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lamberts-lost-tooth
06-02-2007, 02:37 PM
Parker doesn't mind sharing the load
Friday, June 1, 2007
By Teresa Varley
Steelers.com Notebook


Running back Willie Parker carried the load for the Steelers ground game last season, but he wouldn't mind having someone in the backfield to help with some of the carries.

"I think the two-back system will work very well here in Pittsburgh," said Parker, who indicated that sharing the load can help make his career last longer.

That help could come from veteran running backs Najeh Davenport or Kevan Barlow, who signed with the team just before mini-camp.

"Those guys are great running backs," said Parker. "Barlow is a downhill runner. We have been looking for that. Najeh is both ? downhill and he has some moves. I think those guys will bring great things to the offense."

But, don't think for a minute that Parker wants to give away all of the carries. After a Pro Bowl season in 2006, he wants to go back to Hawaii after the 2007 season.

"I want to get back to the Pro Bowl," said Parker. "It's more on my shoulders now so I am going to work hard at it. I don't look at it as coming off a Pro Bowl season. I just look at it as I am the same guy just trying to make it and I am going to work hard."



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While the offense is learning some new plays, the defense is mainly getting a refresher course during the team's OTA's.

"Basically right now we are relearning the defenses, putting in some new defenses and trying to get an all-around feel for each other," said linebacker James Harrison. "It's easier for the defense since we are still basically the same defense."



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The OTA's aren't just a time for players to learn, but for visiting medical personnel as well.

Connor McCarthy and Gary O'Driscoll, the medical director and team doctor respectively for the Irish Rugby Team, were at the session on Thursday to observe the Steelers training staff.

Rugby, which has a huge following in Ireland, has been a professional sport there for 10 years so they are still in the learning process.

"We are here to learn and see how a professional American football team manages their injuries, nutrition, health and welfare of the players and concussions in particular," said McCarthy, who was visiting with trainers John Norwig, Ryan Grove and Ariko Iso.

The two are spending three days in Pittsburgh, meeting with team doctors and the strength and conditioning coach Garrett Giemont, and hope to take some of the knowledge back with them.

"There are always different things you learn from different sports," said McCarthy. "It's invaluable. It's good to learn from the medical side and the fitness side."

tony hipchest
06-02-2007, 02:48 PM
good to see parker willing to share.


"hey bert, why dont we shaaaaare the cookie?:cookie:
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q23/shortyshane_2006/ernie20en20bert.jpg

LambertLunatic
06-02-2007, 04:40 PM
good to see parker willing to share.

Does he have a choice? lol

The Duke
06-02-2007, 04:49 PM
Does he have a choice? lol

I would imagine some players whining about spliting their carries, can't think of any right now, but not Parker, he's a classy guy.

HometownGal
06-02-2007, 08:35 PM
FWP's unselfish and team first attitude reminds me so much of The Bus. Way to go Willie! :thumbsup:

GBMelBlount
06-02-2007, 09:13 PM
good to see parker willing to share.


"hey bert, why dont we shaaaaare the cookie?:cookie:
http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q23/shortyshane_2006/ernie20en20bert.jpg


So, he's willing to share the "load" with...."poo" Davenport....Hmmmm!:poop:

tony hipchest
06-02-2007, 09:43 PM
So, he's willing to share the "load" with...."poo" Davenport....Hmmmm!:poop:

:chuckle: i guess you could put it that way. but like lambertlunatic said, its not like he has a choice. its good to see parker taking a team 1st attitude and not stomping his feet and writing a book Just give me the damn ball

stlrtruck
06-02-2007, 10:24 PM
It's just nice to see another humble player recognizing what it takes to get back on top and win another trophy!!!

SteelCityMan786
06-02-2007, 10:45 PM
Good to see Willie isn't trying to put too much pressure on him.

fansince'76
06-02-2007, 10:49 PM
I would imagine some players whining about spliting their carries, can't think of any right now, but not Parker, he's a classy guy.

I think what works in Parker's favor in this regard is the fact that he wasn't a freakishly talented blue-chip phenom coming out of college who spent his junior high, high school and college years being coddled and having his ass kissed. He actually had to WORK to get to where he is now, and thus appreciates things alot more and probably considers every moment of his NFL career up to now a blessing, as opposed to someone like Reggie Bush, who probably knew he was NFL-bound as early as 8th or 9th grade.

paw-n-maul-u
06-03-2007, 03:34 AM
He was pretty much the only bright spot on offense last year, but I think too much was asked of him. He had some ridiculousl games but when he couldn't get it going, there was really no one behind him to change things up.

Something I am worried about is parkers ability vs. the top notch defenses. He's really good at shredding through teams like Cincy and NO for 150 yards an a TD or two, but against b-more, jax, SD ... just couldnt grind it out.

I think we need another back that can grind out the tough yards. I'm happy we brought in barlow and davenport for a powerback roll, but i don't think either is the real answer. And i'm verrrrrrrrrrry happy we didn't draft an RB. Next year's draft is going to be loaded with good backs. Davis from Clemson, or Ore from VT please.

SteelersMongol
06-03-2007, 04:45 AM
FWP's unselfish and team first attitude reminds me so much of The Bus. Way to go Willie! :thumbsup:

Yep. He is the Bus's boy allright. Good old Bussy taught him well. :cheers:

Crushzilla
06-03-2007, 05:43 AM
I think we need another back that can grind out the tough yards. I'm happy we brought in barlow and davenport for a powerback roll, but i don't think either is the real answer. And i'm verrrrrrrrrrry happy we didn't draft an RB. Next year's draft is going to be loaded with good backs. Davis from Clemson, or Ore from VT please.

I agree with not drafting an RB. So many people were upset we didn't go after Bush or Hunt, but I felt like we took the steps we needed to fill immediate holes. Its a building process. You can't get everything you want in one draft. We solidified the LB position and went ahead and grabbed some larger targets in the pass game, which, in my opinion, our receiving core needed some boosting badly. We grabbed a great punter to hold down the position.

Next year we beef up the running game. Grab some OL and a bigger back. We made some solid signings to give them a boost in FA (Mahan, Barlow). I think it will be sufficient in helping our top 3 back have another solid year.

Barlow and Najah are not long term solutions (obviously). Not that this team is in a rebuilding stage, but you can't build everything you want in a year. New coaches, new plays. Good to see guys like Willie embracing the now. The guys we have are the best we got. When everyone is on board, efficiency will follow.

Elvis
06-03-2007, 06:05 AM
I would like to see the Steelers have some good help for Willie, but the Steelers arent going to pay the salary that some of these veteran players would want to come to the Burgh'.. Maybe Duce would take minimum wages to earn a paycheck in Pittsburgh this upcoming season!!!:wink02::jawdrop: Just Kiddin' Everyone:toofunny:
I would rather the Steelers bring back Bam Morris instead...

Galax Steeler
06-03-2007, 06:58 AM
That is great because we can save the miles on willie and maybe have him a couple of extra years.l

The Duke
06-03-2007, 11:01 AM
Hope the o line can help out Willie against those though defenses.