Pittsburgh Steelers running back’s coach Kirby Wilson does not wants a running-back-by-committee in 2013 and that should be good news to all Steelers fans.
“You would love to have a back who can play first down through third down,” Wilson told Mark Kaboly of the Pittsbrugh Tribune-Review. “That’s always the best. Now, you have players who can spell a starter, then you have situational players that have strengths in other areas, put for the most part you always want a guy who is there first through third.”
That is not the approach that the team took during the 2012 season and it led to one of the worst rushing performances in the history of the team.
In 2012, Jonathan Dwyer, Isaac Redman, Rashard Mendenhall and even Baron Batch rotated into the line-up. At times a starter was designated and would be the feature back that week, but usually at least two out of that group were splitting carries any given week.
Having a feature back could be benefit to a team that desperately needs to add some balance to their offensive attack. Many believe that balance will be found with second-round pick Le’Veon Bell, who is expected to be that feature guy.
So far during camp Bell is impressing his coaches and everyone watching during his rookie training camp.
Dwyer could be solid back-up to Bell and Redman’s short yardage ability is a helpful asset to keep on the team. New addition Larod Stephens-Howling also should make the roster due to his speed and pass catching ability.
With plenty of running backs to choose from offensive coordinator Todd Haley has some options when calling different play sets, but having a feature back would be nice.