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03-28-2011, 11:25 PM
NFL from the sidelines
After hobnobbing around the NFL in the press boxes and sidelines, sports reporter Dale Lolley will let you know the insider scoop. Dale can also be heard on Tuesday nights throughout the season from 7 to 9 p.m. on WBGG 970-AM.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Running backs and shelf life

Mike Tomlin in the Post-Gazette said that he's not all that concerned about the heavy work load that Rashard Mendenhall had in 2010.

Mendenhall finished fourth in the NFL in carries last season with 324. Add in his playoff total and that number jumps to 385.

That's usually the danger zone for NFL running backs.

But, as Tomlin said, you draft running backs to hand them the ball.

And let's face it, the ball isn't heavy.

Tomlin famously said in his first season with the Steelers that he would run Willie Parker until his wheels came off.

That's exactly what happened. But Parker didn't have the pedigree of Mendenhall.

When you take a running back in the first round of the draft, you expect him to be a workhorse.