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PSU_dropout43
05-16-2009, 01:07 PM
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Posted by ESPN.com's James Walker

There are numerous reasons why Pittsburgh Steelers starting running back Willie Parker finds himself on the hot seat for 2009. Let's start with the fact that he's had back-to-back injury-plagued seasons.

A broken leg derailed Parker's otherwise stellar 2007 campaign, and he battled shoulder and knee ailments in 2008, when he rushed for just 791 yards and averaged 3.8 yards per carry. Those were Parker's lowest totals since becoming a full-time starter.

In a physical AFC North division, Parker has never been the biggest tailback at 5-foot-10, 209 pounds. Add in the fact that he's turning 29 in November, and Parker now has to deal with the age and durability questions in Pittsburgh.

Parker is in the final year of his contract, and all signs point to the Steelers letting him walk after the season. To date, there haven't been any serious discussions of extending Parker's contract before the start of the regular season, and the Steelers drafted tailback Rashard Mendenhall in the first round in 2008 to be his eventual replacement.

But a big year from Parker has the potential to change the landscape for his future in Pittsburgh and silence his critics.

Oviedo
05-16-2009, 03:29 PM
I've said in the past. A RB is good for 5 years in the NFL nowadays. If not mistaken this is year 5 for Parker having a significant role. He is on the backside of his career.

He will be less of a factor this year as Mendy gets more opportunities but I expect it will be RB by committee under Tomlin. I don't see anyone doing what Parker was doing a couple of years ago with 350+ carries.

Mister Pittsburgh
05-16-2009, 07:12 PM
I fully expect Parker to be injured again this season.

Ozey74
05-16-2009, 08:10 PM
Willie is too "all or nothing" for my comfort level. All though I repect Willie & am thankful for his contributions to the franchise, I won't be upset when he is gone.

I'm looking forward to the duo of Mendenhall & Summers for, what I hope is, many years to come.

:tt2

Mel Blount's G
05-16-2009, 08:24 PM
Mendenhall broke hisself on the first real hit he took in the big league so keep that in mind y'all people callin fwp fragile and ready to throw him under the bus.

In today'S NFL, few running backs can carry 25-35 times a game and play all 16 plus post season without needing downtime for injuries

I predict fwp has a great season

AngryAsian
05-16-2009, 08:40 PM
Backfield by consensus. This is a proven method for success in today's NFL. FWP, Mendy and Moore. A great rotation of these horses from our stable and exploiting the talent that each of them bring to the table.

True Fan
05-17-2009, 12:58 PM
Backfield by consensus. This is a proven method for success in today's NFL. FWP, Mendy and Moore. A great rotation of these horses from our stable and exploiting the talent that each of them bring to the table.



i agree, but could someone let arians in on this? :wink:

Jooser
05-17-2009, 01:33 PM
Backfield by consensus. This is a proven method for success in today's NFL. FWP, Mendy and Moore. A great rotation of these horses from our stable and exploiting the talent that each of them bring to the table.



i agree, but could someone let arians in on this? :wink:


all of the above.... :Agree ..... :Clap

buckeyehoppy
05-17-2009, 02:14 PM
Mendenhall broke hisself on the first real hit he took in the big league so keep that in mind y'all people callin fwp fragile and ready to throw him under the bus.

In today'S NFL, few running backs can carry 25-35 times a game and play all 16 plus post season without needing downtime for injuries

I predict fwp has a great season

:Agree

This will be FWP's last season with the B & G. I'm already sad about it because he's already surpassed all expectations.

I still believe that he will get the most carries provided his health holds out. But, Arians needs to get his shizznat together and mix and match backfield sets. Mendy and MM need to touch the ball as well, and he also can't forget Summers.

Mendy still needs to prove his worth in this league. But, I am confident that he will assuming we can diversify the offense a little more. And this is not a bad thing. Sure, we won a SB with this O last year. But it is rare to repeat anyway and it is even more rare when you can't better disguise what you plan on doing with your strategy on O. That's the big thing facing Arians this off-season.

Mister Pittsburgh
05-17-2009, 07:04 PM
I just think once a player that depends on speed starts injuring his legs....their will be a tendency to have injuries in those legs. Not a proven fact or anything.....just something I think. When you injure your left knee you start favoring it and that puts you out of whack and more pressure on your right leg...etc, etc...

mshifko
05-17-2009, 08:45 PM
it sucks that willie may be on the downside of his career, but with a healthy and hopefully effective mendy that will only help FWP out...throw in moore/summers and we're talking about a deep backfield

Slapstick
05-18-2009, 09:17 AM
After all of the pounding that Willie has taken over the last five seasons (1100+ carries, almost 5,000 yards), it may extend his career to be in a backfield by committee as opposed to being an every down guy...I think the 650+ carries in 2006 and 2007 came close to ending it for him...

I just go back to 2005 when Willie rushed for 1200+ on only 255 carries...his legs would be fresher if he shared the load...mybe he could go back to breaking off some big runs on a regular basis...

Steel Life
05-18-2009, 07:30 PM
Even if Willie has a great season, it doesn't change the fact Mendenhall is the future. Willie will have to decide what his worth is & as we've learned with other illustrious Steelers, his opinion of what he's worth may not match what the team thinks he's worth. Besides it's entirely possible that Moore has more value as a spot starter, 3rd down back, spot returner, etc. & The Tank may be the "thunder" we've been looking for & there's just not enough touches.

I appreciate what he's given us, but if his career were to end tomorrow, it would've been so much more than he dreamed when he came into the league.

Oviedo
05-19-2009, 10:46 AM
Even if Willie has a great season, it doesn't change the fact Mendenhall is the future. Willie will have to decide what his worth is & as we've learned with other illustrious Steelers, his opinion of what he's worth may not match what the team thinks he's worth. Besides it's entirely possible that Moore has more value as a spot starter, 3rd down back, spot returner, etc. & The Tank may be the "thunder" we've been looking for & there's just not enough touches.

I appreciate what he's given us, but if his career were to end tomorrow, it would've been so much more than he dreamed when he came into the league.

I agree. I would not be surprised to see FWP and Mendy having almost an equal number of carries--somewhere in the range of 200-220 each. This should allow FWP to stay fresh and it will also put the team in a strong contract position with FWP. He can't justify his salary only carrying the ball 200 times.

Of course an injury to either will change this and one of them will have to carry the load.

SteelCzar76
05-19-2009, 12:36 PM
Mendenhall broke hisself on the first real hit he took in the big league so keep that in mind y'all people callin fwp fragile and ready to throw him under the bus.

In today'S NFL, few running backs can carry 25-35 times a game and play all 16 plus post season without needing downtime for injuries

I predict fwp has a great season


:Agree Though i hope that by some miracle Arians will begin to embrace the concept of actually employing a blocking FB. As last time i checked,...we do not have a young Barry Sanders anywhere on our roster,.....