Mark Madden

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Here’s an excerpt from my latest column. It’s my suggested game plan for the Steelers’ offense when they visit the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. 

To read the entire piece, click HERE

Ben Roethlisberger will likely be out again Sunday. The Chargers are weak defending the run. They rank last in the NFL at 155.1 rushing yards conceded per game. 

Why not use Zach Banner at tackle-eligible, lean on Zach Gentry at tight end, and even utilize Derek Watt at fullback some? 

Forget the element of surprise. Use six offensive linemen. Go big or go home. Create a strength and attack their weakness. 

But offensive coordinator Matt Canada won’t do that. It’s too obvious. It won’t make him look smart. 

Somebody should tell Canada he hasn’t looked smart all year. 

Banner being announced as tackle-eligible used to whip Heinz Field into a frenzy. Now, Banner is more radio host than football player. He never plays.

When the Steelers declined to run the ball on first-and-goal from the 5 this past Sunday, Tomlin said it was because Detroit had six defensive linemen on the field. 

So what? You can go big, too.

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