Steelers Might Be Forced To Work Things Out With Blount

It will be interesting to see how Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin handles the situation with disgruntled running back LeGarrette Blount moving forward into the bye week, but due to lack of depth currently on the roster, I will be surprised if Blount is waived.

While several of you are wanting the Steelers to replace Blount with Ben Tate, who was waived Tuesday by the Cleveland Browns, you might should know that like Blount, he was also unhappy with the lack of carries that he was getting.

Do you really want to replace one bad apple with another one?

The Browns were able to get rid of their bad apple thanks to the emergence of running backs Isaiah Crowell and Terrance West. As for the Steelers, they would be left with Dri Archer backing up starter Le’Veon Bell if they were to waive Blount.

The Steelers do have running back Josh Harris currently on their practice squad, but like Archer, he is also a rookie. If they waive Blount, that might be their best option.

The pickings are very slim right now when it comes to unsigned running backs. Sure, Cedric Benson wants one more shot, but he is a 31-years-old. BenJarvus Green-Ellis is still out there, but he was still trying to overcome a hip injury the last I heard.

Keep in mind that the Indianapolis Colts are also currently looking for another running back now that they’ve lost Ahmad Bradshaw to an injury. They might have to sign Tate out of necessity as there’s just not much out there on the street.

  • why do you have to go and ruin my fun. lol

  • JohnB

    I mean I doubt they’re going to give Blount a bunch of snaps going forward so why not let BenJarvis or Benson or whomever take the 10 snaps per game?

  • Eric MacLaurin

    Because Bell might get injured.

  • Steelers12328882

    Look for a trade, but don’t just cut him outright unless there’s actually a guy out there that you can pick up. I would sit him for the Saints game at least. Tomlin just can’t let this go without some sort of punishment just because we lack depth. We’re talking 10-15 plays on offense at the most. Give them to Archer.

  • JohnB

    They’d be capable in a maybe situation.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Sadly but true Dave. Blount’s future for next year was in doubt and now I’m sure he’s busted that door wide open to be released if he’s kept on this years roster but you have to think from a depth issue we might not have a choice but to keep this bad apple. Really don’t understand Blount with his history it would have been a good idea for him to be a team player and be as quiet as a church mouse but what he’s done is just about killed his career.

  • Dave Robesh

    Trade deadline has passed.

  • steeltown

    You just never know. Could we get by with Harris and Archer backing up Bell, sure, but you need quality depth down the stretch. I expect them to work it out, maybe sit him for the New Orleans game.

  • cencalsteeler

    Stephen Houston. The guy, imo, didn’t get much opportunity in training camp. The guy is similar to Bell in that he can catch out of the backfield, too. I like his size and play to warrant third and short conversions as well.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Can’t trade him it’s past the trade deadline.

  • steeltown

    I sure hope we haven’t seen the last of him, even if it takes till the offseason to maybe get him back on the 90man roster

  • Steelers12328882

    ahh, well that sucks. Maybe there’s a practice squad player out there worth stealing? Lache Seastrunk?

  • CodeNameJerk

    Ray Rice 😀

  • Douglas Andrews

    For a minute I thought about it too lol

  • NW86

    I’m really surprised at all the overreaction to this. Unless there is way more going on behind the scenes than this incident, there is no way they are cutting Blount. They owe him his full salary either way, so why would they make the team worse without saving anything? He will probably be released in the offseason, but not now.

  • PA2AK

    So we keep him in case Bell gets injured? Why not get rid of him in case the distraction keeps us from winning? Would have like to see one of the Steelers leaders help Blount with his bags on the way out. Walking out on your teammates because you aren’t happy is not an easy thing to repair. I have no problem with the risk of cutting him and finding whatever you can. The alternative risk (dealing with this crap for the remainder of the season) is at least equally probable and maybe even more problematic to their success than having Bell go down.

  • CodeNameJerk

    I agree, unless something else is going on you have to keep him.

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    When did he actually leave the field? Was it during the kneel downs or did he leave with 3 minutes to go? If he was upset and left during the kneel downs, it had no possible impact on the game. While it’s clearly unprofessional and not conducive to his long term outlook with the team, it is hardly a reason to cut someone that you need.

  • Steelers12328882

    Yeah who knows. Maybe he wasn’t given a carry in the game because of a reason other than Bell being dominant. You’d think they’d at least want to spell him for a play or two, but Blount got 1 play all game.

  • cencalsteeler

    Go grab Ray Graham!

  • Steelers12328882

    Right. Kinda stupid of him. It’d be one thing if they were at home, but being in Nashville he had to go to the bus and just sit there by himself lol.

  • cencalsteeler

    Ray Graham and Juwan Jamison are there. Or, you look no further than Alvestor Alexander.

  • cencalsteeler

    Simply put, he can become a cancer to the team.

  • Caesar

    According to Bouchette’s article this morning there has been more going on behind the scenes.

  • Caesar

    It was with several minutes left, definitely not kneel down time.

  • PA2AK

    and pout like a baby. if the rumors are false (that he was causing issues in the locker room for the last month) then this is all you need to distract a young team from their goals. Let’s not put any other road blocks to getting these guys focused and prepared in Tomlins way.

  • Josh Knepshield

    Resign 39. Give Willie a call. LOLOL

  • PA2AK

    The problem is….after this (and whatever else has been leading up to this point), having him may very well be worse than not having him. That’s football. Not sure how many grown men on that team would tolerate his presence.

  • PA2AK

    I might be a bad coach…but I’d put Ross Ventrone in the backfield before I’d let Blount walk back in that locker room.

  • srdan

    I wonder how the contract negotiation went. To Blounts’ defense the steelers might have promised some ratio of carries, and now he finds himself being someone that will only play in case of injury. A backup. And let’s say that he was promised a similar split role at another team in the league that is actually doing it today. I could understand his frustration more, but it doesn’t warrant his crappy attitude.

    Tate is not an option. For the listed reason. The other two are washed up RBs. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result. We have tryed the patchup approach to runningbacks and failed. We simply can’t find the “Grays”. So let’s not suggest that either. I give the FO credit for their signing of Blount and recognizing it was needed. So if 26 goes down, with 32 carries a game he will, Blount will be a much bigger asset than Archer.

    The coaches need to figure out how to get Blount going, and all this goes away. We need him. Bell can’t run the rock 30 times a game and get 7 targets. That is a recipe for disaster for his body. Blount is needed, bu thte coaches have failed to get him a role.

  • treeher

    I thought talk of suspension was overreaction at first, but if it’s true that trouble has been brewing for a while, it needs to be immediately and aggressively addressed even if they have to go out and sign Rocky Bleier as a backup.

  • srdan

    Not a bad thought. I’m not sure if youre being sarcastic. But unfortunately you are trading one headache for another.

  • srdan

    yes, especially on a team that lacks leadership (see 2015 steelers).

    They need to get Blount carries and all this goes away. Blount needs carries to save Bell. He can’t get 40 touches a game. Not healthy. Coaches have to fix this.

  • srdan

    Ha, or just tell Ventrone to go chase him down. He is very capable. hehe

  • Lewis

    Blount will just have to suck it up and realize that he is a backup.

  • Chad H

    Get rid of him. I like him as a back up but not as a problem in the locker room.

  • srdan

    How would you feel if every run of the first quarter of the saints game went to blount. Every snap. Use his anger to fuel our offense that usually sucks in teh first half.

    Far fetched idea, but it could work. Sitting someone does nothing in the NFL.

  • Spencer Krick

    Looks like we’re drafting a mid-late round back.

  • T R

    I think we keep Blount with a nice talking too.. or call the Colts and do a even trade with Trent Richardson… Blount can be the feature back and Trent seems happy with this limited role he had or share roll he had when Ahmad Bradshaw got all the carries. if this trade can;t be done.. Then Keep Blount he is asset more then a not…

  • PA2AK

    Cut Blount. Tell the OL to do their job. We still have Ben, AB, Bell, Miller, Wheaton, Bryant, Moore, Johnson…..not all studs…but neither is Blount. If he doesn’t want to be there and you have to cater to him in order for him to have a good attitude….you don’t want him there.

  • steeltown

    Wouldn’t surprise me. But, that’s almost like rewarding him.

  • T R

    thats what i want.. Seems Tomlins punishment is you ass come to work and play like he made them play late in the preseason game after the weed incident.. make him the workhorse all first half of saints game. and that will learn em..

  • T R

    he would definitely love to beat up on the Ravens when we played them.. but i would make him sleep in a bed of terrible towels for a week first before he was considered since he direspected the terrible towel once before.

  • SteveM2

    C’mon, LeGarrett; you need the Steelers, and the Steelers need you…NOW!

  • srdan

    I know people get excited about 200 yards. But 30 carries is a lot. I don’t want to see that again. Giving Blount a load is needed. Why not punish him with some physical punishment.

  • srdan

    Not a bad thoguht for next year.

  • T R

    yea for next year. but i am sure Colts would draft a few backs next year. as we will too..

  • PA2AK

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand he’s released!

  • T R

    and the Steelers needs to suck it up too and use him as a back up.. he making 2.5 million.. he needs to get on the field. but last night it was very hard to take Bell off…

  • srdan

    I know right? They seem like a dime a dozen until you need one.

  • steeltown

    They just released him… good grief

  • WilliamSekinger

    This is strike 2 for Blount. Fine him a game check and inactivate him for a game. Call up Josh Harris for that game and see what you got in the kid. A rookie backup RB is not really a big deal. Rookie RBs can get it done in this league.
    Not sure what Blount’s issue is. He was to share the workload with Bell, he knew that coming in. Blount was the better back in the Ravens game and he got most of the carries in that game. Bell was the better back this game. He was smoking hot, you don’t take a guy out even for a breather that is playing like that.

  • WilliamSekinger

    Just saw that!

  • Blount released per multiple sources

  • T R

    thats not rewarding you to make you work for your check.. Like Tomlin says.. a suspension is rewarding him. giving him a day off while everyone else work.

  • WilliamSekinger

    Now, call up Josh Harris and let him practice with the ones. Rookie backup RB is not at all a bad thing these days.

  • SteveM2

    …per the Pittsburgh Steelers website.

  • T R

    Cutting Bount is not the answer.. we need a healthy man and Blount is that. and he now knows the system.. we have enough to worry about with OL and bad production of offense to have worry bout teaching another back.. Man to Man Blount and put some stimulation on him and do a Bill Bellick on him. and keep him in line with the team. This is Tomlins chance to show he aint a players coach.. did i just bring players coach back up. LOL

  • T R

    Don’t list to Ed.. wasnt he the one who brought this crap out.. Ed should have took this to the team official and kept this inside the orgization to handle.

  • Don

    We don’t know all the details behind the scenes. Why don’t we calm down and let things work themselves out? Blount and Bell are buddies, so that seems like a good place to start when evaluating the possibilities of smoothing things over.

    Furthermore, is it always an irreparable offense for someone to lose their temper? In 1974, Mean Joe Greene left the facilities with the intent of quitting. Should they have said “good riddance” and cut him? Luckily, he was talked down off the ledge, and they only went on to win their first Super Bowl. So maybe it’s not always best to have a quick trigger to cut someone whenever there’s any trouble?

  • T R

    yeah like the cut Dwyer and then had to beg him to come back and pay him more then he worth.. just to cut him again when Redman didnt work.. Just coach Blount and tell him who boss and leave it at that.. Give him his touches and make him earn his money and see if his actions can back up his selfishness.

  • Don

    I guess it’s a moot point now. So where do they go now? As others have already stated, Tate is someone else’s headache. At least they have an extra week to figure it out.

  • srdan

    Ouch. I didn’t expect that and don’t like the decision from my point of view. Now if he was a real big problem in the lockeroom, then I agree. But man do I hope this was done with a backup plan.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    It would be very interesting to hear Blount’s side of this.

    Let me be clear. I do not condone any player quitting on his team. Blount was 100% wrong. And I believe cutting him was the right decision.

    But I also believe coaches lying to players is wrong. And it would be very interesting to hear what was “promised” to Blount. And what was discussed behind closed doors as the season progressed.

    If I was a betting man, I would bet the Steelers promised Blount something they did not deliver.

  • srdan

    Agreed. At 2mm per year, you know he was promised somehting. That is split carries type of money. Not sit around see if we need you.

    This is one of those things you and I will never find out. The steelers and Blount will say all the right things from here on out.

    Did you see the after game interview with Bell? he seemed oblivious or unaffected by it. If that is his crony, as much as we hear about it, i think it may have showed during the interview.

  • PA2AK

    he walked out because no one was giving the proper effort and the result was a terrible team. they went what 1-something that year. he made a statement….it wasn’t pouting.

  • letownia

    That’s rewarding him unfortunately.

  • srdan

    but in reality: how do you punish a multimilionaire withing the rules of the CBA?

  • Don

    About Greene: no, that was 1974, the year of the first Super Bowl. It was in the recent documentary about him on NFL Network. I was shocked, had never heard that story before.

    But anyway, it’s a moot point regarding Blount. I guess it was apparently something they couldn’t work out with him. Too bad, because I thought he was a valuable thumper for Dec/Jan. I’m worried that Bell will get worn down.

  • PA2AK

    right right….weren’t they practicing like garbage and he had enough of it? Either way…it wasn’t a ‘me me me’ situation. Quite the opposite.

    As for Blount…he wasn’t really a thumper….at all. Would be nice to have a legit #2 back, but the team is better off without tat attitude.

  • PA2AK

    caving to satisfy child-like temper tantrum? naaa…he’s not that important. The right move was made.

  • Don

    Yes, Greene’s frustration was not out of selfishness, it was about winning. I had hoped that they could work things out with Blount, but apparently not. You’re right, they don’t need that kind of attitude.

  • joed32

    You never know, he might do pretty well. I’m sure he’s hungry.

  • Umbra Aeternus

    I think he might get signed to the PS, if hes not in another team