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Old 12-09-2012, 06:28 PM   #21
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Default Re: Is it time to start Mendenhall?

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About time people realize the Dwyer/Redman duo is one dimensional, and not going to cut it. Box stacked, slow fat men are shut down. We need to be able to change it up and make a quick run out around the edge when needed. Watching Dwyer try to do that in past games was painful. It seemed like it took him 30 seconds to waddle out there and was half winded by then.
This is hitting the nail right on the head.

edit - tonight, Dwyer had 32 yards on 8 carries. Ben had 31 yards on 5 carries. That, my friends, is a problem. 14 yards came on a single run of Dwyers at the end of the game in garbage time. The Chargers were playing pass so Dwyer was able to get some yards. What does that mean? Take away the 14 yard run in garbage time and Dwyer had 7 carries for 14 yards. 2 ypc isn't going to cut it. We had to rely on Ben far too early in this game because Dwyer wasn't getting anything done. Say what you want about Mendenhall, but he was always able to bounce it outside and make something happen on the edges.

Dwyer isn't terrible, but he's mediocre. He's not a franchise running back, and it's time we stop looking for the next Bettis. This isn't 2005, we need someone that has the speed and ability to bounce it outside and make something happen outside the tackles - not an overweight and out of shape running back who can only run up the middle.
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:32 PM   #22
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who's the one undrafted?
Priest Holmes would be my guess.
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Default Re: Is it time to start Mendenhall?

The good thing is that RB is becoming such an undervalued position that players who would have gone top 16 5 years ago are now going in the late first round if not in the second. We can get a stud RB prospect in the second round of this draft or even the third and still use our first pick on a safety or LB or whatever we feel inclined to take.

As this season goes on it's becoming apparent to me that RB needs to be addressed in the second or third round of this draft. We need a real workhorse RB and that's not going to be found on this current roster or through FA.
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Old 12-09-2012, 06:54 PM   #24
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Well, if the O-Line isn't producing any holes to run thru its kinda hard to get big yardage. With the recievers constantly dropping the ball their D can focus alot more against the rush. And so far its working in our oppents favor.
THIS^^^

I cant believe most of you are dogging the backs so much, ITS THE O-LINE thats not doing their job opening even the smallest lanes!

I say let Doug back in at center and move Pouncy back out!
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The line has not run block well since Colon and Adams went down. but none of these backs are the answer to anything.
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:10 PM   #26
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Mendenhall needs to bench Tomlin.
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Old 12-09-2012, 07:19 PM   #27
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THIS^^^

I cant believe most of you are dogging the backs so much, ITS THE O-LINE thats not doing their job opening even the smallest lanes!

I say let Doug back in at center and move Pouncy back out!
Sure. Let's spend this years first 2 picks again on the oline while the rest of the team falls apart and when we can't run with the garbage we have running the ball; we will all come on here and talk about our high draft pick busts. Oline had a bad day. Kudos to the chargers for plaing well. But we have absolutely nothing in those running backs that played today. Tomlin has no choice but to give mendy a chance; he's our only choice really right now.
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:22 PM   #28
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who's the one undrafted?
That would be Jim Taylor, Hall of Fame fullback for the Green Bay Packers (1958-66) and New Orleans Saints (1967).
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:26 PM   #29
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Dwyer runs like a Steeler. The offensive line needs to get healthy and find some continuity,Mendy not needed.Once Decastro and Colon are back the running game will come around
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No. But he sholdn't be a healthy scratch. IMO.
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