My award-winning appearance on last night's "Final Word," as always, set the pace and standard for the jewel of WPXI-TV's broadcast day.

And, as usual, I provided the question behind the question.

The panel debated whether Todd Haley deserves to return as Steelers' offensive coordinator given the team’s recent flurry of points.

The real debate: Is Haley really the Steelers' offensive coordinator?

The answer: No. QB Ben Roethlisberger is.

When the Steelers employ a lot of no-huddle, Roethlisberger calls the plays. The Steelers offensive explosion (29 points per game over the last seven weeks) coincides with increased use of the no-huddle. Credit Ben, not Haley.

Haley still game plans, i.e., does Roethlisberger’s detail work. But Roethlisberger is clearly the brains behind the Steelers' offensive improvement.

If Roethlisberger is comfortable with the arrangement, bring Haley back. Roethlisberger seems to be, so that’s that.

It's great seeing Haley's massive ego taken down a few notches. But the Steelers took way too long to use more no-huddle and leave the decision-making to Roethlisberger. Had they done so a few weeks earlier, the playoffs might still be a legitimate possibility.

Crow about a convincing victory over division-leading Cincinnati all you like; 6-8 is still 6-8. No playoffs = REALITY. Last night's final score: Steelers lose, too little to too late.

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