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Offense's identity yet to be revealed

Posted Jun 13, 2014

The identity might not have been decided, but there are several options.

They’ve worked on seemingly everything and anything in OTAs, from the inside running game one day to the no-huddle and two-minute offense the next.

What’s yet to be revealed, at least publicly, is the Steelers’ perceived offensive identity in 2014.

“You know what? We’re still working at it,” center Maurkice Pouncey offered. “I’m not sure what it’s going to be. But I can tell you one thing, we have a good group of guys and everybody goes out there and works every single day.”

Among those who have been putting time in on the South Side are running back LeGarrette Blount, a free-agent addition from New England, and second-year running back Le’Veon Bell, who was late to the party in the regular season last season due to injuries suffered in the preseason.

Additions at wide receiver include Lance Moore, a free-agent signee from New Orleans, and fourth-round pick Martavis Bryant, a 6-foot-4, 211-pound prototypical “big receiver.”

At tight end, veteran Heath Miller, like Bell, is healthy again after missing the first two games of last season while rehabbing a knee injury.

Up front, Pouncey is likewise back after missing all but eight snaps in 2013.

All of the above gives the Steelers options, if not necessarily an obvious lean in the direction of becoming either a “smashmouth” offense or one that runs a defense ragged running the no-huddle.

“I think we’re capable of doing both,” Miller said. “We’ll leave that up to the coaches, whatever they feel that we need to do. I really feel that we’re capable of doing both.”

Two more potentially impactful additions are new offensive line coach Mike Munchak, who has a wealth of experience teaching the outside-zone blocking scheme the Steelers worked to perfect prior to Pouncey’s injury last season, and third-round pick Dri Archer, a running back/wide receiver hybrid whose “beep, beep” speed could allow him to contribute catching and running.

Miller is looking forward to consistency becoming a recognizable aspect of whatever the Steelers’ offensive signature becomes.

“I don’t know if we’ve been, in my time here, consistently as good as we could have been throughout an entire year,” he said. “Hopefully, we’re able to play that way for 16 games this year.”

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is more interested in the results than the particulars. 

“For me, right now, I’d like to say we’ll be a fast, high-scoring offense,” Roethlisberger said. “That’s running the ball, that’s throwing the ball, whatever it is. But I want us to be fast and I want us to put a lot of points on the board.” 

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