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Ben Roethlisberger arm is more important than ever for Steelers

Updated 10 minutes ago James Conner is out, and it is also part of a running game for Pittsburgh Steelers.…

Updated 10 minutes ago

James Conner is out, and it is also part of a running game for Pittsburgh Steelers.

This sentence is not actually cemented, but it is the perception of a crime that prepares to play its first match this season without it running back.

Behind 15-year-old veteran Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers already threw a historic pace this season. Why would that strategy change without its top runners against 2-1

0 Oakland Raiders on Sunday at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum?

Offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner on Thursday insisted on Steelers, minus NFL’s fifth leading rusher, will not abandon the field game against Raiders, whose defense is tied to the worst in the NFL this season.

“We will still address it as trying to be as balanced as possible, jump when we can run,” said Fichtner. “Everything comes down to efficiency.”

Despite Conner’s 909 meter rush, Steelers Rank No. 27 in trial runs and No. 29 in rushes. They have an average of 28.8 points per game – No. 4 in the league – based largely on Roethlisberg’s right arm.

Roethlisberger leads NFL in attempt and yard. But with Steelers losing back-to-back games when Roethlisberger combines 101 passes and barely wins one in Jacksonville when he puts the ball in the air 47 times, the question of Steelers is passing too much and driving too little.

Conner had 15 berries, his highest total in four games, before he destroyed his ankle late in Steelers 33-30 loss for Los Angeles Chargers. Roethlisberger had 45 attempts to pass.

“I thought we moved in that direction (of balance) the second night, but we received a few costly punishments that set us back,” said Fichtner. “We will still force it and continue to work with it. We have skilled runners.”

Jaylen Samuels and veteran Stevan Ridley are expected to share their backrests with Raiders – and possibly beyond Conner’s injury will hold him for several weeks.

“Nothing changes with Jaylen or Ridley in there, absolutely nothing at all for us,” said Ramon Foster. “We will be a group of guys (on the offensive as saying),” Hi, this is falling on your back. We’ll do this, and it’s “if we drive it 12 times or we run it 22 times.”

“The volume we get, maybe we get more laps. … If Ben wants to throw it or if we are in a better situation where we have 500 meters pass, that’s also good. It’s about getting a victory. “

The pass-oriented approach has helped Steelers craft a 7-4-1 record still high on AFC North. However, they are 4-0 this year when Roethlisberger tries less than 40 passes and 3-4-1 when he exceeds that number.

Roethlisberger has tried at least 40 passes eight times this season shows how hard the offense has become. In Roethlisbergers first 14 seasons he never had more than six matches with 40 plus tries in a season.

Roethlisberger has a career 20-34-1 record when he throws at least 40 times in one game. It does not count on a 0-6 post season record. When he throws 50 or more passes, Roethlisberger is 3-8 (counting the afterseason), including one couple of losses this season.

During the last two years of the offensive coordinator Todd Haley’s employment, Steelers went on 59.3 percent (2016) and 57.4 percent (2017) of the games. In Fichtner’s first season this number has jumped to 66.5 percent.

“I think it’s a continuous discussion of the week’s in and weekend when it comes to how we want to choose to attack people in an effort to keep them in balance,” said coach Mike Tomlin. call up the scoreboard and make the movement of the ball a more fluid process. By the end of the day we must be able to drive it. We will have to throw it. “

With 3 945 passing the yards, Roethlisberger should easily reach 5,000 for the first time in his career. However, all his passages have come at a cost. He is next in the NFL with 13 interceptions, followed only by New York Jets rookie Sam Darnold , and Roethlisberger are in the bottom half of the league (No. 19) with a 95.1 fitting rating.

It’s the risk reward Steelers has lived with this season.

“It’s hard sometimes,” said Fichtner. “You Want to say, “Where did it come from?” Other times, you’re like “Where did it come from?” “

Fichtner changed the curve in his voice when he spoke.

” It’s just about how you say it. It threw he did the other day, moving to the left, a 50-yard strike to AB, the back of the end line between two people. Not many people make these throws. Those who are, you know their name. Rodgers. Brady. Brees. We are talking about the best players in the game.

“And sometimes you’re like,” Wow, come on, Ben, you can not play it every time “and sometimes it bites you.”

Joe Rutter is a Tribune Examiner writer. You can contact Joe at [email protected] or via Twitter @tribjoerutter.

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