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Old 09-27-2011, 05:31 AM   #11
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The fact of the matter is, though Mendenhall has been pushed as "one of the league's premier backs".....he's not. He's not the quality of some of the leagues top backs. He's an average-to-good back, but not in the upper excellent class.
Also, i don't think i've ever seen one runner get STUFFED as much as he does either.
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Old 09-27-2011, 06:27 AM   #12
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Yeah, I can't stand Mendenhall. He doesn't have much power. He dances at the line all the time. I also put blame on Arians and Tomlin because they should have coached that out of him. Redman is the better back. He should get the start vs Houston
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Old 09-27-2011, 07:09 AM   #13
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The fact of the matter is, though Mendenhall has been pushed as "one of the league's premier backs".....he's not. He's not the quality of some of the leagues top backs. He's an average-to-good back, but not in the upper excellent class.
Also, i don't think i've ever seen one runner get STUFFED as much as he does either.
Willie parker comes to mind. Heard he's in great shape though.....
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Old 09-27-2011, 07:47 AM   #14
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I don't know Mendy wouldn't have already been cut if Tomlin didn't take him in the first round.
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Old 09-27-2011, 07:50 AM   #15
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Hell trade him for a half decent LT
was gonna suggestion this too...

moore seemed to run good on the last drive...
if we traded mendy i wouldnt be against it...


redman, moore, batch (next year)
dwyer?

pick up a guy in the draft
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Old 09-27-2011, 07:51 AM   #16
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basically what could we trade mendy for?

or does he have no value
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basically what could we trade mendy for?

or does he have no value
maybe a quarterback
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Old 09-27-2011, 09:38 AM   #18
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Default Re: Mendy?

I think Mendenhall is actually a pretty smart guy.
His off-season comments demonstrate an analytical mind which may serve him well in a debate, but it's an absolute killer for a running back.

The short answer is: He thinks too much.

A running back has maybe three or four tenths of a second to decide where he's going to hit the line but Mendy seems to need far more than that and by the time he's thought the whole thing through, there are five guys chasing him across the backfield and at that point he's lucky if he can just get back to the line of scrimmage.

Back in high school, they always told us that on a multiple choice test, your first answer is usually the right one.
Running with a football is a multiple choice test and he needs to go with his first answer instead of analyzing the question.

A "beautiful mind" may be an asset on an intellectual level, but for a running back it just spells trouble.

My advice to him would be: "Stop thinking and just run".
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Comparing Moore's couple runs at the end of the game to what Mendy wasn't able to do is not apples to oranges: When Arians was pounding Mendy into the wall of Colts it was in situations where the Colts were keying on the run more times than not. When Moore had a couple ok runs, the Colts were in a different alignment and were expecting more passing. Blaming Mendy for his performance is only half the story: when he did have and hit a hole there ALWAYS (with the exception of 1 run) someone there to meet him (Angerer a couple times). Often he got swarmed under...

I think the reason he dances so much is that not only the hole aren't there, he has no confidence in the O-Line that they will be there. In the schemes the Steelers use, they do a lot of "timing" plays where the block occur right before the back is supposed to be there: they have to have time to develop. With our patchwork OL, that isn't happening. Mendy just has no confidence they will happen and he feels he has to "wait" to see if something develops... Like FanFrom 72 stated, he's thinking about it now instead of trusting it will be there...

IMO, not many backs not named Bettis or Campbell could consistently do crap with the schemes Arians runs behind that OL. And now I hear that we didn't use the run schemes they prepared for, perhaps due to injuries...
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he was having a great game in the superbowl until clay matthews made one of the greatest individual effort, impact plays in SB history (and was kinda under-utilized up until that point) and the steelers abandoned the run with him altogether.
An individual effort far overshadowed by James Harrison's 100 yard interception return in a prior SB. Sorry, had to go homer on ya.
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