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Old 07-01-2008, 02:47 PM   #1
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Default Steelers Needed To Convert

One of the reasons the Steelers released Najeh Davenport was because they were one of the worse teams in the NFL in converting third down and one. And Davenport was the their short yardage back. To make a long run in the play offs, you have to convert the third and shorts most of the time Those critical plays are what allow you to maintain the ball, and not place your defense in a potentially bad situation. When Jerome Bettis was handiing this phase of the game of the Steelers, he was able to win most every third down play and even when the play was not blocked well, he was able to make someone miss and get the first down. Davenport in spite of being a big back, never ran with the power of a big back.

Rashad Mendenhall will handle this chore now and for the Steelers, it will be critical to make those tough yards.

Too bad Mendenhall will be little better than Davenport for the next 2 years and possibly never will.

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Default Re: STEELERS NEEDED TO CONVERT

gary russell or mendenhall. whichever becomes the short yardage back has to work a lot. I'm hoping russell does it, I'd like to see that kid be good

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gary russell or mendenhall. whichever becomes the short yardage back has to work a lot. I'm hoping russell does it, I'd like to see that kid be good



why exactly?
yeah !!! WTF ???
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Our Oline needs to grow some stones, get nasty and start blowing teams off the ball again, for one. The RB can be a mix of Jim Brown and Earl Campbell, but if he's getting hit 2-3 yards deep in the backfield on a consistent basis, 3rd-and-1s become 4th-and-4s more often than not.
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Our Oline needs to grow some stones, get nasty and start blowing teams off the ball again, for one. The RB can be a mix of Jim Brown and Earl Campbell, but if he's getting hit 2-3 yards in the backfield on a consistent basis, 3rd-and-1s become 4th-and-4s more often than not.
Yep. It starts with the big guys up front. The thing I noticed about dookie was he ran standing up to much. Which makes it easier to arm tackle.
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Default Re: Steelers Needed To Convert

Well we'll get a good test of our Running Game week 1 against the newly revamped D-Line of the Houston Texans. That'll be the first test.

I'd like 160 yards rushing in that game total. Set the bar high.
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Verron Haynes used to be good at converting 3rd down (usually on swing passes and delay's). I'm sure we'll be alright.
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Najeh was er najeh...............no big loss smart move
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