Originally Posted by tyke1doe
I think many posters are missing the point. Big Ben and Burress aren't Manning and Harrison or Aikman and Irvin.
Ben was a rookie quarterback, who had much to learn. Burress was an underachieving wide receiver who had a questionable attitude.
The Cowboys duo and the Colts duo are hard working, veterans who have mastered their playbooks and had/have earned the right to improvise.
It's not necessarily the improvisation that's wrong. It's the timing. And maybe the Steelers felt that Burress had to learn how to run his routes first and Big Ben had to learn how to be a quarterback who mastered the system first.
And for all the talk about the Steelers' success, fans don't always know when a wide receiver runs the wrong route or is out of position and causes a negative play or an interception. The coaches would know, but not necessarily the fans.
I agree with your points, experience should be a prerequisite to improvisation. My point is that players often see things that coaches can miss on the sidelines. It seems to me if the things Burress and Ben and Quincy and AB were doing were resulting in positive plays, then the coaching environment should be such that the players shouldn't have to hide their discoveries and contributions.