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Flasteel
08-09-2008, 03:10 PM
I give Bruce Arians a lot of crap for the way he handled the offense last season and despite the wretched play-calling late in last night's game (the goal-to-go end around & fake end around), I need to give him some props. Last season he continually banged Parker between the tackles and made very little effort to get him outside, where we all know he plays his game. Although it was only three carries, it seems that he was looking to get Willie on the edge and take advantage of his speed. Mendenhall also looked good hitting the corner, but I hope we'll see more of a mix with him getting the bulk of the inside carries and Parker getting more off-tackle plays. If Arians keeps this up and mixes in more of the no-huddle and quick passing attack, we will be devastingly explosive and I will be the first in line to give him credit.

SanAntonioSteelerFan
08-09-2008, 03:29 PM
I give Bruce Arians a lot of crap for the way he handled the offense last season and despite the wretched play-calling late in last night's game (the goal-to-go end around & fake end around), I need to give him some props. Last season he continually banged Parker between the tackles and made very little effort to get him outside, where we all know he plays his game. Although it was only three carries, it seems that he was looking to get Willie on the edge and take advantage of his speed. Mendenhall also looked good hitting the corner, but I hope we'll see more of a mix with him getting the bulk of the inside carries and Parker getting more off-tackle plays. If Arians keeps this up and mixes in more of the no-huddle and quick passing attack, we will be devastingly explosive and I will be the first in line to give him credit.

It will be nice if whoever turns out to be our 2nd back can do two things well - go up the middle hard, and also give good pass protection. That way opposing defenses will have to respect the middle, and the pass, even if FWP is on the field. That in turn would give him a better chance to turn the corner and break the big one.

Right now (I mean last season) it seemed to me that defenses could cheat to the corner/the edge, knowing that their front four would blow up our middle. Remember how many times FWP got hit almost before he got the ball?

Of course a good Steeler O-line would go a long way towards FWP having an awesome season, but that isn't exactly news ...

NKySteeler
08-09-2008, 08:17 PM
I give Bruce Arians a lot of crap for the way he handled the offense last season and despite the wretched play-calling late in last night's game (the goal-to-go end around & fake end around), I need to give him some props. Last season he continually banged Parker between the tackles and made very little effort to get him outside, where we all know he plays his game. Although it was only three carries, it seems that he was looking to get Willie on the edge and take advantage of his speed. Mendenhall also looked good hitting the corner, but I hope we'll see more of a mix with him getting the bulk of the inside carries and Parker getting more off-tackle plays. If Arians keeps this up and mixes in more of the no-huddle and quick passing attack, we will be devastingly explosive and I will be the first in line to give him credit.

Fla, I am right there with you about Arians... I am definitely not a fan of his work as you know, but will GLADLY eat crow, admit I was wrong, and give him big props if in fact it works out that way... Yes, I was pleased with the way our "skilled position" players on offense started the game. Parker and Mendy looked good coming out of the backfield. Ben and Santonio looked sharp. But it was just too short of a view for me to guage it just yet... But a very promising start nonetheless... :wink: ... I will say that I was not impressed with our weak secondary at all, but it is still very early (gotta get the pads set) and the rest of the unit looked great. But hey, that's just my take on it.... :wink:

http://img152.imageshack.us/img152/2474/mendenhall93167mc0.jpg

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Shawn
08-09-2008, 08:32 PM
Parker did look good...I would love to see sets with both Parker and Mendenhall in the backfield on running downs.

Flasteel
08-09-2008, 09:55 PM
Parker did look good...I would love to see sets with both Parker and Mendenhall in the backfield on running downs.

We have to do that in my opinion to keep 'em guessing on defense. I mean I'm obviously not looking to run Willie exclusively to the outside and Mendenhall inside, but tendencies may develop and teams may start to pick up on cues which allows them to cheat their linebackers or safties in our single back sets. This helps maintain the element of surprise and gives us a lot of versatility in where we can go with the ball.

Shawn
08-09-2008, 10:20 PM
Parker did look good...I would love to see sets with both Parker and Mendenhall in the backfield on running downs.

We have to do that in my opinion to keep 'em guessing on defense. I mean I'm obviously not looking to run Willie exclusively to the outside and Mendenhall inside, but tendencies may develop and teams may start to pick up on cues which allows them to cheat their linebackers or safties in our single back sets. This helps maintain the element of surprise and gives us a lot of versatility in where we can go with the ball.

This might be WAY out there...and I admit I might be on the crack but did you see Miller motion into the backfield last night? He then blew a defender up springing a nice run playing as the FB. This is something I discussed a couple weeks ago. I would like to take it a step further. Think about Miller occasionally motioning into the back field with Mendenhall and Parker in. Yes, I just suggested a wishbone set with our star TE playing FB. This allows ALOT of versatility and we wouldn't sacrifice blocking by not having a true FB in the backfield. I could see Ariens sprinkling a bit of this in the game plan. Remember where you heard it first. :mrgreen:

Mr Smartmonies
08-10-2008, 12:49 AM
I give Bruce Arians a lot of crap for the way he handled the offense last season and despite the wretched play-calling late in last night's game (the goal-to-go end around & fake end around), I need to give him some props. Last season he continually banged Parker between the tackles and made very little effort to get him outside, where we all know he plays his game. Although it was only three carries, it seems that he was looking to get Willie on the edge and take advantage of his speed. Mendenhall also looked good hitting the corner, but I hope we'll see more of a mix with him getting the bulk of the inside carries and Parker getting more off-tackle plays. If Arians keeps this up and mixes in more of the no-huddle and quick passing attack, we will be devastingly explosive and I will be the first in line to give him credit.

Typical fan who complains about the Offensive coordinator. When does it end?

SanAntonioSteelerFan
08-10-2008, 01:20 AM
I give Bruce Arians a lot of crap for the way he handled the offense last season and despite the wretched play-calling late in last night's game (the goal-to-go end around & fake end around), I need to give him some props. Last season he continually banged Parker between the tackles and made very little effort to get him outside, where we all know he plays his game. Although it was only three carries, it seems that he was looking to get Willie on the edge and take advantage of his speed. Mendenhall also looked good hitting the corner, but I hope we'll see more of a mix with him getting the bulk of the inside carries and Parker getting more off-tackle plays. If Arians keeps this up and mixes in more of the no-huddle and quick passing attack, we will be devastingly explosive and I will be the first in line to give him credit.

Typical fan who complains about the Offensive coordinator. When does it end?

:wft

I have just been on the trib live board and seen how infantile and juvenile it can be, particularly in terms of stupid never ending arguments between people. The one that actually caught my eye was between SM and FLSteel, it was like the Hatfields and McCoys over there between these two, one thread went on for two pages without a single Steeler related post, just the two of them arguing about who makes more money and stuff like that. I was actually thinking when I was over there how nice it was that this board is so free of such cr*p.

Then I see what seems like SM stalking FlaSteel, trailing him from the trib board to this one to make a post that is not about the steelers, but a continuation of personal attacks.

I don't know who "started" it over on the trib board, but please do NOT bring it over here.

OK, that's my :2c , I am now assuming the position :moon , ready to be castigated for acting like a wanna be police man. Just don't f* up this board like that other one turned in to.

Flasteel
08-10-2008, 01:35 AM
I give Bruce Arians a lot of crap for the way he handled the offense last season and despite the wretched play-calling late in last night's game (the goal-to-go end around & fake end around), I need to give him some props. Last season he continually banged Parker between the tackles and made very little effort to get him outside, where we all know he plays his game. Although it was only three carries, it seems that he was looking to get Willie on the edge and take advantage of his speed. Mendenhall also looked good hitting the corner, but I hope we'll see more of a mix with him getting the bulk of the inside carries and Parker getting more off-tackle plays. If Arians keeps this up and mixes in more of the no-huddle and quick passing attack, we will be devastingly explosive and I will be the first in line to give him credit.

Typical fan who complains about the Offensive coordinator. When does it end?

:wft

I have just been on the trib live board and seen how infantile and juvenile it can be, particularly in terms of stupid never ending arguments between people. I was actually thinking when was over there how nice it was that this board is so free of such cr*p.

Then I see what seems like SM stalking FlaSteel, trailing him from the trib board to this one to make a post that is not about the steelers, but a continuation of personal attacks.

I don't know who "started" it over on the trib board, but please do NOT bring it over here.

OK, that's my :2c , I am now assuming the position :moon , ready to be castigated for trying to be a wanna be police man. Just don't f* up this board like that other one turned in to.

Good points brother and I will do my job to keep this a sanctuary free of personal BS (although I have stumbled in the past a little :D )

As far as Arians, I think we can reserve the right to be critical, especially if there is a certain amount of knowledge to back any opinions up, but it doesn't mean that we're trying to imply we know more about the game than an NFL OC. I'm also giving the guy some props here and not trying to be negative.

Despite what took place last year, I've maintained that Arians deserves a chance to redeem himself (in my mind it's redemption anyway) and there are several things he can do to achieve that. Using Parker and Mendenhall to their strengths is a great start in that direction.

Mr Smartmonies
08-10-2008, 03:14 PM
I give Bruce Arians a lot of crap for the way he handled the offense last season and despite the wretched play-calling late in last night's game (the goal-to-go end around & fake end around), I need to give him some props. Last season he continually banged Parker between the tackles and made very little effort to get him outside, where we all know he plays his game. Although it was only three carries, it seems that he was looking to get Willie on the edge and take advantage of his speed. Mendenhall also looked good hitting the corner, but I hope we'll see more of a mix with him getting the bulk of the inside carries and Parker getting more off-tackle plays. If Arians keeps this up and mixes in more of the no-huddle and quick passing attack, we will be devastingly explosive and I will be the first in line to give him credit.

Typical fan who complains about the Offensive coordinator. When does it end?

:wft

I have just been on the trib live board and seen how infantile and juvenile it can be, particularly in terms of stupid never ending arguments between people. The one that actually caught my eye was between SM and FLSteel, it was like the Hatfields and McCoys over there between these two, one thread went on for two pages without a single Steeler related post, just the two of them arguing about who makes more money and stuff like that. I was actually thinking when I was over there how nice it was that this board is so free of such cr*p.

Then I see what seems like SM stalking FlaSteel, trailing him from the trib board to this one to make a post that is not about the steelers, but a continuation of personal attacks.

I don't know who "started" it over on the trib board, but please do NOT bring it over here.

OK, that's my :2c , I am now assuming the position :moon , ready to be castigated for acting like a wanna be police man. Just don't f* up this board like that other one turned in to.

Flasteel has had an agenda from day 1. If I were to post all of the threads were he has come out of nowhere to attack me personally, then you would understand. He once had a radio show and it got cancelled. So he attacks me because I have one.

Flasteel
08-10-2008, 04:40 PM
[quote=Flasteel]I give Bruce Arians a lot of crap for the way he handled the offense last season and despite the wretched play-calling late in last night's game (the goal-to-go end around & fake end around), I need to give him some props. Last season he continually banged Parker between the tackles and made very little effort to get him outside, where we all know he plays his game. Although it was only three carries, it seems that he was looking to get Willie on the edge and take advantage of his speed. Mendenhall also looked good hitting the corner, but I hope we'll see more of a mix with him getting the bulk of the inside carries and Parker getting more off-tackle plays. If Arians keeps this up and mixes in more of the no-huddle and quick passing attack, we will be devastingly explosive and I will be the first in line to give him credit.

Typical fan who complains about the Offensive coordinator. When does it end?

:wft

I have just been on the trib live board and seen how infantile and juvenile it can be, particularly in terms of stupid never ending arguments between people. The one that actually caught my eye was between SM and FLSteel, it was like the Hatfields and McCoys over there between these two, one thread went on for two pages without a single Steeler related post, just the two of them arguing about who makes more money and stuff like that. I was actually thinking when I was over there how nice it was that this board is so free of such cr*p.

Then I see what seems like SM stalking FlaSteel, trailing him from the trib board to this one to make a post that is not about the steelers, but a continuation of personal attacks.

I don't know who "started" it over on the trib board, but please do NOT bring it over here.

OK, that's my :2c , I am now assuming the position :moon , ready to be castigated for acting like a wanna be police man. Just don't f* up this board like that other one turned in to.

Flasteel has had an agenda from day 1. If I were to post all of the threads were he has come out of nowhere to attack me personally, then you would understand. He once had a radio show and it got cancelled. So he attacks me because I have one.[/quote:1iwc073i]

Save it for the other board dude.

Jooser
08-10-2008, 06:33 PM
Save it for the other board dude. - Flasteel Wrote.

:Clap :Agree

Mr Smartmonies
08-10-2008, 06:51 PM
Save it for the other board dude. - Flasteel Wrote.

:Clap :Agree

where were you at a few weeks ago on here when he posting Pictures and doing his
little sore loser stuff on here? The moderaters had to take down his crap before it got worse. I don't remember you saying anything to him at that time.

NKySteeler
08-10-2008, 06:56 PM
Msm.... STFU already.... He did it on the other board. And it was last night that you two blew a gasket, and your thread was deleted. Either way, this place is trying to avoid personal ****....

fordfixer
08-10-2008, 07:03 PM
Anyway back to Steelers football. Parker did look good getting to the outside. It was nice to see IMO

Mr Smartmonies
08-10-2008, 07:03 PM
Msm.... STFU already.... He did it on the other board. And it was last night that you two blew a gasket, and your thread was deleted. Either way, this place is trying to avoid personal ****....

He started it on here by posting phots. Ask Shawn.

You also did nothing about eniparadoxgma and his unprovoked attacks I had to put up on here for about 2 weeks.

so forgive me for standing up for myself.

NKySteeler
08-10-2008, 07:10 PM
Then I missed it...

Personally, standing up for ones self is fine. At the same place and time.... To drag it on and come onto his thread (this one) trying to start it is simply childish. Get over it. ... I don't try to defend anyone, but I do want a place where I can read/post without folks jumping in and trying to start something personal for no good reason... I saw what you guys did over at TL last night, but I would like to think that **** won't go on here...

Mr Smartmonies
08-10-2008, 07:15 PM
Then I missed it...

Personally, standing up for ones self is fine. At the same place and time.... To drag it on and come onto his thread (this one) trying to start it is simply childish. Get over it. ... I don't try to defend anyone, but I do want a place where I can read/post without folks jumping in and trying to start something personal for no good reason... I saw what you guys did over at TL last night, but I would like to think that **** won't go on here...

You may have missed it on here, but I had to put up with it. And I didn't "start" anything last night. Flasteel needs to mature and get over himself.

Shawn
08-10-2008, 07:46 PM
Then I missed it...

Personally, standing up for ones self is fine. At the same place and time.... To drag it on and come onto his thread (this one) trying to start it is simply childish. Get over it. ... I don't try to defend anyone, but I do want a place where I can read/post without folks jumping in and trying to start something personal for no good reason... I saw what you guys did over at TL last night, but I would like to think that **** won't go on here...

Sports MBs are a place with alot of testosterone...and alot of egos. Mix that with a certain amount of anonymity...and you have a recipe for head butting and drama. Both FLA and MSM are knowledgable posters who bring something to the table. Love em or hate em...they both produce interesting ideas and posts. But, I think the community will insist upon them keeping it semi civil. My hope is that they can keep it in check here. If they want to go rounds over at the Trib more power to them.

Shawn
08-10-2008, 07:53 PM
Then I missed it...

Personally, standing up for ones self is fine. At the same place and time.... To drag it on and come onto his thread (this one) trying to start it is simply childish. Get over it. ... I don't try to defend anyone, but I do want a place where I can read/post without folks jumping in and trying to start something personal for no good reason... I saw what you guys did over at TL last night, but I would like to think that **** won't go on here...

You may have missed it on here, but I had to put up with it. And I didn't "start" anything last night. Flasteel needs to mature and get over himself.

All I ask is that you guys keep it semi civil here. If you want to kill each other over at the trib...have at it.

Ozey74
08-10-2008, 07:54 PM
Then I missed it...

Personally, standing up for ones self is fine. At the same place and time.... To drag it on and come onto his thread (this one) trying to start it is simply childish. Get over it. ... I don't try to defend anyone, but I do want a place where I can read/post without folks jumping in and trying to start something personal for no good reason... I saw what you guys did over at TL last night, but I would like to think that **** won't go on here...

Mix that with a certain amount of anonymity...and you have a recipe for head butting and drama.


:Agree

Mr Smartmonies
08-10-2008, 08:05 PM
I discuss steeler issues. I never attack any one personally unless I'm attacked.
I might disagree with someone for their sports opinions but that is part of the discussion.
Instead of making a case and defending their postion, I often just get a personal
attack back.

Shawn
08-10-2008, 09:08 PM
I discuss steeler issues. I never attack any one personally unless I'm attacked.
I might disagree with someone for their sports opinions but that is part of the discussion.
Instead of making a case and defending their postion, I often just get a personal
attack back.

Let me be frank...MSM you know your stuff...but you also display ALOT of arrogance. I'm sure this isn't new to you. That arrogance will breed alot of contempt and you are seeing a backlash from your own attitude. Take responsibility for your own tone...or suck it up. Generally, if it seems like you are getting alot of "attacks" it's likely because of the vibe you give. If you believe your opinion is correct...everyone else is wrong...then expect people to dislike you. I hope that wasn't too blunt.

Jooser
08-10-2008, 11:03 PM
MSM, I wasn't here last night, and I am glad I missed it. I am not taking any sides in this stupid argument. I just want to talk football. I am not a sports reporter and I am not an ex-NFL player or coach or anything other than a die hard fan. I bleed black 'n gold as I am sure you do. My ONLY point is that if things get too heated and nasty, either take it to the Trib or just take a day off from here and cool your heels - and that's all. I wasn't trying to be a jerk and I apologize if I came off that way. I left the Trib and came here because it's a lot more football and less BS. There's some very knowledgeable folks here and I love reading the input, I only wish I could match some of the wit.

But, more importantly, it was really nice to see FWP on the edge. I think we should take a look back a few years at the Chiefs and the way they exposed the outside with Priest Holmes. He didn't have the speed that Willie had, but was more elusive and harder to tackle. Still, it's hard to tackle what you can't catch and FWP has the jets to exploit that outside running.

:2c

Love you all,
the Jooser :Bow

Mr Smartmonies
08-11-2008, 01:03 AM
I discuss steeler issues. I never attack any one personally unless I'm attacked.
I might disagree with someone for their sports opinions but that is part of the discussion.
Instead of making a case and defending their postion, I often just get a personal
attack back.

Let me be frank...MSM you know your stuff...

I appreciate the compliment.

but you also display ALOT of arrogance. I'm sure this isn't new to you. That arrogance will breed alot of contempt and you are seeing a backlash from your own attitude. Take responsibility for your own tone...or suck it up. Generally, if it seems like you are getting alot of "attacks" it's likely because of the vibe you give. If you believe your opinion is correct...everyone else is wrong...then expect people to dislike you. I hope that wasn't too blunt.

unfortunately it just appears that way because I have the same clan who attack me day after day. Just like they have from day 1. So your often catching me at one of those moments and it looks bad. But outside of that, I take everyone's opinion into consideration. I have a list of posters that I respect and often look to read.
But I typically have a good idea on who gets it and who doesn't.

Shawn
08-11-2008, 01:09 AM
[quote="Mr Smartmonies":3ks1mxn6]I discuss steeler issues. I never attack any one personally unless I'm attacked.
I might disagree with someone for their sports opinions but that is part of the discussion.
Instead of making a case and defending their postion, I often just get a personal
attack back.

Let me be frank...MSM you know your stuff...

I appreciate the compliment.

but you also display ALOT of arrogance. I'm sure this isn't new to you. That arrogance will breed alot of contempt and you are seeing a backlash from your own attitude. Take responsibility for your own tone...or suck it up. Generally, if it seems like you are getting alot of "attacks" it's likely because of the vibe you give. If you believe your opinion is correct...everyone else is wrong...then expect people to dislike you. I hope that wasn't too blunt.

unfortunately it just appears that way because I have the same clan who attack me day after day. Just like they have from day 1. So your often catching me at one of those moments and it looks bad. But outside of that, I take everyone's opinion into consideration. I have a list of posters that I respect and often look to read.
But I typically have a good idea on who gets it and who doesn't.[/quote:3ks1mxn6]

Fair enough.

Mr Smartmonies
08-11-2008, 01:14 AM
[color=#FFBF00]MSM, I wasn't here last night, and I am glad I missed it. I am not taking any sides in this stupid argument. I just want to talk football. I am not a sports reporter and I am not an ex-NFL player or coach or anything other than a die hard fan. I bleed black 'n gold as I am sure you do. My ONLY point is that if things get too heated and nasty, either take it to the Trib or just take a day off from here and cool your heels - and that's all. I wasn't trying to be a jerk and I apologize if I came off that way. I left the Trib and came here because it's a lot more football and less BS. There's some very knowledgeable folks here and I love reading the input, I only wish I could match some of the wit.

No need to apologize. I understand where your coming from.

But, more importantly, it was really nice to see FWP on the edge. I think we should take a look back a few years at the Chiefs and the way they exposed the outside with Priest Holmes. He didn't have the speed that Willie had, but was more elusive and harder to tackle. Still, it's hard to tackle what you can't catch and FWP has the jets to exploit that outside running.



Here is the problem. in 2006, the Steelers had a better center. Faneca was also a bit younger. They demanded the attention of the defense. Last year our center was more than awful. It took teams a few games to find out that they no longer needed to really concentrate up the middle. Their gameplans were to keep Willie to the inside. Arians didn't run willie a lot ot the outside, because teams quite frankly were just taking it away. Of course 2 nights ago you saw a vanilla defense. The only way Willie will get back to having a lot of outside opportunities is if the Center (and Kendall simmons who was awful last yr) become a force again inside. Teams take away your strenths and make you beat them with your weakness. In 2007, the steelersweakness on offense was up the middle. Teams forced the steelers to run there and Pitt couldn't beat em.

ikestops85
08-11-2008, 11:13 AM
I was glad to see Willie look like the same old Willie. It didn't look like he has lost any speed and he was running hard as usual ... not that you would mistake him for a power back. I was a bit disappointed in Mendy as a possible power back. On one play up the middle he actually turned his back to the line of scrimmage. He did look good on the outside and he had a couple of nice cutbacks which shows he has good vision. Russell also didn't appear to run with the same pop he showed in pre-season last year. I hope he isn't returning to his lackadasical attitude he had after his great season with the gophers. I really like the guy and am a sucker for longshots. :D

Shawn
08-11-2008, 11:20 AM
I didn't see any one tackler bring him down.

frankthetank1
08-11-2008, 11:21 AM
I was glad to see Willie look like the same old Willie. It didn't look like he has lost any speed and he was running hard as usual ... not that you would mistake him for a power back. I was a bit disappointed in Mendy as a possible power back. On one play up the middle he actually turned his back to the line of scrimmage. He did look good on the outside and he had a couple of nice cutbacks which shows he has good vision. Russell also didn't appear to run with the same pop he showed in pre-season last year. I hope he isn't returning to his lackadasical attitude he had after his great season with the gophers. I really like the guy and am a sucker for longshots. :D

i thought mendy looked great with the exception of a few short yardage runs. i was very impressed with him overall. he has excellent speed for his size. im sure he will learn how to run in goal line situations, im not worried

ikestops85
08-11-2008, 12:42 PM
I didn't see any one tackler bring him down.

You might be right about that but I didn't see him break any tackles either. So while one guy might not have brought him down he did hold him until help arrived. Given the scrubs he was playing against that is not what I expected from him and if he played against the starters I think they easily would have brought him down.

Last pre-season he was a beast and constantly broke tackles and made something out of nothing. I was hoping to see the same thing this year. We really need a short yardage/goal line back. Mendy doesn't appear ready to assume that mantle so I was hoping that Russell would fit the bill. Unfortunately his performance in the game didn't look like he was up to the challenge. However, it was only one pre-season game and there is time for both backs to improve.

NC Steeler Fan
08-11-2008, 12:58 PM
...chicks like guys who stay OT btw... :D

Flasteel
08-11-2008, 03:00 PM
[color=#FFBF00]MSM, I wasn't here last night, and I am glad I missed it. I am not taking any sides in this stupid argument. I just want to talk football. I am not a sports reporter and I am not an ex-NFL player or coach or anything other than a die hard fan. I bleed black 'n gold as I am sure you do. My ONLY point is that if things get too heated and nasty, either take it to the Trib or just take a day off from here and cool your heels - and that's all. I wasn't trying to be a jerk and I apologize if I came off that way. I left the Trib and came here because it's a lot more football and less BS. There's some very knowledgeable folks here and I love reading the input, I only wish I could match some of the wit.

No need to apologize. I understand where your coming from.

But, more importantly, it was really nice to see FWP on the edge. I think we should take a look back a few years at the Chiefs and the way they exposed the outside with Priest Holmes. He didn't have the speed that Willie had, but was more elusive and harder to tackle. Still, it's hard to tackle what you can't catch and FWP has the jets to exploit that outside running.



Here is the problem. in 2006, the Steelers had a better center. Faneca was also a bit younger. They demanded the attention of the defense. Last year our center was more than awful. It took teams a few games to find out that they no longer needed to really concentrate up the middle. Their gameplans were to keep Willie to the inside. Arians didn't run willie a lot ot the outside, because teams quite frankly were just taking it away. Of course 2 nights ago you saw a vanilla defense. The only way Willie will get back to having a lot of outside opportunities is if the Center (and Kendall simmons who was awful last yr) become a force again inside. Teams take away your strenths and make you beat them with your weakness. In 2007, the steelersweakness on offense was up the middle. Teams forced the steelers to run there and Pitt couldn't beat em.


I agree that we took a step back at center last year, but I think we can all attest that in 2006, Hartings began to slip noticably and it wasn't exactly a strength of the team. I really like the football outsiders numbers you frequently post and I'd be interested to see what they say about runs up the middle in '06.

Last year, our tackles weren't exactly dominant to the point where it forced linebackers and safties to cheat outside and our play selection certainly wouldn't give them reason to do it either. If you're trying to imply that Arians purposely and repeatedly sent Parker up the gut to exploit that, when our center was constantly being blown up and we had no lead fullback, then I'd say that's more of an indictment of his philosophy and play-calling than anything. There are plenty of ways you can put your players in position to maximize their skills that don't require you to abandon common sense and run scared from the opposing linebackers setting up shop a couple of yards outside.

To be honest I never bothered to look specifically at where the linebackers or safeties were lining up and it's real hard to tell from a barstool, so I can't say for certain whether this was happening or not...it just doesn't make a whole lot of sense. You don't continually sacrifice gap integrity without regard to down and distance or offensive tendencies. You'd have to be certain that your DT's could handle the center and guards, shed and make the play or a guy like Parker will be in the secondary in no-time flat.

The point I was trying to make is that Willie is a guy who does his best work on the edge. Now we have a (hopefully) viable threat to run the ball between the tackles in Mendenhall, and maybe even Russell, that will force Arians to look at the best way he can use his backs. You have to mix it up a little to keep everyone honest, but I'm hopeful that we are going to see Parker get far more carries off-tackle, then what we saw in '07. It has little to do with drawing the defense up and in with more effective center or guard play and everything to do with maximizing the abilities of our backs in my opinion.