Last year the world saw the Steelers try a running-back-by-committee detail to compliment the different running backs in their unit such as Jonathan Dwyer, Isaac Redman, Rahsard Mendenhall and Chris Rainey. The world also saw how ineffective the running backs were last year with the leading rusher, Dwyer, only compiling 623 yards. Especially when the Steelers visited the Cleveland Browns in 2012, and each running back fumbled the ball at one point or another.
Much has been said about what the Steelers want out of Bell this season; and Steelers' running back coach, Kirby Wilson, reaffirmed the overall goal of the unit for 2013.
Wilson confirmed with Mark Kaboly that the best look for Pittsburgh would be a feature back who can carry the load anytime between 1st and 3rd down. He added that having serviceable backups to a feature back would be very helpful with increasing production from the position in 2013.
The Steelers are looking for someone to emerge as the dependable back from the lot of players they have at the position. Dwyer and Redman would both make solid spell options, but haven't proven to be reliable starters who can carry a ground game consistently throughout a season yet. Bell was drafted to be what Dwyer and Redman could not be. Those three with LaRod Stephens-Howling make-up the backfield competition going into the first preseason game agaisnt the Giants this season. We'll see if Bell can separate himself as the clear starter before September 8th against the Tennessee Titans.
ICYMI today on Behind The Steel Curtain:
- Steelers Training Camp Updates
- Steelers wave of injuries continues
- Burress injures shoulder Thursday
- Spence looks good in agility drills
- Steelers sign TE Thursday
- He's not 'Sharknado,' says the Steelers veterans
- Steelers starters to see 10-12 snaps
- Steelers coordinator Haley looks forward to less predictable run game
- Steelers vs. Giants: Ryan Mundy returns home to Pittsburgh for preseason opener
- Steelers position battles: Landry Jones looks for a big performance against Giants to hold off John Parker Wilson