Everyone is asking questions right now, if the team is just in transition or things are just plain unlucky. If the offense is getting better as far as points on the board, can the defense stop anyone? If our left tackle can't block anybody, can another overrated guy come in and improve the position? How much is coaching, how much is execution? The only answer, in our experience, is winning.
One guy at the spearhead of the new Steelers, or the winning team to come, is our rookie running back, Le'Veon Bell. In his debut last Sunday against the Vikings, he had two touchdowns, reinvigorating a lot of us with his confident running style. The Steelers fell behind too quickly for it to keep blossoming, as Big Ben threw over 50 passes, but Bell looked awfully good in his short stint in there.
He remains optimistic after his first start, and has a nice realistic outlook for the rest of the Steelers 2013 season.
“We’re going to keep working. We’re not going to change nothing,” Bell said, via Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “Eventually, things will start going our way. We’ve got to keep chipping away. Nothing is easy in the NFL, so we’ve got to keep chipping away.”
For the running game, this makes perfect sense. Along the offensive line or perhaps on defense, things need re-calibrated to get a win. The running game though, for all intents and purposes, will improve with this attitude and Le'Veon at the helm.
What isn't mentioned here is the onset of the play of Will Johnson, our mighty fullback. On Bell's first touchdown against the Vikings, Johnson caught a blitzer in the back field and hit him out of the way, and Bell swerved around the block, using his speed to get around the corner and into the end zone. That's what we're banking on right there.
Will like a back that wants to "chip away" at defenses. The only thing to save the season is some wins, and Bell performing solidly will get it going for the rest of the team. Go Steelers.