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Old 12-24-2011, 08:27 AM   #1
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Default Ed: Tale of 2 Half-Seasons for Mike Wallace

Ed: Tale of 2 Half-Seasons for Mike Wallace
Thursday, 22 December 2011 14:29
Written by Ed Bouchette
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What's happened to Mike Wallace?

The receiver who publicly set his 2011 goal as an NFL-record 2,000 yards, started the season as if he were intent on reaching it. He began the season with three straight 100-yard games and 377 total yards.

He had 730 yards in the first seven games, not one of them under 76 yards. In his past seven games, he has 370 yards, no more than 70 in any one game and including games of 17 and 38 yards.

He led the AFC in yards per catch in each of his first two seasons -- 19.4 as a rookie and 21.0 last season. He was at 20.2 after seven games but is now down to 16.4 because he's averaged only 11.9 yards per catch the past seven games.

Where once he seemed a cinch to break Yancey Thigpen's team record of 1,398 yards set in 1997, now that seems out of reach because he would need 299 yards in his final two games to do so.

Antonio Brown has picked up the slack. Since he got his first 100-yard game in Arizona Oct. 23, Brown has been the most productive receiver. He has 722 yards in the past eight games on 42 receptions.

Brown's average is the same as Wallace's, 16.4 per catch. With 984 yards on 60 receptions, he has an outside chance to pass Wallace -- 67 catches, 1,100 yards -- to finish as the team leader.
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Old 12-24-2011, 09:33 AM   #2
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Default Re: Ed: Tale of 2 Half-Seasons for Mike Wallace

Mike sure didn't seem to be fighting for the ball on those INTs monday night. and I didn't notice that he was aggressive in going after the defender after the INTs. That worries me some.
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Old 12-24-2011, 05:16 PM   #3
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Default Re: Ed: Tale of 2 Half-Seasons for Mike Wallace

It seems that within the past few years we have drafted good Recievers but they have additude or off-field troubles, Plaxico,Holmes and Wallace. Wallace is great but maybe all of this praise is going to his head, on last weeks INT it seemed that Wallace put fourth very little effort during or after the INT. He should remember Brown is looking like he could be #1
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It seems that within the past few years we have drafted good Recievers but they have additude or off-field troubles, Plaxico,Holmes and Wallace. Wallace is great but maybe all of this praise is going to his head, on last weeks INT it seemed that Wallace put fourth very little effort during or after the INT. He should remember Brown is looking like he could be #1
I love how you just lump Wallace w/ Holmes and burress as a receiver w an "attitude problem or off the field trouble" w/ no proof to support this idiotic idea.

Wallace has shown no indicatiOn of attitude problems and unless I'm missing something, doesn't have off the field issues
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It seems that within the past few years we have drafted good Recievers but they have additude or off-field troubles, Plaxico,Holmes and Wallace. Wallace is great but maybe all of this praise is going to his head, on last weeks INT it seemed that Wallace put fourth very little effort during or after the INT. He should remember Brown is looking like he could be #1


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Default Re: Ed: Tale of 2 Half-Seasons for Mike Wallace

Brown has surpassed him as the 'go-to' guy. In Wallace's defense, he has had a NUMBER of balls thrown his way that were underthrown, overthrown, etc.
He's not doing anything though, to change his reputation as the "one-trick pony'. It had appeared he was on his way to doing just that, but has reversed progress a little bit.
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Antonio Brown is the better all around receiver based on this years performances, but Wallace is a threat.
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Default Re: Ed: Tale of 2 Half-Seasons for Mike Wallace

I think you can attribute a lot of Mike's drop-off, and Brown's emergence, to the fact that in the beginning of the season that teams didn't realize what a threat #17 is and maybe they were somewhat lax in coverage on him. Once he started posting 60- and 70-yard TDs every game, I'd imagine that DCs started gameplanning solely to shut him down and took a lot of the heat off of Antonio Brown, as well as Cotchery as he got healthy and others. You have to think that defenses wised up to Wallace going over the top and put a lot of thought into neutralzing him. Now Arians has to think what he can do to free him up again.
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Default Re: Ed: Tale of 2 Half-Seasons for Mike Wallace

Because he's seeing double coverage now?

Wallace wasn't well-known at the beginning of the season, but now he's known as the best deep threat in the game. It's no coincidence that the decline in Wallace's number have coincided with the emergence of Brown--Wallace drawing double coverage from a safety is going to make it easier for all our other receivers.

And the dude has never complained--I'm not sure where the point about him being difficult came from but he's had absolutely zero off-field problems.
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Wallace wasn't well-known at the beginning of the season, but now he's known as the best deep threat in the game.
I like Wallace and all that, but to say he is the best deep threat in the game is just flat out wrong. There are better receivers than Wallace that can get deep and don't disappear for half a season.

I am pretty sure Wallace is just a two-trick pony.

I still would like the Steelers to try to keep both him and Brown around, but if they can't I would rather keep Brown at this point.
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