Originally Posted by Galax Steeler
A running back already has the ball in his hand and should be able to hold on to the ball. A quarterback has more of a chance for a turnover. You can't compare apples to oranges.
Mendenhall fumbled on 1.04% of his career carries.
Bettis fumbled on 1.17% of his career carries.
Franco Harris fumbled on 3.05% of his career carries.
Barry Foster fumbled on 2.07% of his carries.
FWP fumbled on 1.35% of his carries.
Rocky Bleier fumbled on 0.83% of his carries.
John Henry Johnson fumbled on 3.05% of his carries.
Of all the best Steelers backs only Bleier fumbled less than Mendenhall.
Once again, people are blowing Mendenhall's problems out of proportion. Maybe if Arians had catered to Mendenhall's strengths at all, even a little bit, then the problems Tomlin had with him would have never arose.
Instead no real FB/lead blocker, no attention paid to the OL (drafting WRs and TEs and RBs instead) until 2 years ago etc. It is amazing Mendenhall had the production he did running behind that line.