The Steelers eventually shed the no-huddle for a slower, more methodical string of drives later in the game, leaving us to ask: Why go away from what works?
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"You've got to be very cautious about employing it, how much you employ it, how you change your verbal communication," Tomlin said, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "There are a lot of things that are capable of limiting your ability to run the no-huddle, beside your willingness."
Said Tomlin: "We're not there unscripted, leaving (Roethlisberger) up to his devices, even though he's fully capable -- that wouldn't be fair to him. ... It's not like it's a different set of plays."
But the no-huddle does give Pittsburgh's attack a different -- more urgent -- feel, and Big Ben simply looks more at home operating this way. Roethlisberger's a throwback to the quarterbacks of old who always preferred to call all their own plays.
That desire has often been at odds with Haley's philosophy, but with Pittsburgh's season on the brink, the time is now to unleash Big Ben.