Increased time of possession
In football, controlling the clock means keeping opposing defenses on their heals and giving your own defense ample time to rest in between positions. This was something that a Rudolph and Hodges-led offense was not able to do in 2019.
The Steelers were 26th in the league in time of possession last year, according to Team Rankings. This forced Pittsburgh defenders to play an increased number of snaps and didn’t allow much of a breather in-between possessions.
The value of being able to control the clock in the NFL is something that isn’t valued enough. With a defensive unit full of fresh legs and well-rested players, Pittsburgh has a chance to be even more efficient on defense in 2020.