I heard Haley talking earlier this week about how the line's doing a decent job in run blocking and they aren't executing on the plays and getting any decent runs. He complimented Bell improving, but I wonder if he really thinks Bell might be some of the problem.
I do think it's kinda strange that sometimes Dwyer comes in the game in his very limited role and breaks off a nice run that we never see from Bell. I'm not entirely sold on Bell as a runner yet. I'd like to see him improving and see what others see in him, but my eyes just aren't there yet.
Not to take anything away from Dwyer, but most of his yardage, including his big runs, have come when the Steelers have been trailing by at least 9 points....in other words, when the opposing defense is playing the pass...
I'm not discounting anything that Dwyer does. Dwyer's touches have come at all different times in the games. Simple fact about Dwyer is he is running angry & recommitted himself. He is where he is at on the depth chart & his career because he didn't get it in the first place. "What have you done now" is how I hold him in regard. If he is being productive...The past is the past. Bell is the starter. Bell hasn't done anything to lose his spot. Dwyer has done enough to leap frog Jones & take his touches. He has also earned his spot in situational football.
Dwyer & Bell have different styles. You can't point to which one is better on a given play. Dwyer just is more decisive from the handoff. A little Bettis to him. That works better on some plays & on other plays Bells patience is better. When you have an OL that may be struggling...Hitting the hole quickly & running through arm tackles looks good. But again...Play design dictates that opportunity. One the same play the hole could be closed & Dwyer runs up the back of the OL....Sound familiar? Bell's patience to see something develop & jump cut now looks good. It is very difficult to say who is better with the OL inconsistencies. When the OL jells & everyone is healthy...Both styles can be productive. The one thing I will say is Dwyer's style down the stretch may come into play more. If they Steelers are on a sloppy field or in snow & footing becomes an issue...Bell might look ineffective. Don't jump on his back & burry him...Don't start the Dwyer for President chants....That is just football. With the struggles in the run game...I'm sure we will hear it. That being said...Being a Big 10 guy I have seen Bell capable running that way. It will show up as he gains the experience & becomes comfortable in the system. We are talking about a 21 year old 7 games into his NFl career. Everyone knows I wasn't a Bell guy going into the draft but I have nothing negative to say about his development & I am encouraged by what I have seen.
Graham is the opposite of Bell & Dwyer. Diversity keeps DC up at night. Let's hope he develops into something we can all appreciate. A little Shady can go along way.