MESA, Ariz. – Some sporting thoughts before sunrise …
>> High-octane Ben?
I read that back home Ben Roethlisberger is openly lobbying Bruce Arians to get the Steelers to go no-huddle more often, maybe even all the time. That, the QB said, would allow the offense to develop more of a tempo, as well as allowing him to call more audibles.
Much as I’ve hated watching Pitt do the no-huddle, I’d love seeing the Steelers do it.
Makes perfect sense. There’s an elite quarterback and, as we saw again when that ankle limited his mobility against Tennessee, he’s dynamite when working quickly. There’s an elite tight end in Heath Miller, a Hall of Fame possession guy in Hines Ward to go quickly over the middle, a deep threat in Mike Wallace to keep the secondary honest, and a quality running back in Rashard Mendenhall. All that, and it takes the onus off the line the same way we saw against Tennessee. They only have to hold their blocks for a couple seconds.
Do it out here this weekend. Don’t wait.
>> My Thursday feature on the Penguins’ James Neal is exactly what you might expect, if you’ve been reading my annoyances for months now about his tendency to shoot high.
The numbers speak for themselves.
>> We will have our weekly chat today at noon, usual time. You can submit entries as early as 6 a.m. Feel free to ask me where I’ll be going right after the chat. (After Starbucks.)