LeGarrette Blount Believes Steelers Have Top Five Running Back Duo

In case you missed it, new Pittsburgh Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount was a guest earlier this week on SiriusXM NFL Radio and audio from that segment is embedded below.

During his interview, Blount talks about how he was hoping the Steelers would’ve drafted him back in 2010 after having him in for a pre draft visit. Blount also talked about being surprised at what the free agent market wound up being for the running back position this year and how he doesn’t believe that Toby Gerhart should have been the highest paid running back this offseason based on his body of work.

At the end of the interview, Blount says that critics shouldn’t sleep on the Steelers current tandem of himself and second-year running back Le’Veon Bell in 2014.

“Tell all of these NFL Network and ESPN analysts, and all off these people, that my family of me and Le’Veon are a top five duo in this league. It’s so disrespectful.”

  • shawn

    Hard to argue with his assessment … good things a coming !

  • WilliamSekinger

    I agree with his assessment. I just hope the line can generate some holes for these guys and above all else stay healthy!

  • Matt Manzo

    I think we should’ve drafted him too! And Burfict!!!!

  • 2443scott

    sounds like he has a big chip on his shoulder …and steeler nation will help him carry it right down the field…makes you wonder if he has a beef with the way pats used him and hes willing to show nfl what they missed

  • StrengthOfVictory

    We all saw Blount and Bell both letting their play do the talking (separately) last season, so I believe they have good reason to be confident. All along, I felt like Blount was the most likely FA back to join the Steelers, and ultimately the best fit for this team. I look forward to the one-two punch of the “Le Boys.”

    With the razzle-dazzle of Archer sprinkled in for good measure.

  • frednash

    who did we pick instead?

  • joed32

    Pouncey, Worilds, Sanders, Gibson, C. Scott , Butler, Sylvester, Dwyer, A. Brown, and Worthington. Blount was never drafted.

  • MailboxKid

    We definitely do not have a top 5 RB duo. It’s not even questionable in my opinion. Maybe next year once bell gets some experience and if Archer shows something special.


    Not arguing with you, but which tandems do you rate as better?

  • Miguelipto

    I agree. Both were low risk – high reward.

  • steelster

    It would be nice to have a top 5 OL in front of them. One can dream.

  • Game_Time

    Bell: 240 lb RB with a nice skill set and “Heart” being relieved by Blount: 250 lb RB with an attitude / genuine disposition and “Heart” is a hellava combo. These 2 pose a problem for any defense and should not be overlooked as a top 5 RB Duo

  • Jacque Strappe

    With all due respect, and health not an issue, I think you’re absolutely mistaken.

  • BigSnack


  • steelster

    We are definitely top 5. The eagles are better and maybe 2 or 3 other teams like the lions, patriots, bills, but you could even argue against these 3 teams.

  • steelster

    To quote jamesh sentence and don’t forget period.

  • IckyD

    I was suspicious of his disposition during the ’10 draft b/c of “The Punch” but in retrospect that dude he clobbered was talking up a mouthful so maybe he deserved a good slug.

    That said, i like Blount’s attitude and think he does, in fact, compliment Bell very well. Bell very agile and more of a fast-footed guy while Blount is a smashmouth kind of runner.

    Both ARE greatly under-rated by the talking heads on the sports shows, but those types seem to hate the Steelers totally and only mention them when absolutely necessary yet they apparently absolutely love the Ravens. Fcukers.

  • MailboxKid

    Okay let’s say that the Eagles, Bills, and Patriots are better. That’s three right there. What about Kansas City, Seattle, Indianapolis, Carolina, and Green Bay. Then you have San Francisco, Cincinnati, and Baltimore. Consider all of these teams better and at the very least they all could debatably be in front of the Steelers. Thats 11 teams right there that I feel are on the same level if not better than the Steelers at the RB position.

    I just don’t understand how we can say that we have a top five running back duo after such a dismal season in terms of rushing, and yes I understand it was mostly the lines fault. Even so, it’s difficult to say that they have a top 5 duo with the stats. I think the fans of other teams would laugh at the suggestion that the Steelers have a top 5 running back duo.

  • MailboxKid

    I personally rate about 8 or 9 teams better than the Steelers. Bills, Eagles, San Francisco, Seattle, Green Bay, Baltimore, Carolina, Indianapolis, Kansas City in no particular order. I think they all are better than the Steelers. It’s hard for me to see them at top 5, even if it is 5.

  • SgtSteve

    No faith in your team……

  • Alejandro Caballero

    Really, Green Bay ? Ravens? colts? why they had a better tandem?

  • steelster

    I’m talking about this coming year and so is this article. Bell and Blount are quite a duo. Bell was the second best rookie rb last year and blount has something like a 4.7 yards per carry career average. Have you watched blount play ?

  • RW

    Baltimore, Indy and Cincinatti have better RBs? That’s outrageous. KC and Seattle have better starters, but not better RB tandems. GB, Philly, Buffalo and New England may have better RB tandems. Still leaves us top 5.

  • steelster

    well said

  • Steelers12328882

    No doubt I love our backfield. I’ll hold off on ranking them, but I wouldn’t trade these guys for anyone. Only problem I have is the fact Dre Archer is left out of the conversation.

  • steelster

    Dri is left out because the article is talking about a duo and also he will be more of a slash player RB/WR.

  • MailboxKid

    Okay… Baltimore. Pierce and Blount are a wash in my eyes. Ray Rice is clearly better than Bell at this point. I think that is safe to say by many standards. Indy, Trent Richardson is better than Bell. He hasn’t played that well for Indy but I do believe he is better than Bell as of now. Blount has a head up on Ballard but its not that far apart. That is a debatable one. Cincinnati, BenJarvis and Bernard are a great combo. Both do different things and provide experience and playmaking ability. Bernard and Bell are close. I think Bell is better than Bernard but only slightly maybe. I think BenJarvis is a bit better than Blount based on reliability. KC I do think has a better tandem and it’s not close. Jamaal Charles is premiere and Knile Davis is decent. Charles are far better than Bell and makes up for the difference between Davis and Blount in my assessment. (The way I view tandems is GENERALLY the 1st back is about 66%-75% and the 2nd back is 25%-33%) That being said Charles clearly makes up for the difference and even if you were to see it as a 50-50 deal with both backs, I would still think Charles makes up for the difference. Seattle obviously has a better tandem. Marshawn kills Bell, another premiere back. Then you have Turbin who I believe in underrated. Even if you include their third back, Michael Christine, I think they have a better tandem than Bell and Blount. Thats my defense of those teams.

    Now I know Blount has a 4.7 ypc average and I do think he is definitely above average but Bell is middle of the pack right now, maybe above average from what I have seen. I think he has enormous potential and think he could and will become the best back in that draft, however, I can’t give him that label yet.

    For the people who say I have no faith in this team, that is ridiculous. If you say that, you clearly have no rebuttal and can’t handle someone else’s opinion. It’s one of the great idiocies of sports. A person who is trying to see his team in an unbiased manner is cast in the light of having no faith when the whole point of an unbiased review is to eliminate my faith in the team and see the team for what it is. I am seeing the facts as they appear to me.

    Its too difficult for me to say top 5 right now. Maybe by the end of this year but right now its laughable to suggest top 5 with their lack of consistent production(Bell) and inexperience.

  • MailboxKid

    See post below. As for Green Bay, Starks has played well in the playoffs and is close is a wash with Blount. Lacy is better than Bell and that’s pretty well known around the league. At best its debatable that either team is better than the other.

  • RW

    1) Ray Rice is past his prime and anyone with two eyes could see that Pierce was better than him last year.

    2) Trent Richardson is a good back?! Based on what evidence? His 10 TD rookie season in which he was literally the only offensive weapon on his team?

    3) Green-Ellis is past his prime, but it’s the only legitimate point you’ve made here.

    4) For a TRUE RB tandem, the RBs actually have to split time. It’s fine to consider a 65/35 split on importance IF the two backs are actually playing 65% and 35% of the time, respectively. Charles and Lynch are true #1 RBs without the need for a #2 to play that often, so you have to rule those teams out when comparing TANDEMS. And Knile Davis is comparable to Blount? Crazy talk.

  • MailboxKid

    That’s one of the most idiotic things I’ve heard. Since I disagree with you I am considered faithless in my team? Look up any rankings before this season starts, which isn’t the end all but is indicative of something, and you will notice the leagues view on the Steelers tandem.
    Also, this has nothing to do with faith. It’s actually a faithless ranking, as all rankings should be. I am trying to be unbiased, and the use of faith in any context during this debate goes away from the entire principle of unbiased reviews.
    “I don’t have faith in my team”…. hahahaha what a joke. Get outta down with that.

  • MailboxKid

    We’re obviously not going to agree here. Labeling Rice past his prime is absurd. One bad year doesn’t remove an all star pedigree. Green-Ellis is reliable, something that is highly touted by yours truly, Mike Tomlin. As for the idea that it’s supposed to be 50-50… do you think the Steelers will split the carries equally between blount and Bell? I doubt it. So I don’t consider them to be 50-50. Lastly, if we are talking about tandems only that rules out a large percentage of teams. I would say McCoy is a true #1 back and gets most of the carries on his team, so why should the Eagles be considered better than the Steelers if they also have a true #1 back without the need of a #2. Based on your definition of a tandem, they should be disqualified since LeSean doesn’t need a #2 to play that often, similar to Charles.

  • Jeff

    Couldn’t have said it better SOV

  • Steelers12328882

    The host mentions Archer, but Blount doesn’t. That was my point.

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  • Aric Brown

    I agree that they probably aren’t a top 5 duo.. but teams like KC and IND should not be mentioned… everybody is sleeping on Run DMC and MJD out in Oakland

  • shawn

    ya i had wished as well we had drafted Blount … and i remember so many people that wanted Burfict as well !

  • shawn

    You think Lacy is better than Bell …. You sir are sadly mistaken … and time will show this … Bell will have a MUCH BETTER career than Lacy when it is all said n done … he is a much better all around back … Lacy will have a short career in my opinion … likely eating his way out of the league !

  • AzheDraven

    Lacy is WAAAAAAY overrated.

  • RW

    That’s fine, disqualify the Eagles, but I never said anything about ’50-50′. I would expect Bell to get more carries as the feature back, but a 65-35 split (as I suggested) isn’t out of the realm of possibility. And labeling Ray Rice past his prime is not absurd – he’s lost a step and doesnt have the same power as he did. Also, just because Green-Ellis is reliable doesn’t make him better than Blount. These are swiss cheese arguments.

  • steeltown

    Still in some shock over some of the offseason moves. We quietly went about business and locked up solid guys like Mitchell, L.Moore and Blount. Hopefully Arthur Moats and Cam Thomas excel in our scheme, we could really use experienced depth and versatility