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mesaSteeler
10-26-2009, 12:16 AM
Steelers coach: Mendenhall got 'careless'
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_649860.html#
By Scott Brown
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Monday, October 26, 2009

Rashard Mendenhall's second lost fumble in as many games won't threaten his status as the Steelers' primary ball-carrier.

That is what coach Mike Tomlin said Sunday after the Steelers' overcame Mendenhall's fumble in a 27-17 win over the Minnesota Vikings at Heinz Field.

Tomlin said Mendenhall, who started his fourth consecutive game, got a "little careless" when he fumbled inside the Vikings' 5-yard line on the second play of the fourth quarter.

Take away the fumble, and Mendenhall had a solid game. He had as many rushing yards (69) as Adrian Peterson, and Mendenhall had eight fewer carries than the Vikings' All-Pro running back.

Mendenhall was not in the game during the Steelers' final possession. Mewelde Moore got the call over Mendenhall and Willie Parker.

"It speaks to the level of trust we have in Mewelde," Tomlin said. "He's closed games for us in the past, and we feel comfortable with the ball in his hands."

When asked if he will re-assess Mendenhall's place atop the depth chart at running back, Tomlin said: "Not at all."

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

jjpro11
10-26-2009, 12:46 AM
that was the stupidest thing i have seen him do so far in his career. i don't know wtf he was thinking jumping like that not even going for the end zone or a first down. the instant he left his feet i could feel something bad was going to happen.

El-Gonzo Jackson
10-26-2009, 01:25 AM
All young guys make mistakes. Plaxico Burress spiking the football or Barry foster letting a kickoff be recovered by the opposing team in the end zone.

We all learn from our mistakes. Just happy he can learn in a win rather than a loss like Ahmad Bradshaw did tonight.

Galax Steeler
10-26-2009, 05:27 AM
I don't agree with what he tried to do it was a rookie mistake. I know he is not a rookie but he ain't far from it. He will learn from this and hopefully start playing better.

memphissteelergirl
10-26-2009, 09:32 AM
I was pretty p*ssed that he did that, I'll admit. I told some other fans I was watching the game with that somebody needs to tell him his name is Rashad Mendenhall, not Walter Payton (may he RIP).

Nadroj 20
10-26-2009, 09:36 AM
He will be fine and he will learn from his mistake....i think he should have gotten more carries before he fumbled but thats just me

HometownGal
10-26-2009, 09:38 AM
Every RB - even the greatest of the great - has fumbled the ball sometime in his career. This is Mendy's first season as a starter, so I'm not going to pounce on the kid. Hopefully, he will learn from his mistakes and keep the ball tucked a little better.

memphissteelergirl
10-26-2009, 09:43 AM
Every RB - even the greatest of the great - has fumbled the ball sometime in his career. This is Mendy's first season as a starter, so I'm not going to pounce on the kid. Hopefully, he will learn from his mistakes and keep the ball tucked a little better.

Oh, I have no doubt about that, HTG...I was just saying what my reaction was at the time. Mendy is on his way to becoming a solid player for us...he just has to learn which situations call for what maneuvers, as it were. I'm pretty sure in time he will.

TX Steelerfan
10-26-2009, 09:48 AM
The dive yesterday and his spin moves in the past can easily be criticized as careless, and they may be to a degree; but I feel Mendy is showing some heart and desire. He just needs to hold on to that ball as if it were his newborn baby.

Steeldude
10-26-2009, 09:48 AM
Tomlin said Mendenhall, who started his fourth consecutive game, got a "little careless" when he fumbled inside the Vikings' 5-yard line on the second play of the fourth quarter

he was careless with the ball all game. he doesn't keep the ball next to his body. the coaches need to drill it in his head.

He will be fine and he will learn from his mistake

when? i thought he would have learned last week or when he was in college or earlier.

sorry, but fumbling is really a pet peeve of mine. :smile:

4xSBChamps
10-26-2009, 09:52 AM
Mendenhall was not in the game during the Steelers' final possession. Mewelde Moore got the call over Mendenhall and Willie Parker.

"It speaks to the level of trust we have in Mewelde," Tomlin said. "He's closed games for us in the past, and we feel comfortable with the ball in his hands."


..... a subtle-yet-effective way for Coach Tomlin to 'send-a-message' without calling the guy out in public
:thumbsup:

Jmat
10-26-2009, 09:57 AM
I love Mike Tomlin but I totally disagreed with him benching Mendy after that fumble. This past week is the first time since Mike became the head coach that I didn't agree with what he said at his press conference when discussing Jeff Reed and whether he'd be deactivated or not and then sitting Mendy after his fumble.

As long as he is consistent and fair with his decisions and doesn't play favorites I would have no problem with his decisions but in my opinion he's been full of shit recently.
He's still my man Mike but he's making me raise an eyebrow lately. Winning is a great deodorant for some smelly decisions.

Vincent
10-26-2009, 10:18 AM
Every RB - even the greatest of the great - has fumbled the ball sometime in his career. This is Mendy's first season as a starter, so I'm not going to pounce on the kid. Hopefully, he will learn from his mistakes and keep the ball tucked a little better.

Recall our recently retired 315 lb halfback that coughed up the ball on a "gimme" in Indy at the end of that 05 playoff. Its football. As the recently deceased Dwight White noted in "America's Game", "@#$% happens".

Mendy was trying to make a play. I'd rather have him than a stiff that dances around trying to find a hole. The kid is a stud and will be a great one for us. He also seems to respond to discipline and the "coaching" that results from his mistakes.

I love Mike Tomlin but I totally disagreed with him benching Mendy after that fumble.

I'm thinking (hoping) it was more putting Memo in than sitting Mendy. They tend to go to Memo when the chips are on the line. But I think this will have a positive effect on Mendy regardless. He responds.

And day-ham, I love watching that kid run!!

Angus Burgher
10-26-2009, 10:32 AM
One thing I do find a little hypocritical is that, I remember watching a game in the 07 seasons where Parker fumbled the ball two or three times. He was not benched, and they kept giving the ball to him.

Now, I know Mendy is still new to the league, but he is the starter. Given that, he should have probably been given the chance to redeem himself, at least as a blocker for Ben. Although its true that we do have more RB weapons than we did in 07, since we have Moore and Parker backing up Mendy. And of course, we shouldn't forget about Wallace's occasional RB duties. That guy is awesome.

Still, it's not always a good idea to bench your top player in a certain position, based on one mistake. But we won, so in the end, things worked out okay.

steel striker
10-26-2009, 05:25 PM
Well I know Mendy is getting better but, you can't have that fumble. That would have almost put that game on ice. He spins too much for my liking but, no doubt Mendy has alot of talent. Let's hope he takes care of the ball better in the future.

ricksteelers55
10-26-2009, 06:23 PM
That Memo had the ball in his hands in the 4th QTR isnt a shocker for me.That he had the ball instead of Mendenhall neither.

But that tells you that either Willie is still badly injured or they really dont have confidence in him anymore.

Preacher
10-26-2009, 06:29 PM
That Memo had the ball in his hands in the 4th QTR isnt a shocker for me.That he had the ball instead of Mendenhall neither.

But that tells you that either Willie is still badly injured or they really dont have confidence in him anymore.

No... I think those shoes he wears have really screwed with his ability to keep his feet under him.

Next week is a bye week. I think the week after that will be tell-tale as to how the coaches feel about Willie.

GBMelBlount
10-26-2009, 06:33 PM
All young guys make mistakes. Plaxico Burress spiking the football or Barry foster letting a kickoff be recovered by the opposing team in the end zone.

We all learn from our mistakes. Just happy he can learn in a win rather than a loss like Ahmad Bradshaw did tonight.

I can appreciate that El-Gonzo but it appears Rushhard Fumbleball is making a habit this. I do think he is coming along quite well this year, though.

The Lakelander
10-26-2009, 07:46 PM
Tomlin must sh!t his pants on the sidelines with regularity.

The red zone fumbles are a weekly ordeal with this team.

Steelboy84
10-26-2009, 07:47 PM
that was the stupidest thing i have seen him do so far in his career. i don't know wtf he was thinking jumping like that not even going for the end zone or a first down. the instant he left his feet i could feel something bad was going to happen.

Agreed.

AllD
10-26-2009, 08:12 PM
TDMMC Ring of Dishonor
Induction Date: December 15, 2003

Our second selection for the Ring of Dishonor will surprise no one. Despite being out of football for over a decade, the memories of his miscues seem to be fresh in the minds of many Dolphin fans. Mention his name, and watch the reaction. There is still a lot of emotion...anger, bordering on hatred. Of course, the man in question is Sammy Smith.

Drafted with the 9th pick overall in the 1st round, a running back out of Florida State raised Dolphins fans' hopes that a rushing attack would finally be brought to the Miami offense. It was not to be. Sammie Smith played 3 undistinguished years in Miami. In those 3 seasons, he never gained a thousand yards, never averaged more than 3.7 yards per carry, and never had more touchdowns than fumbles. Judging by statistics alone, Smith was not considerably worse than many other Miami running backs. Lamar Smith, J.J. Johnson, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, and Andre Franklin all had seasons where they averaged less yards per carry than Smith's low of 3.3 in 1989. Other Miami backs have fumbled more often, including Ricky Williams. What separates Smith from the rest of the group was his uncanny ability to fumble at the most inopportune times.

Smith's career is defined by one play. Without it, he might just be one more 1st round draft bust, instead of being a pariah to Dolphin fans. In a game against the Houston Oilers in 1991, the Dolphins were trailing late in the 4th quarter. Marino drove the team to the goal line. With time running out, Smith took the hand-off, went over the top and fumbled the ball away. Houston recovered and held on to win 17 - 13. It was a carbon copy of a play from the previous week, where Smith fumbled into the end zone against the Chiefs. That one was run back for a touchdown. The back to back fumbles were labeled the "Double Whammy on Sammie". Fans had seen enough of Sammie Smith and what followed was one of the ugliest scenes in professional sports. The entire stadium erupted in chants of "Sammie Sucks". Smith needed a police escort from the stadium. ...his own stadium. He said after the game that he doubted he could play for the Dolphins anymore. He was right.

Smith would be traded to Denver, where he would play a total of 3 games before being released. With no other teams interested, Smith slipped out of football and the public spotlight, at least for a while. Like so many retired athletes, Sammie wanted to give something back to the community. By "give", we mean "sell" and by "something", we mean "drugs". In 1995, Sammie was convicted of selling 12 ounces of crack, while in possession of 37.4 pounds of cocaine. He was invited to spend the next 7 years as a guest of the federal prison system.

For both his playing ability and his community service, we are pleased to induct Sammie Smith into The Dolphins Make Me Cry - Ring of Dishonor.

AllD
10-26-2009, 08:17 PM
Smith was eventually traded to the Broncos for Bobby Humphrey who had substance abuse problems and wanted to renegotiate his then current contract of $315,000 per season.

In a side note, Herschel Walker also made headlines by being asked to be traded from the Vikings to the Dolphins as an alternative to Humphrey. How many draft picks did the deal cost with Dallas and who did the Cowboys get in return. I think the purple whiners are still trying to forget that one.

El-Gonzo Jackson
10-26-2009, 09:19 PM
I can appreciate that El-Gonzo but it appears Rushhard Fumbleball is making a habit this. I do think he is coming along quite well this year, though.

Remember that Willie Parker had a perceived fumbling problem, as did Santonio Holmes on punt returns and both Tiki Barber and Ahman Green's fumbling problems were well documented.

All 4 of those guys mentioned corrected their ball security problems and considering Mendenhall has had something like 14 NFL games so far.............I think he will be OK.

The Lakelander
10-26-2009, 09:26 PM
All 4 of those guys mentioned corrected their ball security problems and considering Mendenhall has had something like 14 NFL games so far.............I think he will be OK.

I can agree with that. Tiki had a real bad problem that got corrected. Mendenhall needs to be coached up on how to hold the rock.

Nice post!

BuckeyeSteel
10-26-2009, 10:29 PM
..... a subtle-yet-effective way for Coach Tomlin to 'send-a-message' without calling the guy out in public
:thumbsup:

No message, we were in the hurry up/no huddle. MM is our back in those formations.


Mendy was trying to make a play.

He didn't know where he was & thought he was at the goal line. Bone head.

GBMelBlount
10-26-2009, 10:56 PM
Remember that Willie Parker had a perceived fumbling problem, as did Santonio Holmes on punt returns and both Tiki Barber and Ahman Green's fumbling problems were well documented.

All 4 of those guys mentioned corrected their ball security problems and considering Mendenhall has had something like 14 NFL games so far.............I think he will be OK.

You are right. It is hopefully an addressable concern as opposed to a chronic problem, especially this early....