rebuild around. Face it fans we are spoiled not being used to mediocre like the ravens/bengals fans are. We need to be patient with Ben and the team….. We will be back!

  43. csilojohnson says: Dec 26, 2012 10:41 PM

    You are an idiot. #1 pass defense looked poor towards end of season because #1 corner was injured. Do you even do any research before you write this garbage? Keep saying the defense is old and slow. They are sure to prove you wrong again next year. All that so called drama between Ben and Haley is just in your dreams. How about reporting on facts instead of constantly fishing for a story. The offense as a whole needs to gel. First year with Haley. Understandable. The parts are there. With or without Wallace. They need to stop putting the defense in bad situations. Do you even watch the games? Or do you just wait for the press conference?

  44. csilojohnson says: Dec 26, 2012 10:55 PM

    The best part of Steelers articles is reading all the Ravens fans wishing the Steelers would go away. Must be doing something right. How many times have the Ravens beat the Steelers in the playoffs?

  45. antibenapalooza says: Dec 27, 2012 7:06 AM

    Not making the playoffs gives him more time to play with the new baby, just what he hoped would happen.

  46. rbk525 says: Dec 27, 2012 7:54 AM

    Cmon Ben give us a break. If your happy with that total piece of crap of an offense (if you can actually call it that) which Haley brought to the Steelers then your the only one in PIttsburgh who is. He needs to take that offense out of the Burgh about 1 nano second after the Cleveland game ends. Take it back to the last place Chiefs from whence it came – as long as he goes with it. All I want for Christmas to have have Haley completely out of our lives in Pittsburgh.

  47. originalsteelcurtain says: Dec 27, 2012 11:00 AM

    Steelers are only a few tweaks away from being a legit contender. A brutal run of injuries combined with a nasty turnover differential has kept this team back the past 2 years.

    Stud RB needed? Yes

    Physical, Red-zone threat WR needed? Yes, ideally 2

    The D is fine as always…the young DB’s look great. #1 in Pass D despite a so-so rush this year.

    O-line has plenty of talent, just needs to stay healthy to gel.

    …the Steeler glass is ~ 80% full. This organization doesn’t panic and crumble. They will be back in 2013.

  48. ravenator says: Dec 27, 2012 1:13 PM

    You know what is funny steeler fans, your team is over the cap by 20 million for next year! What’d I tell you all, welcome to cap hell.

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