If the quarterbacks had a bipolar year, the running backs were busy redefining the term “inconsistent.”
The Steelers finished the year 20th in rushing attempts (412), and 26th in rushing yards (1537). That hardly qualifies as “Steelers football.” You know, the game we are all familiar with, when the Steelers run the ball down the opponent’s throats?
Jonathan Dwyer led the team in rushing yards (623), yards per attempt by a running back (4.0), longest rush of the year (34 yards), and was tied for most rushing touchdowns (2). Again, these are hardly numbers to write home about. As I mentioned in my last article about quarterbacks, without the consistent threat of a running game, the passing game suffered and the losses accumulated.
The Steelers did not have a 100-yard rushing game until their sixth game at Cincinnati when Dwyer had 122 yards. (Against that same Bengals team in week 16, Rashard Mendenhall led the team with 50 rushing yards. Talk about inconsistent.)
They did manage fou...