During the first three games of the 2013 NFL season, I can’t help but notice two things missing from Todd Haley’s playbook that I saw during the preseason.
In fact, I saw a lot of these types of plays during the preseason and thought that this was a step in the right direction.
So today I must ask where are the designed roll-outs and screen passes?
Let me address the roll-outs first. If you watched the final preseason game against the Carolina Panthers then you saw Landry Jones on any number of designed roll-outs. Why are these good enough for Jones but not for Ben Roethlisberger?
The argument against this is that the Steelers are so weak at each tackle position that calling for designed rolls just isn’t possible because they can’t sustain blocks long enough. OK, fair enough, but are you telling me that you can’t design ways to get Roethlisberger out of the pocket without running for his life?
Bring a tight end in motion to fortify the line and use him as a safety valve if no one is...