Steelers’ players continue to learn Todd Haley’s offense, putting some of that to the test on Tuesday when they ran the no huddle in practice.
“I think as a staff, myself included, we feel that there’s been enough good to feel good about the direction we’re going in,” said Haley before practice. “There’s a lot of work to do. We’re still reinstalling a bunch of the things from the spring so that they all hear it for the third time.
“To this point, today’s a big day. We have a lot of no huddle, running and passing out there today. So this will be a big day for us because whether it’s two-minute or true no huddle situations, it will be a big part of our offense one way or another. But to this point there is a lot to clean up still and a lot to come. But we feel good about where we are.”
After practice Coach Mike Tomlin was pleased with the way things continue to progress.
“It requires some attention of course,” said Tomlin. “It’s new. I like where the group is. It’s obvious we’ve made good use of our offseason time. When I’m talking about that, I mean OTAs and minicamp. But it’s a process. We’re going to continue to get better. We need to.”
Haley said the ideal situation is to have quarterback Ben Roethlisberger calling the plays in the no huddle.
“He’s shown the propensity to do that at a high level,” said Haley. “This is new to him, so we’re still working together on it. Ideally, if you have a quarterback like Roethlisberger and what he’s done, when he’s in full control, that’s a good situation to be in because he’s right in the middle of it, seeing what’s going on. There’s always communication at least in my experiences because we can communicate until the (play) clock gets to 15 (seconds).
“I could tell through the spring that Ben’s got his arms around it and he likes it. You can see his eyes light up a little bit when we get in that mode. That’s the sign of a great quarterback. The ones that I’ve been around, they want it, give me control and let me run this thing. He has the ability to do it, as he’s shown in the past and through the spring. I’m just excited to see us continue working as a group and get this thing ready to go for the season.”
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