View Full Version : Clutch ? New Role For Wallace: Short Pass, Long Run

12-30-2010, 12:59 PM
He's the fastest man in the NFL. Defender's are playing off 10-15 yds most of the time. He's trying to get out of that "one-trick pony " persona.
The Steelers had a couple of games of note this year (Saints and Jets) in which they were on a final drive to try to come back and win games in which the final result was, well - - fail. We know, as veteran Steelers fans, that in the recent past (actually, when Holmes was here) we would have 'more than likely' came back and won those games on that final drive... as we had gotten use to doing it... we had gotten good at it.
I don't know what the play calling was on those drives, but I'm willing to bet that Wallace was sent deep (and right into a forest of defenders) more often than not.
Now, like Holmes had, and as of lately, Wallace is developing another "killing machine" in his arsenal of threats... the "run after the catch". An ability he showed to the max with both the Raiders and Panthers.
If the Arians (and this may be wishful thinking) can design or incorporate more plays to get Wallace short passes AND allow him at least 5-10 yds were he can build up speed, I say he will take it to the house more often than not ! ITS LIKE THE DEFENSE IS STANDING STILL NEXT TO HIM !!! And, at the very least, results in a big play ! ... VERY useful in those clutch, last drive situations in which the team seems to find itself in all too frequently from the habit of "playing down" to our opponents.
So the theme of this post: DEVELOP the art of the short pass to Mike Wallace... the profits SHOULD be enormous !!!

12-30-2010, 01:06 PM
I agree.

I think that Wallace is a faster and more versatile version of Holmes. He's still a work in progress, but he's developed quite a bit in such a short time (and as far as I know he doesn't throw things at bar patrons).

I think that if Sanders evolves as well (he's looking better and better) and if Brown can become more involved, I believe that we have all the makings of a five-star offense that could rival the production of the Pats or the Colts. Combine that with a solid "D" and we may as well start casting Lombardi's in house.

12-30-2010, 01:11 PM
Save that for New England.