Why register with the Steelers Fever Forums?
 • Intelligent and friendly discussions.
 • It's free and it's quick. Always.
 • Enter events in the forums calendar.
 • Very user friendly software.
 • Exclusive contests and giveaways.

 Donate to Steelers Fever, Click here
 Our 2013 Goal: $400.00 - To Date: $00.00 (00.00%)
 Home | Forums | Editorials | Shop | Tickets | Downloads | Contact Pittsburgh Steelers Forum Feed Not Just Fans. Hardcore Fans.

Go Back   Steelers Fever Forums > Steelers Football > Pittsburgh Steelers


Steelers Fever Fan Shop

Doc's Sports Get FREE NFL Picks and College Football picks as well as Football Lines like live NFL Lines and updated NFL Power Rankings all at Doc's Sports Service.

Steelers Steelers - Browns Bills
September 7, 2014, 1:00pmET

CBS
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 12-30-2008, 06:14 AM   #1
stillers4me
Living Legend
 
stillers4me's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 8,670
Gender: Female
Member Number: 2656
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Post A return to the running game gives Steelers reason to cheer

A return to the running game gives Steelers reason to cheer
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A conversation between two Steelers tackles in the locker room Sunday on the topic of their sudden return to the I-formation, the ground game and the productivity that went with it:

Max Starks: "It felt good."

Willie Colon: "It felt darn good."

Even defensive linemen like Casey Hampton, Aaron Smith and Brett Keisel enjoyed it.

"It was great!" Keisel said. "I was telling Aaron and Hamp on the bench, 'It's wonderful to sit here with you guys, to laugh and joke and watch those guys run the ball.'

"It was great to see Willie going again. I knew when he came in, he was ready to rock and roll."

Willie Parker planted the seed on Dec. 10 when he publicly complained about a lack of commitment to both the ground game and the use of a fullback. Sunday, the Steelers used fullback Sean McHugh in the I formation like never before this season. It produced Parker's second-best output of the season at 116 yards, the team's second-most rushing yards at 176 and three rushing touchdowns.

Most important, Sunday's performance on the ground in a 31-0 whipping of the Cleveland Browns might have sown more seeds for their playoff strategy on offense.

"Oh, yeah, that's something we're definitely going to have to utilize in the playoffs," said linebacker James Farrior, the defensive captain. "Everybody knows that in this locker room."

The drop-off in the ground game left the Steelers ranked 23rd in the NFL, their second lowest since they joined the AFC as part of the NFL merger in 1970. Parker stewed much of the season about what he felt was a lack of commitment to the running game, and the two-time Pro Bowl halfback took a public rebuke from coach Mike Tomlin when he spoke up three weeks ago.

Tomlin, though, told his team last Monday that they would "pound the ball" against the Browns, to the delight of most everyone.

"I feel we were able to line up and run the football at them," center Justin Hartwig said of Sunday's game. "That's what we talked about doing. We have to be able to do that no matter who we play against. It's a big positive for us pushing into playoffs."

It was evident that Parker was a mere spokesman for others who felt the same way when he bemoaned the lack of what he termed "Steelers football" that day.


"Hopefully the coaches will keep that in mind for the playoffs," Starks said. "We can run out of the I. Sure, it makes it more one-dimensional in some aspects, but it's successful."

The defense loves it because when it works, as it has so often for the Steelers through the years, and the drives are long, it keeps them off the field.

The question now is, can they return to the type of offense that effectively runs behind the I formation in the playoffs against defenses that will pose more problems than Cleveland's, which finished 28th in the league against the run?

"I guess they felt that's something we have to do and something we're going to need in the future, so we might as well start practicing it now," Farrior said.

Parker was as delighted as anyone and showed it when he fired the ball deep into the stands after his 34-yard touchdown run against the Browns.

"I love the I formation, I love the plays that were called," Parker said. "I knew we were going to pound the ball so you know I definitely love that, being a running back.

"Coach Tomlin told us Monday we were going to pound the football, and that's what we've been practicing all week, running the football. Just keep running, keep running and that's what we did, we just kept running it down their throat."

Among the run defenses the Steelers could see if they want to reach the Super Bowl are the best in the AFC: No. 2 Baltimore (behind the No. 1 Steelers) No. 3 Tennessee, No. 5 Miami and No. 6 San Diego.

"Will we know if Willie's words paid off or not?" Starks asked. "We'll see in the playoffs because that's what's going to matter and that's crunch time. Hopefully after [Sunday], Coach will feel a lot more confident puling the trigger in there."

Said Parker: "No matter what we do we can run the football. It's just a matter of doing it."

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08365/938441-66.stm


Well, looky there. The players execute when the right plays are called.

What the hell took so long?
__________________
"We're not going to turn our backs on him," Ward said. "We're going to treat him like our brother. We're going to accept him back and be very supportive of him and help him get through this. In this locker room, he's still our quarterback."
stillers4me is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2008, 10:08 AM   #2
vasteeler
Team President
 
vasteeler's Avatar
 

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: richmond va
Posts: 2,369
Gender: Male
Member Number: 3341
Thanks: 766
Thanked 1,048 Times in 418 Posts
My Mood: Yeehaw
Default Re: A return to the running game gives Steelers reason to cheer

it was against the stains
vasteeler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2008, 10:32 AM   #3
devilsdancefloor
Living Legend
Supporter
 
devilsdancefloor's Avatar
 

Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Columbus, Indiana
Posts: 4,015
Gender: Male
Member Number: 10172
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: A return to the running game gives Steelers reason to cheer

__________________
Don't do anything by half. If you love someone, love them with all your soul. When you go to work, work your ass off. When you hate someone, hate them until it hurts.

I believe that today more than ever a book should be sought after even if it has only one great page in it. We must search for fragments, splinters, toenails, anything that has ore in it, anything that is capable of resuscitating the body and the soul.


devilsdancefloor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2008, 10:34 AM   #4
fansince'76
Living Legend
Supporter
 

Join Date: Feb 2006
Posts: 17,425
Member Number: 1984
Thanks: 141
Thanked 802 Times in 312 Posts
Default Re: A return to the running game gives Steelers reason to cheer

Quote:
Originally Posted by devilsdancefloor View Post
What, you didn't see that one coming? But I agree.
fansince'76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2008, 10:39 AM   #5
Dino 6 Rings
Living Legend
 
Dino 6 Rings's Avatar
 

Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Arkansas (formerly New Jersey)
Posts: 8,248
Gender: Male
Member Number: 6891
Thanks: 17
Thanked 57 Times in 32 Posts
Default Re: A return to the running game gives Steelers reason to cheer

Its obvious that since Kuhn left this team we just haven't been the same running the ball.

McHugh may be Kuhn's long lost brother or something however...he did a great job attempting to fill those Kuhn sized shoes.
__________________
SuperBowl Wins - How many does YOUR team have?
Steelers 6, 49ers 5, Cowboys 5, Packers 4, Giants 4, Redskins 3, Raiders 3, Pats 3, Broncos 2, Dolphins 2, Colts 2, Ravens 2 Bears 1,Jets 1, Bucs 1, Rams 1, Chiefs 1, Saints1
Dino 6 Rings is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2008, 12:56 PM   #6
Pi Kapp Steeler
Team Captain
 
Pi Kapp Steeler's Avatar
 

Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 740
Member Number: 11049
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: A return to the running game gives Steelers reason to cheer

Its soo frustrating seeing willie run without a FB. Its so text book. A Fullback usually isolates a Inside Linebacker to free up some space in the middle. Something that a smaller backs like Willie and Moore need. Even if the FB doesnt put a body on some one the , he is still in the way of the defender!!! OMG thats brilliant!!!

Bruce Arians , I am begging you. For your own sake and for the teams sake, bring back the Fullback!!!!!!!
__________________
Pi Kapp Steeler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2008, 01:08 PM   #7
lilyoder6
locked behind Xanax bars
 
lilyoder6's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Playin' touch football, on marijuana street
Posts: 6,388
Gender: Male
Member Number: 2568
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: A return to the running game gives Steelers reason to cheer

even if it was the brows.. u need 2 take baby steps..
__________________

Beer is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy ~ Ben Franklin
Freedom: some use it, Everyone enjoys it, A few defend it.
lilyoder6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2008, 04:04 PM   #8
Kvnfaber
Bench Warmer
 
Kvnfaber's Avatar
 

Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Warren, OH
Posts: 230
Gender: Male
Member Number: 6695
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: A return to the running game gives Steelers reason to cheer

Yes please, make the fullback much more prominent in the playoffs. We are going to need to mix it up and show the opposing defense that they can't just key on Big Ben and our passing game.

I can't look too far into Willie's performance on Sunday, except for the fact that I'm sure it helped his confidence. Our OL is whats gonna decide if we go all the way or fail miserably in these playoffs. Simply average play from our OL will get the job done with our defense.
__________________
I'm a Steeler fan because of their tradition, character, and heart. There is no better at these 3.
Kvnfaber is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2008, 04:13 PM   #9
HometownGal
Living Legend
 
HometownGal's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: The Burgh
Posts: 21,479
Gender: Female
Member Number: 2413
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: A return to the running game gives Steelers reason to cheer

Quote:
Originally Posted by lilyoder6 View Post
even if it was the brows.. u need 2 take baby steps..

Huh? This is a team headed for the playoffs, lily!

Amazing what can happen when the OL finally gets their heads out of their asses and does its job.

Quote:
Willie Colon: "It felt darn good."
The TD that was nullified because of the stupid penalty you took (once again) didn't feel so "darn good". Time to get with the program Willie.
__________________


The Anti-Wahoo
HometownGal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2008, 04:21 PM   #10
Edman
Living Legend
 

Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Pittsburgh
Posts: 5,508
Gender: Male
Member Number: 3261
Thanks: 76
Thanked 257 Times in 142 Posts
My Mood: Brooding
Default Re: A return to the running game gives Steelers reason to cheer

It was the Browns. They suck.

I still feel we need to run Gary Russell more if we're going to use the fullback. He's our Power back.
Edman is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:42 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Shoutbox provided by vBShout v6.2.1 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.0.8 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.
Navbar with Avatar by Motorradforum
no new posts