James Harrison Fear Factor, Kickoff Return Unit, Le’Veon Bell Records


The Pittsburgh Steelers have a short week for Week 8 in the NFL coming off of their Monday Night Football win to face the Indianapolis Colts. While they’re preparing to win their first back-to-back games of the season we’re busy looking around for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Sunday, Oct. 26th.

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Harrison’s return a slow progress

Ralph N. Paulk of the Trib explains how the comeback for Steelers linebacker James Harrison has been a slow process so far through his first four games. The 36-year-old came out of retirement in late September and certainly hasn’t made his presence on the field known in the same intimidating way he used to so far. The Steelers defense is definitely going to need someone, hopefully one of the outside linebackers, to get to Andrew Luck today, as he’s only been sacked eleven times through the first seven games. James Harrison has yet to register a sack and has seven unassisted tackles so far this season.

Kickoff return unit not getting the job done

As Craig pointed out on Saturday, the Steelers have pulled Dri Archer from the kickoff return duties in favor of LeGarrette Blount. Mike Prisuta explains that Steelers special teams coach Danny Smith doesn’t view the kickoff return issues as unfixable. The Steelers currently rank 31st in the NFL in kickoff returns.

"“If I was playing us, I wouldn’t have any fear right now, to be very honest with you. But it only takes one. It only takes one big return to turn that corner.” – Danny Smith"

Le’Veon Bell’s record breaking year

Ray Fittipaldo of the PPG lets us know that Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell could be in the midst of a historical season. Bell could be putting his name on the Steelers record books for three records this season. He’s on pace for 2,144 yards from scrimmage, which would break Barry Foster’s record set in 1992. He could also set the record for receptions and receiving yards by a running back. Not only is Bell the team’s best back on the field, he’s also the second best receiver so far. He’s the second-leading receiver on the team in yards and catches.