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Steelers would be wise to dust off the no-huddle offense in 2015

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The Pittsburgh Steelers were a no-huddle offense in 2013, but went away from the quick attack in 2014. The team should look into re-visiting the no-huddle offense in 2015.

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In 2013, after a horrid 0-4 start to the season, the Pittsburgh Steelers finally let Ben Roethlisberger run a no-huddle offense with any type of regularity...and it worked. When the Steelers defense couldn't stop anyone, the offense was able to keep pace with the no-huddle and road the wave of momentum to an 8-8 season (also one Ryan Succup field goal away from a postseason berth).

In 2014, the team saw a dominant offense which could move the ball with ease, and didn't necessarily need the quick hitting attack of the no-huddle. The Steelers' defense was equally as bad, but the team realized the longer they have the ball, the less time their opponent has the ball. The Steelers didn't run the no huddle outside of the typical two-minute situation last season very often.

As the team is preparing itself for the 2015 season, it might be wise to re-visit the no-huddle offense and dust off that portion of the playbook.

Before I go any further, let me clarify I am not suggesting the team revert back to the frequency of use they had in 2013. The Steelers offense won't need to utilize the no-huddle as their primary means of moving the football, but they could certainly use it to their advantage.

Think more along the lines of what Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos do with the no-huddle attack. They use it to their advantage in keeping defensive personnel on the field, and calling plays which can work to their advantage. With the Steelers stellar offensive unit, they could certainly duplicate a similar offensive philosophy which could work to near perfection.

Just watch the Broncos offense work, and you notice their no-huddle is hardly the hurry-up offense most picture when thinking about this brand of offense. Manning keeps his personnel on the field, which doesn't allow the defense to substitute, and then makes play calls at the line of scrimmage or in a "muddle huddle" of types. This is something the Steelers finally have the personnel to accomplish.

With Ben Roethlisberger, Le'Veon Bell, Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant and Markus Wheaton, the team could run any number of plays and formations out of those sets. With a running back as versatile as Bell, and a receiver as dynamic as Brown, they could be put in a variety of positions to maximize the potency of the team's attack. In 2014 there were several players who were inexperienced at some key positions; however, after another year under their belts, it could be time for this offense to take the next step in being one of the elite units on the field, and not just on paper.

The best offenses in the game can beat you any way they want. Running the ball, passing the ball, a grind the clock mentality or even the quick attack of the no-huddle offense. The Steelers could be one of those offenses next season, and if they can add the no-huddle offensive wrinkle into their repertoire of weapons, it will only make them that more dangerous.