The person who coined the phrase “desperate times call for desperate measures” probably wasn’t thinking of the Pittsburgh Steelers originally. However, the old saying fits the organization’s current situation perfectly. In yesterday’s loss to the Tennessee Titans, the Steelers lost running back LaRod Stephens-Howling for the season with a torn ACL.
Less than 24 hours after losing Stephens-Howling, Pittsburgh wasted no time in re-signing running back Jonathan Dwyer. Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette tweeted about the official signing:
It was after the preseason when the Steelers decided to sever their ties with Dwyer in efforts to have newly-acquired running back Felix Jones in the rotation in the backfield, while rookie running back Le’Veon Bell heals from a mid-foot sprain.
As of right now, it looks as if Dwyer, Jones and fellow running back Isaac Redman will be the three-headed monster of Pittsburgh’s ground attack. No official word has been made about how the depth chart will change, but personally, I feel that Dwyer should start and carry the load along with Redman, while Jones fills in on third downs.
Although there were other running backs that the Steelers could have pursued, bringing back Dwyer was really the only choice for Pittsburgh. Dwyer’s knowledge of the team’s offensive game plan is reason enough to give him another shot. Besides, Dwyer is less than a month removed from playing football, meaning that he’s still in football shape.
Had the Steelers went after free-agent running backs such as Michael Turner or Willis McGahee, not only would they have had to get acclimated to the playbook, but they would have also had to get their legs underneath them. With the offense struggling like they did this past Sunday, they don’t need any more setbacks.
Clyde A. Speller is an NFL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClydeASpeller, or add him to your network on Google+