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    Blount Force Trauma

    BLOUNT FORCE TRAUMA

    May 29, 2014
    Jim Wexell
    Publisher SteelCityInsider.net

    LeGarrette Blount is a big, bad man, and the Steelers have very specific plans for the latest addition to their RB stable.

    It was a simple up-and-back cone drill done too soon after the stretch for anyone to really care except Mike Tomlin.

    The Steelers' coach likes to use these drills to teach fundamentals in his own humorous and bombastic way, especially to newcomers like LeGarrette Blount.

    "Blount," Tomlin shouted during the drill, "I don't ever want to see you moving backward on a football field again."

    Tomlin said something else to Blount that was inaudible to those on the sideline, but it may have been something like, "You are my new beast. Go forward."

    Blount not only looks like a full load coming through the line here at spring practices, he has some breakaway speed. The 6-0 1/2, 250-pounder blew through one hole later in practice and wasn't caught.

    No wonder the guy averaged 5.0 yards per carry in rushing for 772 yards for the New England Patriots last season.

    And no wonder Tomlin got into the recruiting act during free agency to land him.

    "Yeah, they had some phone calls," said Blount. "I came on my visit and we talked a lot. Finally we came to a decision and I agreed this is where I wanted to be and with what they wanted to do here and what they had in place."

    What exactly did Tomlin say? How did he sell Blount on the Steelers?

    "I don't think he really like sold me," Blount said. "He just laid it on the line, was honest with me, said, 'Listen this is what we want to do, this is where we want to be, and you being a part of that would build a good part in how we could get there.' I liked that. I liked the fact that they want to come out here and be a winning football team. That's what I want to be a part of."

    Just to go backward for a minute, Blount finished strong with the Patriots. He started the final four regular-season games and the first playoff game and averaged 6.3 yards per carry and scored 8 touchdowns in those starts. The guy the Patriots had acquired from Tampa Bay for a seventh-round pick was giving Tom Brady a true power back and the Patriots rolled to the conference championship game.

    But at the end of the season, the Patriots let him go. Legend has it that Bill Belichick doesn't let good players leave, so how did the Steelers end up signing Blount to back up Le'Veon Bell?

    "I don't know," Blount said. "I don't have the slightest idea. I mean, I loved it there. It was an amazing place. And I loved being in the playoffs. I'll always have love for Bill and everybody at that place. At the same time, I'm happy I came here and I'm ready to be a part of this and hopefully we can get back to where I was last year."

    With Mike Munchak taking over a young line that's on the verge of blossoming, the running game is certainly being viewed as a major component for the Steelers' return to the playoffs.

    "I think so," said center Maurkice Pouncey. "He knows how to coach it real well. He knows how to set up blocking schemes for us."

    "Yeah, it has to be," said right guard David DeCastro. "We have some great backs in the backfield, tight ends, Will Johnson at fullback, and we're definitely very, very confident. It will be on us to prove that and give the coaches confidence to call those plays."

    What do the two line stalwarts think of the new runner?

    "Big and powerful, baby. I love it," Pouncey said of Blount.

    "He's awesome." said DeCastro. "Yeah, as an offensive lineman you love to have a guy like that behind you, short-yardage or even anything. He's just so skilled for being that heavy."

    And so fast. The speed was surprising, almost startling, on the spring practice field.

    "I've always been able to run," said the man who was timed at 4.71 in his combine 40 in 2010. "I think that's a big part of my game that people don't really respect. They don't expect me to be a big fast guy. That's cool with me. I don't mind that. But at some point when I get out there with it, you're going to have to respect it."

    Tomlin respects it. That's why he went after it. And that's why he doesn't want anything more fancy than straight ahead power and speed from Blount when he has the ball.

    So what else did Tomlin tell Blount out there by the cones after the stretch?

    "He just said if anyone ever asks me to do anything backwards, don't do it," Blount said.

    Sounds like a plan.

    http://pit.scout.com/story/1406695-b...ce-trauma?s=68

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    Steelers running back Le’Garrette Blount won’t turn 28 until December, but he’s already getting reminders that he’s no longer a spring chicken in football terms.

    Blount signed with Pittsburgh as a free agent this offseason and his fellow back Le’Veon Bell said he’s excited to be on the same team with a player that he watched while growing up. While he may be something of an elder statesman to Bell, Blount showed last season with the Patriots that he has plenty to offer in the backfield.

    He ran for 772 yards on 153 carries during the regular season and added a 166-yard, four-touchdown performance in New England’s playoff win over the Colts. Blount admits that it would be ideal if he could use that performance as a springboard to a starting job in the 2013 season, but he’s happy with the way things have worked out.

    “I feel like every running back in this league wants to be a starter,” Blount said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “Obviously I want to start, and I knew that when I went to New England. I wasn’t the starting guy. When I come here, I know I’m not the starting guy. But you work hard and go out there and do everything as though you are the starter. Sometimes it plays out that way, sometimes it doesn’t. I like Le’Veon. I like his running style. He rushed for 800-plus yards and eight touchdowns as a rookie. I wouldn’t mind complementing him at all.”

    There’s optimism in Pittsburgh that the Bell/Blount backfield and Mike Munchak coaching the offensive line will lead to a big jump over the 3.5 yards per carry that they averaged as a team last year. If an improved rushing attack comes to fruition, it should improve Pittsburgh’s chances of ending their two-year playoff drought.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com...t-leveon-bell/

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    Not according to Neil:

    http://www.steeleraddicts.com/forum/...t-the-Steelers

    Quote Originally Posted by NeilPatrickBanana View Post
    Blount sucks...
    he doesn't fit our scheme (zone)
    he doesn't fill a need (pass blocker, pass catcher, speed threat)

    signing him would make no sense
    The Steeler way...is the only way.

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    I like blount as a backup to Bell but I dont like the idea of him taking bell off the field very often. Bell is a good short yardage runner, a very talented receiver, and a decent blocker. Blount is great for the steelers if hes spelling bell and his primary backup if he got hurt

    Blount is ok at short yardage (not exactly where he has excelled, even though people like to think he has), he is a useless receiver, and an ok blocker. He can hit the hole hard and break out of a pile, and i hope he does do that and shows his power because he has been known to try and wiggle a little too much (not really with the patriots, but it was strange that the patriots would run run run and the defense would cover pass pass pass)

    Im just so excited to have a legit run threat and see the play action reinjected into the offense

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    Knowing the way Tomlin thinks, Blount will probably get only 1.5 carries per game which is a shame since Blount would be a good player to roll out in the 2nd half when defences are softened up a bit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KemoTherapy View Post
    Knowing the way Tomlin thinks, Blount will probably get only 1.5 carries per game which is a shame since Blount would be a good player to roll out in the 2nd half when defences are softened up a bit.
    Yeah I guess you are right, tomlin does think that way........






    when they are down by 7-10 late in the 4th quarter

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    Quote Originally Posted by KemoTherapy View Post
    Knowing the way Tomlin thinks, Blount will probably get only 1.5 carries per game which is a shame since Blount would be a good player to roll out in the 2nd half when defences are softened up a bit.
    Le'Veon Bell is better. Blount should only be seeing snaps in situational "and one/and inches" and during Bell's pre-halftime series he sits. Maybe a carry here or there to keep Bell fresh but Bell is the workhorse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big T View Post
    Le'Veon Bell is better. Blount should only be seeing snaps in situational "and one/and inches" and during Bell's pre-halftime series he sits. Maybe a carry here or there to keep Bell fresh but Bell is the workhorse.
    Agreed

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    I'm not sure that you go with Blount on third and one or third and one and a half. Kind of telegraphs what you're doing. I think he gets way more touches in order to keep Bell fresh and maybe cut down on the possibility of injury. I can see Blount getting a series a quarter. Two guys fresh for the end of the game seems to be a good thing. Bell gets the majority of the touches but Blount is going to get his share I think. Also why not use the speed guy on third and short or short yardage on the goal line? It forces a defense to cover the whole field and just maybe spread out a little? Archer has the ability to make people respect his speed in those situations? Just a couple thoughts.

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    Agreed, I would like to see Blount get more than a few carries a game. Bell is the starter and workhorse, no doubt. But why not mix it up a bit with Blount and Archer.

    Time will tell, I suppose.

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