Pittsburgh Steelers Backfield Will Be a Running Concern in 2010

June 7, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Pittsburgh Steelers were out of character last season after having trended that way since Mike Tomlin took the reins in 2007.
They became a passing team.
Power running has been out of vogue in Pittsburgh since Jerome Bettis parked the bus permanently after the 2005 Super Bowl season. Willie Parker took over full time duties after that, and he was more of a fast, cutback runner.
The Steelers have lacked a true pounder ever since.
Now Rashard Mendenhall takes up the mantle of Steelers feature back, a position that has known greatness for the better part of the last half century.
The Steelers already plan to run the ball more often in 2010. Mendenhall proved he could handle the workload with a 242 carry, 1,108 yard season punctuated by seven touchdowns.
Mendenhall can run both inside and outside and he showed a knack for breaking tackles and gaining extra yards. His style (not his ability) is similar to Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings.

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