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tanda10506
07-15-2012, 08:01 PM
So I bought NFL rewind, mainly for the coach's film, and have been watching a few of the Steelers games with my neighbor/friend who I normally watch every game with. We both hated Arians and thought that him and the bad O line were the reason we haven't had a good running game in a few years or use the RB in the passing game. After re-watching the 2010 AFC Championship game though, I think it was mainly Arians. If you watch the the game, especially in the first half, Mendenhall is used correctly. The formations and directions of the runs ACTUALLY CHANGE and Mendy actually does better in the passing game then he does in the running game. He looked kind of like Ray Rice. Now he did get a few decent blocks, but overall the 2010 O line, just like the previous few years before it and just like last year, was not very good. The O line didn't change for that game, in fact Pouncey went out, but Mendy still had a great game and was generating the majority of our offense. Now with Haley replacing the jackass and an O line that should be extremely better (especially in the run game), does anybody thing Mendy gets another shot and tears it up? I think if he gets a chance this year he will look like a top NFL back. Problem is with as good as our O line will be and with the pressure Ben takes off the running game, anybody will be good running for us. Redman will likely look great so I guess the question is will Mendy even get a chance? But if he does, and he does excellent, do we keep him? This year I did not see him utilized correctly even once so there's not much to go off of last season. But re-watch the game if possible, he looks like he's got "it".

tony hipchest
07-15-2012, 08:26 PM
now watch the superbowl vs green bay. pat kirwan and tim ryan have broken down the coaches film many times now.

green bay barely even tried to stop our running game and when they did try they were completely unable to do it. they were overmatched and the formations and success and match ups dictated we could run at will and watch rashard have a record setting day.

to this day they still cant figure out why arians and ben were hell bent on getting into a shoot out with aaron rodgers when EVERYBODY knew the way to win the game was to keep the ball out of his hands. instead we threw 3 interceptions and only ran in predictable situations (still having good success w/ it until clay mathews was calling out our plays).

thats why arians sucked. he thought putting together a gameplan meant doing the exact opposite of what conventional wisdom said to do, thinking he was going to fool or trick the opponents. every team knew this was his plan going into every game and he became very stale and incredibly predictable. its a testament to what great talent we have, that the steelers are still routinely a 12-4 team who can win in spite of telegraphing the entire offensive game plan every single week. .

mendenhall should be fine in the haley offense once 100% healed.

tanda10506
07-15-2012, 08:46 PM
i think Mendenhall will excel with Haley, but what happens to him after that is the question. We did run pretty well in the SB, the horror of the loss and the fumble (that was actually David Johnson's fault) is all that came to mind when I first thought about that SB. As far as getting in the shoot out, the way to win that game was the same way we beat New England, just running instead of quick passes. It was hysterical when he admitted to not taking advantage of match ups or changing the game plan despite both the Packers CB's getting injured.

steelerchad
07-15-2012, 09:22 PM
Mendy ran all over the Jets in that Championship game. I hope Redman starts the season well and that gives Mendy a little more time to get ready. Then they can ween him in with 10 carries a game. I'd really like to see a stable of capable backs. But nothing wrong with 2 or 3 guys splitting 35 carries IMO.

Steel_Bus_24
07-15-2012, 09:26 PM
Hope Rashard comes back with a vengeance....I still believe he has what it takes if he can get close to 100% again

tanda10506
07-15-2012, 09:41 PM
Hope Rashard comes back with a vengeance....I still believe he has what it takes if he can get close to 100% again

I agree. I didn't really see it till I rewatched some games and focused on it, but I think if utilized correctly he will look a lot like Ray Rice, especially with a better O line like Rice has had (ours will be better!). I just think there is a team that will see it and offer him way more then we will. I have been all for Redman starting, I thought Redman was a better fit for our offense as it was ran last year, but now I'm more concerned about not ever seeing Mendy's true potential, or seeing it on another team. A stable of backs is great, especially if one of them is a big guy like Clay, but I don't know if Mendy would stick around for that. The more I watch the more I think he can be big somewhere else.

OX1947
07-16-2012, 12:24 AM
UGH. Please dont talk about SB XLV anymore. That game seriously makes me nauseous thinking about it.

ricardisimo
07-16-2012, 12:34 AM
Should Mendy get another contract from us? Absolutely. Will he? I doubt it. We just can't keep everybody. Sadly, I think he will tear it up for some other team that will know how to use him properly... which is to say everyone except the Indianapolis Colts.

El-Gonzo Jackson
07-16-2012, 02:06 AM
Did they break down how many times he spinned in that game?

according to some, he spins every time he touches the football.

tony hipchest
07-16-2012, 02:22 AM
breakdown of last years AFCC game actually shows redman spins 0.9 times more per game than mendenhall did/does. :hunch:

steelfury02
07-16-2012, 09:25 AM
run by committee will work just fine :)

FrancoLambert
07-16-2012, 06:26 PM
Reason and logic rule again.
The Mendy bashing has stopped for now. As I have said many times in many threads the tip-toeing and hesitancy were mainly due to inferior O-line play.
All you needed to do is go back, watch the tapes and keep an open mind.
He plays and runs hard, he's fast, and he makes tacklers miss.
With an offensive coordinator who's creative he can be a nice weapon
If he's healthy, I want him back.

Fire Arians
07-16-2012, 06:43 PM
mendenhall i always thought would be perfect in an offense that knows how to use him

aka. not arians, the dumbass

like tony said, he will be dangerous in haley's offense once 100% healed

TheVet
07-16-2012, 09:43 PM
As I have said many times in many threads the tip-toeing and hesitancy were mainly due to inferior O-line play.
Yes, the inferior O-line play puts our backs in a tough position. It sucks. But Redman doesn't hesitate, indecisively tip-toeing behind the line. Sometimes you need to make lemonade from lemons.

Just saying.

Steelersfan87
07-16-2012, 10:42 PM
You want some lemonade? Here's some lemonade.

5GJAhQaRn5k

El-Gonzo Jackson
07-16-2012, 10:58 PM
You want some lemonade? Here's some lemonade.

5GJAhQaRn5k

He tiptoes and dances too much. :old:

Fire Arians
07-16-2012, 11:05 PM
You want some lemonade? Here's some lemonade.

5GJAhQaRn5k

and look how dangerous he is receiving out of the backfield, I've been clamoring for arians to use him more in the passing game. f'ing moron, glad he's gone. at least haley won't be as stupid in how he uses his talent

TheVet
07-17-2012, 12:23 AM
You want some lemonade? Here's some lemonade.

5GJAhQaRn5k

That's a very nice 5 minute video of Mendy enjoying some nice lemonade, thanks. I'd like to see more of that, and especially some video where he actually squeezes his own lemons, like Redman does.

ricardisimo
07-17-2012, 03:21 AM
That's a very nice 5 minute video of Mendy enjoying some nice lemonade, thanks. I'd like to see more of that, and especially some video where he actually squeezes his own lemons, like Redman does.
Maybe I'm just too old, but is that dirty talk? "Squeezing his own lemons"? I can't keep up with you youngsters.

El-Gonzo Jackson
07-17-2012, 09:57 AM
Maybe I'm just too old, but is that dirty talk? "Squeezing his own lemons"? I can't keep up with you youngsters.
:rofl:
Ric, I hear ya. You have to be careful who you ask for a tea bag nowadays.

TheVet
07-17-2012, 01:46 PM
Maybe I'm just too old, but is that dirty talk? "Squeezing his own lemons"? I can't keep up with you youngsters.

Oooops, I see what you mean. Definitely not what I intended!!!

When I talked about making lemonade from lemons, I meant a player that makes something happen when there's nothing there - like Redman does. Doddens posted a nice video of Mendy running through big holes. Lots of backs look great when someone hands them a big cold glass of lemonade.

Steelersfan87
07-17-2012, 08:22 PM
TheVet, there are at least 3 or 4 goal line touchdowns in there that are all effort on Mendenhall's part. I urge you to watch it again in case you missed them.

Bayz101
07-17-2012, 09:00 PM
There's no doubting Mendenhall's a talented running back, and in my opinion, he'll be a GREAT running back when healthy this season. A new offensive-coordinator calling the shots may be what this offense needed all-along, and I know it's what a majority of fans have asked for.

ricardisimo
07-18-2012, 12:33 AM
TheVet, there are at least 3 or 4 goal line touchdowns in there that are all effort on Mendenhall's part. I urge you to watch it again in case you missed them.
Yeah, and probably the best bit in the entire vid is the bad pass from Ben, thrown behind him, where he somehow miraculously made the catch near the left sideline, then got up and ran all the way over to the right sideline and just barely made the first down. Talk about being handed a lemon... that had to qualify.

TheVet
07-18-2012, 01:37 AM
Doddens, it's a nice 5 minute video. What a gifted athlete. It really makes me think about what he could have accomplished if he brought effort on every play, and if he ran decisively, without all the hesitation and tiptoeing. Like Redman does.

Anyway, he's been a serviceable back, but certainly a disappointing #1 pick. This might be the end of the line for Mendy here in Pitt, we'll have to see what he's able to contribute this season.