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RuthlessBurgher
10-02-2009, 10:26 AM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4525049


Mendenhall seeks second chance
Associated Press
Updated: October 2, 2009, 9:39 AM ET

PITTSBURGH -- The running back was confused about his assignments and didn't appear to know his playbook, so he found himself on the bench. No carries, no yardage, no recognition.

Happens all the time in Pop Warner football, and high school ball, too. College football? Not so often. The NFL? C'mon, you've got to be kidding.

Rashard Mendenhall is the embarrassed exception.

One week after tearing off a 39-yard run against Chicago that demonstrated some of the ability that caused the Pittsburgh Steelers to make him a first-round draft pick last year, he didn't carry once against Cincinnati.

Coach Mike Tomlin denied him the ball, effectively saying that if Mendenhall played like he practiced, he didn't want to see what might happen in a game that counted.

Now, with Pittsburgh (1-2) facing a pivotal game Sunday against the San Diego Chargers (2-1), the Steelers want to see if Mendenhall is getting the message before they give him the ball. Even if Willie Parker's big toe injury might leave them with no other option other than Mendenhall and third-down back Mewelde Moore.

"We're here now, that's in the past, it's another week," Mendenhall said.

What Mendenhall must be concerned about is whether the Steelers are willing to put his bad week into the past so quickly, since he has repeatedly disappointed them.

A year ago this week, he irritated them by bragging to a friend with Baltimore that he expected a big game against the Ravens. Baltimore's defense was motivated by the comments, and linebacker Ray Lewis put him out for the season with a fractured shoulder.

The Steelers didn't see much of Mendenhall after that as he only occasionally stopped by their practice complex during his rehabilitation. He said he spent some time going to museums and doing the things football players don't normally do during the season. Especially Steelers players, injured or not.

It didn't help when he had an ineffective training camp this summer, again failing to flash the strong cutting ability, durability and power he displayed in college at Illinois.

"It's a learning experience," Mendenhall said. "You learn in the NFL that the minor things are major, so you have to stay on top of everything. I just look forward to getting an opportunity to get to play and show the fans and my teammates what I can do."

The Steelers are waiting to see it, too. Parker, a three-time 1,200-yard runner, is unsigned past this season and the job was expected to go to Mendenhall if Parker didn't return.

Tomlin said that if a player such as Hines Ward is momentarily confused and doesn't run the correct pass route, a coach simply moves on. But that coach can't be as forgiving if a young player such as Mendenhall or wide receiver Limas Sweed makes such a mistake.

A week after Mendenhall was stuck to the bench except on special teams plays, Sweed may find himself there this week. Sweed dropped a pass in the end zone Sunday during the 23-20 loss in Cincinnati, much like he dropped what would have been a key reception during the AFC championship game against Baltimore in January.

Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. Twice was enough for Tomlin, who hinted Sweed won't see the ball again until the Steelers are convinced he won't drop it.

Mendenhall's change for redemption may arrive a little sooner.

"Young guys ... have to make coaches comfortable with their ability to execute details of their assignment," Tomlin said. "They need to make the other guys in the huddle very comfortable with their ability to execute."

Interestingly, Parker tried to deflect some of the heat, saying he was so hard on Mendenhall last week it might have been distracting.

"That's probably the reason he was making the mistakes," Parker said. "Coach holds each and every one of us to a high standard and expects us all to perform like professionals in practice."

The Steelers need to see more in games, too. So far, Mendenhall has gained only 107 yards in seven games during his short career. This season, the normally reliable Steelers running game is 27th in the NFL.

"It's frustrating, you want to take advantage of opportunities," Mendenhall said. "You want to prove to the team and the organization what you can do and I wasn't able to do that last week, so I'm looking forward to this week."

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

frankthetank1
10-02-2009, 10:45 AM
i just read this. i like mendenhalls comments a lot. glad he didnt pi$$ and moan about tomlin's decision. dont understand how mendenhall has REPEATEDLY let down the team. not sure where that comes from. i guess he got injured last year if thats what they were referring too

drprwnap
10-02-2009, 11:46 AM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4525049


Mendenhall seeks second chance
Associated Press
Updated: October 2, 2009, 9:39 AM ET

PITTSBURGH -- The running back was confused about his assignments and didn't appear to know his playbook, so he found himself on the bench. No carries, no yardage, no recognition.

Happens all the time in Pop Warner football, and high school ball, too. College football? Not so often. The NFL? C'mon, you've got to be kidding.

Rashard Mendenhall is the embarrassed exception.

One week after tearing off a 39-yard run against Chicago that demonstrated some of the ability that caused the Pittsburgh Steelers to make him a first-round draft pick last year, he didn't carry once against Cincinnati.

Coach Mike Tomlin denied him the ball, effectively saying that if Mendenhall played like he practiced, he didn't want to see what might happen in a game that counted.

Now, with Pittsburgh (1-2) facing a pivotal game Sunday against the San Diego Chargers (2-1), the Steelers want to see if Mendenhall is getting the message before they give him the ball. Even if Willie Parker's big toe injury might leave them with no other option other than Mendenhall and third-down back Mewelde Moore.

"We're here now, that's in the past, it's another week," Mendenhall said.

What Mendenhall must be concerned about is whether the Steelers are willing to put his bad week into the past so quickly, since he has repeatedly disappointed them.

A year ago this week, he irritated them by bragging to a friend with Baltimore that he expected a big game against the Ravens. Baltimore's defense was motivated by the comments, and linebacker Ray Lewis put him out for the season with a fractured shoulder.

The Steelers didn't see much of Mendenhall after that as he only occasionally stopped by their practice complex during his rehabilitation. He said he spent some time going to museums and doing the things football players don't normally do during the season. Especially Steelers players, injured or not.
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

The above paragraph speaks VOLUMES as to why Mendenhall is not living up to his status as a number 1 pick. How about goint to team meetings every week and learning the game plan against the opponent? Ya think that might haved helped, Rashard? The lack of common sense with many of these guys is just amazing. Just about every fan in here knows how short an NFL career can be. How can a top college running back not know this. His mindset should have been-"I already lost a year so I'm going learn the playbook, study film, go to team meetings and learn all I can so next year, I can be more prepared". Does Rashard do this? Noooooooooooo! He goes to F##king museums.
:wft

Mister Pittsburgh
10-02-2009, 12:01 PM
Mendenhall needs to pull his head out of his ass. Worrying about fixing his house up, going to museums, breakdancing, all that crap...after the steelers just hand his worthless ass million just to sign a piece of paper. What a tool bag. Dude better start working his nuts off.

JTP53609
10-02-2009, 12:20 PM
has nothing to do with anything but....
didnt mendenhall get held up at gunpoint in chicago a few weeks after we drafted him ....

Jigawatts
10-02-2009, 01:10 PM
has nothing to do with anything but....
didnt mendenhall get held up at gunpoint in chicago a few weeks after we drafted him ....

Yes, they stole his mojo.

JTP53609
10-02-2009, 01:44 PM
has nothing to do with anything but....
didnt mendenhall get held up at gunpoint in chicago a few weeks after we drafted him ....

Yes, they stole his mojo.


i guess the robber had thick black glasses, messed up teeth and dressed like it was the late 60's, was he driving a shaguar too....

Jigawatts
10-02-2009, 01:52 PM
has nothing to do with anything but....
didnt mendenhall get held up at gunpoint in chicago a few weeks after we drafted him ....

Yes, they stole his mojo.


i guess the robber had thick black glasses, messed up teeth and dressed like it was the late 60's, was he driving a shaguar too....

http://palmwebos.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/mojo-sdk.jpg

RuthlessBurgher
10-02-2009, 02:00 PM
has nothing to do with anything but....
didnt mendenhall get held up at gunpoint in chicago a few weeks after we drafted him ....

Yes, they stole his mojo.


i guess the robber had thick black glasses, messed up teeth and dressed like it was the late 60's, was he driving a shaguar too....

http://palmwebos.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/mojo-sdk.jpg

What's up with the fixed teeth? The cell phone company didn't want a fake British spy with bad teeth promoting their product? They demanded a fake British spy with good teeth? :moon

feltdizz
10-02-2009, 05:28 PM
has nothing to do with anything but....
didnt mendenhall get held up at gunpoint in chicago a few weeks after we drafted him ....

Yes, they stole his mojo.
:Clap that was a good one.. I wonder if that really did shake him up a bit.. he fumbled the ball a ton his first preseason.

Shoe
10-02-2009, 07:28 PM
The lack of common sense with many of these guys is just amazing.

Isn't it though?
Maybe as we age, our maturity allows us to see things that maybe (if/when we were that age) we wouldn't have saw when we were that age. I mean, I wasn't exactly wise beyond my years back when I was 22...

...so I'm gonna give him a pass on this one

...which expires this Sunday.

I'm not asking for 26 carries for 171 yards & 2 TD's. All I'm asking for is something (one thing) to impress. (For the record, I was NOT impressed with his 39-yard run--IMO anyone could've made that run.)

I want one hard-fought, gritty 1st down.
I want runs finished.
I want tackles being broken.

Discipline of Steel
10-03-2009, 10:32 AM
The lack of common sense with many of these guys is just amazing.

Isn't it though?
Maybe as we age, our maturity allows us to see things that maybe (if/when we were that age) we wouldn't have saw when we were that age. I mean, I wasn't exactly wise beyond my years back when I was 22...

...so I'm gonna give him a pass on this one

...which expires this Sunday.

I'm not asking for 26 carries for 171 yards & 2 TD's. All I'm asking for is something (one thing) to impress. (For the record, I was NOT impressed with his 39-yard run--IMO anyone could've made that run.)

I want one hard-fought, gritty 1st down.
I want runs finished.
I want tackles being broken.

Hell yeah! :Beer I want him to crush the enemy! Then he will have my respect.

NorthCoast
10-03-2009, 03:00 PM
I guess I'm the only one bothered by Mendenhall's comments. There is one key statement that he DID NOT make after his transgression and this make speak to his psyche.

I wanted to hear him say "I feel bad, I really let my team down. and it won't happen again."

What I heard instead was "I wanted the opportunity to show what I can do". Despite what you might think these are not equivalent statements and I think it smacks of a me-first personality. Hope I'm wrong...