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fordfixer
10-13-2009, 01:31 AM
Steelers RB Parker anxious to play again

By Scott Brown, TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... 47708.html (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_647708.html)

The Steelers may be moving closer to the dilemma that offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said he would welcome: finding enough carries to keep running backs Rashard Mendenhall and Willie Parker happy and effective.

Mendenhall continued to state his case that he deserves a prominent role in the offense even after Parker returns from the turf toe that has sidelined him for the last two games.

Mendenhall, who rushed for 77 yards and a touchdown in the Steelers' 28-20 win over the Detroit Lions, is averaging a robust 5.6 yards per carry.

Parker, meanwhile, is averaging 3.6 yards a carry since returning from the broken leg he sustained in the penultimate game of the 2007 season. He is trying to battle through an injury that can be a lingering one, and Parker said he does not know when he will be ready to play.

"I want to get out there so bad," said Parker, a two-time Pro Bowler.

What role Parker does serve when he is cleared to return remains to be seen.

Outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley ended his sack drought in Detroit. But he shrugged off the significance of the 1.5 sacks he recorded against the Lions even though they were his first quarterback takedowns since the Super Bowl last February.

"If I wasn't getting any sacks and we won the game, I'd still be happy," Woodley said. "I lost contain a few times and allowed the quarterback to scramble out, so I'm a little disappointed, but I was able to help the team out."

Willie Colon didn't see the Steelers' final touchdown against the Lions and not because the right tackle was in a tangled mess of bodies when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and wide receiver Mike Wallace hooked up on a 47-yard scoring strike.

"I just closed my eyes," Colon said. "I didn't want to see."

That is understandable since Wallace had dropped a long pass earlier. And how did Colon find out Wallace redeemed himself?

"When I heard the roar," he said. "I was like 'Thank you.' "

One of the most impressive plays running back Mendenhall made against the Lions didn't net any yards. Yet, if Mendenhall hadn't recovered a fumble following a botched exchange between him and Roethlisberger near midfield in the second quarter, the Steelers would not have scored a touchdown eight plays later. What added to the degree of difficulty of the play: after Mendenhall alertly pounced on the loose ball, he had to keep the defensive players on top of him from trying to rip it out of his grasp.

"They were scratching and clawing at it and grabbing the facemask," Mendenhall said of being at the bottom of the pile.

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"The thing that is exciting right now is that Ben is using all of his eligible (receivers). He's dumping the ball to Rashard (Mendenhall), he's dumping the ball to Mewelde Moore. Of course, Heath (Miller) is a constant, he's finding his third wideout in Mike Wallace. I think as long as we use all the eligibles and get the ball to the open man we're going to be a tougher unit to stop." Coach Mike Tomlin, on QB Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers' passing game.

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29 Catches Heath Miller has through five games

48 Miller's career-high for catches in a season, set in 2008.

Mister Pittsburgh
10-13-2009, 07:44 AM
Willie Colon didn't see the Steelers' final touchdown against the Lions and not because the right tackle was in a tangled mess of bodies when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and wide receiver Mike Wallace hooked up on a 47-yard scoring strike.

"I just closed my eyes," Colon said. "I didn't want to see."

That is understandable since Wallace had dropped a long pass earlier. And how did Colon find out Wallace redeemed himself?

"When I heard the roar," he said. "I was like 'Thank you.' "



Funny Colon was praying the rookie would catch it. I pray ever week that Colon could go just one game without a penalty.

JTP53609
10-13-2009, 08:19 AM
Willie Colon didn't see the Steelers' final touchdown against the Lions and not because the right tackle was in a tangled mess of bodies when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and wide receiver Mike Wallace hooked up on a 47-yard scoring strike.

"I just closed my eyes," Colon said. "I didn't want to see."

That is understandable since Wallace had dropped a long pass earlier. And how did Colon find out Wallace redeemed himself?

"When I heard the roar," he said. "I was like 'Thank you.' "



Funny Colon was praying the rookie would catch it. I pray ever week that Colon could go just one game without a penalty.


hahaha i year ya Mister, I say the same thing, we could be playing a flawless game and he is good for just one whether it is offsides, illegal formation or holding haha, just once willie, please no penalty show us you can do it........

willie parker knows he needs to make some money next year so he is anxious to play so other teams can see what he does and offer him some kind of contract, i hope he is financially okay, did you see how he was dressed on the sideline, he looked like some of the bums outside of ford field....

Oviedo
10-13-2009, 08:31 AM
I'm anxious to see a healthy FWP back too as the back up to Mendenhall. I will really question the coaching staff's judgement if they screw with Mendenhall's head by putting Parker back as the starter.

Get FWP his touches but let Mendy carry the load.

Mister Pittsburgh
10-13-2009, 12:10 PM
I would look to the draft to get a fresh young workhorse instead of trying to overpay for a guy whose wheels are almost flat. Look in rounds 2 through 5 for a Ray Rice/ Chris Johnson type of back that can catch and has major speed.

AngryAsian
10-13-2009, 12:39 PM
How about working Logan into the mix.... I sound like a broken record here. Does anyone see the merit in at least trying this out. Hell look at what San Diego has done with Sproles.

Jigawatts
10-13-2009, 12:56 PM
How about working Logan into the mix.... I sound like a broken record here. Does anyone see the merit in at least trying this out. Hell look at what San Diego has done with Sproles.

Why is it that you have to compare Logan to Sproles?

That's height profiling bratha. :P

grotonsteel
10-13-2009, 01:14 PM
Parker needs to be the change of back this year. But i hope Steelers don't sign him next year even though Willie is willing to take a home discount.Willie has lost his main weapon SPEED. I don't think Steelers will give him a contract at age 30.Injuries have taken a toll on Willie's body. Willie is a like a sprinter without Speed.

I would say it will be better for Steelers to draft a RB in Rd 2 -Rd4 (Maybe someone like Ben Tate, Auburn) next year.

Mendy+Moore+Redman+<Draft Pick> will make a good backfield for Steelers.

NWNewell
10-13-2009, 01:14 PM
I imagine Willie would be anxious to play... he's close to loosing his job (as the primary carrier).

My hope is Mendenhall's success will lite a little (competitive) fire under both their asses.

NWNewell
10-13-2009, 01:16 PM
Parker needs to be the change of back this year. But i hope Steelers don't sign him next year even though Willie is willing to take a home discount.Willie has lost his main weapon SPEED. I don't think Steelers will give him a contract at age 30.

I would say it will be better for Steelers to draft a RB in Rd 2 -Rd4 (Maybe someone like Ben Tate, Auburn) next year.

Mendy+Moore+Redman+<Draft Pick> will make a good backfield for Steelers.

If Mendy continues to perform, he's big enough and strong enough that I don't see the Steeler's keeping a short yardage specialist like Redman.

AngryAsian
10-13-2009, 01:17 PM
How about working Logan into the mix.... I sound like a broken record here. Does anyone see the merit in at least trying this out. Hell look at what San Diego has done with Sproles.

Why is it that you have to compare Logan to Sproles?

That's height profiling bratha. :P


True... but when you have two players listed at 5' 6" both at 185 and have the comparable speeds that have them reaping big dividends in the return game... and the only thing that's separating them is that Sproles is more utilized in the offensive sets. I guess creativity is something our OC is lacking.

RuthlessBurgher
10-13-2009, 01:29 PM
RB Parker anxious to play again

Of course Willie is anxious to come back for the Cleveland game. That way he has the possibility of looking good in his return by running wild against the Browns. It is his only hope in trying to hold off the young phenom that is taking his job from him. If he misses this week and comes back next week instead, then he'll get stuffed all day against the Vikings, and more and more people will proclaim that he is finished.


"I just closed my eyes," Colon said. "I didn't want to see."

I wonder if this is the same strategy that he uses when he has to face off against an elite DE?

papillon
10-13-2009, 09:17 PM
How about working Logan into the mix.... I sound like a broken record here. Does anyone see the merit in at least trying this out. Hell look at what San Diego has done with Sproles.

Why is it that you have to compare Logan to Sproles?

That's height profiling bratha. :P


True... but when you have two players listed at 5' 6" both at 185 and have the comparable speeds that have them reaping big dividends in the return game... and the only thing that's separating them is that Sproles is more utilized in the offensive sets. I guess creativity is something our OC is lacking.

Arians is using the best players that the Steelers have available for the offense and Logan isn't one of them. Mewelde Moore has more than proven to be reliable and safe with the ball. There's no reason to add Logan into the offense right now. Let him focus on returning kicks and punts.

Pappy

BURGH86STEEL
10-13-2009, 09:32 PM
How about working Logan into the mix.... I sound like a broken record here. Does anyone see the merit in at least trying this out. Hell look at what San Diego has done with Sproles.

Why is it that you have to compare Logan to Sproles?

That's height profiling bratha. :P


True... but when you have two players listed at 5' 6" both at 185 and have the comparable speeds that have them reaping big dividends in the return game... and the only thing that's separating them is that Sproles is more utilized in the offensive sets. I guess creativity is something our OC is lacking.

Arians is using the best players that the Steelers have available for the offense and Logan isn't one of them. Mewelde Moore has more than proven to be reliable and safe with the ball. There's no reason to add Logan into the offense right now. Let him focus on returning kicks and punts.

Pappy


I agree, going to take Logan sometime to adjust from playing RB to WR. One of the biggest differences between Sproles and Logan is that Sproles is a veteran player that knows the Chargers offense.

Seems that some fans want to knock Arians at every opportunity. Not sure if a lack of creativity has been an issue for the offense. Those types of assessments need to be made by film study. I do know that a lack of execution as been evident on a few occasions.

fordfixer
10-13-2009, 10:05 PM
How about working Logan into the mix.... I sound like a broken record here. Does anyone see the merit in at least trying this out. Hell look at what San Diego has done with Sproles.

Why is it that you have to compare Logan to Sproles?

That's height profiling bratha. :P


Because they are the same height as Asain

RuthlessBurgher
10-13-2009, 10:08 PM
How about working Logan into the mix.... I sound like a broken record here. Does anyone see the merit in at least trying this out. Hell look at what San Diego has done with Sproles.

Why is it that you have to compare Logan to Sproles?

That's height profiling bratha. :P


Because they are the same height as Asain

And just as shifty. :x :lol: