If the Pittsburgh Steelers trio of offensive stars can stay healthy — quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back Le’Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown — the team will once again have one of the most dynamic offenses in the NFL.
Because of their potential, they have high hopes once again for the 2016-17 season.
Last season, the Steelers entered the year with hopes of averaging 30 points per game. The team fell just short of that goal with 26.4 points per contest, so they will once again be aiming for the 30 point mark.
Offensive coordinator Todd Haley commented on the team’s lofty goals when speaking to the team’s official website.
“Thirty points per game is still a goal,” Haley said. “I think what we did great last year was we got in the red zone a bunch. We probably scored 6 out of the 10 times we were in there and we always want that to be better. … If you’re looking at reasons why we didn’t get to 30, I’d say turnovers number one.
“Anytime you give up possessions, you’re giving yourself one less chance to score points. And then red. I think we did a pretty good job scoring outside the fringe red area. We made some big plays, so those have to continue. We have to get a little better in the red and then we’ll be going in the right direction.”
Last season, the Steelers began the year without Bell due to suspension and lost him later in the year to a knee injury. His health could be the determining factor in whether the team is able to achieve they’re 30 point per game goal.
And if Pittsburgh does hit that mark, watch out, AFC.
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