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Old 03-25-2010, 05:52 PM   #1
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Steelers May Add a True Fullback
3/25/2010 7:51 AM ET By JJ Cooper

Dan KreiderSteelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians has made it clear that the thinks a pure fullback is about as useful in the modern NFL as a Wing-T quarterback.

But apparently Arians will not be making the final decision on a fullback going forward. Mike Tomlin said recently that the Steelers would look to add a true Dan Kreider-type fullback as the team tries to re-emphasize the run. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers recently attempted to sign Rolly Lumbala, a blocking fullback who played last year with the Canadian Football League's BC Lions. Lumbala ended up signing with the Dolphins.

If Pittsburgh does sign a fullback, it likely won't make a whole lot of difference for their usual sets -- Pittsburgh's depth at wide receiver ensures that the Steelers will use plenty of three wide receiver formations. But with a No. 2 tight end (Matt Spaeth) who is a poor blocker, a true lead blocker would help out Rashard Mendenhall in running situations. It would be even more important in goal-line situations where a fullback is a near necessity.

There's no true fullback on the Steelers' current roster. Tank Summers, the team's Opening Day fullback in 2009, is more of a big tailback who is trying to learn the position while David Johnson and Sean McHugh are both tight ends who can play fullback in a pinch.

The bad news is that this is not a good year for true blocking fullbacks in the draft, and there are very few options among the free agent class -- Kreider and Cincinnati's Jeremi Johnson are probably the two best. But fullbacks are such an undervalued part of an NFL offense that Pittsburgh should be able to find a blocking back to take a look at in the late rounds of the draft or among undrafted free agents. And the waiver wire during training camp will also give Pittsburgh some options.
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Bruce Arians has made it clear that the thinks a pure fullback is about as useful in the modern NFL as a Wing-T quarterback.

wooooow stuff like this makes me want to punch a random kid in the face.
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Old 03-25-2010, 06:46 PM   #3
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wooooow stuff like this makes me want to punch a random kid in the face.
Of course, David Johnson was used a good bit at fullback the second half of the season. Which shows that if we can do so, we'll use a fullback regardless of what Arians has said about the issue in the past.
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I'll believe it when I see it. Reminds me of Cleveland 10 years ago when they abandoned the FB and the closest guy on the roster was R. J. Bowers.
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Dan KreiderSteelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians has made it clear that the thinks a pure fullback is about as useful in the modern NFL as a Wing-T quarterback.

Yep - the Wing-T involves pounding the ball down the opponent's throat with 3 running backs, and testing the stamina of a defense to keep getting up down after down, and seeing them dragging their butts to the line in the fourth quarter. It involves controlling the clock and the tempo of the game and daring safeties to get closer to the line of scrimmage to stop the run and then bite on a play-action fake because they've been getting the crap kicked out of them down after down...

Sorry - I must have been dreaming... or at least hoping that we run the ball more this year!
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Resign Dan Kreider!!!!
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just draft Cody and throw him in there at the goaline
Yeah this. lol

My advice to anyone thinking that the FB we do get will contribute blocking-wise: If he doesn't show BA he can catch, he's screwed. lol
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I am rooting for Frank Summers but that is mostly because I am a UNLV alumni and want someone from that awful college team to succeed in the NFL. Only a few players from UNLV have had success in the NFL. Randall Cunningham and Ickie Woods come to mind.
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...and his name is tim tebow.
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I'll believe it when I see it. Reminds me of Cleveland 10 years ago when they abandoned the FB and the closest guy on the roster was R. J. Bowers.
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