View Full Version : Is Willie P. the man?

08-28-2006, 07:35 PM
I've seen this thrown about in other threads, so I thought I'd give Willie his own thread and see what the best fans in football think. Can Willie Parker carry the load in short yardage situations as well as on a "down to down" basis? If the Steelers should decide to make him the featured back come game day can he do it?

08-28-2006, 07:47 PM
I think he can be because his speed... he can bounce things to the outside if needed and is small and quick enoughto get through some of the holes. It is not like he is a whimp, he has some power, but sometimes we will need that bruiser back and i think that is where Kuhn will come into play.

08-29-2006, 01:20 AM
this is the year he's gonna prove to everyone he's the real deal.. I guarantee he's gonna be one of our if not the biggest threat on the team.. Even though he had little to show for Friday night.. he just moved so frickin fast and his reads were spot on.. He'll be breakin a few big ones this year no doubt about it..

08-29-2006, 01:23 AM
I think WP can get it done for sure... but it would be nice if Duce could get his act together and take that short-yardage back role.

08-29-2006, 04:00 AM
I think Duce will get his act together as soon as the o-line does. It has been said he is saving himself for the season to start.

08-29-2006, 04:24 AM
I think that Willie can carry the full load. Although I would limit his short yardage carries. Why take a beating when we have some bigger backs on the team. Willie gives you the option to have a nice swing pass on the goal line, in certain situations. Also bringing in a short yardage specialist like Haynes or whomever wins the job, when you bring in a player just for these goal line type plays , the defense keys on this player. This is when Ben fakes the hand off, and dumps the ball to Heath Miller. I believe you have an edge bringing a player in off the bench.

08-29-2006, 06:39 PM
They'll definitely have to limit his short yardage carries or he'll take alot more wear and tear on those knees. I hope that Pittsburgh can utilize him with the screen pass as this would definitely play to his strong points.

08-29-2006, 06:46 PM
I have been taking Fast Willie as my # 2 RB ( thats right, # 2 ) in all of my fantasy leagues. he is always available when is my turn on that second turn and i keep sitting and waiting for him to be there and he always has been. I am certain he is gonna have a huge year !!

08-29-2006, 07:55 PM
I hope he comes through for you Midnight, but I must say he's not on my fantasy football radar right now. He's great at busting off big plays, it's just that endzone thing this year that scares me away from him. But then again someone in one of my leagues gambled early on him last year and it paid off for them, so it may very well work for you this year.

08-29-2006, 08:48 PM
Well considering Coach is gonna keep him in for more red zone plays, leads me to believe he will get more opportunities to rush the ball inside the 10 but he also will be staying in on the field on those little screens.. I think he is a great # 2 RB to have !!

08-29-2006, 11:27 PM
Like I said, I hope he scores alot for the Steeler's sake as well as your fantasy team. I've just always worried about a "running back by committee type guy" to use on my fantasy squad, and the Steelers seem to be heading in that direction. (Haynes, Parker, Kuhn?) Right now it does seem that WP will see more red zone action, but I recall 180 lb Warrick Dunn running the ball down the field and into the red zone most of last season for Atlanta. Then the team figured out that big ole TJ Duckett could plow through the line and score in one or two tries (after he healed from an injury). Then Dunn lost most to all of his red zone carries. Willie seems to be one part of the equation for the Steelers to do well. If that's what it takes to win games, I say, why not?. It just scares the bejeezes out of me from a fantasy stand point. But then again, that's what makes it so much fun! :thmbup:

08-30-2006, 06:59 AM
It has been said he is saving himself for the season to start.

If he's doing that, he's going to be out of a job - Cowher needs to see production out of him NOW - there are roster spots to be filled.

I think Willie can handle everything he is asked to do and who knows? Verron could be the short yardage back this season - not a far-fetched idea. At 5'9" and 220 + lbs., he's a tank on legs. I saw him at camp - that boy is built like a Mack truck. :cool:

08-30-2006, 03:23 PM
I think Kuhn would be and will be better situated for that role Hometown, he is a beast and is quick. and from what i saw ( which was limited ) he is always going forward when being tackled which is what i like about him. Haynes i think will stay where he is at... but back to Parker.. he has put on more muscle and i think that if there is a hole anywhere, he will get to it and through it. I am looking forward to Kuhn getting some shots to see what he can do.. Hopefully it will be tomorow night.

08-30-2006, 03:41 PM
my thoughts for wot they are worth
i think willie can do it and i dont see much changing from last year/he may get a few more carries but short yardage would be kuhn or haynes. i have finally seen the last 2 pre season games (have to wait to download them here in uk) and i have to say although i like duce , i thought he looks sluggish and was not running at full speed when the gaps were there and was very hesitant.now i know the o line wernt playing that great but at least kuhn looked like he was going for the hole ,staley to me didnt .

08-30-2006, 06:20 PM
Elbert Avery must be able to work some magic for WP. Yesterday he was making about $445,000 and today he's handed $3.7 mil with 13.6 mil over the next 4 years. Now how do we feel about that $40 a pop autograph session at the mall? I think Pittsburgh is quickly naming they're featured back. Hmmmmm?!? :yep:

08-30-2006, 08:44 PM
i think willie can take care of the goalline situations, willie's speed would be great to the outside, even though miller and tuman do good jobs at blocking we need a third guy like a mark bruener to block as our third guy. he was a great blocker, i think if charles davis can block to the outside then we got ourselves a goalline guy.