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Old 09-05-2011, 01:39 PM   #1
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Default Will Tomlin Start the Better Player?

If Hines shows signs of age this season, will Tomlin give Brown or Sanders the 2nd spot of the latter are playing better than Ward? If Redman can play better than Mendenhall, will Tomlin give Redman the starting job? These are two positions where I can see the backups outshining their starting counterparts. But will Tomlin give them the starting job? Whether it is because of veteran status or high draft status, I have reservations about Tomlin doing the right thing
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Old 09-05-2011, 01:43 PM   #2
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Old 09-05-2011, 01:46 PM   #3
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Default Re: Will Tomlin Start the Better Player?

Tomlin doesn't tend to insert himself here. That's all Arians and Ben. My guess is they want Ward out there. But what exactly do you mean "showing signs of age"? What, like he breaks a hip? Depends. Like Hines himself says, he's always been slow, so it's not like he has a step to lose.
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There's no way in hell Ward will not start---unless a serious injury ! Ward is insurance, usually if he touches the ball --he catches the ball. I don't see any WR that can take his place.....as of yet ! He's better than most on his BAD days. Just my opnion.
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Default Re: Will Tomlin Start the Better Player?

I really dont understand why so many seem to be down on Mendenhall. In my opinion he has all the skills necessary to lead the league in rushing. It is hard to pick up yardage when you are being hit at or behind the line of scrimmage the majority of the time. Or running into a pile of bodies at the line with no where to go.
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If Brown and Sanders really shine bright this season I could see Wallace, Brown, and Sanders on the field at the same time giving Ward a breather for some plays.
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What are you talking about? There's enough room for all in Airians O!

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Default Re: Will Tomlin Start the Better Player?

Even though Tomlin is a players coach and he loves taking care of his veterans, he is nowhere NEAR the coach Cowher was. How many years did we have to endure with corners such as Dwayne Washington and Chad Scott for so many seasons? Brent Alexander? Cowher played favorites more than any coach I've ever seen.

I love watching Tomlin's press-conferences. The way he words things is spectacular. Tomlin will take care of his veterans but is NOT afraid to sit any of their ass's if they aren't playing well. I love when he says "I will evaluate accordingly and play the guys that give me the best chance to win on Sunday. If you don't want to be out there, I'll find someone who does."
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Let's give it some more time and see what plays out before we anoint Brown and Sanders and Redman as our next All-Pros.

I totally do not see Tomlin as a guy that plays his veterans too long. He plays the guys that give us the best chance to win and Ward does that with his sure hands.
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Default Re: Will Tomlin Start the Better Player?

People are way to stuck on the word "starter" If Ward is showing age and really slowing down, then I would expect his targets and receptions to drop and the other to go up. Mendy is a top RB in this league, he will get the ball. Redman is a good back and he will get his touches as well. I am sure there be times this season where ward will NOT be out on the filed, when we have brown , Wallace, Sanders out there.
But until one of these kids can block like Hines I wouldn't expect to see him sitting on the bench anytime soon.
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