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Old 09-13-2011, 01:08 AM   #11
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Default Re: mendenhall only in for 20 of 61 snaps

Mendenhall must get at least 20 touches a game, he can make things happen with the ball in his hands. Would it kill Arians to run a RB screen one of these days?
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Old 09-13-2011, 01:10 AM   #12
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I really, really hope this is arians last year.

The game was not out of hand when he abandoned the running game.
Dude, the game hadn't even started when he abandoned the run. He abandoned the run like three years ago.
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Old 09-13-2011, 01:11 AM   #13
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Dude, the game hadn't even started when he abandoned the run. He abandoned the run like three years ago.
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Old 09-13-2011, 01:34 AM   #14
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Default Re: mendenhall only in for 20 of 61 snaps

I've said it before and I'll say it again ... we win in spite of Bruce Arians, not because of him. Mendy looked good early. Redman and Moore had some nice runs. It was clear we were able to run the ball. But we didn't even bother because that goes against BA's philosophy.

I know what Arians apologists are going to say ... the defense sucked as well. So where's the hatred for LeBeau?

LeBeau deserves some criticism, but there's nothing he can do to make the players younger and faster. There's nothing he can do to make McFadden better at covering. Overall, LeBeau does a great job of taking advantage of his players' strengths and covering up their weaknesses. We know our secondary sucks, yet year in and year out, we always have one of the top defenses.

And we know our O-line sucks, but year in and year out, do we have one of the top offenses? No ... because Arians refuses to take advantage of his players' strengths and try to cover up their weaknesses. Arians is on record as saying he doesn't change his game plan or philosophy based on who is playing, even if starters are out with injuries. He's stubborn. He has his plays and he's going to run them, regardless of the talent he has to work with. I know our O-line sucks. You all know our O-line sucks. Arians knows our O-line sucks. Yet he won't change his strategy. Like he said himself, he won't change based on the players he has to work with.

Here's a sampling from an ESPN story from 2008. Does it sound familiar?

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The Steelers won't change their scheme much to accommodate the new starters, but in any case they need to get better at what they already do. Coordinator Bruce Arians has taken some heat for his play calling, and rightfully so. Against blitz-happy Philadelphia and Baltimore defenses the last two weeks, he didn't do enough to aid an offensive line that struggles in protection and a quarterback who tends to hold on to the ball a beat or three too long. To preserve QB Ben Roethlisberger, give the linemen a hand and make the most of Moore's abilities, Arians needs to use more screens, draws and the like against pressure defenses (the Jaguars and Giants, two of the Steelers' next three opponents, certainly qualify).
http://espn.go.com/blog/afcnorth/pos...break-steelers
Not much has changed.

And for the Arians apologists who point out that he helped get us to two Super Bowls and win one, let's remember ... the Ravens won a Super Bowl with Trent Dilfer as QB. I'm certainly not going to put Dilfer in the same league as Joe Montana.
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Mendenhall must get at least 20 touches a game, he can make things happen with the ball in his hands. Would it kill Arians to run a RB screen one of these days?
x2 on the screen. Mendenhall's hands can't be THAT bad and I'm sure he (Mendenhall) is smart enough to run a screen play.
And God knows I could use some more points in my Fantasy league (i drafted Mendy).
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Dude, the game hadn't even started when he abandoned the run. He abandoned the run like three years ago.
Maybe we abandoned the run because we lost Bettis? Just food for thought.
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Does it matter to run when you are down 35-7? The running game is away to move the chains slowly while the passing game is to get those big plays in a flash. You have to look at the circumstance.
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Old 09-13-2011, 05:58 AM   #18
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it's another case of arians offensive game plan
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he could put the younger faster players in the game more often.

he could bench mcfadden.

lebeau is covering up their weaknesses by running a bland and passive defense. without a healthy harrison he isn't going to be able to generate any pressure/sacks. no one else on the team an rush the passer like harrison. woodley is overrated. he got his new contract and is still loafing around the field.
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not 20 rushes. not even 20 touches. he was only in the game for 1/3 of the offensive snaps..
Oh yeah - down by 4 TD's and you want to run the ball?

I agree, they should have kept running down by only 2 TD's, but Ben's swollen head wouldn't allow it. He kept pumping the ball to his new love, Antonio Brown, 9 attempts, 2 catches for 14 yds.
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