To say that the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ running game has been underwhelming would be an understatement.
For years, the Steelers have struggled to establish the running game, either because of a subpar offensive line or overall inefficiency.
Najee Harris’ performances have been disappointing after all he did in college, and it seems like he’ll never establish himself as a superstar, true bell-cow running back.
Fortunately for the Steelers, they can always count on Jaylen Warren on third-down and passing-down situations, and he was at his best during the narrow win over the Green Bay Packers.
That’s why head coach Mike Tomlin tipped his hat to him, praising him for playing and running hard, adding that he’s deserving of more praise and recognition (via Steelers Depot on Twitter).
Mike Tomlin on Jaylen Warren: "He just plays hard. He runs hard. He plays hard. He's a tough, hard-working young man. He's deserving of the recognition and the production that he's providing." #Steelers #NFL
— Steelers Depot 7⃣ (@Steelersdepot) November 12, 2023
Warren finished the game with a whopping 101 yards on 15 carries and one touchdown, averaging 6.7 yards per carry.
He also added a couple of receptions for nine yards.
Warren finished the game with just one fewer touch than Harris, who had 82 yards and one score on 16 carries.
Needless to say, Warren was fairly more impressive, which has often been the case.
The Steelers could choose to keep this running back by committee approach as the season progresses, giving rival teams different looks to try and get a much-needed offensive spark.
Also, relying heavily on the passing game will take more pressure off Kenny Pickett’s shoulders, as he has been inconsistent this season, especially in the first three-quarters of games.
Up next, they’ll have a tough challenge against the Cleveland Browns’ stout defense.