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mesaSteeler
09-07-2009, 11:06 PM
Steelers' Willie Parker likely to get short-yardage nod
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_642007.html#
By Scott Brown
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The Steelers will enter the season without a designated short-yardage/goal-line back.

But a simple connecting of the dots makes it clear that Willie Parker will get most of the carries in those situations.

"I think we'll go with the guy that's in the ball game unless he's dead tired then we'll put a fresh body in," offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said Monday when asked who will be the goal-line back.

Parker is the starting running back and second-year man Rashard Mendenhall is No. 2 but the pair won't split carries. Coach Mike Tomlin said that last week and Arians reiterated it yesterday after practice.

"Willie's the man," Arians said.

Parker rushed for 11 touchdowns in 2006 but has just seven rushing touchdowns the last two seasons combined.

The two-time Pro Bowler will have a couple of new lead blockers this season.

Frank Summers will play the position Carey Davis held the previous two seasons. Fellow rookie David Johnson will serve as an H-back much like Sean McHugh did in 2008.

The Steelers don't have a traditional fullback on their roster but Arians didn't sound concerned about how the 5-10, 240-pound Summers, who played running back at UNLV, will do leading blocking in front of Parker.

"Take the ball out of his hand and you've got a fullback-type body, and he showed good explosion," Arians said of Summers, who rushed for over 1,600 yards in two seasons at UNLV. "He's actually showed more explosion without the ball than with it. He got lit up a couple of times running down the sidelines in training camp but take the ball out of his hands and everyone jumps out of the way."

The battle for the No. 3 wide receiver spot behind starters Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes had not been resolved -- and probably won't be.

Arians said both Limas Sweed and rookie Mike Wallace will serve as the No. 3 wideout at times.

"There are different packages for both those guys so there's not really a third guy; it depends on the package that they're in right now," Arians said. "It gives us some flexibility that way."

The Steelers will likely open the season dressing just four wide receivers with teams only allowed to activate 45 players for games.

Arians said he "would doubt it right now" that veteran Shaun McDonald will dress for games.

Scott Brown can be reached at sbrown@tribweb.com or 412-481-5432.

steelreserve
09-07-2009, 11:46 PM
The Steelers will enter the season without a designated short-yardage/goal-line back.

But a simple connecting of the dots makes it clear that Willie Parker will get most of the carries in those situations.

And in other news, Max Starks will play quarterback and Casey Hampton will kick field goals.

I mean, why not, as long as we're trying that hard to put guys where they're not effective.

SunshineMan21
09-08-2009, 12:24 AM
Huh--Wallace and Sweed playing ahead of McDonald. I saw Sweed, but Wallace must have really impressed them--McDonald is a competent receiver.

RoethlisBURGHer
09-08-2009, 12:28 AM
I like Willie...but he is very ineffective when it comes to scoring touchdowns. More than a majority of his career touchdowns have come from him breaking a long run....not getting the ball in short yardage situations near the goal.

Then again, will Mendenhall be able to hold onto the ball in those situations? At least Parker doesn't fumble very often.

And this doesn't mean someone doesn't move into the role if he proves that he can do it.

steelpride12
09-08-2009, 12:31 AM
I like Willie...but he is very ineffective when it comes to scoring touchdowns. More than a majority of his career touchdowns have come from him breaking a long run....not getting the ball in short yardage situations near the goal.

Then again, will Mendenhall be able to hold onto the ball in those situations? At least Parker doesn't fumble very often.

And this doesn't mean someone doesn't move into the role if he proves that he can do it.

Ok now i agree with you to an extent. You say he is not getting getting into the endzone on short yardage plays. Do you blame this on a small running back or an OL that doesn't hold their own load and don't create holes or even chances?

#1 Big Ben Fan
09-08-2009, 12:32 AM
Called in the inactive thread that McDonald would not dress. Its not that he isn't a good NFL WR. The guy is solid and has produced in the NFL. I think the coaches are just so high on Sweed and Wallace that I think its wise to show confidence in these two young WR's and let them dress on gamedays.

Now if one of them proves they're not ready then we will see McDonald dress in a hurry or if Ward or Holmes go down then you would see the vet called upon to dress on gameday.

Shaun McDonald is a great insurance policy and when you're the defending Super Bowl champs you can just keep a proven vet WR around just for insurance.

I think to if Logan wouldn't have made the team then McDonald would have dressed.

SteelC7
09-08-2009, 12:45 AM
its the o line that stops us in short yardage, not our running backs or opposing defenses, parker is a proven redzone runner albeit not the past couple years but hes got the skills, our o line needs to step up this year!!!

wyn50
09-08-2009, 02:33 AM
yep, it does not matter who runs the ball on goal line situation, the o-line has to do a better job to give the runners a chance to get in.

Galax Steeler
09-08-2009, 03:54 AM
Maybe they could use the Tank on a few of them goal line runs. I just hope we don't have the same problem this year as we have had the last two or three years not being able to punch the ball into the endzone.

mmalone
09-08-2009, 04:37 AM
Maybe they could use the Tank on a few of them goal line runs. I just hope we don't have the same problem this year as we have had the last two or three years not being able to punch the ball into the endzone.

we shall see if the player management pro is flexible after a few looks at the goal line. the tank will block for parker. but the tank cant run with the ball his legs slow down when he carries the ball... i think its the extra 2 pound ball weight that kills his speed. And they will break Dixon in half if we try to use him...

i tend to lean towards the stubborn atttiude will lose mr. oc his job.... but wins save jobs...

but im just a fan... a TV watching.. beer drinkin QB.... lets play ball.:tt:

HometownGal
09-08-2009, 07:05 AM
Huh--Wallace and Sweed playing ahead of McDonald. I saw Sweed, but Wallace must have really impressed them--McDonald is a competent receiver.

I know - I was kind of shocked by what BA said about McDonald not dressing for any games too, though Mike Wallace was extremely impressive in TC and the preseason.

I'm OK with using Willie as the short yardage back. :thumbsup:

mmalone
09-08-2009, 07:33 AM
I know - I was kind of shocked by what BA said about McDonald not dressing for any games too, though Mike Wallace was extremely impressive in TC and the preseason.

I'm OK with using Willie as the short yardage back. :thumbsup:

he shocks me alot... hes not a real confidence builder....
and these are his quotes.. its wierd....

Dixon will break in half..

tank cant run with a ball... 1600 yards at UNLV have to check the videos, if he had a ball..

mcdonald, never dropped a pass... could have had more catches than anyone..
you cant dress for the game.

mendy cant play until parker is dead tired...

the OL only gave up 19 sacks... the 30 others were Ben and the WR's..

Just cant wait to play for this guy....

HometownGal
09-08-2009, 07:50 AM
I see the resident Arians basher . . . .

http://allaboutadvocacy.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/movie_i_see_dead_people.jpg

mmalone
09-08-2009, 07:55 AM
I see the resident Arians basher . . . .

http://allaboutadvocacy.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/movie_i_see_dead_people.jpg

not bashing, it just gets under my skin when i read his Quotes......

he always has new winners....

Psyychoward86
09-08-2009, 09:24 AM
omg.....we're NOT using Shaun McDonald? :banging:

steelreserve
09-08-2009, 09:45 AM
Dude ... all that effort for the resident Arians basher, and not even a peep for the resident Parker basher? I'm hurt.

I see the resident Arians basher . . . .

http://allaboutadvocacy.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/movie_i_see_dead_people.jpg

LVSteelersfan
09-08-2009, 10:00 AM
I totally disagree with the idea of starting a rookie WR over a proven veteran. Rookies tend to drop a lot of passes, run wrong routes that cause INTs, etc. Plus we have Sweed who is basically in his first year since he didn't play much last year. I don't understand this at all. Rook, you better hang onto that ball. I sincerely hope they double the amount of passes to Miller if they don't start McDonald. I still do not totally trust that Sweed is ready and rookies are always a crapshoot at the toughest position to learn.

I will trust the coaching staff knows what they are doing for now, but this one is a head scratcher to me.

revefsreleets
09-08-2009, 10:10 AM
I question using Parker as short yard/goal line back a little bit, unless they are worried about Mendy's possession ability a little.

Also, bear in mind, these are just some quotes before an opening game...it would not be the first time, nor will it be the last, that a coach before a big game says something that isn't necessarily 100% accurate come game time: It's called a smoke screen.

Look at what that nitwit in Cleveland is doing, not actually naming a starting QB...or Beliprick putting his whole GD roster on the injury report every week...Those are extreme examples, but this is the NFL, and there is a bit of psychological warfare being waged.

markymarc
09-08-2009, 11:22 AM
I don't care who lines up for goal lines or short yardage situations. Just get the TD and first downs. Also, I can't believe that McDonald won't dress for this game. Let's go Sweed and Wallace. Time to make some plays!

mmalone
09-08-2009, 01:39 PM
Dude ... all that effort for the resident Arians basher, and not even a peep for the resident Parker basher? I'm hurt.

she likes me.... i remind her of her x husband...

:wave:

revefsreleets
09-08-2009, 01:58 PM
I'm anxious to see the goal line fade pass to Sweed...at 6'4", there's no reason why that play shouldn't work nearly every time.

Having a play like that in the arsenal that opponents HAVE to respect (unlike when Plex used to run it and drop nearly every attempt) will certainly help to create some open running lanes down around the goalline.

Steelboy84
09-08-2009, 07:41 PM
We also need Mendenhall to step up big time this year so Willie will be fresh late in the game.

T Bradshaw
09-09-2009, 12:07 AM
I like Willie...but he is very ineffective when it comes to scoring touchdowns. More than a majority of his career touchdowns have come from him breaking a long run....not getting the ball in short yardage situations near the goal.



I dont blame our RBs I blame that shit we have called offensive line, just look how many time we had 1st down inside the 10 years line in the super bowl and could not run it in because of super poor OL blocking

revefsreleets
09-09-2009, 08:54 AM
We also need Mendenhall to step up big time this year so Willie will be fresh late in the game.

OR have Mendy ready with fresh legs to take advantage of a tired defense late in games...six and one half dozen the other....

markymarc
09-09-2009, 02:54 PM
I'm anxious to see the goal line fade pass to Sweed...at 6'4", there's no reason why that play shouldn't work nearly every time.

Having a play like that in the arsenal that opponents HAVE to respect (unlike when Plex used to run it and drop nearly every attempt) will certainly help to create some open running lanes down around the goalline.

I totally agree! It would be nice to get in goal line situations and just throw up a jump ball to Limas Sweed. Maybe we can witness it for the first time tomorrow night.