LeGarrette Blount happy to complement Le’Veon Bell

AP

Steelers running back Le’Garrette Blount won’t turn 28 until December, but he’s already getting reminders that he’s no longer a spring chicken in football terms.

Blount signed with Pittsburgh as a free agent this offseason and his fellow back Le’Veon Bell said he’s excited to be on the same team with a player that he watched while growing up. While he may be something of an elder statesman to Bell, Blount showed last season with the Patriots that he has plenty to offer in the backfield.

He ran for 772 yards on 153 carries during the regular season and added a 166-yard, four-touchdown performance in New England’s playoff win over the Colts. Blount admits that it would be ideal if he could use that performance as a springboard to a starting job in the 2013 season, but he’s happy with the way things have worked out.

“I feel like every running back in this league wants to be a starter,” Blount said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Obviously I want to start, and I knew that when I went to New England. I wasn’t the starting guy. When I come here, I know I’m not the starting guy. But you work hard and go out there and do everything as though you are the starter. Sometimes it plays out that way, sometimes it doesn’t. I like Le’Veon. I like his running style. He rushed for 800-plus yards and eight touchdowns as a rookie. I wouldn’t mind complementing him at all.”

There’s optimism in Pittsburgh that the Bell/Blount backfield and Mike Munchak coaching the offensive line will lead to a big jump over the 3.5 yards per carry that they averaged as a team last year. If an improved rushing attack comes to fruition, it should improve Pittsburgh’s chances of ending their two-year playoff drought.

31 responses to “LeGarrette Blount happy to complement Le’Veon Bell

  1. Same line talent same results. It will all be on Bens shoulders and he will single handily keep them from 4-12. He is the only thing keeping this from being another Mark Malone era

  2. Blount’s running is fun to watch but he’s not known for blocking, catching passes well, and reading defenses. Once his physical strength starts to decline, he’ll be done. Hopefully he’s saving his money, and found a professional to manage it for him.

  3. To say that Roethlisberger bears no responsibility for last season’s 0-4 and 2-6 starts is just plain laughable.
    All I’ve heard the past 10 seasons — both from the local media and the uninformed members of the fan base — is that the Steelers will never lose as long as they have Roethlisberger. Well, here the Steelers are, losing. They are 10-13 in his past 23 starts.
    It’s not all Roethlisberger’s fault — much of the blame also belongs to Mike Tomlin’s ineptness — but to say that without Roethlisberger, the team would be 4-12 is ridiculous.
    What’s kept the Steelers “afloat” the past three seasons have been weak schedules. Over the past three seasons, the Steelers have played 17 games against teams that ended up firing their coaches at the conclusion of each season.

  4. This was a good signing by the Steelers

    They’re following the Patriots model of multiple RB role players – and Blount plays his limited role well. He’s not good enough to be an every down back, but many teams no longer NEED an every down back with multiple RB specialists

    He’s a quality depth player that can make a difference for a team

  5. Don’t know why the Pats let him go. Not that he was big bucks and the guy was not a problem.

  6. When I think about the RBs in this league that are a complete nightmare to tackle, just from a pure power standpoint, Blount comes to mind for sure. Go low on him and you’ll either catch a knee to the face or he’ll just flat out jump over you for good measure.

  7. At least Tomlin & Co. have acknowledged that The Patriot model is the gold standard. It’s just another example of the sincerest form of flattery, copy what New England does. How they made it to the AFC Championship game with all those injuries and a completely revamped WR corps, was pretty amazing, really. And some, albeit ignorant, people believe Brady is done. I for one am gonna enjoy watching them this year, and beyond.

  8. To all those people saying the Steelers are done and Tomlin sucks and Roethlisberger is overrated, bla bla bla, we’ll see this year that you’re all wrong. Obviously they had to rebuild. Every championship team loses its core players to age and needs to revamp. THAT TAKES TIME! They were a playoff worthy team last year down the stretch and it just goes to show that the you get guys are beginning to develope and gel. Watch out AFC, because the Steelers are back!

  9. I’m Glad to have Blount onboard. He and Bell will help the running game tremendously. The team has finally giving Big Ben a running game and some pieces to work with. Look forward to seeing Munchak help turn around this line for good like they played at the end of last year. Along with AB, if guys like Wheaton and Bryant play like their capable of. This team will put up points in 2014.

  10. If you look at a per game average, Le’Veon Bell had the third most touches (carries + receptions) of any running back in the league last year. He’s a young guy, obviously, but Tomlin and Haley have to know he can’t keep up that pace and expect to have any kind of longevity in this league.

    Given that, I think bringing Blount in to share some of the workload is a complete home run for the Steelers. Blount looks to be an excellent change-of-pace back from Bell and, as he demonstrated last season in New England, is more than capable of handling the starting job if he had to.

    I’m thrilled to have this guy on the roster.

  11. “…it should improve Pittsburgh’s chances of ending their two-year playoff drought.”

    I sometimes forget how good us Steeler fans have it. 2 year drought. I’ll take that. Greatest franchise in nfl history.

  12. I figure Bell will be the 3rd down back, he’s good for protection and caught 45 passes last year. Then Bell and Blount spilt carries and Archer gets a few too. That sounds good to me, and that’s a much improved stable of backs over the last couple of years, as well.

    On Ben, stats for the first 9 games last year:
    32 times sacked
    13 touchdowns running and passing
    14 fumbles lost and interceptions

    Then Haley gave Ben more power to call plays at the line of scrimmage.

    Stats for the last 7 games:
    7 times sacked
    16 touchdowns running and passing
    5 fumbles lost and interceptions

    If you think all that’s a coincidence, you’re not watching Steeler games. I expect improvement from the young offensive line just from Munchak and more experience alone. The Steelers are going to have a better ground game than last year, and that will help Ben a lot too, since they haven’t had one the last couple of years. Go Steelers!

  13. Tebowed out of last playoff game. O post season victories and 0 winning records since! Haha

  14. pittspuke7 says:
    Jun 1, 2014 6:20 PM
    Tebowed out of last playoff game. O post season victories and 0 winning records since! Haha

    Steelers have not have a losing season since 2003. And your team? Not so much. Go to sleep now, you have a tough day of 7th grade in the morning.

  15. Time flies. Seems like yesterday he was punching all those people in the face.

  16. j0esixpack says: Jun 1, 2014 1:11 PM

    This was a good signing by the Steelers

    They’re following the Patriots model of multiple RB role players

    ________________

    No they are not. Most teams use multiple cheap backs instead of pricy main backs.

    Be careful if BB ever comes to a sudden halt, because we all know where you will end up.

  17. bobzilla1001 says: Jun 1, 2014 12:58 PM

    To say that Roethlisberger bears no responsibility for last season’s 0-4 and 2-6 starts is just plain laughable.
    All I’ve heard the past 10 seasons — both from the local media and the uninformed members of the fan base — is that the Steelers will never lose as long as they have Roethlisberger. Well, here the Steelers are, losing. They are 10-13 in his past 23 starts.
    It’s not all Roethlisberger’s fault — much of the blame also belongs to Mike Tomlin’s ineptness — but to say that without Roethlisberger, the team would be 4-12 is ridiculous.
    _____

    If you actually watched the games, then your viewpoint would matter. That you did not is obvious from your argument.

    The abortion that was the first half of last year lies squarely on Tomlin and Haley. With a decimated front line and no valid running back (Bell out), they stubbornly lost multiple games as they attempted to rush the ball, instead of airing it out and mixing it up. To say that the play calling and strategy was horrible is an insult to the world horrible. If you were to judge the two of them on the 1st month of last season there is no way they should have kept their jobs. But the Rooneys dont operate that way.

    When Ben was allowed to go no huddle things changed dramatically.

  18. walkinginthewasteland:
    Unfortunately, teams are judged on SIXTEEN-game seasons, not on five games, not on six games, not on eight games. SIXTEEN games.
    Tomlin’s inability to decide on a starting running back while Bell was out was Typical Tomlin. Dwyer? Or Redman? Or Dwyer?
    Secondly, Tomlin’s the one who sent all the backup O-lineman packing. Legursky, Starks, the list goes on. The lack of depth was clearly Tomlin’s fault.
    Thirdly, the Steelers’ finished last season by beating the Bills at home, the Lions at home, the Browns on the road, the Bengals at home, the Packers on the road and the Browns at home. Those teams had a combined record of 39-54-1. Both the Lions and Browns fired their coaches.
    In fact, the Steelers last season played 6 games against teams that ended up firing their coaches. their record against those teams: 3-3.
    Meanwhile, the Steelers’ two losses down the stretch were against a pair of mediocre, non-playoff teams: The Dolphins at home and the Ravens on the road.
    Sorry if I’m not as impressed with mediocrity as much as you “unicorn and rainbow” people.

  19. 2…. 8 and 8 seasons? Not the end of the world. I like the free agency moves. Not overly costly but effective and necessary. Draft picks? Who knows. Speed is not an issue when it came to the draft. We will see.

  20. Those two 8-8 seasons were against two incredibly weak schedules, which translates into below .500. Losing to the Raiders (twice), the Titans (twice) and to the Vikings: inexcusable.
    I’m shocked by how many are willing to look the other for the sake of “fandom.” Being a fan doesn’t mean you have to be blind.

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