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Old 12-09-2012, 04:48 PM   #11
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Default Re: Is it time to start Mendenhall?

Well, if the O-Line isn't producing any holes to run thru its kinda hard to get big yardage. With the recievers constantly dropping the ball their D can focus alot more against the rush. And so far its working in our oppents favor.
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Old 12-09-2012, 04:50 PM   #12
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None of our RB's are feature backs. Dwyer and Redman lack explosiveness, Mendy lacks elusiveness and ability to break tackles.. We definitely needed Mendy's speed back there today but in all honesty he stinks so it's not like it woulda turned out any better
pretty much. stacking the inside of the box will shut down our running game, because redman or dwyer don't have that explosiveness to bounce out / cut back and make the defense pay for it. mendenhall has it, but ball security / lack of vision to see cutback lanes is an issue
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Old 12-09-2012, 04:51 PM   #13
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Most great running backs aren't ever drafted first round. It's pretty rare.

We need a big back with the footwork and stamina, and above all else, DISCIPLINE.
def agree on the discipline. I guess we'll just have to run with Dwyer till next season.
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Old 12-09-2012, 05:05 PM   #14
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Can't run if you can't create holes. Their run-blocking is terrible. The way to beat the Steelers O is to stack the box and go right at them. The line can't cope with the rush and Ben can't make the quick read and release. This entire offense is too dependent on the scrambling ability of Ben and the hurry up style of offense.
Ya; so what you suggest is to keep drafting o line when we have invested 2 picks this year. Honestly; you could put the hogs up front and these 3 backs couldn't run with them blocking. In reality to the op's question. You have no choice but to give mendenhall another chance. Those other 2 are completely useless and they fumbled too in the cleveland game. Tomlin; get off your horse and give the guy a chance; the season depends on it.
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Old 12-09-2012, 05:08 PM   #15
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Elite backs make due with what's given to them.

Peterson, Lynch, Rice, Gore.

Do those teams have elite O-Lines? Hardly. They get the job done because they are the best.
Setting the bar a bit high there. Dwyer is a good back and could probably start but expecting a elite back is a bit much. If elite backs where so easy to come by then they would be normal. Not elite.
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Pittsburgh running backs 0, Arians 2. Mendenhaul had potential, but Arians killed his career. Throw him on the pile with Willie Parker.
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Default Re: Is it time to start Mendenhall?

About time people realize the Dwyer/Redman duo is one dimensional, and not going to cut it. Box stacked, slow fat men are shut down. We need to be able to change it up and make a quick run out around the edge when needed. Watching Dwyer try to do that in past games was painful. It seemed like it took him 30 seconds to waddle out there and was half winded by then.

Gotta have a guy with burst speed. Why would the defense ever respect Dwyer when they know damned well any of them can simply run him down from behind if he happens to break through? If Tomlin is determined to sit Mendenhall, I'd like to see Dwyer or Redman in the backfield with Rainey back there, so we have the option to hand off to either. And actually change it up, not just send in Rainey and make it clear he's the guy just because he trotted on the field. Split backs, keeping them guessing as to who's getting the carry, and mixing in some play action.
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Most great running backs aren't ever drafted first round. It's pretty rare.
I hate to do this to you, but of the top 30 rushers in NFL History, there are:

23 first-rounders
5 second-rounders
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1 undrafted
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Why does Haley have Dwyer lining up 7-8 yards behind the line on a 3rd and a foot ?, maybe it was on the 4th down. ?. Anyways, I knew he wasn't going to make it. Those are the hardest yards to get and your putting your running back in an early hole. I had a coffee and a cigarette by the time Dwyer made it close to the line of scrimmage. I could understand if we had a speedster type back who can cut it outside lining up that far back. Even then its stupid.
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I hate to do this to you, but of the top 30 rushers in NFL History, there are:

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who's the one undrafted?
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