In order to avoid an 0-3 start, the Pittsburgh Steelers plan to use new tactics to get their second-to-last overall offense moving on Sunday night at home against the Chicago Bears.
“I’m not happy with anything right now,” said offensive coordinator Todd Haley on Thursday, per Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
The Steelers offense is ranked second-to-last in rushing and 26th in passing in the NFL.
“When you hand it off 14 times in the first half for a 3-yard average, I don’t care what you call it, it has to be better,” Haley said. “Those guys know it, our guys up front know it, our receivers know it. To have an efficient run game, we need to do a better job across the board. Because one breakdown will cause you to get 3 yards a carry instead of 4, 4.5, 5 or more. It wasn’t just one area, it was one or the other every time the ball was handed off.
“We have to improve — up front, running backs, tight ends and receivers.”
According to Bouchette, the Steelers plan to deploy their zone run-blocking scheme. Tight end Heath Miller will make his debut and Felix Jones is going to be the lead back.
“We are frustrated,” Haley said, via the team’s website. “We are 0-2 in the first quarter of the season. That’s all it is. We have a chance this week to get to 1-2. We’ve had a good couple of days, a good day of preparation on Tuesday. That’s the bottom line, figure out how to get to 1-2. From there, you try to move forward. It’s the NFL. It’s hard to win when you have turnovers in plus territory, and run the ball inefficiently for too much of the game.
“Those kinds of things are going to happen to you. We have to make sure we don’t let it continue to happen, so we have a chance to get to 1-2.”
Haley also addressed the Antonio Brown situation, and said the receiver handled everything well.
“There’s no problem whatsoever between he or I,” Haley said. “I didn’t see anything different in that game, interaction wise, between him and I or the receivers and Coach Mann. It was just about what it always is. When things aren’t going good, and for things not going well, I think those guys have handled it well.”
Haley added: “There was no confrontation. That’s all I can say.”