Haley says offense close to breaking out

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers are No. 28 in scoring offense, and they haven’t cracked 20 points in a game in more than a month.

If the Steelers fail to do so again Sunday in it would mark the first time that they have scored less than 20 points in four consecutive games since 2004, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

But the fact that the Steelers are averaging 17.9 points per game isn’t what has Todd Haley frustrated.

“I’m frustrated that we’ve got two wins,” the Steelers’ second-year offensive coordinator said on Thursday. “We all work too hard to come out on the losing end too many times. It’s a results business but we are working hard.

Not just that, Haley said, but he believes the offense can be part of the solution as the Steelers try to overcome a 2-5 start.

“I feel like we’re on the cusp of being pretty good,” Haley said. “We’ve had a lot of moving parts -- not that anybody else hasn’t -- but we’ve had to overcome and mix and match a little bit but I do feel like we’re close to playing the way we have to play for us to win on a weekly basis.”

Time is starting to run out on Haley and the Steelers as far as the offense coming together. A loss in New England drops the Steelers to 2-6, and all but eliminates them from playoff contention at the halfway point of their season.

Slow starts have been a problem for the offense this season, but Haley said he doesn’t care when it scores points as long as it puts enough of them on the scoreboard.

“We need to be up in the 20s and 30s more than we are in the teens,” Haley said. “That’s the bottom line when it’s all said and done.”