This offseason, the Pittsburgh Steelers have made the necessary moves to improve their run offense, which was the worst in the NFL last season.
Before selecting running back Najee Harris in the first round of this year's NFL Draft, Steelers president Art Rooney II made it clear that improving the run offense was a priority, an objective offensive coordinator Matt Canada is aware that he has to fulfill.
"Mr. Rooney (Steelers president Art II) has sent out a very clear directive to Mr. Colbert (General Manager Kevin), to Coach Tomlin (head coach Mike) and then to me, we want to be able to run the ball when we have to run it".
Even with this directive, Canada is keenly aware that the overall goal is winning football games, which may not always involve running the football.
"That doesn't mean we're gonna run the ball for X-amount of yards in a game. All that matters here is winning. Our charge is to win the Super Bowl, and that's it."
Canada further emphasized the importance of creating a system in which each player is placed in a position to produce and succeed. One such method involves using more play-action sequences, which Canada further noted would not be their sole means of creating opportunities for others.
The most important aspect involves configuring the offense in a way that tailors to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's skillset. As Canada noted, the key to a successful offense begins with Roethlisberger.
"But that is our job, matchups are how you win football games. It starts with the quarterback, what does he do well? What does he like? What does he see? What is good to his eye in the passing game? And then we build off of that, and that's what we're gonna do. His voice, his vision, what he sees will be what we do."
Ultimately, the Steelers will have to find the right balance to establish an offense that can be successful this upcoming season. By all appearances, everyone is in agreement that a collective effort is necessary to reach their goal, which is to return to the playoffs and reach the Superbowl.