Former Pittsburgh Panthers great and current host of Monday Night Football on ESPN, Louis Riddick joined the Steeler Nation Podcast Tuesday morning to discuss everything Pittsburgh Steelers. One major discussion point during the interview was how the Steelers offense will improve in 2021 and Riddick stated how it’s going to have to start with the run game.
It’s no secret the Steelers offense needs to become more balanced. Head coach Mike Tomlin was asked about the run game last week and how it’s going to change in 2021. “We have to improve. We were ranked last in the NFL last year, so there’s only one way to go and that’s up”.
When Riddick was asked about how he thought the Steelers can create more balance on offense, he talked about how it’s going to start up front with the offensive line. “I don’t think Pittsburgh needs to come out and average 5 yards per rush.. They need to be competent and have a credible threat of a run game so they can build off of it in the pass game. They have to be able to establish a competent rush game.”
Another big part of improving the Steelers offense is going to start in the backfield with first round pick, Najee Harris. Riddick, when asked about Harris, did not mince words, “Najee is a beast. He’s a straight up beast”. A lot of the run game improvements are going to fall on Harris’ shoulders. Whether it’s fair or not, the Steelers spent their first round draft pick on Harris and are going to expect production from him right away.
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