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Learning to deal with our Offensive Coordinator and at times offensive, Bruce Arians.

One of the most common criticisms I see around SB Nation and other sites about the Steelers concerns our Offensive Coordinator Bruce Arians.  Today, after the Steelers stunning and heart stopping victory over the Baltimore Ravens, I gave the Baltimore blog site a visit to get a heads up on what the Ravens fans were thinking.  Across the board, their main criticism was of THEIR offensive coordinator, Cam Cameron.  I thought about it for a minute or two, and came to the conclusion that these two teams mirror each other.  I can't think of two teams that are more similar.  In last night's game, the Steelers were being "out-Steelered", for much of the game.  The Raven defense was hitting hard, including one Harrisonesque (although I feel his shot warranted a flag, I am sure the NFL office will ring in on this one this week, but that is another subject entirely) shot by Jameel McCLain that knocked Miller out of the game.  They took away much of our running game, and we had to result to using some of New England's style of short quick passes to move the ball.  I applaud Bruce's efforts to try something different, and I believe his opening up the offensive style a bit, helped us to win this game.  I think though that if we get to far away from the run, then we are changing the very nature of Steeler football.  We control the ball by pounding the run, controlling the clock, and dominating defensively.   I often have to remind myself why we are running the ball so often in places where I wish we would throw.  If we become a predominantly passing football team, then we will not always have such an advantage of time of possession, and in turn our defense will be on the field more often, which will in turn wear them down over the course of a sixty minute football game.  In Steeler/Ravens football, there are often frustratingly conservative calls.  It is in these calls though, that the entire philosophy of Steeler football rests.  As frustrating as it can be, it is why I love to watch the Steelers so much.  It seems to me that we have a chance to win every single game we play.  In this style, we also have a chance to blow it with just one mistake like the game we played against the New Orleans Saints earlier this year.  We usually end up on the winning side when we execute Steelers football effectively.  I guess my whole pontificating here comes down to this...to play effective Steelers football, you often times have to make the conservative call to preserve your defense.  I am willing to put up with Bruce Arians as long as our defense continues to control the outcomes of games.  

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