The more I reflect, the more I believe that Ben should have been put on IR after his injury. They say it takes about six weeks for a dislocated rib to heal, and more time after that just for an athlete to be ready to play again. Six weeks from November 12 is December 24, the day after the Steelers were eliminated from the playoffs. I just think he came back too quickly, though given the QB situation the Steelers were dealing with by the end of November, they were probably screwed regardless. To me, the 2012 Steelers are like the 2011 Bears: a playoff-caliber team that missed the playoffs after serious injuries to their most important players.
"We're a game-plan offense, and we're going to try to tailor our strengths against their weaknesses."
-Todd Haley, current Steelers offensive coordinator
"We're not going to change what we do regardless of who our opponent is or who's injured."
-Bruce Arians, former Steelers offensive coordinator