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The Lakelander
09-16-2009, 04:39 PM
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/255840-the-enigma-that-is-fast-willie-parker?just_published=1

Main Entry: enig·ma
Pronunciation: \i-ˈnig-mə, e-\
Function: noun
Etymology: Latin aenigma, from Greek ainigmat-, ainigma, from ainissesthai to speak in riddles, from ainos fable
Date: 1539
1 : an obscure speech or writing
2 : something hard to understand or explain
3 : an inscrutable or mysterious person


Fast Willie Parker doesn't appear to be playing with as much heart as he is "talking up" with every chance he is provided.

Here's my contention about Fast Willie Parker ....

He is playing in the final year of his contract.

He is an NFL running back.

NFL running backs don't like to play and risk major injury without a guaranteed contract.

Parker has stated publically (and was earnestly "STFU'd" by Coach Tomlin) his less than enamored feelings about the changes within the Steelers rushing system as recently as mid-season last year.

Just a few days ago, Coach Tomlin publically endorsed Parker as his 300+ carries guy this season.

The Steelers drafted a 1st round running back and paid that guy on par with Parker, without that guy even having ever taken an NFL carry.

And then a few points I'd like to make about Jerome Bettis, who has been more than minimally critical of the Steelers poor o-line play and poor running back play these past two seasons ...

Willie Parker has a huge attachment to the "Bus". Parker admires Jerome more than any other player he has played with or against in the NFL. It was Jerome that brought Willie Parker under his wing. It was Jerome who taught Parker how to prepare mentally and physically to be an NFL gameday RB.

That said, when Jerome is publically busting on the Steelers, as he has twice in his short NFL analyst career now, could it be Willie Parker who is taking that message to heart the most out of any Steelers holdovers from the Jerome Bettis years? There is a discernable influence Jerome Bettis still has upon Willie Parker.

I stated something to this effect last season on a Steelers message board that I frequent.

Do you think Jerome and Parker aren't texting to this day?

Do you think Jerome maybe could be influencing Parker's thoughts regarding the system changes in Pittsburgh and how negatively those changes are impacting Parker's stats and career?

And then the Steelers draft a running back in Round 1 last year who is paid on par with Parker ... ????

If this is Parker's last year in Pittsburgh, is he really going to "put out" and risk major injury when he has absolutely no long-term deal in place ... ???

Does Parker really want 300 carries this year, and the wear and tear that come along with it, like Coach Tomlin insinuated in the media last week?

My guess is that Bettis is very possibly playing the "Grima Wormtongue" to the conscience of Willie Parker and is influencing Parker's next move out of Pittsburgh in subtle ways that are "poisoning" Parker's desire to be the best he can be.

Bettis is extremely experienced at career-type performance issues ... he played the cards at the table of his career moves quite methodically in fact ...

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07234/811164-13.stm

Bettis went through a certain lag in performance during the Amos Zereoue years shortly after the Richard Huntley incident, when Zereoue started 11 games between 2002 and 2003. He was essentially outplayed by both Zereoue and Huntley over a 4 year mid-career stretch.

Is the Jerome Bettis we all "think" we know, as Steelers fans, the one-and-the-same Jerome Bettis who used chicanery throughout his entire Steelers experience to win at the game of NFL existence ... ?

And if that Jerome Bettis is influencing the day-to-day grind of Fast Willie Parker ... are we really seeing the Fast Willie Parker we ought to be seeing ... ???

T Bradshaw
09-16-2009, 05:03 PM
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/255840-the-enigma-that-is-fast-willie-parker?just_published=1

Fast Willie Parker doesn't appear to be playing with as much heart as he is "talking up" with every chance he is provided.

Here's my contention about Fast Willie Parker ....



I dont blame FWP, what can he do when there is no blocking?
No RB can do it

steelreserve
09-16-2009, 05:07 PM
If this is Parker's last year in Pittsburgh, is he really going to "put out" and risk major injury when he has absolutely no long-term deal in place ... ???

Yes. Because unless your last name is Moss or Owens, if you don't play all-out, not only is your next contract not going to be a big one, there's a good chance you'll be out of football entirely. In the NFL, careers fade out faster than you can say "rocks and blocks." If you're like Parker, name recognition alone definitely doesn't guarantee you anything next year, so I don't buy it that he'd be half-assing it.

onefortheotherhand
09-16-2009, 05:14 PM
i loled at the title and loled again when you said the bus was Grima Wormtounge

The Lakelander
09-16-2009, 05:18 PM
For the record, I have no issues with anybody disagreeing with the angles of my articles. I appreciate criticism on my writings as much as I appreciate compliments.

If it inspires the reader's passion in one direction or another ... I feel I've done my job to bring a matter forward and provoke strong thoughts on matters.

I write "opinion only" articles to purposely provoke thought and controversy on issues I perceive ... whether that thought is agreeable to the reader or someone prefers to utterly slam the matter to the canvas.

I'm not an insider, and don't pretend to be, so nothing I write is verifiable.

I do it as a hobby to strengthen my written communication skills and because I enjoy the discourse that writing opens up.

wootawnee
09-16-2009, 05:22 PM
Jerome can say whatever he wants........He carried the Steeler's O for 10 years before Ben got there............He is going to the Hall of Fame in 2 years............Willie just thinks he is better than he is..........That makes him not be the best he can be........You always gotta try to be better......Ask Jerry Rice........Have an open Mind Willie and quit getting so mad all the time.....That is for the linbackers......You gotta be positive brother.......

The Lakelander
09-16-2009, 05:45 PM
Jerome can say whatever he wants........He carried the Steeler's O for 10 years before Ben got there............He is going to the Hall of Fame in 2 years............Willie just thinks he is better than he is..........That makes him not be the best he can be........You always gotta try to be better......Ask Jerry Rice........Have an open Mind Willie and quit getting so mad all the time.....That is for the linbackers......You gotta be positive brother.......


I saw Bettis as a factor and a hinderance all rolled up in one. He ran tough and was a perfect fit from the standpoint of physicality.

But I saw him get caught from behind many times as he ran through gaping holes in the line of scrimmage into daylight.

I was spoiled by Barry Foster's 1992 season ... it showed me what a RB with break-away open field speed could do behind the Steelers strong O-lines of the 90's.

I was hoping we could find a Foster clone after he walked away prematurely.

Parker, to me, fit that bill and when he actually hits it up in there and breaks through it's a thing of beauty.

Aussie_steeler
09-17-2009, 05:14 AM
If this is Parker's last year in Pittsburgh, is he really going to "put out" and risk major injury when he has absolutely no long-term deal in place ... ???

Just my perspective - but I dont think anyone intentionally plays soft to avoid major injury for future financial benefit. They may think about it but once you put your game face on and step onto the playing field its game on 100%.

Anyone who plays anykind of football has ego and a thirst to be involved with the play as much as possible. Footballers, of any code, think they are going to produce the perfect play each and everytime they are involved.

I would think that FWP is giving 100% on every play and upon self reflection would expect that he could have done even better on each of those plays.

Fast Willie Parker doesn't appear to be playing with as much heart as he is "talking up" with every chance he is provided.


To challenge someone with the claim of not playing with as much heart is nearly the ultimate slap in the face. How do you measure heart and how does a player defend this claim. The more he defends it, the more it looks like he is justifying the accusers claims.

I appreciate your writing style Lakelander. The purpose of these forums is to create discussion and I think you do a good job of that with your style.

NB: Interesting I have never thought of comparing FWP with Barry Foster. I can see some similarities but not totally. Barry had a little bit more of a physical presence than FWP. In hindsight the 1990 draft was one that was loaded with first round RB's and to find Barry Foster and Brian Mitchell in the 5th within 3 picks was rare. ( the rams pick in round 11 was also an interesting one for different reasons)

Boomerang
09-17-2009, 07:34 AM
The O line is not helping the running game at the moment and that is not helping Willies prospects.

Kvnfaber
09-17-2009, 08:19 AM
I have full faith that if Parker is not giving the maximum effort for every play, Tomlin would get his butt out of the game and get him in line.

KeiselPower99
09-17-2009, 08:23 AM
Hey Willie guess what??? Instead of feeling sorry for yourself and acting all offended when someone questions you use it as a chip on your shoulder like you did the whole UNC thing.

steelreserve
09-17-2009, 11:23 AM
I have full faith that if Parker is not giving the maximum effort for every play, Tomlin would get his butt out of the game and get him in line.

For some reason, I have my doubts. If we had Adrian Peterson, Barry Sanders and Emmit Smith on the team, we'd still be playing Parker every down. It's just what we do. I sometimes think we're scared to make a serious effort to get other guys in the game just because we don't know anything else.

revefsreleets
09-17-2009, 12:09 PM
For some reason, I have my doubts. If we had Adrian Peterson, Barry Sanders and Emmit Smith on the team, we'd still be playing Parker every down. It's just what we do. I sometimes think we're scared to make a serious effort to get other guys in the game just because we don't know anything else.

That's ridiculous...if this was true, Parker himself would have never received a shot, and when he did, we would have ignored his success...

It's fine to hate on the guy, and dump all the failures of the run game squarely on his shoulders because of it, and we all KNOW exactly how you feel about him, but can you at least keep the criticism contained in reality?

As for me, I'm going to wait a few games and see how he performs before I make any real assessment...

stlrtruck
09-17-2009, 12:18 PM
I think what Bettis does for a living now is just media hype. It gets viewers going, it gets online debates on the stations website, and it gets ratings. He's not paid to be biased, he's paid to create controversy. FWP needs to separate his friendship from Bettis' job. If he's taking it all to heart then it should impact his playing in a positive manner - according to past FWP comments. If FWP allows Bettis' comments to stop him then FWP is not as mentally tough as he's lead on to be.

Right now FWP needs to focus on himself. He's got a lot of improvement to do and there's nothing anyone can say to make it happen - FWP needs to make it happen himself. Maybe a summer training with Troy would do the trick!

markymarc
09-17-2009, 06:20 PM
I can't blame any of our RBs for having to run behind our big uglies. Now if we continue to struggle against the defenses of Bengals, Chargers, Lions, Browns, Broncos, Chiefs and Raiders then I might be concerned.

Preacher
09-17-2009, 06:37 PM
That's ridiculous...if this was true, Parker himself would have never received a shot, and when he did, we would have ignored his success...

It's fine to hate on the guy, and dump all the failures of the run game squarely on his shoulders because of it, and we all KNOW exactly how you feel about him, but can you at least keep the criticism contained in reality?

As for me, I'm going to wait a few games and see how he performs before I make any real assessment...

Not to mention letting his hamstring heal up