Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 6/25/13
2012 Record: 8-82012 DownfallRunning WoesFrom Harris and Bleier to Bettis and Parker to....whatever you'd call this.It's not that the 2012 Steelers were completely devoid of running back talent. It's just that the drop off from 2011 to last season is disconcerting, and far below Pittsburgh's norm.Two seasons ago, the Steelers ran for 4.4 YPA, which was good enough for eleventh best in the NFL.That average sunk to 3.7 YPA, good for fifth worst. Rashard Mendenhall dropped to 3.6 YPA on 51 carries. Jonathan Dwyer led all 50-carry players with 4.0 YPA, as well as 623 yards and two touchdowns.The offensive line can partially field the blame for this breakdown in quality. Mike Adams and Kelvin Beachem struggled on the right side (in pass protection as well), while touted first round pick David DeCastro blew out his knee in preseason.Second Half CollapseThe general rule for the Steelers these days is that they only miss the playoffs after they've won the Super Bowl. A year after getting to...
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