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PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LTF wrote:
FourThreeMafia wrote:
You continue to post things about Haley and the offense that simply arent true.

Please explain how it doesnt play to our strengths. Youve already ducked that question twice.

Actually, you've never addressed how Haley's system plays to our strengths. If anyone is dunking the question, it's you. I'm presenting arguments against're focusing more on me as a poster for some reason or another.

But to break it down:

1. Ben is not a cerebral under center passer. He doesn't play with great timing or precision in the short passing game. He's not Tom Brady and pretending that's his game is foolish. He's a shotgun gunslinger who depends more on making plays down the field than anticipating plays before they happen. Forcing this sort of style on Ben doesn't play to his strengths as a player, straight simple. The offense for the first six weeks of the season was basically a yard or two on first and second down and then Ben magic on third and long. He excels because he's a dynamic, unique, superstar QB.

2. A West Coast passing attack with a bunch of speedy runts at WR does not play to their strengths either. These are players that operate at their best in space. To handle a WC system you need physical receivers that can hold up to the punishment of consistently taking that 8 yard pass and getting gang tackled by LBs and safeties. Fact is those guys are going to have more ball control issues when they're being asked to take on more punishment.

3. The current offense is designed to get to 3rd and 2. Mike Wallace is the most dynamic deep receiver that's ever come to Pittsburgh. Asking him to block on close to 80% of the first down plays in the biggest game of the season (home against the Bengals) takes away from his strengths as a player. Both Brown and Wallace regressed this season, and part of that is due to playing in a neutered, safe system that doesn't take aggressive shots down the field on early downs. Defenses adjusted as the season went along and put the clamp down on the O.

Ben was on his way to having a career year up until the injuries and the injuries on offense forced Haley to change up the offense. Heath Miller hadn't been this involved in the offense in years. Ben's biggest issue is that he failed to utilize his RBs in a timely manner. I will say that Haley rarely ever called screens when teams decided to load the LOS. Haley didn't call enough deep routes when teams played 9 man in the box. Haley had his problems but it wasn't playing to the strength of the offense more then the offense did produce when the called for it.
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