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Old 11-22-2008, 08:45 PM   #21
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If the defenses only rush 4 or 5....ABSOLUTELY!! If they blitz more, the QB has to recognize and accept responsibility.

When you cant convert running the ball because the FB is stuffed in the hole.....Its the FB.
i was refering to not converting on short yardage. the steelers are 28th in YPC.
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Old 11-22-2008, 08:48 PM   #22
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When the fullback is stuffed because two lineman were able to get to him, it is the O line.
When did this happen?? I cant recall this happening in a game this season. Could you please remind me of when??
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Old 11-22-2008, 08:54 PM   #23
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i was refering to not converting on short yardage. the steelers are 28th in YPC.
Linemen are not in the backfield .5 seconds on short yardage plays. That is a total fabrication. On most short yardage plays the defense often plugs up the O line, or occupies a blocker and the plays have taken too long to develop and the LB;'s fill, or the lead blockers, TE's and FB's too have been stuffed into the hole.

Sure, if we had dominant run blockers they should get more push, but even if they can stalemate a DT and turn them, a decent blocking FB can seal a LB and get the conversion. That is what we saw McHugh do in the last game.

I have never said that we have the best O line in the game, in fact I think they were only the 15-20th best line when healthy. But even an adequate O line can block well for RB's.....the absense of a guy like Kreider, Lester, Williams, Witman is what hampers the Steelers the most on short yardage. McHugh helps out immensely.
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Old 11-22-2008, 09:03 PM   #24
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I have always liked Russle.. I think that next year we will have Parker...Mendenhall... Russle... and we whould trade Moore...
Moores value should be decent
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Old 11-22-2008, 09:12 PM   #25
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Linemen are not in the backfield .5 seconds on short yardage plays. That is a total fabrication. On most short yardage plays the defense often plugs up the O line, or occupies a blocker and the plays have taken too long to develop and the LB;'s fill, or the lead blockers, TE's and FB's too have been stuffed into the hole.

Sure, if we had dominant run blockers they should get more push, but even if they can stalemate a DT and turn them, a decent blocking FB can seal a LB and get the conversion. That is what we saw McHugh do in the last game.

I have never said that we have the best O line in the game, in fact I think they were only the 15-20th best line when healthy. But even an adequate O line can block well for RB's.....the absense of a guy like Kreider, Lester, Williams, Witman is what hampers the Steelers the most on short yardage. McHugh helps out immensely.
Agree with that. Although I consider the Steelers offensive line to be average, in most circumstances, average is GOOD ENOUGH!

I don't know Jackson, some of the members here act as if 25 or 26 NFL teams have some type of TREMENDOUSLY talented offensive line while the Steeelers are stuck with all of the scrubs. As a whole, there's only 4 or 5 teams out there that are truly talented at every offensive line position.

You hit on it man, the Steelers RECENT use of a lead blocking FB will be KEY to their success. The Steelers offensive line is not, was not, and will not be good enough to successfully run the ball from a singleback formation.

As we've seen most of the season, a run from the singleback most often spells disaster because the first defender who's able to shake his block or shoot through the hole of the pulling guard will hit the RB in the backfield. We need the blocking FB to absorb that initial penetration, as you obviously know, it makes a world of difference.
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i have been saying since last year that russell deserves a chance and is a good RB.
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I just don't care for the speed back very much, I'ld rather have a guy that can ware down the "d." Willie has done some great things, but the only way he is effictive is if the "o" line is doing great. He can't use poewr to burst threw small holes.
You must be thinking of a big back like Brandon Jacobs he is a power runner.
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Ill take Russell and Moore over Mendenhall. He hasnt shown me anything. I know he is hurt but still.
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i have been saying since last year that russell deserves a chance and is a good RB.
Choosing between options like Moore, Mendenhall & Russell to complement FWP is a nice problem to have.
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I'll take Russell over Davenport every single time. I like the change.
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