Run First, Pass Second?

In years past, for the benefit of outsiders and newcomers I would reduce the culture of Pittsburgh to a single line that captured the region's ethos in terms familiar to any long-time Steelers fan:

This is a run-first, pass-second kind of town. 

If that was ever true, then it certainly isn't true any longer.  The Steelers are hardly a finesse team -- this isn't San Francisco in the 1980s (truth be told, that wasn't a finesse team, either) -- but anyone questioning the region's willingness to embrace change (like me) need look no further than Heinz Field.


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