After watching the Steelers game this past Thursday, it is undeniable that Mewelde Moore is the Steelers best option at running back for this season.
Much like last season when Willie Parker was injured and with Rashard Mendenhall on injured reserve, Moore comes into the game with a nose for the sticks.
He plays tough and operates well in the open field.
In an article written by fellow writer Nick Signorelli, Evolution of the Steelers: These Arent Your Parents Steelers Anymore, he talks about the transition of the Steelers from a run oriented offense to one more dominated by the pass.
Nick couldn't be more correct, the Steelers are a passing team, and have been for a few years now. With the maturation of Ben Roesthlisberger, I don't see how you can't put the ball into your best offensive players' hands.
This team moves up and down the field throwing the ball. They have a stable of talented and young receivers along with a stud tight end in Heath Miller.
When the offensive line pass blocks better than it run blocks, one must conclude that this offense is now designed to be a passing team.
I fail to see how one could differ on this logic.
So this leads back to my main point. Moore is the best option for the Steelers at running back. He has reliable hands, and is shifty in open space with a nose for the first down sticks.
So I offer this to Bruce Arians. Decide what you want to be, a pass first or run first team.
There isn't much of a choice as this team is abysmal at running the football, and have been for a long time.
Now that you've decided to be a pass first team, put the players into the game that will best maximize offensive production. With Mewelde Moore being the best receiving back on the team, it makes complete sense to start him over a one trick pony like Parker.
Much like the "Greatest Show on Turf" from the late 1990's, use the short pass to the running back as a substitute for the run game. Run draw plays out of passing formations.
Again, Mewelde Moore is the best option at running back for the 2009 Pittsburgh Steelers.