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Old 10-10-2011, 11:00 AM   #1
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The coaching staff: it was clear to me yesterday that we don't use our other running backs enough thus making it easier for teams to game plan against Mendy. Does anyone else think this now too?

I feel they need to mix it up now with the running backs. It not only gives us options but it could confuse teams especially if we can find a way to bring 2 of them on the field before plays
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It seems it was a combination of things. Most of all the line played better. Also the running game was more of a typical run north south style. Less spinning and dancing that mendy likes to do. Plus we kept their defense on the field and wore them out.
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Old 10-10-2011, 01:21 PM   #3
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I agree with wyn50,the line play was MUCH improved this week! Mendy can hit the holes quick too,alot of his spin/dancing was done in the secondary last year! I feel if he started the game at full health,he would have had a good game!
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Old 10-10-2011, 05:20 PM   #4
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I think it been the same struggle since last season

-happy feet at the line
-the over used spin move
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Old 10-10-2011, 05:56 PM   #5
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The coaching staff: it was clear to me yesterday that we don't use our other running backs enough thus making it easier for teams to game plan against Mendy. Does anyone else think this now too?

I feel they need to mix it up now with the running backs. It not only gives us options but it could confuse teams especially if we can find a way to bring 2 of them on the field before plays

I get what you're saying but then how would you explain all those years with Bettis?

Everyone knew Bettis was going to get the ball yet time and time again he'd get us the two yards or three yards for a 1st down or a TD and no one ever really seemed to know how to stop him.

Granted, Bettis was sometimes his own blocker and he also had a great line in front of him, so it's a combination of things, I guess.

I'll tell you what though... I watched a lot of video from the Thumbtacks game and I saw both Redman and Dwyer (mostly Dwyer) shoving themselves into the backs of guards and tackles and pushing them forward until a crack opened up to squirt through and THAT reminded me a lot of how Jerome got it done and it was good to see for a change instead of Mendy standing there like he's waiting for an elevator door to open.
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The starter - Redman - averaged just over 3 yards per carry, just like Mendenhall when he's the starter. The change-of-pace back - Dwyer - blew those numbers away, just like Redman when he's the change-of-pace.

I've got my own theory as to what's going on, but whatever it is, you can't criticize one starter for his production and praise another for the same production.
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I will take 3-4 ypc if it is 3-4 y EACH carry like redman does. Not stuffed 9 times because he is auditioning for dancing w the stars then then bust a 30-40 yarder. Redman is the better type of back for our scheme until we commit to a FB.
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And you cant just look at YPC and get a full picture of their production as shown above. Same YPC doesnt mean squat if you arent getting those YPC when it is 3rd and 2.
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And you cant just look at YPC and get a full picture of their production as shown above. Same YPC doesnt mean squat if you arent getting those YPC when it is 3rd and 2.
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1-8-TEN 8 (3:50) 33-I.Redman up the middle to TEN 8 for no gain (56-A.Ayers, 98-D.Ball).
"Redzone" getting stuffed, followed by Ben's first TD pass.

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1-1-TEN 1 (6:55) 33-I.Redman right guard to TEN 1 for no gain (30-J.McCourty, 91-J.Jones).
"Redzone" getting stuffed at the one, followed by Ben's 3rd TD pass.

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1-10-TEN 11 (6:16) 33-I.Redman right guard to TEN 11 for no gain (99-J.Casey, 31-C.Finnegan).
"Redzone" stuffed yet again in the redzone, just before Ben's 4th TD pass.

I have absolutely nothing against Isaac Redman, and I think he would be the starter on probably more than half the teams in the league this year. I also think Mendy needs some straightening out to fix the dancing, which has become excessive.

That said, Mendenhall is the better back, and he'll return to the starter's position the moment he is healthy, and not a second later. There are problems with our running game which have absolutely nothing to do with our running backs. Eric Dickerson in his prime would be averaging an ugly 3 YPC on this team.
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Old 10-10-2011, 06:55 PM   #10
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Something is going on in Mendenhall's head. He isn't right. He has a history of not using it effectively all the time. I think this will be his last year with Pittsburgh.
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