Did the Steelers Make a Mistake Cutting LeGarrette Blount?
The Pittsburgh Steelers release of running back LeGarrett Blount in Week 11 bite the team in the proverbial behind?
Blount, who is now on his way to a Super Bowl appearance after reviving the Patriots’ run game and blasting the Colts for 148 yards and three touchdowns certainly could have come in handy for Pittsburgh. Blount could have been a tremendous asset to Pittsburgh in the wild-card loss to the Baltimore Ravens. With Steelers’ primary running back Le’Veon Bell sidelined due to an injury, all the makeshift committee of Steelers’ running backs Ben Tate, Dri Archer and Josh Harris managed were 68 total yards against Baltimore. Had Blount been with the team, he likely could have aided big-time in their lagging run game.
Art Rooney II, president of the Steelers, however doesn’t question the team’s decision to cut Blount (via NFL.com).
Obviously we don’t want to have those kind of things happen in the middle of the season but it is what it is and I think we made the decision for the right reasons. Not going to worry about it too much. We just have to make sure that we make a better decision this year and fill that position with someone we’re comfortable with and who will be a good fit.
Sources close to the team have told NFL Media’s Albert Breer that the Blount’s release came down to “selfish behavior.”
Well, Pittsburgh’s release of Blount is both he and the Patriots’ gain. If Blount can remain on Bill Belichick’s good side, he’ll likely have a successful future with the Patriots. As for the Steelers, one thing that is for certain, is the Steelers need a reliable backup running back should their stud Bell go down with injury in 2015.