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MicroBioSteel
11-10-2009, 03:09 AM
Don't know if he was afraid of fumbling late but on some of those runs he pussed out and ran out of bounds without thought. If your going to puss late, fall down in bounds at least.
Last year too ballsey taking on Ray-Ray up the middle this year Puss by running out of bounds.

Will the real Rashard Mendenhall please stand up...please stand up!

Nonetheless...extremely happy with his running. We are going to be sick on offense down the stretch due in large part to balance if Arians doesn't ignore the truth.

SteelHead
11-10-2009, 03:33 AM
I'm not sure you and I watched the same game tonight.

Mendy was a beast. Dude has legit speed and shiftiness , runs tough, hits the hole hard and quick and is not afraid of contact. Did you see him follow and set up his blockers tonight ? It was a sight for sore eyes. Now sometimes what happens due to that contact in regards to ball security is still questionable. He's getting better in that department though and had a lot of touches tonight against and aggressive tackling D to prove it.

Why he ran out of bounds on that long run , I don't know.....I'll chalk it up to a bonehead rookie mistake but it's certainly not because he lacks toughness. You gotta remember this kid is still virtually playing his rookie season , only what his 11th game I think.

And props to the O-line tonight , especially the second half. The played great.

jj28west
11-10-2009, 06:46 AM
I see improvement in the blitz pickup. I think we can all agree that the game is slowing down for him and his patience has helped him with the pulling guards.
I saw maybe only a couple plays where he looked tentative in his decision making to cut outside or cut back towards the middle of the field. Like others have said he is young (he came out his junior season?) and has upside.

I would love to see this guy get pi$$ed off to increase his burst that he gets running up the gut. Please BA give him some more draws and some screens.

Scarletfire1970
11-10-2009, 07:11 AM
He still makes me nervous with the ball. Actually come to think of it they all do. Logan, Holmes, Mendy. I am always screaming hold onto the ball! :P

Jooser
11-10-2009, 07:16 AM
Mendy was absolutely awesome last night. No puss there at all.

Wolfhound45
11-10-2009, 08:07 AM
All I saw was toughness, plain and simple. The Steelers fans I watched the game with were all impressed with how well he sets up his blockers, how hard he hits the hole, the burst he has. However, we were also all worried about his lack of ball awareness. At the end of that long run he still had the ball to the inside part of the field. He is forgetting some of the basics about ball security. But he is definitely a tough, hard nosed runner.

JTP53609
11-10-2009, 08:28 AM
i dont know...i think he is pretty tough, he went out of bounds because they cut down his angle after he ran for 22, 36 and 25 yds....

Oviedo
11-10-2009, 08:29 AM
I'm old enough to remember that "tough guys" sitting in their Lazy Boys use to say the same thing about Franco Harris who would do the same thing versus taking a needless hit. The physical toll on running backs is the most extreme in the NFL. I have no problem with a player actually playing smart.

BTW--If Mendy is half as good as Franco I'll take that.

JUST-PLAIN-NASTY
11-10-2009, 08:53 AM
It is funny actually. He should of went down in bounds to keep the clock rolling. However, he went out of bounds because he was coming up on a defender...And he had the ball in the wrong hand. It is the only reason I came up with besides he was winded. I actually think Holmes & Tomlin said something to him after the play.

phillyesq
11-10-2009, 09:15 AM
I'm old enough to remember that "tough guys" sitting in their Lazy Boys use to say the same thing about Franco Harris who would do the same thing versus taking a needless hit. The physical toll on running backs is the most extreme in the NFL. I have no problem with a player actually playing smart.

BTW--If Mendy is half as good as Franco I'll take that.

Well said -- that was my thought. We saw what happened when the wheels fell off Willie Parker. I have no problem with a back going out of bounds after a long run to avoid unnecessary pounding. I realize that the Bus would have looked for contact, but players like him are few and far between.

On the last long run, Mendy going out of bounds was a mistake. I wish he would have dove down in bounds and secured the ball and kept the clock running. And maybe he was going out to secure the ball. Who knows?

I never questioned Mendy's toughness, and then a while ago, that hack from the trib posted an article about it. I still don't question his toughness. Watch the way he threw his body at blitzers. He is tough.

MeetJoeGreene
11-10-2009, 09:23 AM
I thought he ran with good power last night.

On his last big run, I wish he had fought and stayed in bounds, but he could have been under orders .. so as to not fumble.

stlrz d
11-10-2009, 09:47 AM
I remember the criticisms for Franco running OB too. But I recall Franco saying that if the team needed a yard and getting that yard meant running someone over then he would do it...and I recall seeing him do that many times.

On the long run where he went OB Holmes did say something to him. I think Mendy simply forgot the game situation. Also, if you see the play again watch for him to move the ball from inside arm to outside arm the split second before he steps out. He simply forgot.

He'll learn that stuff with time. He's 22 and last night was his 11th NFL game.

papillon
11-10-2009, 10:01 AM
He had picked up an important first down and, while, simply falling to the ground would have been ideal, he realized that the first had been obtained and just ran out of bounds. Runners, typically, are either going to go out of bounds or take on a tackler, falling down isn't really in their DNA, so, he stepped out of bounds to save a little beating on his body. I"m fine with it and his team mates are as well, of course, he was reminded that falling to the ground in bounds would have been the A+ move in that situation.

Pappy

JUST-PLAIN-NASTY
11-10-2009, 10:07 AM
I remember the criticisms for Franco running OB too. But I recall Franco saying that if the team needed a yard and getting that yard meant running someone over then he would do it...and I recall seeing him do that many times.

On the long run where he went OB Holmes did say something to him. I think Mendy simply forgot the game situation. Also, if you see the play again watch for him to move the ball from inside arm to outside arm the split second before he steps out. He simply forgot.

He'll learn that stuff with time. He's 22 and last night was his 11th NFL game.

I think Homes did say something to him about staying in bounds. Nice to see Mendehall is surrounded by leadership. Mendenhall didn't switch hands on that run where Holmes talked to him. He just took the ball out of his tuck and palmed it in his right hand as he ran out of bounds. He "patted" the ball while he held it in his right hand in disgust. I think he realized he shouldn't of ran out of bounds. He should have change hands with the ball and ran through the defender to stay in bounds. Minor mental error based upon the situation. However, could be a major mental error in another situation and I'm sure he will get coached up film day.

NW Steeler
11-10-2009, 11:47 AM
I think that Mendy is plenty tough...we all just want to see him truck someone, ala Peterson. I think we will see that when he needs to do it. But when you can juke and just run by guys, why not? I never realized how fast he was until last night. Wow. I was even more impressed with his demeanor during his postgame interview with the ESPN crew. A very impressive young man. Humble, intelligent, grounded.

AngryAsian
11-10-2009, 12:19 PM
He ran for 155 yards and had 0 turnovers. Save a TD, he ran a great game last night.