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Ben Roethlisberger: Steelers to run more no-huddle

During the Pittsburgh Steelers' 6-3 run to end the 2013 regular season, offensive coordinator Todd Haley relented to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's desire to run no-huddle.

The move ignited the offense and Big Ben played his best when he was allowed to make his own calls from the line.

During OTAs last week, Roethlisberger said he expects to be given the reins even more in 2014.

"I don't want to call it our base offense, but I think you'll see more of it, so it was more important for us to get it in early and often," Roethlisberger said, per Mark Kaboly of The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

The Steelers ran about 23 percent of their plays from no-huddle last year, per Kaboly, with at least 15 no-huddle plays in each of the team's final nine games. Pittsburgh averaged more than 10 points more per game during that span.

"I think it's something that we realized where we can be and what we did last year, and where we were successful, so I think we'll use it more," Roethlisberger said.

With a revamped receiving corps -- including rookie Martavis Bryant and veterans Lance Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey -- Roethlisberger's on-field dictation will be important this offseason.

"If you would've told me a month ago that we would be doing no-huddle on the fourth and fifth OTA, I would've said you are crazy," Moore said.

It's not loco, it's just how Big Ben likes to run things.

*The latest "Around The League Podcast" picks the best receiver group in the NFL, and goes deep previewing the season with Bucky Brooks. *

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