Steelers may have a new backfield in 2013

According to, there’s a chance the Pittsburgh Steelers backfield will have a new look next season.

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert indicated that offensive coordinator Todd Haley never had a shot at reestablishing the running game this past season.

“Where we were in the running game last year was indicative of the talent at the position. … That group of players didn’t produce the way we anticipated they would,” Colbert told the local media last week.

That might not bode well for the futures of Rashard Mendenhall, Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman in Pittsburgh, we hear. Mendenhall is an unrestricted free agent, coming off an injury-riddled season which netted his worst output since 2008. Dwyer and Redman, meanwhile, are both restricted free agents.

After tearing up his knee in 2011 and suffering multiple injuries this past season, I won’t expect Mendenhall to be back.  Look for the Steelers to draft a running back.