Pittsburgh Steelers: Should They Draft a Speed or Power Running Back?

February 27, 2013   ·     ·   Jump to comments

For a team that put an emphasis on running the football, the Pittsburgh Steelers were not very good at it last season.
Despite running the ball on what seemed like nearly every offensive play, the Steelers finished 26th in the league in rushing with only 1,537 yards—their lowest since 2003 (1,488 yards) and fifth-lowest in the past 50 years.
Whether it was Jonathan Dwyer, Isaac Redman or Rashard Mendenhall, the Steelers were just never able to establish the ground game.
Dwyer’s 623 yards was the lowest by a Steelers leading rusher in a 16-game schedule since Merril Hoge ran for 610 yards in 1991.
Redman was unable to establish a power game, with only 410 yards on the ground, while the team’s most talented back—Rashard Mendenhall—finished with just 182 yards on 51 carries.
Even the speed of Chris Rainey was ineffective, as he ran for 102 yards on 26 carries.
Now with Rainey released and Dwyer, Redman and Mendenhall all free age...

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