The Steelers have been soul looking in regards to the identity of their operating game, which has largely been lifeless as a result far on the season. They have been attempting to general get the run game going, but with a lack of blocking and some odd personnel choices and play calls by Randy Ficthner, they just have not gotten it going.
But as it appears with every little thing, there has to be a bit of an up to it. And the Steelers came out in Los Angeles and ran the ball with effectiveness and primarily ran the ball the majority of the game on their way to victory in Week six. Nevertheless, as significant as the improvement in blocking was, the schematics of the operating game have been even extra impressive, and as a result, right here is how this group got the operating game going against the Chargers.
The shift began after the Steelers seriously got it rolling about Devin Bush’s interception, and after they reached the red zone, it only took one particular play for James Conner to punch it in for a touchdown from 12 yards out.
The Steelers make a tiny bit of an adjustment to their usual stretch play and as an alternative switch it up and run it out of the pistol. Stretch plays are generally extended creating plays, as a lot of zone runs can be, but with the pistol, it enables the blocking a tiny further time to set up, and it does wonders for the run. Vance McDonald and Alejandro Villanueva are capable to wash all outdoors include and Conner is capable to hit the hole en route to a touchdown. It is generally just the tiny points with schematics, but permitting that blocking to set up by going into pistol are points that fantastic offensive coordinators do. Hats off to Fichtner right here.
The Steelers go back to their regular roots of gap and energy operating and bring out the duo, which is just two double teams up front by the offensive line. They have gotten increasingly extra accomplishment with duo as the weeks have gone on, but this is just pure domination by the offensive line and Benny Snell. The whole defense gets baited and washed down into the middle with the linemen as everybody reaches the second level. Snell presses the line to bait the linebackers down and then bursts via a huge hole with ease. A staple of the Steelers’ operating game this year, but this is the finest it has been blocked all season extended.
Now this is exactly where the Steelers divert from their usual methods this season. They pounded outdoors zone extremely really hard this week and it worked particularly effectively. The Steelers get the whole defense minus two guys flowing towards the opposing boundary and it opens up a huge hole for Snell to hit and achieve a fantastic chunk of yardage on a 1st down. The Steelers have not run outdoors zone all that significantly, but when they have, the movement abilities of the linemen have been capable to trap second level defenders and crash down on them, as a result opening holes. It has worked in minimal doses, and all evening extended against the Chargers.
Outdoors zone, after once more, but this time with a wrinkle of ghost motion from Randy Fitchtner. Johnny Holton is brought in motion. They get in touch with this ‘ghost motion’ just simply because you give the outdoors include defender a dilemma if this takes place to be a reverse to Holton. Of course it is not right here, but it also causes the defense to have to shift more than and absolutely free up the box of a defender in the box security. With that in thoughts, it lightens the load on the outdoors flow of this, opens up a reduce back lane, and that is precisely exactly where Conner hits for a 1st down.
This is the final wrinkle that Randy Fichtner added that was centered about Nick Vannett. This is inside zone, but with a wham blocker in Vannett. Vannett does not finish up whamming anybody right here, but his motion enables Devlin Hodges to study this coverage, and if it a man coverage that he believes he can take benefit of, this is a play he can audible out of into play action and dump it into the flat for Vannett. This is a versatile appear. But regardless, fantastic blocking by Ramon Foster opens up this hole and enables Snell to run via for a strong achieve.
The Steelers had a middling run game, but when Fichtner goes off his usual, mundane script and styles a inventive run game that causes havoc and misdirection, fantastic points occur on the offensive side of the football. This is extra of the stuff we require to see moving forward, in particular with the open field movement abilities these linemen have. But this is a fantastic get started.