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Old 08-04-2010, 04:12 PM   #1
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Default Why Running Game Won't Improve

New FB discussed in PG today:

(Duane) Wright, who is 6 feet, 234 pounds, was signed as a fullback but considers himself more of a running back. And he showed that in his first practice with the Steelers after being released by the Philadelphia Eagles two days ago.

"I can do everything, but I'm more of a running back," said Wright, a fourth-round pick of the Buffalo Bills in 2007. "When the time comes to block, I'll block. I'll take you out if I have to block."

So we no longer have someone on the roster that considers himself a true FB (again)?

Link to the PG article:
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10216/1077454-66.stm

Arians interview from the Tribune today:

Q: Are questions about the running game overblown?

A: “We always want to run the ball. We ran the ball well last year from the 20 to 20. It was the short-yardage, goal line, end-of-the-game that didn’t measure up to our standards. We gave the ball back to the other team a couple of times and lost games because we couldn’t run out the clock. We want to keep our passing game right where it was and just improve those situations that are critical running areas.”

So Arians thinks we ran the ball well except for the situations that call for a real commitment to run.

Link to the Trib article:
http://blog.triblive.com/view-from-t...ss+Box+Blog%29


Once again we don't have a key component to running the ball and an OC that still thinks a team can just turn it on when it needs to (total failure to understand running the ball effectively is a result of a commitment to the run).
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Old 08-04-2010, 04:25 PM   #2
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agreed. nothing will change this year if the team dosnt do something about it
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Old 08-04-2010, 04:49 PM   #3
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hopefully ben throws a bullet ball at his head and he rolls onto the floor dead.

i dont care if that's unclassy to say, it will be hard to get back to the super bowl with his play calling.
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Old 08-04-2010, 05:04 PM   #4
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Default Re: Why Running Game Won't Improve

And just as a disclaimer ... I'm not an Arians hater. I love what he did with the passing game ... but would really enjoy seeing less of our punter and kicker because we have short yardage conversions. I'd also love to see Legursky at FB on more of those short yardage situations ... he looked great early last year when they converted a goalline running play and that was the last we saw of it (both Legursky at FB and goalline running touchdowns).
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hopefully ben throws a bullet ball at his head and he rolls onto the floor dead.

i dont care if that's unclassy to say, it will be hard to get back to the super bowl with his play calling.
Did he not get us to the super bowl with his playcalling before? I dont like BA, but we had a two 1000yd recivers and 100yd back. Then again there are times when his play calling makes no sense,,ie loss the the Jags in 07..
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Did he not get us to the super bowl with his playcalling before? I dont like BA, but we had a two 1000yd recivers and 100yd back. Then again there are times when his play calling makes no sense,,ie loss the the Jags in 07..
No he didn't get us to the superbowl, Dick Lebeau and the defense did, how dare you mutter that sentence when he's about to go into the hall of fame.

And he had 1 decent playcall during the super bowl, the bootleg that was it.

And it was Santonio and Ben who won us the super bowl with the o-line.

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yeah a 100 yard back is real good, chris johnson had 2000.... that's 1900 more.
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If the running game doesn't improve you can say good bye to Arians if its another play-off missed year.
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[QUOTE=kirklandrules;832224]So Arians thinks we ran the ball well except for the situations that call for a real commitment to run.

That would be supported by the facts, to some degree. We ranked #19 on the ground, but that is just mostly measuring raw yardage.

Mendenhall made the most with limited carries. He averaged 4.6 YPC this last season-- that is running the ball well.

The low yardage totals were because we simply did not run the ball very often. Me personally, I couldn't care less what our run to pass ration was, so long as we used our running plays correctly-- to setup the play action and on short-yardage situations (those two or three 3rd and longs against Cleveland, when we came out 5 wide, were perfect examples--those should have been running plays).

None of that requires a fullback, Mendy's 4.6 YPC proves that.
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Old 08-04-2010, 09:04 PM   #9
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The only reason our running game went anywhere was because of the pass. Our OL is not that good. When we ran the ball in the past we had Pro Bowlers and studs manning the line. We have failed at replacing them, due to poor drafting and filling other needs. You guys can cry all you want about running the ball. We have a million dollar gunslinger whom has proved he can pass us to victory.
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I really wish MT would let Ben take the reigns and run a no huddle Peyton Manning style offense where the actual OC doesnt really do anything...the offense always seems to click better when Ben takes full control...
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