Najee Harris says run game on him, blames outside noise

What the Steelers offensive captain had to say about media’s role
Najee Harris hands on hip
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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – Steelers tailback Najee Harris only had a short window to talk to reporters this week due to him being on the field for extra work and then a team meeting. But Harris had much to say about who is breaking them up and his role in run game struggles.

Let’s start with the lack of a consistent run game-24th in rushing yards and bottom half in rushing touchdowns.  Harris said put it on him.

“It’s how much I need to improve on,” Harris said.  “We are talking bad about the O-line everywhere, it’s not the O-line.  I think the O-line did a really good job last week.  Actually, starting from the Patriots, they did a really good job of doing what they can control.  It just comes down to me.  Really just me doing more and trusting them.”

When asked a follow-up about hitting holes or what he needs to do better.

“I need to trust them more,” Harris said.  “We got some really good guys.  They’ve done a really good job of getting better and they are good.  We do have a good O-line.  Too much I see in social media is how bad they talk about our O-line.  It’s not.  It’s me.  We need to stop focusing on them and focus on me.”

Harris also said the offense is really comfortable with each other.  It’s more of the outside noise that Mike Tomlin referred to earlier this week as hurting their team, including social and traditional media.

“You know what it is, it’s the social media and the interviewers, you guys are just breaking us apart in a way,” Harris said.  “Because you guys are asking questions like this.  We are at a point where we are building, we are working on it.  You guys come in here and ask questions to all the receivers, all the guys and Mitch about what is not working.  That’s not how you build and how you get better.  You guys are breaking us up.”

“We need to find a way where we can just stay together.  Come together as a team and focus on what needs to matter most.  Play-calling is fine, it’s just us executing.  You guys keep blaming other people.  It’s us in this locker room.  We all need to come together and focus what we need to improve on, every week, every day when we come out to practice.  It’s not going to be perfect, as long as the trajectory is going forward, that’s all that matters.”

“This is the NFL, outside distractions are a part of it.  We need to find a way to control what we can control and stay together.  When we come together and focus on a certain goal, that’s when we get better.”

We’ll see against the Jets Sunday if they can put the outside noise aside and as Harris said, he can be better.

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