It is no secret that the Pittsburgh Steelers are struggling to get anything going on offense. The team heads into Week 4 averaging just 16.7 points per game, 5th worst in the NFL. Add an abysmal, league-worst, 53 rushing yards per game to the mix and hope for the offense is already dwindling after three weeks. Rome wasn’t built in one day and neither will an offense full of fire power and explosiveness. With that said, there has to be something, a quick boost if you will, to help the offense find a little more rhythm and spice.
I think back to Week 17 of last season when many starters were resting and Ben Roethlisberger did not play against the Cleveland Browns. While Mason Rudolph played well, the quarterback storyline heading into the Wild Card Weekend matchup the following week against the Browns was whether the Steelers should dress three quarterbacks or not, a very uncharacteristic approach for head coach Mike Tomlin. The reason this idea was brought up was because of how the Steelers used Joshua Dobbs in the final regular game of the season with a sputtering offense.
Ben Roethlisberger says "I'm all for it," if the #Steelers dress and use fellow QB Josh Dobbs for some snaps Sunday vs the #Browns. Says, "I'll literally do whatever it takes to win this football game."
— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) January 6, 2021
Dobbs only had two rushes from a Wildcat-esque look, but he had 20 yards on the ground along with five pass attempts. It was an unexpected, unique surprise that the Steelers tested. With how the offense has performed thus far, many think that it can’t hurt to try something similar.
The third quarterback on the roster this season, Dwayne Haskins, is more than capable of taking a few snaps and generating some offense. The Steelers are in desperate need of a spark plug offensively. I am not suggesting to start anyone at quarterback other than Roethlisberger (yet), but having a little more mobility and an explosive arm in the pocket could provide a little more creativity. Haskins has a small sample size of rushes in the NFL, only 40 carries for 147 yards, but it is important to note that he averaged 5.1 yards per carry in his first season with the Washington Football Team.
This would not come without risk. Haskins was plagued with poor decision making in his first two seasons and fumbled the ball 12 times in 16 total games. You also have to account for a weak offensive line that can barely grasp a run play, let alone a two quarterback system.
This is more of a creative, change of pace that could keep defenses on their toes just enough to allow the offense to open up a bit. A change of pace to Pittsburgh could be exactly what Haskins needed to improve and make an impact. It will be interesting to see if and when Tomlin and Matt Canada decide to play this card because Steeler Nation knows something has to change. It can’t get much worse, so why not?
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