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Terminator
11-25-2012, 11:38 PM
Has there ever been a successful team that cycles running backs the way we do? I understand every back on our team had a bad day, but why can't we just pick a starter and stick with him? How is any back going to get into a groove if they are constantly coming in and out of the game?

GoFor7
11-26-2012, 12:32 AM
Has there ever been a successful team that cycles running backs the way we do? I understand every back on our team had a bad day, but why can't we just pick a starter and stick with him? How is any back going to get into a groove if they are constantly coming in and out of the game?

To answer the thread title - because Tomlin wanted to punish them all for fumbling. It's like kindergarten for the Steelers RBs! Time out for being bad.

uclkyle
11-26-2012, 12:49 AM
Thats a good question and I agree. They should pick a guy (or even two) and go with him. I honestly think Tomlin doesn't know who to go with. Mendy just hasn't panned out. I don't think anyone can argue that. He's probably the most talented, but lacks something (mostly consistently). Redman is a loser and may be gone. Dwyer runs really hard and has good vision, but lacks any sort of speed. I really don't think they know who to go with.

teegre
11-26-2012, 12:56 AM
Thats a good question and I agree. They should pick a guy (or even two) and go with him. I honestly think Tomlin doesn't know who to go with. Mendy just hasn't panned out. I don't think anyone can argue that. He's probably the most talented, but lacks something (mostly consistently). Redman is a loser and may be gone. Dwyer runs really hard and has good vision, but lacks any sort of speed. I really don't think they know who to go with.

That's easy: go with the RB who is not fumbling.

Oh... :banging:

tony hipchest
11-26-2012, 01:01 AM
so many people say tomlin runs an undisciplined team, is a players coach, no accountability, doesnt back up his words, :blah:.

thats obviously not true.

that, and every runningback has been significantly injured this season except for barron batch and his misreead cost us a likely win in tennessee.

PhantomJB93
11-26-2012, 01:04 AM
The problem is we don't have a good RB to use as a workhorse. Dwyer is the best when he's in but he gets gassed and has to be spelled. Mendenhall and Redman have the endurance but rarely seem to do anything at all. Rainey has some good runs but he's too small to be pounded for an entire game.

Mendenhall is by far the most physically capable but he proves time and time again we are just wasting our time giving him the ball. Sad because there was a time before last season where I would have given the complete opposite argument. But he's had his chances.

I agree letting one guy handle most of the carries is the best way to go, but right now it's either give a guy 15+ carries who isn't likely to do anything with them, or spread the wealth and get the guys who can do something with the ball into the game for the few carries they are physically capable of handling. Pick your poison.

TheVet
11-26-2012, 02:10 AM
Redman and Dwyer have shown enough to stay in the picture, but Mendenhall should be out of chances. As a former #1 pick, it's natural that they gave him every opportunity. But at this point the writing really should be on the wall.

Hopefully this is the last season we need to watch him hesitating and fumbling. And twittering crap about 9/11 inside jobs and the NFL being like slave owners.

Neil-Still-Rules-14
11-26-2012, 02:15 AM
Mendenhall is in the last season of his rookie contract. I honestly don't think he's done anything to earn another one.

Edman
11-26-2012, 10:19 AM
The real question is why do we keep trotting out Mendenhall. He is the Mike Wallace of the RB's, and like Mike Wallace, it's time be packed his bags and left.

I have no issue cycling out Redman and Dwyer. They've been playing decently, but as soon as Fumblehall is back in the mix, they're back on the bench.

steelfury02
11-26-2012, 10:25 AM
The real question is why do we keep trotting out Mendenhall. He is the Mike Wallace of the RB's, and like Mike Wallace, it's time be packed his bags and left.

I have no issue cycling out Redman and Dwyer. They've been playing decently, but as soon as Fumblehall is back in the mix, they're back on the bench.

After the Giants game, we were all so psyched about our stable. Nice to see Mendy really wants to help improve the group's rep even more. Did Bruce come in and run practice for the RBs for a week? AKA - the RBs never got a rep all week long and "well if they woulda shown me dey can handle it toe I give em twittly more de touches derp de poo."

4xSBChamps
11-26-2012, 10:59 AM
with the way the game is played today, emphasizing the passing game with specialized players, there is no-need to have a featured back, ala Marion Motley, Jim Brown, Larry Csonka, Earl Campbell, or Jerome Bettis:
today, these players would've been converted to Tight Ends before the got their Driver's License

not my preference, just the way it is

Terminator
11-26-2012, 11:38 AM
with the way the game is played today, emphasizing the passing game with specialized players, there is no-need to have a featured back

Ray Rice
Frank Gore
Marshawn Lynch
Adrian Peterson
Arian Foster
Trent Richardson
Doug Martin
Matt Forte

:noidea:

Fire Arians
11-26-2012, 11:58 AM
i was pissed when buffalo drafted marshawn lynch ahead of us, i wanted that guy

Neil-Still-Rules-14
11-26-2012, 03:54 PM
Ray Graham anyone?

AndyWitmyer
11-26-2012, 04:54 PM
1) We're cycling through as many RBs for multiple reasons - not the least of which, as punishment (some it deserved - some I'm not so sure). Tomlin could not have been impressed with ALL of his backs fumbling...honestly, I can't blame him for assuming that, you know, maybe one of them would keep a hold of the ball through the course of a game, but...ya know...this is the NFL...assume nothing. Negative reinforcement will often work (like most people, players do generally want to keep their jobs) - but, if overused, players might become desensitized or even jaded towards the coaches or even the team in general. This may eventually result in a wounded morale - something the Steelers really can't afford right now.

2) Tomlin and Haley might be doing some gameday experiments with the backs that we have - although risky, this would (in theory) be a good opportunity to evaluate what our backs, and determine where their strengths and weaknesses may lie. While it could pay off in giving our backs the chance to show us what they're made of, doing so on gameday is risky, and could easily lead to some wildly unpredictable results.

3) They may be trying to confuse the opposing team by rotating the backs and hoping that the other team will be thrown off by the flurry of different players. It also allows our backs to potentially minimize individual injuries by spreading it across multiple players. This isn't necessarily a bad idea - but, seeing as how our offense is in the midst of yet another identity crisis, I'm not convinced that opposing teams will be fooled by the rushers we have, given their apparent mediocrity. I'm not saying they all suck, or will always suck - but, they lack individual identities, and as a consequence, instead of differences, we see among them a universal penchant for getting stuffed and/or flagged on every other play. Oh, yeah...and that thing fumbling thing.

With the last game though, of the reasons I listed, the first one is probably the most likely to be true. Regardless, all three will have their pros and cons. We'll see how our RBs respond next week.