The Pittsburgh Steelers struggled through a very disappointing season and it appears there are going to be some changes coming for the team in 2013. It’s all but a certainty that the Steelers and WR Mike Wallace will part ways, but are there major changes coming for the Steelers backfield next season? The Steelers struggled all season to find consistency in the backfield, but the starting running back seemed to change on a weekly basis.
Rashard Mendenhall struggled through an injury plagued season and is headed for free agency. The Steelers are likely to let him explore his other options. Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman are both restricted free agents this offseason. Florida rookie Chris Rainey was released this month after being charged with domestic violence. The traditionally run oriented Steelers finished the season ranked 26th in the league.
Dwyer led the Steelers in rushing during the 2012 season, but gained just a paltry 623 yards and managed just two touchdowns and three runs of 20 yards or more. Redman fared no better with also just three runs over 20 yards. Mendenhall had just one on the season.
The Steelers offense needs to become more explosive. Pittsburgh finished the season with neither a 1,000-yard rusher or receiver.
Pittsburgh needs to move on from Mendenhall and jettison either Redman or Dwyer. Running back has become a plug and play position in the NFL so figure the Steelers will draft a running back in the upcoming 2013 NFL draft.
Pittsburgh needs to re-tool on offense. They finished third in the AFC North and were third in offensive scoring in their division as well, scoring just 336 points, an average of just 21 points per game.