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Old 05-21-2007, 03:21 PM   #21
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We are not a Super Bowl caliber team with Kevan Barlow as the back up running back. Period.
I'm doubting its as simple as all that. So if we would have drafted Tony Hunt or Michael Bush we may as well have went ahead and built that extra shelf in the Rooney's trophy case?

We'll survive with the retreads. Willie showed last year that he can carry the load, why is it unreasonable to figure he can do it again. I'd rather have Willie Parker and one of our retreads over Thomas Jones/Leon Washington or Dominic Rhodes/Lamont Jordan.

Last years Super Bowl contenders don't feel that its necissary apparently.

The Colts lost Dominic Rhodes and now are left with the lethal one/two punch of Joseph Addai and... and... DeDe Dorsey...

The Bears lose Thomas Jones and are now going with Cedric Benson and Adrian Peterson... I think its safe to say Kevan Barlow is more proven than Peterson.

If Willie gets hurt, however, (knock on wood) you're right... we're in BIG trouble
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Old 05-21-2007, 03:28 PM   #22
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I just worry about our season if we have to lean on Davenport or Barlow. It just seems we could have found a pair of young legs in the draft or as an UDFA.
We did pick up a UDFA and probably the best UDFA at the RB position. Gary Russell was a solid back at Minnesota until he had issues his senior year and wound up being uneligable... not the greatest pick up, but he could prove himself in camp if he's in playing shape... I don't find it unreasonable to put some hope in an UDFA since we are all so high on our 7th round pick
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Old 05-21-2007, 04:14 PM   #23
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Because we have one stud and a bunch of gedling back there. You need two good running backs in today's NFL. What we have now is one good running back and a bunch of retreads. We are not a Super Bowl caliber team with Kevan Barlow as the back up running back. Period.
zzzzzzzzzzz. This running back class SUCKED. absolutely sucked. I would much rather the steelers only attach themselves to barlow and davenport for a year or two than spend a gamble on someone like Chris Henry, Hunt or Mike Bush. I was a HUGGGGGGGGEEEE pimp of Bush (of course, until his leg was held together by metal).


I do wonder, what running back WOULD you have liked for us to draft?? ( I noticed that you were unhappy about passing up on one this year)

Because I 100% believe Barlow, Davenport > Hunt,Bush,Henry ... anyone really from this draft class except lynch and Peterson.

Are you suggesting we should have drafted one of them (Peterson or Lynch)???

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Just Wait one year, Mcfadden, Slaton, Ore, Davis, Hart, Rice, Bernard. There are a Ridiculous amount of solid RB's next year, and none have as many questions as this years class
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I don't think we're in as much trouble as you may think If parker goes down.

Barlow is a 1000 yard back, in san francisco mind you. And it was at about the peak of SF's Run of being one of the worst teams in the league. And Davenport, granted has had some injury problems of his own, did a fine job backing up his also-injury plagued starter, ahman green.
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I don't think we're in as much trouble as you may think If parker goes down.

Barlow is a 1000 yard back, in san francisco mind you. And it was at about the peak of SF's Run of being one of the worst teams in the league. And Davenport, granted has had some injury problems of his own, did a fine job backing up his also-injury plagued starter, ahman green.
i think barlows best year was splitting time with garrison hearst and the 49ers had pro bowlers t.o. and jeff garcia. so the 1 thing that shows is he comes to a great situation with the supporting class we have to offer. losing willie would suck but like you said, it may not be the end of the world. najeh filled in great when ahman green went down and him and barlow splitting time is really no different from dominic rhodes splitting time with addai last season.
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zzzzzzzzzzz. This running back class SUCKED. absolutely sucked. I would much rather the steelers only attach themselves to barlow and davenport for a year or two than spend a gamble on someone like Chris Henry, Hunt or Mike Bush. I was a HUGGGGGGGGEEEE pimp of Bush (of course, until his leg was held together by metal).


I do wonder, what running back WOULD you have liked for us to draft?? ( I noticed that you were unhappy about passing up on one this year)

Because I 100% believe Barlow, Davenport > Hunt,Bush,Henry ... anyone really from this draft class except lynch and Peterson.

Are you suggesting we should have drafted one of them (Peterson or Lynch)???

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Just Wait one year, Mcfadden, Slaton, Ore, Davis, Hart, Rice, Bernard. There are a Ridiculous amount of solid RB's next year, and none have as many questions as this years class

I understand that a lot of people on this board thought that Tony Hunt was overrated because his 40 times weren't what they wanted. But all the kid did was produce in a very physical defensive conference.

As for all those backs you named, unless you plan on drafting in the top 15 again the next couple of seasons, you can forget them.
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I understand that a lot of people on this board thought that Tony Hunt was overrated because his 40 times weren't what they wanted. But all the kid did was produce in a very physical defensive conference.

As for all those backs you named, unless you plan on drafting in the top 15 again the next couple of seasons, you can forget them.
i read somewhere that steelers mgmt wasnt that interrested in hunt cause of his 6 or 7 fumbles last season. maybe penn state can overcome that but hes gonna get hit alot harder in the nfl and after last season, i dont think we want another turnover problem waiting to happen, on our hands. its bad enough with willie.

i really wanted bush, but colbert said they simply dont really consider anyone who might be an injury risk. the steelers doctors cleared heath miller. im guessing they told the f.o. it was just too much of a gamble with bush. considering all the breakthroughs weve seen in modern medicine i'd say it was worth the risk, but oh well.
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Davenport came into the system late last year and saw so little action I'm not sure we've seen the extent of his abilities, pro or con, as a fill-in starter.

Barlow is not a starter but we didn't bring him in to be one. I think he'll be a solid backup if he buys into the system and works hard. He came into the system earlier in the cycle than Davenport so that should help him work himself in. And if you are concerned about his output, look who he played for!

In response to the statement, "you need two good running backs" I think we have better than that. We have a pro-bowler in FWP and I think either Barlow or Davenport qualify as "good." Plus, maybe one of these UDFAs will work out.

I have a lot of questions about next season but RB is pretty far down the list. Frankly, I'm more concerned by Hartings' departure and Faneca's dissatisfaction than I am by Barlow or Davenport. Without solid O-line play, who's at backup running back is largely a moot point.
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I understand that a lot of people on this board thought that Tony Hunt was overrated because his 40 times weren't what they wanted. But all the kid did was produce in a very physical defensive conference.

As for all those backs you named, unless you plan on drafting in the top 15 again the next couple of seasons, you can forget them.
Are you serious? ... I listed 7, a few of those won't even get picked in the first round. Other than Mcfadden and Slaton, I think all the others are game.


Next year is also a VERRRRRRRRY strong class for O-Lineman. If our secondary turns it around and our pass rush improves I figure we'll be looking at O-line and RB early on next year.
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If anyone can get something out of Barlow, Coach Tomlin seems like the guy who could do it.
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