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Old 04-17-2006, 09:04 AM   #21
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I don't think that if Willie were to pick up about 15lbs he would lose his speed. As long as he does it smartly and puts on muscle. I think Parker can actually grind it out, as long as he is more patient this year. If Bettis got hit at the LOS he wasnt going forward. He was able to gain short yardage because he was patient (now once he got going he would crush poor secondary in his path) and that patience to let the hole develop was the reason he was able to pick up most of the yardage he got. Once Willie gets into that type of groove, he will be scary. Once he gets into the backfield he is a homerun just waiting to happen. The nice thing for him is that we have Ben who can stop people from stacking the LOS with his game management skills and that will help Willie out tremendously. I think a tall receiver to compliment Ward possesions skills will be the most beneficial thing our running game can get this year.
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Old 04-17-2006, 09:34 AM   #22
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Even though I am a huge fan of Willie Parker, I thin the jury is still out there. Lets see what he does this season.
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Old 04-17-2006, 12:08 PM   #23
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I think Willie be will just fine, All of our line is back, no serious injurys.. we have a couple decent reserves in Okobi, Essex, Kemo .. all of our younger players notched up another year of experience including Willie... I can see Willie and Duce running for 1000 this year with Ben tipping the 4000 yard scale.

I say this because i am ( hoping ) our defense wil be better in another year under ****ie L. Our secondary is fairly young and i am expecting that Taylor, McFadden, Colclough, Troy, will be a lil better in pass coverage with one more year under their belt and we make some of those 3rd down stops on passing plays in which we were close to dead last in league on. We should have the ball more offensively and so everyones numbers should be a little better.
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Old 04-18-2006, 01:33 AM   #24
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I think Willie be will just fine, All of our line is back, no serious injurys.. we have a couple decent reserves in Okobi, Essex, Kemo .. all of our younger players notched up another year of experience including Willie... I can see Willie and Duce running for 1000 this year with Ben tipping the 4000 yard scale.

I say this because i am ( hoping ) our defense wil be better in another year under ****ie L. Our secondary is fairly young and i am expecting that Taylor, McFadden, Colclough, Troy, will be a lil better in pass coverage with one more year under their belt and we make some of those 3rd down stops on passing plays in which we were close to dead last in league on. We should have the ball more offensively and so everyones numbers should be a little better.
I couldn't of said it better! Tweak the secondary. That was my fear all of last year...work the oppositions offense down to 3rd....then a short pass and we'd have to do it all over again 'cuz they made the 1st down. We MUST improve that part of our game!
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I totally agree with that. Tomlinson would be sidelined in the same case just to prevent injuries. If we have depth at RB like we had last year, we have to use it.

True Dat! I remember watching the old Houston Oilers run old Earl Campbell into the ground. If you want someone to last a while, you hafta rest them...you cannot run Daytona without oil!
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I think Willie be will just fine, All of our line is back, no serious injurys.. we have a couple decent reserves in Okobi, Essex, Kemo .. all of our younger players notched up another year of experience including Willie... I can see Willie and Duce running for 1000 this year with Ben tipping the 4000 yard scale.

I say this because i am ( hoping ) our defense wil be better in another year under ****ie L. Our secondary is fairly young and i am expecting that Taylor, McFadden, Colclough, Troy, will be a lil better in pass coverage with one more year under their belt and we make some of those 3rd down stops on passing plays in which we were close to dead last in league on. We should have the ball more offensively and so everyones numbers should be a little better.
Your right, If Willie ever figures out which hole is supposed to hit he could be one of the best next season. Would have be neat to hire The Bus as a rb coach!
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I'm a little skeptical of Willie. He has excellent speed and sure he can break a long one, but I just hope that he can stay consistent this year. I would also think he's going to pack on a few pounds during the off-season because that's one of my concerns, he's not a power back who can pound the ball like bettis could. I have confidence in him though!

btw, this is my first post here but I've been reading the forums for a while now
The Steelers dont really on a 1 back attack anymore like they used to with Barry Foster.. He was an exception on the field in his prime. willie will continue to be the starter, he's earned that right to be penciled in as such but when it comes to 3rd and 1 or 4th and goal, u better believe Duce or whoever we get in the draft will be getting the call. Our running game has evolved into a 2 back attack, and while we may not have the NFL's leading rusher on our team any more, or even come close to it, we'll still be as effective as ever. Willie does run hard and tough for his size but we'll never be without some type of power back to compliment him.
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Your right, If Willie ever figures out which hole is supposed to hit he could be one of the best next season. Would have be neat to hire The Bus as a rb coach!
Sometimes I think Willie is there before the hole develops, these linemen are usually waiting for a Bettis to hit the hole, Willie sometimes out runs his blocks, not always a bad problem to Have
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Sometimes I think Willie is there before the hole develops, these linemen are usually waiting for a Bettis to hit the hole, Willie sometimes out runs his blocks, not always a bad problem to Have

Didnt think about it that way but you sure could be right.
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Didnt think about it that way but you sure could be right.
? Hell I dont know if I`m right either, but we need a fourth back anyway, whether or not Willie is ready to take the full load, I say he is ready, he might be smaller, but damn if he doesnt play bigger, he looks strong as hell
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