Members of Steelers management including Art Rooney II, along with members of the team and coaching staff have stated they would like to run the ball more in 2010, and it will be interesting to see what the approach to that objective will be.
Many steelers fans want to see the smashmouth approach, but I feel it takes a bigtime fullback to go along with a bruising runner. Jerome Bettis and Dan Kreider are not making a comeback anytime soon. With that said, I see a couple of staples of the steelers offense that could potentially be a creative approach to getting more out of the ground game going forward.
Two offensive passing sets with a lot of chain moving and even some red zone success that come to mind during the Big Ben era are Bunch and Snugs....and occasionally Trips if run in shotgun formation. With Ward being THE best blocking receiver in the game and Heath Miller being one of the best blocking tight ends, I could see Bruce Arians the OC calling a lot of "passing" formations like this and running out of them with Mendenhall in a singleback set. Being creative in 2nd and long, or 3rd and medium by running the football out of a passing look should keep defenses guessing and get the most out of the current offensive personnel in the attempt to sustain long drives ( particularly in the 2nd half ).
Let me know if you guys agree, disagree, or have any other creative ways to get the Steelers rushing attack to be more formidable and more consistent in 2010.