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Missing superstars on your offense? Challenge accepted for Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley

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The Pittsburgh Steelers offensive roster has been anything but consistent in 2015, which creates a unique challenge to offensive coordinator Todd Haley.

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There isn't as much Todd Haley hatred among Pittsburgh Steelers fans as there was in 2013 and the early portions of 2014. When a team is able to prove the system works, it makes life easier for a coordinator like Haley, but in 2015 the job of the Steelers offensive coordinator has been anything but easy.

Quick recap, for those who forget.


Le'Veon Bell suspended the first two games of the 2015 season, prepare DeAngelo Williams to fill the void until No. 26 gets back on the field.

Backup swing tackle Mike Adams undergoes back surgery the week before training camp, and stays on the PUP list through Week 10 of the NFL season.

Martavis Bryant suspended the first four games of the 2015 season due to violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Maurkice Pouncey breaks ankle in team's third preseason game against the Green Bay Packers at Heinz Field. His return will be possible, but is placed on short-term injured reserve.

Regular Season:

Ben Roethlisberger goes down with MCL sprain in his left knee, will be lost for four games.

Martavis Bryant due to return to the lineup is scratched with a knee injury, keeping him out of the lineup an extra week.

Starting left tackle Kelvin Beachum is lost for the year with a torn ACL. Alejandro Villanueva, who has zero starting experience at offensive tackle, takes over.

All Pro running back Le'Veon Bell is lost for the season after tearing his MCL against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 8.

Roethlisberger goes down again with a mid-foot sprain, causing backup Landry Jones to take over and defeat the Oakland Raiders in Week 9.

Landry Jones injures left ankle in Week 10 against the Cleveland Browns, only to see Roethlisberger save the day and lead the team to victory 30-9.

Did you get all that? It has been one heck of a season for the Steelers offense, the unit which was supposed to buoy this team with a mediocre defense. However, the team hasn't been healthy enough to have any type of consistency on the offensive side of the football. One would think this would be a nightmare for Todd Haley and the offensive coaching staff, but Haley doesn't see it as a nightmare.

"As coaches, we relish that," Haley said of the challenge of playing without a full lineup. "It is fun, but I would take the alternative of having all of our guys healthy and playing."

"As a coach, you take it as a challenge and we're happy with a lot of what we did, but obviously we feel like we could have a couple back and that would've made us even happier," Haley told Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "You take that as a challenge and the name of the game is winning, so you win with the players you have."

The Steelers are winning, and are heading into the bye week on back-to-back victories, but whether the offense is able to stay healthy could ultimately lead to the success, or demise, of this team down the stretch. Haley sees the mix-and-match game as a challenge. Most would say Haley passed the challenge with flying colors. Here is to hoping the challenge is over and the team can move forward without having to miss a key cog on the offense for the rest of the 2015 season.