Normally when I read an article from Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, I come away very informed, entertained and usually feeling positive. After reading his latest piece on the Steelers, I can say two of those things were accomplished this time. The one that wasn’t? I’m not feeling real positive about the Steelers’ offense right now.
I found this quote from the Steelers’ quarterback in reference to Dri Archer to be troubling. “We’re not going to say, ‘Listen, he’s in the game, so we’re going to run sweeps and scat stuff.’ ” Ben Roethlisberger was explaining. “If he’s going to be in the game, he’s going to run between the tackles. He’ll have to pick up blitzing linebackers. He’ll have to put his big-boy pads on.”
No, no, no…. This is the exact same thinking Todd Haley had with Chris Rainey. If the Steelers want to put Archer in the backfield then that’s fine but this expectation of running between the tackles is ludicrous. Rainey was terribly misused and if Haley is going to do the same thing with Archer then why did they bother drafting him?
He is not a ‘between the tackles’ guy anymore than Rainey was.
Kovecevic also discussed the wide receiver situation which doesn’t leave me any more positive than what the Steelers may do with Archer. When Lance Moore signed in free agency, most of us had the impression he would be perfect in the slot. While he has experience as the number two receiver, I see him as being far more equipped to be the third wideout.
If Moore is to be in the slot, then who is going to be the number two? I’m tired of hearing fans talk about Martavis Bryant being that guy. He’s too raw and from everything I’ve seen and read he is not ready to assume that position.
Markus Wheaton was thought to be the guy ready to take the number two spot but he has more problems with his fingers than an arthritic senior citizen. Can he get himself right by the time training camp arrives?
I’ve seen a lot of good comments about Justin Brown who spent last season on the practice squad but is he truly ready? What about Darrius Heyward-Bey and his drops? Is Derek Moye still an option?
Does this offense have potential? Of course it does but it has far more questions than answers right now and I didn’t even mention the offensive line or Heath Miller.
Fans are going to tell me to be patient and I get that. I’ve preached that myself before. This isn’t about patience though, it’s about common sense.
Marc Uhlmann writes for and co-owns www.steelcityblitz.com. Follow him on Twitter @steeldad and follow the website at @SCBlitz. He can be heard weekly on Trib-Live Radio talking Steelers and is a blogger for ESPN 970 in Pittsburgh.