The Steelers had a great draft. Each of their first four picks filled a hole. LB Jarvis Jones, RB Le'Veon Bell, WR Markus Wheaton, S Shamarko Thomas...it was like an assembly line of embracing reality. All solid. Every one at a position of need.
That's Step One. Here's Step Two:
GIVE THE ROOKIES A LEGIT CHANCE TO CONTRIBUTE RIGHT AWAY.
Jarvis Jones hasn't proven he can do it at the NFL level. But Jason Worilds has proven he can't. He's a bum. Better the devil you don't know. I would much rather see Jones get first shot at replacing James Harrison.
Same thing at RB. Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer are curtain-jerking, low-rent, obi-wan-jobronis. Bell is a rookie, but with pedigree. RB is the easiest transition from college to pro. You do exactly the same thing.
Bell is a wide load at 230 pounds. The Steelers love to cling to tradition. Let's cling to the BIG BACK tradition. Bell can be The Bus, Part II. The Tractor-Trailer. The SUV. Whatever. JUST PLAY HIM. He's the best back on the roster. Bell isn't just big, either. He can cut. He can catch.
Give the rookies a shot. Others have shown they can't. Let the rookies show they can. After 8-8, and heavy off-season losses, what other logical choice is there?