The Pittsburgh Steelers have upgraded their backfield by acquiring running back DeAngelo Williams from the Carolina Panthers this offseason. Williams comes from an extremely successful dual RB system with Jonathan Stewart in Carolina, but what he sees in Pittsburgh is the best backfield in the NFL.
"We are one of the best backfields, if not the best backfield, in the National Football League," Williams told Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "For us to think otherwise, it would be a shot at what we do and how we work here. I think that is the goal of all 32 teams in the National Football League. For me to stand here and say anything different would be a lie."
Those words aren't just words. When Williams makes the case of being the best in the NFL he most certainly believes he and Le'Veon Bell are the best tandem in the league. There are a few other tandems worth mentioning who might claim a stake in the category. LeSean McCoy and Fred Jackson with the Buffalo Bills, C.J. Spiller and Mark Ingram with the New Orleans Saints and of course the Cincinnati Bengals' tandem of Giovanni Bernard and Jeremy Hill.
Of all those tandems, adding the versatility of Bell with the experience and burst of Williams will make them a must-watch commodity throughout the 2015 NFL season. Nonetheless, the tandem won't be fully intact until Bell's suspension is complete and the RB returns to the lineup.
Williams' words don't just speak of Bell and himself, but to the other backs on the team's depth chart. Second year backs Dri Archer and Josh Harris are looking to put their mark on the team this season and provide quality depth while Bell is out of the lineup, as well as when he returns.
When people talk about the Steelers' offense, it rarely is centered around the team's ability to run the football. More often than not the discussion starts with Ben Roethlisberger, moves to Antonio Brown, Bell and Martavis Bryant. The passing game is exciting and a large part of the success of the NFL, but if the Steelers want to be a truly dynamic offense in 2015 getting the Bell-Williams-Harris-Archer backfield pumping on all cylinders would make the offense truly dangerous for opposing defenses.