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Steelers by Offensive Set '10: Game 5

 

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Few items of note:
*Many had wondered if Steelers would use three wides more extensively once Ben's suspension ran its course. If the first week back is a barometer, answer is "no" (however, I don't think it's a barometer). Through the first quarter of the season, Steelers ran three or more wides on 41% of offensive plays and multiple tight ends on 45% of all plays. On Sunday, it was 3 or more wides on 30% of snaps, multiple tight ends on 65%. Note that each of the past two seasons, Steelers ran 3 or more wides on over 60% of all offensive plays.
*Toward that end, Spaeth was on the field for 42 of 64 snaps (including the one play negated by penalty), DJ saw 16 snaps. Randle El...just 20 snaps. Manny (Colonel) Sanders was the good luck charm. He saw only 3 offensive snaps, all in 4-wide sets. He caught two balls, and was on the field for HInes' TD.
*Steelers four TDs all came out of unusual sets:
-29 yarder to Wallace came out of a three-wide, double tight-end set, with Mendy split.
-8 yarder to Hines out of 4-wides
-2 yard Mendy run out of double tight-end, double fullback set, one of those fullbacks being Doug Legursky
-13 yarder to Heath came out of a three tight-end set
*All of the angst about Mewelde Moore is understood, but the process is evolving. Isaac Redman played 18 offensive snaps on Sunday; Moore was on the field for 6 snaps.

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