You wouldn't think the Steelers would find much to be pleased about after their season-opening loss to the Broncos, but the consensus about the new, Todd Haley-directed offense was positive.
I thought we did pretty well, Ben Roethlisberger said, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. We were going against a great defense in a hostile environment. We did a lot of no-huddle, mixing things in. We used a lot of clock, worked down the field, made plays when we needed to. ... Overall, I was happy with the way the guys handled the offense.
Though Roethlisberger was sacked five times, the Tribune-Review points to those coming later in the game, when the Steelers were forced to pass -- and the Broncos knew they were going to.
I thought we showed we could move the ball and protect, guard Willie Colon said.
The Steelers ended up with 10 minutes more of possession than the Broncos. Still, the Trib's Dejan Kovacevic did find a few oddities in Haley's approach, including waiting until the fourth quarter to let Roethlisberger try a long ball and barely using a four-wide-receiver set, despite having depth at wideout.
Other than time of possession, the stats don't point to an offense to be happy about -- 75 yards rushing, 209 yards passing. The rushing total, with an average carry just under 3 yards, in particular has to be disappointing. New coordinator Haley reportedly was emphasizing the running game.
But if they're happy ...