Originally Posted by ricardisimo
This came up on the forum last year, and as I recall his fumble rate was lower than Bettis', who was mythic in terms of his sure-handedness.
True, but only kinda sorta. He carries the ball in a way that needlessly encourages fumbles, which is a basic flaw in his fundamentals. Mostly he gets away with it. But you'll notice that he fumbles at critical times, times where ball security is paramount. That's not accidental - that's when defensive players are trying their hardest to strip that ball, and Mendy makes an easy target.
Also, look at his record in big games - he's made game-ending fumbles, fumbles that cost us playoff positioning, and probably cost us the Super Bowl vs. GB.
It's just another example that shows football is more than statistics. When you watch the game, you see the flaws. The man dangles the ball out there for no reason; it's just an accident waiting to happen.