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“Who knows if we’ll be a running team or a passing team?” Ward said. “But we’re going to strive to be a better short-yardage, red-zone and third-down team. And when you convert those, you can get more plays.”

Even if they are more passing plays.

“I think what we’re interested in is running the ball more effectively,” coach Mike Tomlin said. “Our emphasis really hasn’t changed whatsoever.”