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Retro offense for Steelers?

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Retro offense for Steelers?

It appears the Steelers are preparing to swim against the tide of NFL history. Or, more accurately, run against it.

It's a passing league. It's a quarterback league. The days of ground and pound are over. Those are the sort of things you'll hear from professional pontificators about the state of the NFL.

But the Steelers aren't listening. Though in Ben Roethlisberger they have a QB perfectly capable of directing a pass-happy offense, under new offensive coordinator Todd Haley, they are indicating this preseason that they intend to rely on the run.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writes: "They are trying to deliver on a desire expressed by the club's president 3 12 years ago when Bruce Arians was coordinator and owner Art Rooney said the team needed to run the ball better. If the team does not do so in 2012, it won't be for a lack of trying."

Yes, it's the preseason, but Bouchette points out that Pittsburgh has called running plays 58.6 percent of the time so far "and that tops anything they did at the height of the Jerome Bettis Bus tour."

Backup quarterback Charlie Batch told the Post-Gazette: "I think in the first two preseason games, Coach Haley wanted to go out there and create that identity and run the football."

The Steelers will be doing so without their top running back from last season, Rashard Mendenhall, for at least the start of the season. Mendenhall is trying to come back from a torn ACL and may not return until October at the earliest. (Mendenhall recently was taken off the physically unable to perform list, meaning that, in theory, he could return within the first six weeks of the regular season.)

If the Steelers do indeed want to go retro with a run-first approach, that should only be good news for the Ravens. After all, what does the Ravens defense do consistently well? Stop the run.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson, Mark Ingram ranked No. 2 in NFL for 'best rushing tandems'

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Lamar Jackson, Mark Ingram ranked No. 2 in NFL for 'best rushing tandems'

Kick off your Thursday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram were ranked No. 2 in Pro Football Focus' 'best rushing tandems ahead of the 2019 NFL season.' Ravens fans are excited to see Jackson and Ingram work together on the field this season.

2. The Ravens are looking for help at left guard and with 2017 fifth-round pick Jermaine Eluemunor not getting many reps in, Coach Harbaugh put Eluemunor in the left guard spot. Although Harbaugh said Eluemunor will need to get in better shape, he acknowledged Eluemunor's work at left guard.


Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Baltimore Ravens and Rotoworld for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Roster spot questions begin

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Roster spot questions begin

Kick off your Wednesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. Chris Board is making a run for a starting spot at linebacker for the Ravens, according to The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec. Board and Kenny Young will reportedly make a run for the starting spot opposite Patrick Onwuasor, but Board is pulling ahead of the pack Zrebiec says. The spot is up for grabs since the Ravens lost C.J. Mosley in free agency.

2. Also looking to earn a roster spot is wide receiver, Jordan Lasley. After training during the offseason with Lamar Jackson, many expected Lasley to show up to minicamp ahead of the pack, but after making some drops, Zrebiec says Lasley "will need to pick up his game" if he wants to get a spot on the Ravens roster.


Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Baltimore Ravens and Rotoworld for news points.

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