September 9 2012; Denver, CO, USA;Pittsburgh Steelers running back Isaac Redman (33) carries the football during the first quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin confirmed the obvious.
The Steelers running game is struggling. The blame for that goes around the entire team; blocks aren't being made consistently, running backs aren't hitting holes aggressively and the team isn't playing well together.
A team that was expected to increase their run totals from 2011 to 2012 has done the exact opposite. The Steelers are currently 30th in the NFL in yards per game (70.5), which is 3.5 yards less per game than the run game of former offensive coordinator Bruce Arians in Indianapolis.
"Our run game could highlight that area of needed improvement," Tomlin said. "We have not run the ball as well as we'd like. I'm not interested in assigning blame in that regard. I'll take the blame for that. The reality is we've got room for growth."
The Oakland Raiders - Pittsburgh's Week 3 opponent - has less than half the yards per game the Steelers have (34.0), and have lost both their games this season.
Another obvious problem is the fact the Steelers are 15th in the league in rushing attempts with 54. Of the teams 15 teams with 54 or more rushes, the Steelers and the San Diego Chargers are the only two with less than 200 yards in two games.
"We all have a hand in where our run game is right now, and I hope we all have a hand in getting it corrected in the near future.
"We need to block better and we need to put the ball where it needs to be consistently. It needs to be an asset for us."