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Old 10-11-2011, 02:27 AM   #21
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Old 10-11-2011, 08:56 AM   #22
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Mendenhall is very good, just needs to think less, go more and he'll be great. Furthermore, no running back can truly thrive in a Bruce Arians offense. Period.
Didn't Willie Parker (before he broke his leg) lead the league in rushing in Bruce Arians offense?
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Didn't Willie Parker (before he broke his leg) lead the league in rushing in Bruce Arians offense?

Yeah, and everyone complained Bettis didn't get the ball more...
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Didn't Willie Parker (before he broke his leg) lead the league in rushing in Bruce Arians offense?
Ah, yes, Arians' first year on the job, and as the Trib points out the only year we cracked the top 10 in yardage, and all for nothing, pure garbagetime. They "ran the tires off" and he finished with a whopping 2 TDs, the true Arians signature: rack up the yards, but no points. The previous year (pre-Arians) he had more yards and 13 rushing TDs to go with them.

Ask Willie if he was thriving that year.
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to think we passed on cj2k for mende in the draft
Yeah, he's been playing just awesome since he got paid, huh?
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Yeah, he's been playing just awesome since he got paid, huh?
I highly doubt we would have paid him anyway.
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The previous year (pre-Arians) he had more yards and 13 rushing TDs to go with them.
And the Steelers finished 8-8, speaking of garbagetime and all for nothing.
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Willie Parker sucked in 2007 year despite leading the AFC in rushing.
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Yep.

That season made me HATE Parker. The only reason he was compiling so many damned yards was because they handed the ball off to him on almost every down. I think the team actually started playing better when he broke his leg.
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And the Steelers finished 8-8, speaking of garbagetime and all for nothing.
Yes, but neither Willie nor Bruce were responsible for Ben's shenanigans that year. Not quite sure what the point here is any longer. Average out Rashard's 2009 and 2010 seasons, and you have pretty much what I think are the optimal numbers that one can expect from a Bruce Arians RB. Redman and Dwyer will not be exceeding that.

The problem is not Rashard, I guess that's my only point. He's got something to figure out this year, to be sure, but I'm confident he'll do it.
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