How good can the Pittsburgh Steelers offense really be in 2015? Even though the stats from last year were impressive in several categories, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger believes his unit can improve in the one that means the most. Points.
In a Sunday morning interview with Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Roethlisberger said he wants his offense to achieve greater heights in 2015 after a record setting 2014 campaign.
“We want to start fast and we want to be able to put 30 points on the board in every game,’’ Roethlisberger said.
Last season, the Steelers averaged 27.3 points per game. However, they scored 20 or fewer points in five of their 16 games and only seven times did they manage to top that average number.
The Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos were the only two teams that managed to average 30 or more points a game in 2014, so you can see that Roethlisberger and his offensive unit will really have their work cut out for them this season. If they are able to hit a 30-plus average per game, they should easily make the playoffs.
One important piece of the Steelers unit is wide receiver Antonio Brown, who led the league last season in both receptions and receiving yardage, and while Roethlisberger has worked with several great pass catchers thus far during his career, he thinks No. 84 might be the best of them.
“AB is as good as anybody in this league and arguably one of the greatest that I’ve played with, Roethlisberger said per Bouchette. “Just all around on offense, we have just a special group. It has a chance to be really good.
“There are a lot of young guys, kind of the unknown other than AB. But they have as much potential and talent from top to bottom as we’ve had here in a long time. To me the sky is the limit for them.”
The sky is indeed the limit for several offensive players and particularity second-year wide receiver Martavis Bryant when it comes to his potential. The Clemson product is expected to see his role increase even more in 2015 after catching 26 passes for 549 yards and 8 touchdowns as a rookie.