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Galax Steeler
03-29-2010, 03:28 AM
Willie Parker didn't call for advice, but I'm going to offer him some anyway this morning:

Hey, Fast Willie. The Steelers still need a really good backup running back to Rashard Mendenhall. You still don't have a job for next season, last time I checked. Put aside your hard feelings toward Mike Tomlin and the Steelers' organization and see if a deal can't be done that benefits everyone. You gotta remember one thing: We're talking business here. It should never be personal. It's business.


I hope Parker comes back.

The Steelers will be a better team for it.

Parker turns 30 on Nov. 11, but he still has plenty left. He proved that to me in the final game last season. He toted the football 12 times for 91 yards against the Miami Dolphins and looked good doing it.

If Parker can just get his mind right ...

We're talking business here. It should never be personal.

The Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette spoke to a person close to Parker and reported in his PG+ blog that Parker is so bitter toward the Steelers about his treatment last season that he would rather sit out 2010 than play here again. The source's message might be a bit extreme, but there's no question Parker -- a valuable guy who played a major role on two Super Bowl-winning teams -- couldn't have been happy about being pushed aside for Mendenhall. Parker had to know it was inevitable from the day the Steelers drafted Mendenhall No. 1 in the '08 draft and invested a fortune in him, but that didn't make it any easier to take. The Steelers hardly used Parker after he had a foot injury in the third game. He had a total of just 34 carries in the 10 games before the Miami game.

Of course, that stung even if Parker never complained about it publicly.

Parker is a proud man. He never was fully appreciated by a lot of media and fans here, but he should be remembered as one of the great Steelers. He ran for 1,200 yards in '05 and set a Super Bowl record with a 75-yard touchdown run against the Seattle Seahawks. He had nearly 1,500 yards in '06 and was leading the NFL with 1,316 yards in '07 when his right leg was broken in the next-to-last game. He came back to lead the '08 Super Bowl Steelers in rushing despite missing five games with knee and shoulder injuries.

Despite all of that, the Steelers weren't wrong to turn to Mendenhall last season. After taking a public scolding from Tomlin, who benched him on offense during the game at Cincinnati in September because he "wasn't on the details this week," he played like a No. 1 pick and finished the season with 1,108 yards. "I think he's capable of a lot more to be quite honest with you," Tomlin told Bouchette last week. "Looking for him to do great things for us."


That makes at least two of us.

But that doesn't mean there's not a spot for Parker as long as he can wrap his arms around being a backup. He knows Bruce Arians' offense. He could step in again if something happens to Mendenhall. He would be a better choice than any of the other backs on the roster -- Mewelde Moore, Frank Summers and Isaac Redman. He might be a better choice than the team could find elsewhere, either in the draft next month or in free agency later in the spring.

At this point, it doesn't look as if Parker will get a shot at a starting job with another team. There hasn't been nearly the interest in him around the league that I thought there would be. There has to be concerns about his age and his injuries the past three seasons.

That's why Parker owes it to himself to at least re-think his stance on the Steelers. I'm guessing they would like to have him back at the right price. They brought back wide receiver Antwaan Randle El and linebacker Larry Foote to provide depth at key positions on a veteran team they think is capable of taking another run at a Super Bowl. There's no reason they shouldn't want to fill a similar need with Parker. That's especially true if they are as serious about re-committing to the running game as Tomlin says they are. They're going to need two good, solid, proven running backs.

Clearly, Parker can be one of the two.

That's assuming, of course, Parker can make his peace with Tomlin and the organization and accept his role as Mendenhall's backup.

Bitter Willie?

I'm thinking Fast Willie sounds a whole lot better.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10088/1046479-87.stm

solardave
03-29-2010, 04:29 AM
I'd love to see Willie back (as a backup). I think he has something to prove but he feels like he proved it to us.
He handled his role with class last year.

Steeldude
03-29-2010, 05:48 AM
i would rather have moore over parker.

stillers4me
03-29-2010, 06:25 AM
i would rather have moore over parker.

He's already proven he's a more than capable backup. Thanks for the Lombardi, MM.

steelerdave1969
03-29-2010, 07:28 AM
So what your saying is.. is that Mewelde Moore was more important than Willie Parker even after he made that 75 yard TD run in Super Bowl XL?.. How easy some of you forget... I loved Willie and what he brings to the team, I know that he had seemed to have lost something last year, but he was injured most of the season it seems like. I wouldnt mind him coming back, but with those hard feelings from him toward the Steelers org. I dont see it happening.. Good Luck Willie where ever you end up at.

CantStop85
03-29-2010, 10:10 AM
Report: Parker would rather sit out 2010 than play for Steelers
Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on March 29, 2010 10:52 AM ET


We mentioned last week Willie Parker could wind up returning to the Steelers, but the running back has other ideas.

A source "close to Parker" told Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Parker would rather sit out this season than play for the Steelers again.

Oy. It's not like Parker has many options, so it's unwise to burn bridges over his "treatment" in Pittsburgh last year. (It also won't particularly help him live off his Super Bowl heroics in Pittsburgh for the rest of his life.)

There have been questions about Parker's toughness on the field, and this report makes you wonder about it off the field as well.
http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/03/29/report-parker-would-rather-sit-out-2010-than-play-for-steelers/

MACH1
03-29-2010, 10:45 AM
A source "close to Parker" told Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Parker would rather sit out this season than play for the Steelers again.

Willie :wave::wave::wave:

Sounds like an early retirement or self forced retirement.

steelreserve
03-29-2010, 10:47 AM
The Steelers still need a really good backup running back

Well, that disqualifies Parker right off the bat.

Next ... :coffee:

Psyychoward86
03-29-2010, 10:53 AM
I actually dont want him back simply because i think it hurts our chances of drafting an RB in the mid-early rounds. I really like this years crop of RB's, highly underrated, not sure why. Im hoping we nab one in the 3rd or 4th.

Getting Willie back will make me happy too though.

Fire Haley
03-29-2010, 11:09 AM
Fast Willie: "F U Rooney, Steelers suck, I'd rather sit out"

Way to burn them bridges, Willie

Sharkissle29
03-29-2010, 11:13 AM
I dont want him back with that attitude, cyaaaa

Fire Haley
03-29-2010, 11:51 AM
Maybe Willie got a peek at the Steelers Big Board and saw we were going after CJ Spiller.

Fire Haley
03-29-2010, 12:03 PM
I dont want him back with that attitude, cyaaaa

I fully expect a rebuttal from his agent shortly saying he never said anything and would love to play for the Steelers next year.

3..
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Merchant
03-29-2010, 12:14 PM
I wanna see what Redman can do... plus he'd be a much cheaper alternative than resigning Willie

Prok
03-29-2010, 12:49 PM
I dont want him back with that attitude, cyaaaa

Agreed. It's best for both parties to move on at this stage.

I'm thankful for all the great runs FWP gave us. One of my fav's is the 05' @ cleveland 80 yard TD run. Will NEVER forget us beating them 41-0 as a christmas present. LOL

But we can get his replacement in this draft imo.

pete74
03-29-2010, 01:03 PM
i used to love parker but after his latest comments thats all over. i really hope he ends up in tampa bay and has a horrible year. we gave him a chance when no other team wanted him and this is the thanx we get

SteelGhost
03-29-2010, 04:27 PM
As much as I liked FWP for his contribution in black & gold.... if he wants to sit out the 2010 season instead of having the chance of winning the 7th Lombardi as a backup.... be my guest Wille, good luck !

Mewelde Moore is the way to go, and I would like to see what Redman and Summers can do :noidea:

pepsyman1
03-29-2010, 04:52 PM
I'd like to see Fast Willie work on his pass catching skills and stay with the team. We've never put together any significant packages to let Parker get outside where his speed would be put to best use. If he'd work on his hands a little bit, he'd be great to use for screen passes and provide a 1-2 punch to the running game with Mendi. There is great potential to be able to use both of them if Arians is smart enough to see the possibilities and Willie is willing to put last year behind him and worry about winning.

steelreserve
03-29-2010, 05:44 PM
I'd like to see Fast Willie work on his pass catching skills and stay with the team. We've never put together any significant packages to let Parker get outside where his speed would be put to best use. If he'd work on his hands a little bit, he'd be great to use for screen passes and provide a 1-2 punch to the running game with Mendi. There is great potential to be able to use both of them if Arians is smart enough to see the possibilities and Willie is willing to put last year behind him and worry about winning.

If we want to throw passes and screens, why try to use an injury-prone back with bad hands and hope he improves? I'd rather use a back that has good hands to begin with, and we already have a couple of those. And sorry, but I don't think Parker is any faster than an average NFL running back anymore.

Psyychoward86
03-29-2010, 06:24 PM
Wow guys you know these arent Willie's comments right? These are supposed comments from a person, who supposedly heard from another person about Willie's thoughts about his stay with the Steelers last year. Hardly a reliable source...

pete74
03-29-2010, 06:27 PM
i want to see redman in there. i thought for sure he would make the team after a great training camp and an awesome preseason

Galax Steeler
03-30-2010, 03:47 AM
All I can say is don't let the door hit you in you arsss Willie on the way out the door.

GodfatherofSoul
03-30-2010, 10:12 AM
Willie, that voice inside your head? That's pride f-ing with you.

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_ztKFmPfTeAo/S7IUmLr53PI/AAAAAAAAAII/UYfcfQSkPyc/Marsellus_wallace-bandaid.gif

fansince'76
03-30-2010, 10:35 AM
Willie, that voice inside your head? That's pride f-ing with you.

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_ztKFmPfTeAo/S7IUmLr53PI/AAAAAAAAAII/UYfcfQSkPyc/Marsellus_wallace-bandaid.gif

How many seasons you think you got left in you, anyway? Two? :toofunny: :toofunny: :toofunny: