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What Coach Arians Needs to do

Under Coach Arians, the Steelers' offense has been predictable at best. There are a few type of plays that haven't been run since he took over the reigns. What happened to the counter running plays? Not the end round, but a counter where the full back leads what appears to be a dive and the half back jab steps to follow and breaks to the outside with a pitch from the QB. I remember the success Bettis had with this play and he was slower the Mendenhall.  I also will never understand why more play action passes aren't called specifically on first down after successfully running the ball. On the rare occasion that a play action is called on obvious running downs, the line backers freeze and a dump pass to the tight end or slot is open in the seam. Finally, it would be nice to see some kind of "wildcat" package with Antwaan Randle El at QB and Ben as the wide receiver. Randle El can run and throw, either Mendenhall or Moore would be perfect as the back. I wouldn't want to take the ball out of Ben's hands more then 2-3 times a game, but it would give the opponent something else to work on during the week and it doesn't take away from our offense. For some reason that I can't put my finger on, the Steelers do not run screens well. That has to be the coaches' responsibility to look at what the linemen, backs and QB are doing that is giving it away. Talking about screens, last week, a quick screen was thrown to Wallace that went for 20 or so yards. His speed made the play work. I love Ward, but his yards on the quick screen are due to his toughness, the speed of Wallace makes this play dangerous for the defense and will force the defensive back to play him closer giving him the opportunity to run deep routes. 

Finally, I am not sure who to blame for the bland offense that the Steelers now run, but Arians has to take the majority of the responsibility. One thing that Arians did when he took over the offense was meeting with Ben and keeping plays that Ben likes and eliminating plays he does not. However, as the offensive coordinator, Arians has the responsibility to create a game plan that takes advantage of the strengths of the players and the weaknesses of the opponents' defense. The Steelers have 4 games to get ready for the playoffs. This is the time to open up the play book and turn the offense lose without being careless with the ball. The Steelers' defense is great and it would be a huge mistake to give the opponent a short field.  That being said, running more play action, using Wallace for the quick screen, running the wild cat a couple times each game and running some counter plays should not make the offense careless with the ball. So come on Bruce, the defense is a Superbowl defense and the offense have play makers that can make big play as well as control the clock. It is up to you to create a game plan and call a game that will make the Steelers even tougher to beat. 

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