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Not A Lot Of Negatives Associated With Steelers RB LeGarrette Blount


In addition to penalties, negative plays can absolutely kill drives for an offense. Just so you know, last season, the Pittsburgh Steelers had a total of 35 rushing plays that went for negative yards.

During the offseason, the Steelers signed free agent running back LeGarrette Blount to compliment starter Le’Veon Bell. We’ve already looked quite a bit at Blount so far, but I was interested to see what his negative run percentage is through the first four years of his career.

The sortable table below shows running backs that have carried the football at least 400 times over the course of the last four seasons. As you can see, Blount’s negative run percentage of 9.33% is very respectable.

As for the other stats I included, while Blount’s first down per carry percentage rate of 19.69% doesn’t look all that great, it’s important to point out that only 27 of his career caries have come on either third or fourth down.

One the most surprising things about Blount is that he has shown the ability to break off the big run at the NFL level. So far during his career, 11.92% of Blount’s carries have gone for 10 or more yards. For a 250 pound running back, that’s quite impressive.

There’s just not many negatives associated with Blount and he should compliment Bell very well in Pittsburgh.

PLAYER RUSH YDS YPC TD NEG NEG % FD FD % 10 + 10 + %
Shonn Greene 791 3178 4.02 20 46 5.82% 159 20.10% 58 7.33%
BenJarvus Green-Ellis 908 3525 3.88 37 57 6.28% 211 23.24% 71 7.82%
Michael Bush 563 2132 3.79 22 38 6.75% 123 21.85% 46 8.17%
Peyton Hillis 589 2320 3.94 17 40 6.79% 123 20.88% 45 7.64%
Ray Rice 1066 4386 4.11 30 75 7.04% 187 17.54% 92 8.63%
Ryan Mathews 840 3672 4.37 20 63 7.50% 164 19.52% 91 10.83%
Felix Jones 471 1961 4.16 5 37 7.86% 102 21.66% 50 10.62%
Maurice Jones-Drew 963 4147 4.31 19 77 8.00% 217 22.53% 104 10.80%
Knowshon Moreno 600 2525 4.21 19 48 8.00% 128 21.33% 65 10.83%
Jamaal Charles 784 4350 5.55 21 65 8.29% 208 26.53% 124 15.82%
Fred Jackson 714 3194 4.47 23 61 8.54% 160 22.41% 74 10.36%
Willis McGahee 654 2687 4.11 15 56 8.56% 145 22.17% 64 9.79%
Ben Tate 421 1992 4.73 11 38 9.03% 108 25.65% 60 14.25%
Stevan Ridley 555 2477 4.46 20 51 9.19% 141 25.41% 62 11.17%
Ahmad Bradshaw 706 3078 4.36 25 65 9.21% 163 23.09% 89 12.61%
Pierre Thomas 445 1853 4.16 10 41 9.21% 97 21.80% 43 9.66%
LeGarrette Blount 579 2711 4.68 20 54 9.33% 114 19.69% 69 11.92%
Chris Ivory 438 2140 4.89 11 41 9.36% 107 24.43% 50 11.42%
Rashard Mendenhall 819 3066 3.74 31 80 9.77% 161 19.66% 65 7.94%
DeMarco Murray 542 2681 4.95 15 53 9.78% 146 26.94% 64 11.81%
Beanie Wells 449 1678 3.74 17 44 9.80% 77 17.15% 30 6.68%
Arian Foster 1077 4793 4.45 42 106 9.84% 257 23.86% 131 12.16%
Alfred Morris 611 2881 4.72 20 62 10.15% 147 24.06% 83 13.58%
Trent Richardson 451 1509 3.35 13 46 10.20% 65 14.41% 23 5.10%
Cedric Benson 665 2426 3.65 14 69 10.38% 123 18.50% 51 7.67%
Marshawn Lynch 1102 4787 4.34 41 117 10.62% 249 22.60% 123 11.16%
Donald Brown 473 2096 4.43 14 51 10.78% 97 20.51% 48 10.15%
Steven Jackson 1002 3968 3.96 21 108 10.78% 186 18.56% 100 9.98%
Matt Forte 953 4408 4.63 23 104 10.91% 202 21.20% 121 12.70%
Jonathan Stewart 461 2047 4.44 7 51 11.06% 100 21.69% 62 13.45%
Frank Gore 1000 4320 4.32 25 111 11.10% 212 21.20% 122 12.20%
Darren McFadden 661 2826 4.28 18 74 11.20% 122 18.46% 62 9.38%
Reggie Bush 702 3228 4.6 16 79 11.25% 139 19.80% 97 13.82%
Doug Martin 446 1910 4.28 12 52 11.66% 82 18.39% 49 10.99%
C.J. Spiller 587 3001 5.11 12 69 11.75% 117 19.93% 76 12.95%
DeAngelo Williams 615 2751 4.47 16 75 12.20% 114 18.54% 68 11.06%
Adrian Peterson 1118 5631 5.04 46 140 12.52% 268 23.97% 155 13.86%
LeSean McCoy 994 4836 4.87 35 125 12.58% 255 25.65% 147 14.79%
Michael Turner 858 3514 4.1 33 109 12.70% 178 20.75% 86 10.02%
Chris Johnson 1132 4731 4.18 27 147 12.99% 207 18.29% 115 10.16%

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  • srdan

    I love these types of articles when you take your time to research, adn then post the data. Good stuff SD.

    The only thing is that Mendy is very close to him on the list, and I remember him not being very good at not losing yardage. He often danced.

  • Dan

    On the other hand, there’s some very good runners at the bottom of this list. Wonder where Barry Sanders would be? But obviously a lower neg % is better.

  • Dan

    I was never that much of a Mendy basher, but looking at his YPC…geesh. Glad we went another direction.

  • Ken

    This is neat info. Jamal Charles comes out looking like a stud in these stats. He constantly gets the large gains without getting the losses.

  • Ken

    Mendy was good in his prime… That super bowl fumble killed us though.

  • Steelers12328882

    Yeah, no doubt. Easily the best combined numbers using this chart.

  • Matt Manzo

    Ya. I think Ray Lewis breaking his shoulder his first year took away any toughness he had! It’s gotta suck for a rookie to get hurt like that and miss sooo many games.

  • Matt Manzo

    I just read an article in a fantasy football mag that thinks Blount will end up being our number 1. They say Bell is too soft for a big back.
    I think we haven’t even seen the real Bell yet. But I’m excited to have Blount as our #2!

  • dgh57

    That fantasy football mag must of missed the 2nd Ravens game where Bell got his own bell rung on a running play. He ran with heart and desire on that play and he got the tip of the hat from me when they were taking him off of the field afterwards. They’ll be changing their tune soon enough.

  • Matt Manzo

    Exactly! Their reasoning for saying he’s soft is because he likes to jump over people!
    I call that athletic, not soft.

  • Timothy Rea

    Amazing he wasn’t hurt bad on that play. It was pretty dirty with 2 Ravens going helmet to helmet on the guy with no penalty flag in sight. In other words.. typical Ravens football.

  • dgh57

    Yes I agree. I was screaming “where’s the flag?!!”

  • chris ward

    Excited to see the Bell & Blount duo.

  • dgh57

    I don’t know what the true numbers are but I only recall him doing the leaping thing twice last year out of the 244 times he carried the ball. Scary to think what they would of called him if he had done it a dozen times!

  • Matt Manzo

    I’m constantly blown away by the so called “analysts”! Makes me think there’s room for all of us to start a real scouting business, for the fans, and make million$!

  • letownia

    Over his NFL career he fumbled once every 50 touches. He’s a pretty great runner minus the fumbling, but I think that’s why the patriots got rid of him (since Brady can score on any possession, a fumble is more likely to be lost points). I think he’s a great addition, but if he’s used primarily to ‘protect the lead’ while resting le’veon, then a fumble could spur a comeback. Once every 50 touches isn’t horrific but if he were a 25-touch a game bellcow, he’d in theory fumble every other game.

  • Shawn S.

    I obviously disagree about Bell being soft (knuckleheads), but if he did go down with an injury, I agree that we have a capable #1 behind him in Blount. I’m still pinching myself that he’s on our roster. I was praying they would draft him out of college. Go Steelers.

  • Timothy Rea

    I’m not so sure they “got rid of him” for that reason. He was their leading rusher. They wanted him back but the steelers were aggressive and paid him first. I think he jumped at the chance to play for a team that was built on his style of running. Steelers aren’t so much that anymore but they could be again easily with the OL shaping up like it is. Bell and Blount
    is the best RB combo in the AFCN.

  • Steve

    Mendy never had much of a OL. The real problem he had was holding onto the ball.

  • Steve

    Blount was the Pats #1 back who they went to at the end of the year.

  • Steve

    Don’t forget Archer for the change of pace.

  • letownia

    Valid point – they probably would have kept him if possible. It’s just that Blount appears to be such a fine runner that to get him for so cheap makes me think that their is a catch. I really hope that it’s me simply having an overly healthy sense of scepticism :)

  • Scot Hickerson

    Blounts 4.6 a carry is more than respectable it’s up there with some of the best. If the Steelers are going to use Will Johnson as a tight end and full back. Why not do the with Blount and let him work at FB. Blount is bigger than Johnson anyways. If Blount is good enough it could free up a roster spot.

  • Dewayne Braxton

    And we still don’t have much of one.

  • Dan

    Hmmmm… You’re right. Maybe I should have been more of a Mendy basher. Thought about it after seeing his tweets and whatnot.

  • Dewayne Braxton

    Show me the numbers that suggest the line is shaping up. Or show me the talent. Fact is we still have Beachum, Gilbert, and Adams-players who rank below average. Optimism is good but there is no real reason to think Gilbert is going to get that much better. Beachum is to small and weak to become a solid run blocker..watch some highlights. Our fans are in denial. Adams has potential but that can be said of most NFL players. Neither Kruger nor Bucknell could develop these guys. Lets get out of denial. Bucknell was scapegoated. An Oline coach was not the problem nor is it the solution. They stink and the whole league knows it.

  • pat

    11 sacks in the last 9 games shows sign of oline shaping up

  • Dewayne Braxton

    No sorry. A hurry up offense and extra blocker like Adams playing tightend help a sorry oline. How soon we forget. They couldnt block anybody.

  • letownia

    …. while averaging nearly 30 points a game.

    If it’s that easy to score 30 points and get sacked 1.2 times a game with a “sorry oline”, I’d take that o’line in a heartbeat.

  • falconsaftey43

    Why do people keep wanting to get rid of Johnson? He is a good player. It’s not like they’re going to carry 5 RBs and 6 TEs and they need to cut the fat. They’ll probably have 3 RB, 3 TE and 1 FB. You need that many guys just to be able to do all the things you want and for in game injuries (not to mention one of those RBs is 176 lb Archer). And just because a guy is a big RB, doesn’t mean he can be a good FB, it’s a completely different job.

  • Dewayne Braxton

    How soon we forget. The line is so bad that they traded for a another sorry tackle and planned to start him. As for the 30 pts per gm, when you’re getting blown out (see Minnesota, New England, and Bears), the winning team usually plays a prevent defense which allows the losing team an opportunity to compile a lot of garbage yards and touchdowns like the Steelers numbers reflect. I also notice that neither you nor other offensive line fans, address the fact that this team traded for Levi Brown ( another numb) to START. And we used Mike Adams and double tight end sets to run the ball but you all act like you did not watch the games.

  • letownia

    We are talking about the 2nd half…
    6-2. multiple blow-outs were *we* are the ones running the ball to protect the lead.

    Our o-line improved and played well at the end of last season. The games you mentioned were from first half of season.

    I’m not saying elite, but they showed promise and it would be reasonable to say we have a decent o-line that shows ‘promise’.

  • Scot Hickerson

    Good points . There are to many weapons. Blount is good he is starting quality good. It’s hard to see how they will use him with Johnson. If Johnson was filing in at tighthe end then move over to full back.

  • joed32

    Exactly, we don’t know whether he ‘s a good lead blocker or not.

  • Dewayne Braxton

    And you still ignore the fact that Adams played as an extra tight end a lot and the also had to use Spaeth in double tight ends sets. Haley made these adjustments because HE HAD TO. Until the line can handle their own, they do not deserve much credit. Any team adding extra blockers should run the ball better. However, that does not prove the line is good but actually proves the opposite. And even with extra blockers, the line only produced one 100 yard rusher. I do not see the promise. Starting two below average tackles is far from promise.

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