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Pittsky
11-10-2009, 10:20 PM
Am i the only one that feel's bad for him right now? Everytime i see him on the sidelines looking on while mendi steals his job i feel horrible...I can't help but wonder if we would have stuck it out with willie he would be getting better as our oline is getting better and more confident...then again i think, hey, he had his chances...i'm not implying i think he is DONE or anything, but his chances are diminishing every 100+ game mendi puts up...anybody?

austinfrench76
11-10-2009, 10:29 PM
I read last week that he said homself that he is still hurt. I actually was thinking the same thing last night but, he didn't even see 1 play so I'm thinking he is still hurt. Either way, it's probably his last year in Pittsburgh so thank you for the great service Willie!

Carolina Steelers
11-10-2009, 10:30 PM
Am i the only one that feel's bad for him right now? Everytime i see him on the sidelines looking on while mendi steals his job i feel horrible...I can't help but wonder if we would have stuck it out with willie he would be getting better as our oline is getting better and more confident...then again i think, hey, he had his chances...i'm not implying i think he is DONE or anything, but his chances are diminishing every 100+ game mendi puts up...anybody?

I see were ur coming from a player shouldn't lose is job because of injury I do feel a little bad though I watched him play for Clinton High School were he would run all over us, but Mendy is like 11 in the lg in rushing plus Willie is looking for a contract its just the nature of the business FWP will be gone after this yr. unless he takes less money I still think he could be a starter somewhere in the NFL.

madtowndrunkard
11-10-2009, 10:36 PM
He helped us win two SB's....so I have good feelings for Parker. He's a class act. He's also a RB in the NFL. They don't last long and when they go down hill it's usually quick to the bottom. I want the best player on the field and with out a doubt it's Mendenhall. I wouldn't mind seeing Parker sign for back up $ and stick around for a few more years. I doubt that will happen though...and if it doesn't I won't shed a tear. He was a role player for this team....he fit a need and at times he did it well. Good luck to him were ever he ends up.

I do think we'll need him before this season is over though. Odds are Mendy is going to miss a game or two....maybe it's only quarter or two...but either way I think by the time this season is over Parker will be asked to step in and help win a game or two.

sharkweek
11-10-2009, 10:49 PM
Yeah, I feel bad for him. I also felt bad for Old Yeller when he was shot, but he had to be put down.

There's always hope that stays at discount as a change of pace RB.

mesaSteeler
11-10-2009, 10:52 PM
MATTHEW BURGLUND: Parker's finale fast approaching
http://online.indianagazette.com/articles/2009/11/10/sports/10027903.txt

Published: Tuesday, November 10, 2009 11:45 AM EST

Thoughts that crossed my mind during last night's game against the Denver Broncos:

n Although the Steelers haven't said so, Willie Parker's days in Pittsburgh are numbered.

When Rashard Mendenhall rushed for 155 yards on only 22 carries in last night's 28-10 win, he might as well have bought Fast Willie a ticket out of town.

Parker will be a free agent when the season ends, and you can bet your periogies that the Steelers won't make much of an effort - if any at all - to keep Parker on the roster.

*
It's an over-used cliche to say the NFL is a ``What have you done for me lately?'' league, but it sure explains how Parker has gone from a Super Bowl star to an afterthought in only a couple seasons.

What has Parker done for the Steelers lately?

Nothing.

He didn't touch the ball last night, and he has only eight carries in the Steelers' last five games (two of which he didn't play in). All the while, Mendenhall has seen his star rise, and last night he slashed his way through what was supposed to be a tough Denver defense for an average of 7.0 yards per carry.

It's true Parker has injury issues that have kept him from being fully productive, but by now it's clear he has lost his starting job, and in a few months he will have lost his roster spot.

It's Mendenhall's show and Parker is just there to watch.

If you listen to the folks on ESPN, who supposedly know what they're talking about, you'd have thought the strength of the Broncos' defense was its experienced secondary, with 30-somethings Champ Bailey, Brian Dawkins and Ty Law patrolling the field.

Let's ask Ben Roethlisberger how good that group is.

Last night he tore it up, completing one open pass after another, to the tune of a 21-for-29 night.

One game does not make a weakness, but if I was a head coach preparing to play Denver, I'd put a heavy dose of the passing game into the game plan.

n It's taken him long enough, but Max Starks has finally become one of the better left tackles in the NFL. I'd bet Denver's Elvis Dumervil had to introduce himself to Roethlisberger after the game because the two rarely got close to each other, thanks to Starks.

The steal of the 2009 NFL draft? Mike Wallace.

I hate to say it because it indicts an IUP guy, but the Steelers' special teams need some help.

It's by either miracle or sheer luck that Denver did not return a punt or a kickoff for a touchdown, and Stefan Logan looks no better than an overweight Najeh Davenport when he returns kickoffs.

He just looks thinner.

It's clear special teams coach Bob Ligashesky (IUP '85) has some work to do, and Steelers Nation better hope it happens soon.

n If Larry Johnson has anything left in the tank, he'd be a good fit with the Steelers.

tube517
11-10-2009, 11:26 PM
Yeah, I feel bad for him. I also felt bad for Old Yeller when he was shot, but he had to be put down.
There's always hope that stays at discount as a change of pace RB.


:rofl:

Angus Burgher
11-10-2009, 11:51 PM
I kinda feel bad for Willie, but it was definitely time to move on. He isn't the back that he used to be, but that's what happens all too often with RBs. It's a changing of the guard year for NFL runningbacks... Eddgerin James, LT and Willie are pretty much on their way out. They might have a season or two left in a secondary role, but that's probably the best they can hope for.

Merchant
11-11-2009, 01:33 AM
It's hard to view this article as a respectable piece of journalism when it's written by a guy who said Larry Johnson would be a good fit for the Steelers.. LOL

redst3
11-11-2009, 02:57 AM
FWP was great for us. He was never the same after he broke his leg.

Galax Steeler
11-11-2009, 04:41 AM
Parker is for sure gone after this year he has just lost his touch. He stays hurt alot and just don't run like he did before he got hurt in St. Louis when he was leading the league in rushing. Welcome to the the starting job of the Pittsburgh Steelers Mendenhall.:tt04:

KeiselPower99
11-11-2009, 09:22 AM
Willie has been hurt the last few years and needs the rest because Im sure we will need him somewhere down the line this year.

Godfather
11-11-2009, 09:32 AM
FWP was a great Steeler and I'll miss him. But he hasn't been healthy the past few years, and we're in good shape with Mendy and MeMo, so I don't think FWP is coming back next season.

XxKnightxX
11-11-2009, 10:09 AM
It must kill parker, but he must unerstand that its a business, and its not that Tomlin doesnt want Willie to play, but Tomlin is just riding on the hot hand of Mendenhall who has been running lights out. Parker needs to be patient, because once the final strech of the season comes, his number will be called. He should in a way be glad that theyre not throwing him and getting him pounded on a contract year. Although it would be hard to showcase what he still has, theyre doing the right thing.

Justin Otstott
11-11-2009, 10:18 AM
I'll be honest he wasn't my favorite player by far. Not my type of back so I think Parker is done with the Steelers due to number 34!

El-Gonzo Jackson
11-11-2009, 11:58 AM
Consider this...........maybe FWP plays sparingly the rest of this season and is resigned to a 4 year contract to backup Mendenhall for a relatively cheap price???

I really cant think of a lot of other places Parker might go in to compete as the feature back (Detroit, Cleveland or New England maybe????) and will play a secondary role anyways. So maybe he does stay a Steeler as veteran backup for cheap.

Preacher
11-11-2009, 12:04 PM
Consider this...........maybe FWP plays sparingly the rest of this season and is resigned to a 4 year contract to backup Mendenhall for a relatively cheap price???

I really cant think of a lot of other places Parker might go in to compete as the feature back (Detroit, Cleveland or New England maybe????) and will play a secondary role anyways. So maybe he does stay a Steeler as veteran backup for cheap.

I think that is definitely a valid scenario. Lots of bonuses in the contract for him to stay healthy and be able to play....

El-Gonzo Jackson
11-11-2009, 12:07 PM
I think that is definitely a valid scenario. Lots of bonuses in the contract for him to stay healthy and be able to play....

I think Parker signing a 4 year extension with the Steelers to be #2 on the Steelers depth chart at RB would probably make Steelreserve happy. :wink:

Preacher
11-11-2009, 12:10 PM
I think Parker signing a 4 year extension with the Steelers to be #2 on the Steelers depth chart at RB would probably make Steelreserve happy. :wink:

:rofl: It'd give him a scapegoat for the next four years!!

Rick5895
11-11-2009, 12:11 PM
First off, I am a huge fan of Willie, not just of what he has done in the past but how he appears to be handling the loss of his job, HE IS SHOWING TREMENDOUS CLASS. It wasn't that long ago when he took Jerome and Duces job, had a huge game (161 yards in the opener) but the 300 + carry seasons have had there impact on him.
Hopefully he learns from what Bettis did, and takes less money and stays home with us, he would be a great change of pace back (and great spot starter) for Mendy if he can get healthy. I say this because I think his days as a #1 back are over, once the injuries start to pile up it is down hill.
At any rate, thanks for the great years Willie, hope you are able to stay and make an impact in the future.

steelerchad
11-11-2009, 12:12 PM
Decent running backs only last 5 or 6 years in this league. It's too physically demanding. They take a pounding. Clearly injuries have taken their toll on Willie. The ones that can do it over 10 years are few and far between. Add that to the fact that it looks like Mendy is ready to take over and Willie's either gone or additional depth next year if he's willing to accept that roll and the pay that comes with it.

Edman
11-11-2009, 12:40 PM
Willie should take the Bettis Route like LT is doing in San Diego.

It's obvious the tear has taken a toll on him. Willie is no longer a full time starter in this league. The least he can do now is sit on the sidelines and spell Mendenhall or leave and spend the rest of his time elsewhere.

frankvctr
11-11-2009, 12:48 PM
After the season, Fast Willie will clear his locker for Redman, another undrafted player.

Dino 6 Rings
11-11-2009, 01:18 PM
Willie should take the Bettis Route like LT is doing in San Diego.

It's obvious the tear has taken a toll on him. Willie is no longer a full time starter in this league. The least he can do now is sit on the sidelines and spell Mendenhall or leave and spend the rest of his time elsewhere.

I tend to agree and have been saying he'll sign back with us for a pay cut. I bet he'd rather stick with the team that gave him 2 rings and a chance then go play for bigger money on a loser like the Lions with zero chance of doing anything worth while.

we'll see. Plus it couldn't hurt to keep him in the backfield if the price is right. What would it hurt having him on the roster with Moore and Mendy?

T&B fan
11-11-2009, 06:18 PM
Hes got 2 rings and the longest TD in a SB + he have enf $$$ to get thouht life .... so do I stay and have a chance at more Rings and play here at Pittsburgh haveing fun ..... or go some place and try to keep my job and make a few more $$$ ,no more rings just playing a yr or 2 and fadd away .. tuff choce

ricksteelers55
11-11-2009, 08:34 PM
Yeah, I feel bad for him. I also felt bad for Old Yeller when he was shot, but he had to be put down.

There's always hope that stays at discount as a change of pace RB.

Dont count on it,I was thinking the same but now you have to admit that they dont like to use multiple RB's

They only use 1 workhorse and then another 3-4 carries at the end of the game when the game is sealed.

What I didnt like about monday's game is that they didnt even give 1 single carry to Willie.

ricksteelers55
11-11-2009, 08:41 PM
I think Parker signing a 4 year extension with the Steelers to be #2 on the Steelers depth chart at RB would probably make Steelreserve happy. :wink:

I see Willie re-signing a 2 yr deal worth around 1 mil a year.It's a win-win situation.With all the RB on the free agency market I'm not sure Willie would get a lot or even signed unless he accepts to lower his demands.

Preacher
11-11-2009, 09:18 PM
Redman :sofunny:

And the legend of Kuhn lives on in another man.

devilsdancefloor
11-11-2009, 09:23 PM
justin vincent & issac redman are on the PS. I think th is the last year that vincent can be on the PS.

I do have a soft spot for willie being a UDFA and playing so well. But father time has caught up to him. I would think they would want to keep him around at a discount, but this is a business and they might bring up one or both RB on PS or even draft a RB in the later rounds.

steelreserve
11-11-2009, 11:54 PM
:rofl: It'd give him a scapegoat for the next four years!!

No way, man. Parker's on his way back! You take away everyone else's long runs and short runs, and he'd be leading the league in rushing this season. I won't be happy unless he gets ALL the carries next year.