With another couple of days of OTA’s in the bag the Steelers are getting a better idea of just who these new guys are and how they might be contributing to the team. The Steelers aren’t known for their free agency pick-ups but this year they went a little outside of their box so-to-speak and picked up free agent RB LaRod Stephens-Howling right before the draft. It’s been a common point of aggravation and headaches for Steeler Nation to watch this team suffer without an established rushing attack, no premier starting back, and just an overall ineffective running game for the past couple of seasons. Last season was particularly painful what with the fumble-palooza that happened in Cleveland in late November and then the only running back that resembled anything close to a starting running back, Rashard Mendenhall, turning into a giant turd for the majority of the season. It’s been rough. Hopefully, and I say this with all the optimism of the offseason, the tides have turned on the Steelers rushing woes and Stephens-Howling just might be a part of the change for the better.
Steelers.com got to speak with LaRod following an OTA session to see how he’s been progressing as far as learning the offense’s terminology and getting along with the other backs on the team. You can watch his interview here and make sure to look for the Jonathan Dwyer video bomb just a few seconds into it. Well placed Jonathan.
I know I’m not the only member of Steeler Nation ready to see a better and more balanced rushing game this season. I’m still trying to cope with the fact that gone are the days of the big, bruising back like Bettis, but that’s a personal struggle I’ll continue to deal with. When it comes down to it, I don’t care if the Steelers have one star running back or 5, just as long as they are an actual threat on the ground again. No one wants to see eleventy-billion fumbles in Cleveland again.
What are your thoughts on the addition of LaRod Stephens-Howling, Steeler Nation?