Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris enjoyed the best game of his career in Week 5 but afterward he didn't want to talk about himself. Harris had his first 100+ rushing yards game as he racked up 122 rushing yards in a 27-19 win over the Denver Broncos.
“Man, the 100-yard game,” Harris said. "It’s not so much me, I’m more excited of how the O-line did, just because of all the criticism they’ve been taking, and they stuck through it. We never broke”.
The Steelers' offensive line struggled mightily in the opening couple of games of the season but did a great job against the Broncos. “It’s all about watching it and seeing everybody prosper,” veteran guard Trai Turner said.
“I was able to watch Chuks go out there and battle and do phenomenal with how he did and watching [Kendrick Green] battle. I’m watching Dan [Moore Jr.] on the other side. “It’s just cool, man. It’s one of those things where you just keep going and keep building.
We know this is just one game. We know we have plenty more out there to go get, but it starts with being 1-0”.
Ben Roethlisberger praised Harris
Steelers quarterback Roethlisberger was happy to see Harris taking over the game and leading the team to a win.
“A very high percentage of those runs today, from the shotgun especially, were RPOs,” Roethlisberger said. “We probably had some of the throws, but why take it out of his hand when you're grinding it and you're getting it? It was fun to watch him excel and take over”.
Roethlisberger was also happy for the success the offensive line had against the Broncos. “I thought they answered the challenge,” Roethlisberger said. “I know Coach [Matt] Canada was very vocal this week.
For me, this week was about trying to encourage, talk to each guy and tell them that I believe in them, and I know they can do it. ... We’re going to go as they go”. Roethlisberger was also on the receiving end of criticism following the team's first couple of games.
“We have a great quarterback,” Turner said. “I’m glad that I’m able to play with Ben, but as much as he loves to throw it, as much as we love to watch him sling it, I love to run the ball, too.
“So we can get that going and keep being even, being able to attack via air, being able to attack via the ground. I see some good things happening for us”.