Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell Looking Forward To Use Of More Outside-Zone In 2014

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell admits that he didn’t know very much about new offensive line coach Mike Munchak prior to him being hired during the offseason, but now that he’s on board, the second-year Michigan State product is excited about the changes being made on offense which should include a much heavier dose of the outside-zone.

“The majority of what I ran in college was outside-zone,” said Bell in a recent interview with (Munchak’s) going to do a great job of getting the O-line on the same page so they can make creases up front. I just have to do my job and find the holes. This year, hopefully, barring injuries, we stick with it and I get comfortable with it and we get the same chemistry going and we get this running game going.”

The loss of starting center Maurkice Pouncey for the year just eight plays into the 2013 season combined with Bell being slowed by a foot injury to start his rookie season resulted in the Steelers offense barely running the outside-zone scheme at all last year. That figures to change right from the start this season with everybody back healthy and Munchak now in charge of the offensive line.

“The things he’s bringing to the offense, there are a lot of things changing in the playbook because of him,” said Bell. “We’re adjusting to him. It’s a good adjustment, and I think there are going to be major changes this year.”

While some of those major changes have likely already been conveyed to the players verbally, the full implementation of them will begin this week with the first set of OTA practices now underway.

As for Bell, who set a Steelers rookie running back yards from scrimmage record in 2013, he’s looking to pick up where he left off last year even though he still doesn’t consider himself worthy of being called the team’s feature back just yet.

“No, I don’t. I still have to go out there and work,” he said. We have LeGarrette Blount. We have Dri Archer. I have to go out there and earn it and continue to work hard.”

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Rubbing my hands together in excitement about that brilliant acquisition: Mike Munchack. Here’s the Bell quote, referring to Munchak:

    “We’re adjusting to him. It’s a good adjustment, and I think there are going to be some major changes this year.”

    Sure there are more weapons on the outside, but the beloved running game will return in a big way for the Steelers, and should be clicking on all cylinders by 2015. Anything sooner would be a huge bonus.

    Now with 3/4 of the starters having changed in the past 2-3 years, I am very excited about the Steelers future for the next decade.

  • shawn

    I am really looking forward to seeing how the OL gels and plays together … to be honest i really have no idea how it will go … if they pick up from where they left off it should bode well for our passing game and BB staying on his feet …. but hopefully Munchak’s new scheme can open some decent holes for the RB crew …. as I think Bell has the talent to have a much higher avg than the paltry one he produced last year …

    But one thing is for certain, we should know pretty early what to expect and our success will primarily be dictated by how well our OL plays above all else even our Def !

  • Steelers@2010

    I love this kids attitude; I hope it all works for the Steelers OL this year. Finally! Everybody talks about Munchack, I think picking up Blount was huge as well. Blount has that Bettis mentality, hit and run you over.

  • Craig Ressler

    Really like Bell and his attitude. I, like most, was initially disappointed when they drafted him in the 2nd, I felt like it was a reach at the time. After the draft, I began to warm up to the pick. By the time the 2013 season neared I was pretty excited about him. After seeing him down the stretch that excitement only grew and really caused me to be pretty stoked about his ability and upside moving forward. The Munchak addition only added to it. Perfect fit for Bell’s skill set and patience.

  • Steel PAul

    Love Bell.