Pittsburgh Steelers: Analysis Heading into 2012, RB

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Pittsburgh Steelers: Analysis Heading into 2012, RB
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One of the biggest issues for the Pittsburgh Steelers heading into the 2012 season is the running back position.

Though the NFL seems to be transitioning into a "pass first" league, the running game is still a very important aspect of the league.

Though quality running backs can be found later in the draft, teams need more than one back to be successful.

Some teams use the "featured back" method, where one back gets the majority of the carries. When you have a running back like Adrian Peterson, this is the obvious way to go. Most teams don't have that option, however.

Then there is the running back by committee approach, which is the method that the Steelers use.

In this method, you need a back for the first two downs, and a back up. Then you need a third-down back. The third down back must be able to pick up blitzing defenders, carry the ball, and catch passes out of the back field.

With the likelihood of the Mewelde Moore no longer with the Steelers, they have a few questions that need to be answered, which is what I will try to do here.

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