Pittsburgh Steelers’ GM Says their Running Game ‘Wasn’t Good Enough’ in 2020

Published 02/20/2021, 4:50 AM EST
Jan 10, 2021; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin watches his team before an AFC Wild Card playoff game against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports


The Pittsburgh Steelers had a poor season last year. They started the season off strong, going on an 11-0 run. But towards the end of the season, they lost several key games and lost their #1 seed in the NFC to the Packers.

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And in the Playoffs, they shockingly lost to the Cleveland Browns in the wildcard round. Many wondered the reason for their collapse.
Steelers’ GM Kevin Colbert spoke to the press recently. He noted that the Steelers‘ running game is not as good as it should be. However, he did note that the Steelers had good players for those positions.

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He believes that the collective effort was not enough for the team to be able to get the win. And Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin spoke with him about the same earlier.
Jan 10, 2021; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws a pass against the Cleveland Browns in the third quarter of an AFC Wild Card playoff game at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
“You can’t say the runners weren’t good enough, or the quarterbacks weren’t good enough, or the line wasn’t good enough. To put out the kind of running game we did, no one was good enough.
“We need to be better, quite honestly, just in reference to what Mike was talking about. And I think having a strong running game helps teams finish in that time of year.”
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Dec 27, 2020; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin (left) shakes hands with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) after a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Given their inconsistent form last season, the Steelers need to focus on making the right play in crunch time. Despite their strong start last season, the Steelers ended up wavering toward the tail end.
Mike Tomlin will be focused on addressing their errors. Can the Steelers make a run to the Super Bowl next season? They will have to work a lot during the off-season to make that possible.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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