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Najee Harris 'tired' of Steelers' struggles on offense

11/20/2023 12:33:57 AM
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Steelers running back Najee Harris expressed frustration about his performance and the Steelers' offensive inconsistencies in the wake of a 13-10 loss to the Browns, Brooke Pryor of ESPN reports.

"There's just a lot of stuff that just goes around that you guys don't see," he said. "I guess I'm trying to say it's just, I'm just at a point, where I'm just tired of this s---."

Harris' tone was a shift to the rhetoric he used earlier in the season when he defended the playcalling and implored the offense to execute more. Since he arrived in Pittsburgh in 2021, Harris has frequently been sullen and silently reflective at his locker after games, but Harris' postgame availability Sunday peeled back the curtain on the tensions bubbling behind the scenes of one of the league's worst offenses.

Harris was asked about the team's 6-4 record, and if it was encouraging to have that record despite the offensive struggles.

"You could do two things," he said. "You could look at the record and say, 'OK, we're still good right now. Or we could look at the record and be like, 'if we keep playing this type of football, how long is that s--- going to last? I look at it like, how long that s--- going to last? Y'all could look at it like, it's a good record, but I mean it's the NFL. Winning how we did, it's not going to get us nowhere."

Harris said the problems were fixable, but he didn't express confidence they would be fixed.

"Is it fixable? Yeah. Are we going to fix it? S---," he said, shaking his head and trailing off. Harris had 12 carries for 35 yards in the loss, while fellow running back Jaylen Warren had 129 yards on nine carries, including a 74-yard touchdown to get the Steelers on the board seconds into the third quarter. Warren's 21-yard gain followed by a 12-yard run got the Steelers within field goal range in the fourth quarter to tie the game.

"I couldn't get things going," Harris said. "It seems like every time I had got it, it seemed like the defense was playing it to ... minimize my role. ... I just couldn't get anything going. Lucky we got Jaylen going, so that was good to have him play. They were sitting on screens for me. Even in the run game, they were just blowing stuff up."

Steelers PR attempted to end Harris' availability several times, but Harris, who normally spurns media requests, encouraged the questions. And though he answered questions for nearly five minutes as the locker room emptied, in some cases, it was what Harris didn't say that was just as illuminating.

Asked if it seemed like opposing defenses knew what was coming, Harris raised his eyebrows as he looked around. He shook his head and then answered.

"Yeah," he said, drawing out the word, "in some situations, to be honest with you."

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