PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) — If there is one aspect of the 2014 Pittsburgh Steelers offense that has been working since week 1, it’s the running game.
Le’Veon Bell is third in the league with 460 yards and a gaudy 5.3 average per carry. With numbers like that, who would complain?
John Phillips of 93.7 The Fan was at the Steelers’ South Side facility on Friday and he spoke with Bell’s running back counterpart LeGarrette Blount.
Phillips asked Blount how he feels the team has balanced things out in terms of the running game and distribution between he and Bell.
“I don’t think we’ve balanced things out a lot,” Blount said without malice. “With him getting the bulk of the carries, but the fact that it’s working, I can’t complain. We’re winning games like that.”
Then Blount added this:
“I’ve been a featured back in this league. I was a starter with one of the best teams in the league last year. Obviously I want the ball more.”
Blount didn’t say it in a way that suggested he was demanding anything. It sounded more like the words a competitive player who has a track record of success would offer in support of his cause. This is the problem the Steelers wanted to have. A situation in which they can get both Bell and Blount to 100 yards in the fourth quarter of games.
The Steelers’ running game staggered a bit last week against a Jacksonville club that isn’t that good.
Cleveland, isn’t a strong run-defensive team, so perhaps the game plan will tilt more toward a dual-threat attack on the ground. After all, Blount isn’t lying, he has been a featured back in this league. But it seems more likely Bell will continue to be the team’s primary weapon in the ground game.