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Old 11-15-2007, 01:01 AM   #1
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Default Our running game needs to improve, fast

Rightnow it's decent, but it's not what it used to be. Ben's ability to make amazing conversions on 3rd is masking that fact. I'm not going to put it on Parker either, he's excellent. Our o-line needs to open up bigger holes for him though, so we can get 4-6 yards on 1st and second down instead of 1-2. Do you guys/girls agree?
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Old 11-15-2007, 03:49 AM   #2
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Default Re: Our running game needs to improve, fast

I'd wish the coaches would use Najeh more instead of just on 3rd downs...but...

You do know the Steelers are 2nd in the league in total yards rushing right?
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Old 11-15-2007, 03:56 AM   #3
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Default Re: Our running game needs to improve, fast

You can't expect willie to get a 100 yards every game but I do think it could improve a little getting willie bigger holes to run through.
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Old 11-15-2007, 06:10 AM   #4
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Default Re: Our running game needs to improve, fast

It would be nice if it impoved but it is not going to - the OL is in steep decline, with the pass blocking being just as much a cuase for concern as the run blocking.
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Old 11-15-2007, 06:18 AM   #5
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Default Re: Our running game needs to improve, fast

I really would like to see a better goal line running game but our o-line dosn't seem to be able to get any kind of push. I think this really contributes to Willie having only 2 TD's thusfar.
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Old 11-15-2007, 08:41 AM   #6
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Default Re: Our running game needs to improve, fast

Last I checked, our run game wasn't hurting that bad. Willie Parker is the leading rusher in the AFC right now.

We no longer have Jerome Bettis, who could move the pile himself when the line couldn't do it. Parker, Davenport, Davis, Kreider, they don't do that.

It also seems to me like Parker has lost some of that breakaway speed due to bulking up in muscle so he can take a 300+ carry season without wearing down. There have been runs where last year he takes it to the house, and this year a DB catches up and tackles him. I think that has hurt his rushing TD total.
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Old 11-15-2007, 08:56 AM   #7
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Default Re: Our running game needs to improve, fast

FWIW, Merrill Hoge was on the DVE morning show this morning, after have looked at the Steelers-Browns tape. He said of the O-line: The pass blocking was actually pretty good, Ben hung onto the ball because the Cleveland secondary was covering really well and Ben made all good decisions---even taking the sacks.

He said he was also suprised because the real problem he saw with the o-line was their run blocking was not up to its usal quality.

I suggest that this might be a big part of the problem with the running game.
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Old 11-15-2007, 09:00 AM   #8
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Rightnow it's decent, but it's not what it used to be. Ben's ability to make amazing conversions on 3rd is masking that fact. I'm not going to put it on Parker either, he's excellent. Our o-line needs to open up bigger holes for him though, so we can get 4-6 yards on 1st and second down instead of 1-2. Do you guys/girls agree?
the steelers seem to be lost when it comes to the O-line. giving simmons a huge contract was almost as dumb as the kordell contract. simmons is poor at run blocking and pass protection. he offers nothing at all. he is a constant liability on each and every play.

IMO, it looks like it's going to get worse before it gets better. faneca is gone next year and there is no one to take his place.

the draft and/or free agency to needs to center around the O-line.
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Default Re: Our running game needs to improve, fast

I definitely agree.

Like you say, it is not Parker--he is an excellent RB--but rather the OL. The latter is too unstable. Blocking wise, there is much to be desired.

The OL is the biggest threat against the Steelers advancing through the playoffs, in my humble opinion.
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Default Re: Our running game needs to improve, fast

Teams are still falling for that "Stop Parker and make Ben beat you" schtick.

Good for them...Willie is still getting his 100 yds and Ben is killing them.

Keep it up.
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