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Old 02-16-2013, 07:04 PM   #11
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8.) Jonathan Dwyer - Dwyer has a chance to be the starting running back in 2013. It will all depend on what the Steelers do this off-season, but with their cap issues and the lack of top-tier running back talent in the 2013 Draft they may end up sticking with Dwyer. During the 2012 season Dwyer had multiple ups and downs, but with a very inconsistent line in front of him it’s hard to put all the blame on his shoulders. In fact, during the only two games that Dwyer played behind a consistent offensive line he ran for over 100 yards and was dominant in both contests. If the Steelers can get their offensive line figured out and keep them healthy they may already have their running back in Dwyer. Even if the Steelers find another running back in the off-season Dwyer is sure to get carries and the Steelers will need him to be on top of his game and running well. Had the Steelers had more balance on their offense in 2012 things may have gone a lot differently.


NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Dwyer is a fine north-south runner, but once teams figured out that we were only equipped to run the ball up the gut (due to a lack of a breakaway runner), our run game went completely in the weeds.

We need a guy who can do it all.
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Running back is not the problem, and Dwyer/Redman are more than sufficient. There simply aren't many NFL backs who can perform well without holes, and the chances of finding one are slim.

Rather than hope we hit the lottery, maybe we should continue to work on our OL and our offensive schemes so that any hard-working NFL back that plays here might enjoy some reasonable success?
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Pretty good write up. However, he ignored Worilds injury problems
I've been waiting for Worilds to show something - and waiting, and waiting. Yes, there have been the unfortunate injuries, and that sucks. But he'll need to show something this year, or time will have run out for him. You can't go through your entire rookie contract without contributing and not see a younger man come in to take your place.

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and there is NO WAY I want to see Dwyer lining up in the backfield!
Heh, I don't want to see any back lining up in our backfield, including the quarterback, until we can get our OL to NFL standard, and our offensive schemes right. I'm sick of the jailbreak parties that opposing defenses continually hold in our backfield.

You start to wonder whether Tomlin is so used to this after six years that he thinks it's normal. After all, the standard is the standard, right? Look around the NFL, Mike, this is seriously weak stuff.
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Sigh.

Running back is not the problem, and Dwyer/Redman are more than sufficient. There simply aren't many NFL backs who can perform well without holes, and the chances of finding one are slim.

Rather than hope we hit the lottery, maybe we should continue to work on our OL and our offensive schemes so that any hard-working NFL back that plays here might enjoy some reasonable success?
Shady McCoy did just fine with the worst offensive line in the NFL . I like Redman as a number 2 but have no time for arm tackled Dwyer.
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Shady McCoy did just fine with the worst offensive line in the NFL . I like Redman as a number 2 but have no time for arm tackled Dwyer.
Most rankings have the Philly OL somewhere in the middle of the pack, with Pitt below them. Not sure why you would say they're the worst in the NFL - there are OLs out there that are really, truly bad - ARI, JAX come to mind. At least Pitt seems to have crawled out of the bottom 20% this year, but Philly was never even near there.
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Sigh.

Running back is not the problem, and Dwyer/Redman are more than sufficient. There simply aren't many NFL backs who can perform well without holes, and the chances of finding one are slim.

Rather than hope we hit the lottery, maybe we should continue to work on our OL and our offensive schemes so that any hard-working NFL back that plays here might enjoy some reasonable success?
Sorry but Dwyer/Redman are NOT more than sufficient. In fact, they are not even sufficient.
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Sorry but Dwyer/Redman are NOT more than sufficient. In fact, they are not even sufficient.
Do you really want the Steelers to waste a pick on a RB in the early rounds? I am fine with Dwyer and Redman. At least Mendenhall will finally be out of here.
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When you have running backs that can't run outside the tackles, you allow the defense to only have to honor the inside running game. Much easier to defend. If you have power backs, they better be battering rams that routinely bowl over single defenders and continue running. Neither of these guys fits that description. They are average, run-of-the-mill players. There is nothing special about them. I like them and they play hard, but we need a back that is more dynamic and can be a threat in the passing game as well.
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Do you really want the Steelers to waste a pick on a RB in the early rounds? I am fine with Dwyer and Redman. At least Mendenhall will finally be out of here.
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For those who are thinking Heyward and Hood are that good, need to go back look at the KC game from last year. They were pitiful. I ABSOLUTELY agree these two need to pick up their game.
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Sorry but Dwyer/Redman are NOT more than sufficient. In fact, they are not even sufficient.
Because desertsteel says so, it must be true? They sure look like solid NFL backs to me.
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