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Old 01-24-2013, 08:07 PM   #10
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Default Re: Steelers Sunday Spotlight: Running back / Help wanted

Originally Posted by Hawaii 5-0 View Post
Why The Pittsburgh Steelers’ Rushing Game Could Be Equally As Bad In 2013

Jan 22nd, 2013 by Matt Shetler

North Carolina Tar Heels running back Giovani Bernard (26) runs past Virginia Cavaliers defensive end Bill Schautz (47).

One of the stories of how disappointing the 2012 season was for the Pittsburgh Steelers was without a doubt their rushing attack that ranked 26th in the NFL in rushing and 28th with a 3.7 yards per carry average.

Many people would like to believe that things will be much better in 2013 and that could be true as it would be difficult to be as bad at running the football as the Steelers were this season.

But it is just as likely that the Steelers could have a repeat performance of their rushing woes in 2013.

That’s simply due to personnel.

Currently the Steelers only have one running back under contract and that’s Baron Batch.

Rashard Mendenhall is an unrestricted free agent, both Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer are restricted free agents and Chris Rainey was released following his arrest in Florida.

Mendenhall likely won’t be re-signed, while it is all but certain that both Dwyer and Redman will be tendered contracts.

But even with Dwyer and Redman in the mix for 2013, the Steelers will still be missing a capable feature back and that’s a problem.

Steelers’ general manager commented last week that the running back situation was unacceptable; leading you to believe that there would be changes upcoming.

“Where we were in the running game last year was indicative of the talent at the position,” said Colbert. “That group of players didn’t produce the way we anticipated they would.”

So how do the Steelers improve at the position?

There’s free agency, but that is all but doubtful. The running back position is very thin and they won’t be shelling out the money for a Reggie Bush or a Steven Jackson type of runner.

That leaves the draft, which is also thin on talent this year.

Give the needs the Steelers have at other positions, it is doubtful that they will be able to nab Giovani Bernard or Eddie Lacy in the first round, as both could be off the board before the Steelers pick at No. 17.

But the Steelers did surprise people four years ago by taking Mendenhall in the first round, so anything is possible.

If they wait until later in the draft to address the need that means reaching on a project, but we have seen time and time again that later round running backs have been successful. But that means getting the right guy.

The rest of my Top 10 backs look like this: Marcus Lattimore, Joseph Randle, Jawan Jamison, Johnathan Franklin, Andre Ellington, Montee Ball, Stepfan Taylor and Kenjon Barner. Some of these guys just aren’t good fits for the Steelers system.

But the Steelers need the right guy to improve on the ground.

Given their salary cap situation parlayed with other holes to fill, getting that type of feature back may not be as easy as people may think it may be.

If they don’t go running back early in the draft, don’t be surprised if the Steelers once again struggle running the football in 2013.
The thing wih most of those backs like Bernard, randle, even Franklin, they have the tendencies to bounce it outside a lot. Which is what a lot of people disliked about mendenhall. And the steelers want some one to run north south most of th time with speed. Taylor and ball did this well in college but Taylor has the speed as maybe a little more of Dwyer not beak away speed and ball has some speed but not great I wanna see his 40 time and if its in the 4.4 or very most 4.5 I would be happy with drafting ball.

Also watch th senior bowl this week. Franklin a guy i like has been working on running up the middle and not bouncing so much, also barner is looking to be around 200 at the combine and is also working on going up th middle and showing scouts he has strength to fight of blockers. Also Gillesie from Florida hesbeenrunning north south with speed and only carried the ball like 380 times in college so doesn't have a heavy workload on him

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