More and more NFL teams today are adopting a simple slogan: Run fast to live. The two teams that ran the most offensive plays last season, the Broncos and the Patriots, were two of the most successful teams in the league. The Bills want to run faster, the Eagles want to run faster, and the Steelers are joining them.
Pittsburgh didn't really utilize a no-huddle offense until the second half of last season, and the results were dramatic. The Steelers won six of their final nine games and averaged 10 more points per game once they started running at least 15 no-huddle plays per game. Overall, the Steelers went no-huddle on 23 percent of their plays last season. Ben Roethlisberger completed about 63 percent of his throws and completed 10 of his 28 touchdown passes without using a huddle.
So, offensive coordinator Todd Haley is sticking with what worked. The Steelers are running a lot of no-huddle plays during OTAs in an effort to incorporate it more into their 2014 attack.
Roethlisberger and Heath Miller talked about how the team has had some bumps in the road getting acclimated to the extra no-huddle plays, but that's kind of expected since the offense is getting used to newcomers Lance Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey . And Markus Wheaton could struggle to pick up on the concepts and terminology quickly as a younger receiver.
The less time it takes for a team to run play after play will lead to more plays per game. And, as I have said seemingly countless times in the past few weeks, more plays equal more chances for fantasy points. This is good for everyone involved, especially Roethlisberger.