The Pittsburgh Steelers had one of the worst games in their recent history Sunday when they could barely move the ball down the field against the Tennessee Titans in a 16-9 loss. They also had one of their worst running performances ever, gaining just 32 yards on the ground. If this rush game is to actually be better this year, they’re going to need a lot of help to get there.
The first thing the Steelers running game needs help on is ball security. You cannot fumble every game. For example, the Steelers were in the red zone Sunday and starting running back Isaac Redman fumbled, which was very costly.
The Steelers could have gotten out to a 9-0 lead if Redman would not have fumbled. It’s these mistakes that make you lose football games. If the Steelers don’t turn the ball over, there is a very good chance the running game could be much improved.
Also, Pittsburgh can not afford to lose any more running backs to injuries. They have already lost LaRod Stevens-Howling to a torn ACL, which is a knee injury that will force him out for the season. Plus, rookie LeVeon Bell is still hurt from a foot injury.
They re-signed Jonathan Dwyer on Monday so they could have more healthy running backs to add to Redman and Felix Jones, as well. If Bell can go against the Bengals on Monday Night Football next week, he could give the Cincinnati Bengals a lot of trouble.
Above all, Bell can’t make the running game worse. I believe this rushing attack can get better. They just need to work on it.