Influenced by Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly, the NFL is moving towards a faster-paced game with the popularity of the no-huddle offense rising.
The Pittsburgh Steelers, for one, plan on keeping up with the trend. Alan Robinson of triblive.com reports the Steelers will be utilizing the no-huddle offense more so then they have in the past.
“It’s big for us,” wide receiver Antonio Brown said. “(It’s) going to be a key for us this year to get things going fast and catch defenses off-balance and let Ben pick and read his reads, and it gives us the opportunity to play fast.”
Now, after further refining the no-huddle during an offseason in which the Steelers worked on it far more than previous springs, Roethlisberger said it’s close to becoming a base offense.
“We practice it all the time,” center Maurkice Pouncey said. “When we’re in the no-huddle, guys are locked in and communicating at a high level. It’s been very, very good for us, and we’ve got to keep building on it.”
It would be huge for the Steelers if they can fully integrate this style into their offense. As Brown notes, running the no-huddle keeps defenses on their toes. It also gives the Steelers more plays to work with, and in turn, more attempts to get into the endzone.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw for 4,261 yards and 28 touchdowns this past season, but perhaps it’s wise to expect even better numbers from him and Pittsburgh’s offense in 2014.