Do What Works, Hurry Up And Throw

The Buffalo Bills rode a hurry-up offense all the way to four Super Bowl losses.<br> <br> But at least they got there using the K-Gun.<br> <br> Maybe the Steelers should take notice.<br> <br> The Steelers had little luck moving the ball in a 17-14 loss Sunday at Denver until they went to a no-huddle, two-minute offense midway through the fourth quarter.

Working out of the hurry-up, quarterback Tommy Maddox completed passes to five different receivers, and six-of-nine passes overall, for 65 yards.

More importantly, the Steelers moved the ball better than at any other point in the game and scored their lone touchdown, a one-yard plunge by running back Jerome Bettis.

So as Pittsburgh assesses what's been good or bad in its 2-4 start, it may want to look at the hurry-up as something to use more often.

The hurry-up has at least one proponent on the team in guard Alan Faneca.

"We're damn good at that hurry-up offense," Faneca said. "Not many people have been able to stop us when we run that. I don't know that anybody has stopped us. When we go to the no-huddle, if we've been stopped, it's on us. We're good at that." The reason? Faneca feels it allows Maddox to get into a rhythm throwing the ball and it keeps the defense on its heels.

He's not alone in that feeling.

"It gets us into a rhythm," said receiver Hines Ward. "But we do it when we need to do it."

Considering Maddox had completed just 13-of-21 passes for 117 yards before using the hurry-up, maybe the Steelers need to do it more often.

"Tommy's good at reading the defense, putting us in good situations and putting the defense on its heels (in the hurry-up)," Faneca said. "We practice it and do it so much; we're so effective at it.

"It just puts us into an attacking mode. The defense doesn't have a chance to recover. They're tapping out to get fresh guys in on the field when they can. It puts them on the defensive. They can't bring as many packages as they would. They can't line up like they want to all the time because they don't have the time to call the defense."

Considering the Steelers' offensive line problems, slowing down defenses has become a priority. Maddox was sacked seven times by Denver, none of which came when the Steelers were in the hurry-up.

"It's our job to give Tommy time and give the receivers time to get open downfield," Faneca said. "Tommy's getting sacked and not having time to read the defense right. That's on us. The brunt of the problems is on us."

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