3 decisions that could improve Steelers Super Bowl chances

Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /
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Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images) /

Deploy the ‘hurry-up’ offense

I know that time of possession is important, and the Steelers don’t have a run game to lean on. However, it’s remarkable how little Pittsburgh runs the ‘hurry-up’ offense when Ben Roethlisberger just seems to be so good at it.

Against the Colts, Ben led a comeback drive as he deployed the two-minute offense much earlier than the team normally does. To keep the defense fresh, it’s the job of the offense to ensure that the chains continue to move, and going three-and-out while in the ‘hurry-up’ could result in a gassed defense trotting back onto the field.

While this certainly isn’t something that can be used all game long, the Steelers have proven to be very effective when speeding things up on offense and rushing back to the line of scrimmage. With all the predictability in Fichtner’s playbook, it’s will be very important for this team to mix things up with some fast-paced offense in the playoff if they want to improve their chances at a Super Bowl this year.

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In the end, getting to the Super Bowl is still going to be incredibly challenging for a team without a run game and a 38-year-old quarterback. However, if the Steelers make a few simple decisions to mix things up a bit, that could give Pittsburgh offense the spark they need to make a deep playoff run this year.