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Haley keeping Steelers on ground, establishing running game in preseason

A new Steelers offense is being developed by Todd Haley, but it has a familiar theme, as Steelers fans have been clamoring for a return to the ground game.

Last season, the Steelers averaged 27 running plays and 37 pass plays per game. However, in the preseason under the direction of Haley, Pittsburgh already has run the ball 75 times in two games (37.5 per) -- the most of any team that has played two preseason games.

They have called only 53 pass plays and have taken 10 sacks. It's only preseason, but Haley is trying to establish a running attitude with this offense. When the regular season comes, there will be more balance, but make no mistake about it: Pittsburgh will be running the ball close to 32 times a game, which will make the Steelers a top-five rushing team in 2012.


Pat Kirwan has been around the league since 1972, serving in a variety of roles. He was a scout for the Cardinals and Buccaneers, a coach for the Jets as well as the team's Director of Player Administration where he negotiated contracts and managed the team's salary cap. He is the author of Take Your Eye Off the Ball: How to Watch Football by Knowing Where to Look, and the host of Sirius NFL Radio's Moving the Chains.
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