The last time the Colts had a running game that was at least league average was in 2005, they averaged 106.4 yards per game. Running back Edgerrin James was the lead back, as he had 1,506 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns. That was 13 years ago; a lot has changed since then. The Colts starting running back, Marlon Mack was only nine years old at the time, while Andrew Luck was a sophomore at Stratford High School in Houston. Most importantly, there have been four head coaching changes in that span. In 2018, the Colts finally got it right by adding former Eagle’s offensive coordinator Frank Reich to be the head coach and to revitalize their running game. So far, that’s worked as the Colts are twelfth in the NFL in rushing yards per game with 117.6 yards per game. However, that’s not all because of Reich’s playbook. Young running backs Marlon Mack, Nyheim Hines, and Jordan Wilkins have all been huge reasons as to why the Colts can run the ball in 2018. The Colts have rebuilt the offensive line, which has done an admirable job in making Reich’s zone scheme-blocking scheme work.
The NBA has been gaining popularity over the past several years thanks to a plethora of drama between star players (and sometimes even the teams) through social media. The play continues to get better and more exciting each year, and the egos grow three sizes each time a super-max contract gets signed. The Steelers would fit right in with the rest of the NBA, they just need to sign Jimmy Graham, George Fant, Connor Barwin, Julius Peppers, and Antonio Gates and they’ve got a starting five that would be absolutely fascinating to watch for about one quarter. This season has been a constant rollercoaster for the Steelers, it’s a shame that they weren’t the stars of Hard Knocks or All or Nothing, imagine being a fly on the wall for any of the conversations surrounding Le’Veon Bell this season. Le’Veon Bell was franchise tagged again by the Steelers, who have offered the Swiss army knife of a running back a $42 million deal with $13.3 AAV, which he turned down. It seems the Steelers want to hold off on paying Bell his asking price(a floor of $14.5 million or so) for as long as possible because they have to worry about paying everyone else on the team and Bell is one dirty piss test away from another suspension. There’s no doubting Bell’s talent on the field, he’s averaged 128.9 yards from scrimmage in his career, the largest since the merger. He plays nearly every down, can block well, like I said he’s a swiss army knife. In the waning years of Big Ben’s career, it would be best to have a top tier running back to help bring a young quarterback once Ben rides into the sunset with his walking boot in tow, but that doesn’t seem to be the Steelers game plan. In all likelihood, I expect this to be Le’Veon Bell’s final season in the steel city. Even after his inevitable return just before the deadline of week 10, something tells me they might not even play him, I have zero facts to back this up though. This is a pure gut feeling, Mike Tomlin just seems like he’d be petty enough to keep a guy like that out of the lineup after this holdout. Now, it’s quite possible we never see how that scenario plays out because earlier this week the Steelers began taking trade offers for Bell. Here are my top five teams that should trade for Bell:
Darius Leonard is fast, he’s added 50 pounds to his frame over the past year, and he might be one of the smartest linebackers in the NFL at the age of 23, all of these factors contributed to him being dubbed the ‘Maniac’, a nickname of that caliber should only come to special players. Leonard is just that. Not only is he a maniac, he is also a true leader for a defense that needs one.