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Steelers thankfully dump offensive goal of 30 points per game

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The Pittsburgh Steelers set a lofty goal for themselves, and have ditched the 30-points-per game goal.

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Since the 2015 season, all Pittsburgh Steelers fans can talk about when mentioning Todd Haley’s offense is their goal of 30-points per game. The team has never reached this lofty goal, and near the midway point of the 2017 they are far from this goal again.

To be exact, the Steelers’ 21-points-per-game average they are sporting into their Week 8 Sunday Night Football matchup with the Detroit Lions is currently 18th in the league. Talk about under achieving. An offense with a high-pedigree offensive line, Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant should never be near the middle of the pack in this regard.

Yet, this is the reality for the current Steelers offense, but there is good news — the team is ditching the goal of 30-points-per-game.

“I don’t think I ever stated that was my goal,” offensive coordinator Todd Haley told Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “and when that was talked about, I think it was a few years ago. Every year it’s something different. No. 1, it’s win games. And as your entire team changes, I think you’re smart as offensive coaches to adjust what you do also.

“We got a great running back, a great line. It leaves a lot less risk out there. I’ll take that any time.”

Is the ditching of the 30-point goal more of a reflection of the team taking a more run-focused approach to game plans?

“I can’t say that [is our identity] but I can’t say I’m not pleased with how we played,” Haley said of the past two games against Kansas City and Cincinnati.

“We’re winning games, I’m excited how our defense is playing and that affects some of the decisions we make.”

“It is good to run the ball when you’re successful at it,” center Maurkice Pouncey said. “It eats up the clock, you get the defense some breaks on the sideline and come back and make plays.”

While some might view this as a coordinator simply ditching a plan when things aren’t going their way, it could also be viewed at face value. In other words, winning is more important than how many points you put on the board. With that said, I don’t think many would have issues with the Steelers offense putting up more touchdowns than field goals.