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mesaSteeler
12-24-2011, 09:27 AM
Ed: Tale of 2 Half-Seasons for Mike Wallace
Thursday, 22 December 2011 14:29
Written by Ed Bouchette
http://plus.sites.post-gazette.com/index.php/pro-sports/steelers/114031-ed-tale-of-2-half-seasons-for-mike-wallace

What's happened to Mike Wallace?

The receiver who publicly set his 2011 goal as an NFL-record 2,000 yards, started the season as if he were intent on reaching it. He began the season with three straight 100-yard games and 377 total yards.

He had 730 yards in the first seven games, not one of them under 76 yards. In his past seven games, he has 370 yards, no more than 70 in any one game and including games of 17 and 38 yards.

He led the AFC in yards per catch in each of his first two seasons -- 19.4 as a rookie and 21.0 last season. He was at 20.2 after seven games but is now down to 16.4 because he's averaged only 11.9 yards per catch the past seven games.

Where once he seemed a cinch to break Yancey Thigpen's team record of 1,398 yards set in 1997, now that seems out of reach because he would need 299 yards in his final two games to do so.

Antonio Brown has picked up the slack. Since he got his first 100-yard game in Arizona Oct. 23, Brown has been the most productive receiver. He has 722 yards in the past eight games on 42 receptions.

Brown's average is the same as Wallace's, 16.4 per catch. With 984 yards on 60 receptions, he has an outside chance to pass Wallace -- 67 catches, 1,100 yards -- to finish as the team leader.

Boomer
12-24-2011, 10:33 AM
Mike sure didn't seem to be fighting for the ball on those INTs monday night. and I didn't notice that he was aggressive in going after the defender after the INTs. That worries me some.

casteeler
12-24-2011, 06:16 PM
It seems that within the past few years we have drafted good Recievers but they have additude or off-field troubles, Plaxico,Holmes and Wallace. Wallace is great but maybe all of this praise is going to his head, on last weeks INT it seemed that Wallace put fourth very little effort during or after the INT. He should remember Brown is looking like he could be #1

mikegrimey
12-24-2011, 07:00 PM
It seems that within the past few years we have drafted good Recievers but they have additude or off-field troubles, Plaxico,Holmes and Wallace. Wallace is great but maybe all of this praise is going to his head, on last weeks INT it seemed that Wallace put fourth very little effort during or after the INT. He should remember Brown is looking like he could be #1

I love how you just lump Wallace w/ Holmes and burress as a receiver w an "attitude problem or off the field trouble" w/ no proof to support this idiotic idea.

Wallace has shown no indicatiOn of attitude problems and unless I'm missing something, doesn't have off the field issues

theplatypus
12-24-2011, 07:53 PM
It seems that within the past few years we have drafted good Recievers but they have additude or off-field troubles, Plaxico,Holmes and Wallace. Wallace is great but maybe all of this praise is going to his head, on last weeks INT it seemed that Wallace put fourth very little effort during or after the INT. He should remember Brown is looking like he could be #1



amazing:banging:

TRH
12-24-2011, 08:36 PM
Brown has surpassed him as the 'go-to' guy. In Wallace's defense, he has had a NUMBER of balls thrown his way that were underthrown, overthrown, etc.
He's not doing anything though, to change his reputation as the "one-trick pony'. It had appeared he was on his way to doing just that, but has reversed progress a little bit.

Bayz101
12-24-2011, 08:37 PM
Antonio Brown is the better all around receiver based on this years performances, but Wallace is a threat.

LayingTheWoodley56
12-24-2011, 11:25 PM
I think you can attribute a lot of Mike's drop-off, and Brown's emergence, to the fact that in the beginning of the season that teams didn't realize what a threat #17 is and maybe they were somewhat lax in coverage on him. Once he started posting 60- and 70-yard TDs every game, I'd imagine that DCs started gameplanning solely to shut him down and took a lot of the heat off of Antonio Brown, as well as Cotchery as he got healthy and others. You have to think that defenses wised up to Wallace going over the top and put a lot of thought into neutralzing him. Now Arians has to think what he can do to free him up again.

SunshineMan21
12-24-2011, 11:43 PM
Because he's seeing double coverage now?

Wallace wasn't well-known at the beginning of the season, but now he's known as the best deep threat in the game. It's no coincidence that the decline in Wallace's number have coincided with the emergence of Brown--Wallace drawing double coverage from a safety is going to make it easier for all our other receivers.

And the dude has never complained--I'm not sure where the point about him being difficult came from but he's had absolutely zero off-field problems.

lipps83
12-25-2011, 12:39 AM
Wallace wasn't well-known at the beginning of the season, but now he's known as the best deep threat in the game.

I like Wallace and all that, but to say he is the best deep threat in the game is just flat out wrong. There are better receivers than Wallace that can get deep and don't disappear for half a season.

I am pretty sure Wallace is just a two-trick pony.

I still would like the Steelers to try to keep both him and Brown around, but if they can't I would rather keep Brown at this point.

Bayz101
12-25-2011, 02:54 AM
I like Wallace and all that, but to say he is the best deep threat in the game is just flat out wrong. There are better receivers than Wallace that can get deep and don't disappear for half a season.

I am pretty sure Wallace is just a two-trick pony.

I still would like the Steelers to try to keep both him and Brown around, but if they can't I would rather keep Brown at this point.

I think Wallace has a head too big for his shoulders. Even before the season he was talking of a 2,000 yard season. Really? C'mon young man, get your head out of your ass. Brown's humble, and I like him. Hope we keep him around.

DanRooney
12-25-2011, 03:50 AM
I think Wallace has a head too big for his shoulders. Even before the season he was talking of a 2,000 yard season. Really? C'mon young man, get your head out of your ass. Brown's humble, and I like him. Hope we keep him around.

Brown's humble? bahahaha.

Bayz101
12-25-2011, 04:00 AM
Brown's humble? bahahaha.

He doesn't give up on plays, clooney.

BLACK_AND_YELLOW
12-25-2011, 04:17 AM
I think Wallace has a head too big for his shoulders. Even before the season he was talking of a 2,000 yard season. Really? C'mon young man, get your head out of your ass. Brown's humble, and I like him. Hope we keep him around.

Before the season even started Mike Wallace said he was just joking around about getting 2,000 yards...and brown is humble? Haha i never see Mike Wallace get up and walk up 5 yards after he was down after a catch and goes drops the ball on the ground like Holmes use to do after every catch...and i never see mike wallace dance after he scores a TD.... im not hating just telling u that Brown is not THAT humbled.

DanRooney
12-25-2011, 07:01 PM
He doesn't give up on plays, clooney.

If humble means showboating every time he catches a first down or TD pass. I personally like it. He is in no means humble. He plays with confidence.

ricardisimo
12-25-2011, 07:21 PM
Neither one of these guys qualifies as humble. It goes with the position, it seems. Rare is the Larry Fitzgerald that produces without thinking he's the be-all and end-all. I think both Brown and Wallace smell a bit like prima donnas, but so far neither one of them screams head case like TO or Muchostinko or several dozen others.

Wallace is gone at season's end. I'll wager my left testicle on it, so certain is it. It's a shame, but that's the business.

harrison'samonster
12-25-2011, 07:23 PM
I don't see either player as being humble, or either one acting like a basket case.

Wallace gone after this season! I hope not, but we'll be ok. Maybe in 10 years Hines will work his way back up to the number one spot. He's like the terminator like that.

BlaZeQuietly
12-25-2011, 08:35 PM
Come on guys, they are both great receivers, wallace may just be in a little slump right now, they are both very young talented receivers, and so is saunders, nothing to worry about, bright future for all three of them.

DanRooney
12-26-2011, 01:48 AM
Neither one of these guys qualifies as humble. It goes with the position, it seems. Rare is the Larry Fitzgerald that produces without thinking he's the be-all and end-all. I think both Brown and Wallace smell a bit like prima donnas, but so far neither one of them screams head case like TO or Muchostinko or several dozen others.

Wallace is gone at season's end. I'll wager my left testicle on it, so certain is it. It's a shame, but that's the business.

You know my stance on it. I certainly hope Wallace signs a big deal with us at the expense of Smith, Ward, Farrior, Mendenhall, McFadden, Kemoeatu, Moore and Essex.

ricardisimo
12-26-2011, 02:43 AM
You know my stance on it. I certainly hope Wallace signs a big deal with us at the expense of Smith, Ward, Farrior, Mendenhall, McFadden, Kemoeatu, Moore and Essex.
If he can play all of those positions, and guarantee that he won't get injured while doing so, then OK.

DanRooney
12-26-2011, 03:04 AM
If he can play all of those positions, and guarantee that he won't get injured while doing so, then OK.

He doesn't have to. Redman and Dwyer look like they can fill the void for Mendenhall. Batch is supposedly the same RB as Moore.

McFadden is just loose change...Curtis Brown needs playing time at corner.

Smith has a superstar backup in McLendon even if Ziggy misses time :chuckle:

Cotchery already took over for Ward.

And we still have 4 first round ILB prospects to choose from to replace Farrior.