Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said during the offseason that he viewed the read-option offense as the “flavor of the month” and said he was skeptical of the long-term viability of the offense. So did the Steelers change their view of mobile quarterbacks after Oakland’s Terrelle Pryor beat them while scoring the longest rushing touchdown for a quarterback in NFL history?
Apparently not. In fact, Steelers safety Troy Polamalu talked about Buffalo quarterback EJ Manuel’s ability to run and described the Bills’ offense as the “flavor of the week.”
Polamalu did allow that Manuel’s running ability is something the Steelers need to think about.
“Any time you have someone who can run and pass, it gives them flexibility with their play calling,” Polamalu said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “We have to be aware of him scrambling. As a team, we have to get off to a good start. If they want to beat us, they have to control the ball. If they establish the running game, it’ll be a tough game for us.”
Manuel isn’t as good a runner as Pryor, and he probably won’t run for any 93-yard touchdowns today. But Manuel does have a good chance of having a big game against the Steelers. Pittsburgh’s defense is struggling against everyone, mobile quarterbacks and pocket passers alike.