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Old 08-16-2009, 11:00 AM   #1
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Should we be concerned about the running game?
Steelers Q&A with Ed Bouchette
Sunday, August 16, 2009
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09228/991318-367.stm

Peter Diana/Post-Gazette The Steelers' Rashard Mendenhall finds a hole and picks up three yards against the Cardinals in the first quarter of a preseason game at Heinz Field.

Q: Should we be concerned about the lack of a running game after Thursday's performance? Do you attribute the poor average of 2.8 yards per rush to the performance of the offensive line or the running backs? Is this a concern or just the fact that this was the first pre-season game?

John Sauers, Flower Mound, Texas

BOUCHETTE: I would not be concerned about the stats on the running game from Thursday night. Typically, the running game takes a little longer to get going, they played with a first-year center who probably will not start the season and without Willie Parker or Mewelde Moore. After the first units, they are going with young linemen and young backs and the precision usually is not there either.

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Old 08-16-2009, 11:01 AM   #2
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Default Re: Should we be concerned about the running game?

Being concerned about the running game after one preseason game is a bit much, IMO.
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Old 08-16-2009, 11:09 AM   #3
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Being concerned about the running game after one preseason game is a bit much, IMO.
I wouldn't worry about it yet. If that were the case after the Buffalo game, THEN I'd be worried.
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Old 08-16-2009, 11:15 AM   #4
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Default Re: Should we be concerned about the running game?

We didn't have a running game last year until the last game of the season against the Clowns.

Why start worrying now?
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Old 08-16-2009, 11:18 AM   #5
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Default Re: Should we be concerned about the running game?

I'm not worried about the stats from preseason games- but I am worried about our running game. Our RB and our OL need to step it up this year....Yes, we won a title last year, but just imagine how good we could have been if we could have run the ball consistently.
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Old 08-16-2009, 12:20 PM   #7
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Sure we should....We did not have one at all last year. We rode Ben to a ring.
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Old 08-16-2009, 12:24 PM   #8
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I'm not worried about the stats from preseason games- but I am worried about our running game. Our RB and our OL need to step it up this year....Yes, we won a title last year, but just imagine how good we could have been if we could have run the ball consistently.



wow....some people just cant be pleased

the running game will be fine
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Old 08-16-2009, 12:40 PM   #9
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Default Re: Should we be concerned about the running game?

Of course im worried. Why not worry ? If you cant run it effectively you become one dimensional. And this allows the defense to pin their ears back and come at Ben. How much longer do you think he can endure a season of 40+ sacks before he breaks down physically ? How many more concussions will he last ?

Yeah........damn straight we should worry.
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