I’m sitting in the press box at a mostly empty M&T Bank Stadium, and I’m wondering if Bruce Arians set a smokescreen last Thursday when he gushed about Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall.
“That’s our lead dog. Everybody wants to talk about the wideouts but our lead dog is Rashard,” the Steelers offensive coordinator said. “We’re going into the game with Rashard as the lead dog and everybody else feeds off him.”
Whether that means the Ravens see a heavy dose of Mendenhall today remains to be seen. The Steelers have had a tendency to play it conservative when it comes to the Ravens because of how good both defenses have been since this became one of the league’s marquee rivalries.
But Arians has earned, fair or not, a reputation for favoring the pass over the run. And in Ben Roethlisberger he has one of the top quarterbacks in the league as well as one in which he has complete trust.
Roethlisberger appears poised for a big year, and he certainly has the talent around him to air it out.
I expect Arians to unleash him at some point.
And it could come today with Roethlisberger dropping more than subtle hints last week that he’d like to be more aggressive when it comes to attacking the Ravens’ defense.
– Scott Brown