Practice makes perfect for Steelers' no huddle offense

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

The Steelers' offense experienced success in 2013 with their no huddle offense, but that success isn't guaranteed in 2014.

Peyton Manning ain't got nuthin on the Steelers' no huddle offensive package.

Okay, that might be a little drastic, but the Steelers 2013 success with their no huddle has the team preparing for it be a large part of the 2014 offensive scheme. Even in OTAs, when just the bare essentials are the focus of sessions, the Steelers are already preparing their no huddle scheme.

"If you would've told me a month ago that we would be doing no-huddle on the fourth and fifth OTA (organized team activity), I would've said you are crazy," Steelers' newest wide receiver, Lance Moore, told Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Big words coming from Moore who is transitioning to Pittsburgh from pass-happy New Orleans, but the Steelers realize that with their receiving corps being so inexperienced, you can never work on the no huddle enough to make it work the way it should.

"I don't want to call it our base offense," Ben Roethlisberger said, "but I think you'll see more of it, so it was more important for us to get it in early and often."

The Steelers going to the no huddle early and often would certainly go a ways to making this offense thrive under their franchise quarterback's ability to read the defense and call the correct play at the line of scrimmage. However, getting to the point where they need to be, and the offense working without a hitch, is something that won't be easy.

"I think if we can (get acclimated to it) then it can be a good weapon for us, but like I said, we have to have 11 guys on the same page operating in the same manner, and that's not an easy thing to do," tight end Heath Miller said, which is a large reason for the no huddle practices in OTAs.

Regardless of who, what, when or why, the Steelers practicing the no huddle this early in the offseason shows that they certainly plan on trying to pick up where they left off in 2013 with the success of the no huddle offense, and that could lead to success in 2014.

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