The Pittsburgher Thread: Off-Season Talk
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12-26-2012, 04:49 PM
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Time of possession will really always be how you win football games. The problem with this team is that it didn't finish off enough of those drives on a consistent basis. When this Steelers team was at it's best over the past 10-15 years, it would routinely start games out with 13-15 min drives and cap them off with touchdowns. Taking time off the clock and not scoring can actually be a detriment to you, especially if the other team is scoring.
I'd actually like to see this team return MORE to it's roots, and play with a 2 man backfield more often.
That's not the direction the NFL is going though.
Now, I will give you that most of the time the team that wins generally wins time of possession. But many of those teams are more concerned about scoring than just possessing. They'll take shots down field for a quick score. With the Steelers, they seem more concerned with just possessing. Otherwise, why did Haley hold the WRs to routes that only went 5-10 yards beyond the line of scrimmage most of the time? The Steelers took it to the extreme with time of possession, and thus took points away from themselves. It's a quick strike league. They need to stop fearing the quick strike teams and become one.
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