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SteelCrazy
03-24-2010, 10:45 PM
Today - 2:25 PM ET

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin expects Rashard Mendenhall to make major strides in his second year as a starter.

Mendenhall, who overtook Willie Parker early last year, averaged 4.6 YPC with eight all-purpose TDs and 1,369 yards. "He had a productive season," Tomlin said. "I think he's capable of a lot more. He's still a very young guy. He was 20 years old when we got him. Looking for him to do great things for us."

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ramblinjim
03-24-2010, 10:59 PM
If Mendy makes tremendous strides from his 09 season, we seem to have a h3ll of a running back on the roster. :tt2

Discipline of Steel
03-24-2010, 11:20 PM
I would seek to draft him if I was playing fantasy football next year.

Shawn
03-25-2010, 02:15 AM
I would seek to draft him if I was playing fantasy football next year.

I think he will be second round worthy in most formats especially if the Steelers grab Iupati and it looks like he will start.

Discipline of Steel
03-25-2010, 06:30 AM
Call me a homer, but I would even take him as my first pick. He is a man on the rise, not splitting time by any means, and hopefully the talk about renewed emphasis on the rushing attack will pan out.

JTP53609
03-25-2010, 07:39 AM
Call me a homer, but I would even take him as my first pick. He is a man on the rise, not splitting time by any means, and hopefully the talk about renewed emphasis on the rushing attack will pan out.

homer :tt1
I also think that we have an emerging superstar, if he could cut his spoon moves to half as many as he does and lower his shoulder more than I think he is an all pro back for years, but than again all pro is a loose term, garrard and v young were what 5th and 6th pro bowl alternates and they played in the game

Oviedo
03-25-2010, 08:10 AM
If Mendy makes tremendous strides from his 09 season, we seem to have a h3ll of a running back on the roster. :tt2

He was drafted by Tomlin and wasn't a star as a rookie so he is a bust. Just a "grits" type player who has no future in the NFL. We should have drafted a Cowher-like tough guys who can play FB instead of one of these "fast twitch" guys who have no place on the Steelers roster.

steelz09
03-25-2010, 08:12 AM
Agreed.. and I think he should be given more carries this week as well. In certain times last year, we were very productive running the ball and for no aparent reason, we would abandon it during games. I surely hope we don't do this next year.

stlrz d
03-25-2010, 08:24 AM
Call me a homer, but I would even take him as my first pick. He is a man on the rise, not splitting time by any means, and hopefully the talk about renewed emphasis on the rushing attack will pan out.

homer :tt1
I also think that we have an emerging superstar, if he could cut his spoon moves to half as many as he does and lower his shoulder more than I think he is an all pro back for years, but than again all pro is a loose term, garrard and v young were what 5th and 6th pro bowl alternates and they played in the game

There's a difference. All pro is good. Pro bowl is meh. :D

JTP53609
03-25-2010, 10:30 AM
[quote="Discipline of Steel":6ytq12zz]Call me a homer, but I would even take him as my first pick. He is a man on the rise, not splitting time by any means, and hopefully the talk about renewed emphasis on the rushing attack will pan out.

homer :tt1
I also think that we have an emerging superstar, if he could cut his spoon moves to half as many as he does and lower his shoulder more than I think he is an all pro back for years, but than again all pro is a loose term, garrard and v young were what 5th and 6th pro bowl alternates and they played in the game

There's a difference. All pro is good. Pro bowl is meh. :D[/quote:6ytq12zz]


your right, you can tell I am in offseason mode..

Sugar
03-25-2010, 12:37 PM
Oddly enough, I'm thinking that while Mendy will be alright, he won't be quite a pro-bowl back, let alone All-Pro. I'm not really buying the whole running it more talk that's coming out of the org right now.

That doesn't mean that Rashard won't be a good back or anything.

RuthlessBurgher
03-25-2010, 03:34 PM
[quote="Discipline of Steel":2wnndllu]Call me a homer, but I would even take him as my first pick. He is a man on the rise, not splitting time by any means, and hopefully the talk about renewed emphasis on the rushing attack will pan out.

homer :tt1
I also think that we have an emerging superstar, if he could cut his spoon moves to half as many as he does and lower his shoulder more than I think he is an all pro back for years, but than again all pro is a loose term, garrard and v young were what 5th and 6th pro bowl alternates and they played in the game

There's a difference. All pro is good. Pro bowl is meh. :D[/quote:2wnndllu]

Yeah, people tend to refer to anyone who made the Pro Bowl as "All-Pro" but that is not the case. The All-Pro team is a vote of the best players in the league overall (not broken down by conference), and we don't need to worry about players dropping out of the Pro Bowl game and inferior players replacing them on the roster. They pick 12 guys on offense (1 QB, 2 RB, 1 FB, 2 WR, 1 TE, 1 C, 2 OG, 2 OT), 12 guys on defense (2 DE, 2 DT, 2 ILB, 2 OLB, 2 CB, 2 S), and 3 specialists (P, K, RET)

We had several Pro Bowl players last year (Harrison, Woodley, Hampton, Miller...Ben was offered a spot but turned it down after being injured in the Miami game...remember how his right arm was hanging limp between plays that the end of that game?), but we did not have any All-Pros.

The All-Pro Squad from last season:

OFFENSE

Quarterback: Peyton Manning (Indianapolis Colts)
Running Back: Chris Johnson (Tennesse Titans), Adrian Peterson (Minnesota Vikings)
Fullback: Leonard Weaver (Philadelphia Eagles)
Wide Receiver: Wes Welker (New England Patriots), Andre Johnson (Houston Texans)
Tight End: Dallas Clark (Indianapolis Colts)
Center: Nick Mangold (New York Jets)
Guard: Jahri Evans (New Orleans Saints), Steve Hutchinson (Minnesota Vikings)
Tackle: Ryan Clady (Denver Broncos), Joe Thomas (Cleveland Browns)

DEFENSE

Defensive End: Jared Allen (Minnesota Vikings), Dwight Freeney (Indianapolis Colts)
Defensive Tackle: Kevin Williams (Minnesota Vikings), Jay Ratliff (Dallas Cowboys)
Inside Linebacker: Patrick Willis (San Francisco 49ers), Ray Lewis (Baltimore Ravens)
Outside Linebacker: DeMarcus Ware (Dallas Cowboys), Elvis Dumervil (Denver Broncos)
Cornerback: Charles Woodson (Green Bay Packers), Darrelle Revis (New York Jets)
Safety: Adrian Wilson (Arizona Cardinals), Darren Sharper (New Orleans Saints)

SPECIALISTS

Punter: Shane Lechler (Oakland Raiders)
Placekicker: Nate Kaeding (San Diego Chargers)
Kick Returner: Josh Cribbs (Cleveland Browns)

AngryAsian
03-25-2010, 04:15 PM
Being in a pass happy system, making catches out in the flat for 4-5 yards in certain situations might make him even more viable. This and being the featured back and getting more snaps... I hope will give him Brian Westbrook-like numbers in 2010. (That's BW of Old, not in the more injury-plagued years). I wouldn't be completely surprised if he yielded 1700+ yards from scrimmage.

JTP53609
03-25-2010, 04:52 PM
[quote="Discipline of Steel":1fp377lr]Call me a homer, but I would even take him as my first pick. He is a man on the rise, not splitting time by any means, and hopefully the talk about renewed emphasis on the rushing attack will pan out.

homer :tt1
I also think that we have an emerging superstar, if he could cut his spoon moves to half as many as he does and lower his shoulder more than I think he is an all pro back for years, but than again all pro is a loose term, garrard and v young were what 5th and 6th pro bowl alternates and they played in the game

There's a difference. All pro is good. Pro bowl is meh. :D

Yeah, people tend to refer to anyone who made the Pro Bowl as "All-Pro" but that is not the case. The All-Pro team is a vote of the best players in the league overall (not broken down by conference), and we don't need to worry about players dropping out of the Pro Bowl game and inferior players replacing them on the roster. They pick 12 guys on offense (1 QB, 2 RB, 1 FB, 2 WR, 1 TE, 1 C, 2 OG, 2 OT), 12 guys on defense (2 DE, 2 DT, 2 ILB, 2 OLB, 2 CB, 2 S), and 3 specialists (P, K, RET)

We had several Pro Bowl players last year (Harrison, Woodley, Hampton, Miller...Ben was offered a spot but turned it down after being injured in the Miami game...remember how his right arm was hanging limp between plays that the end of that game?), but we did not have any All-Pros.

The All-Pro Squad from last season:

OFFENSE

Quarterback: Peyton Manning (Indianapolis Colts)
Running Back: Chris Johnson (Tennesse Titans), Adrian Peterson (Minnesota Vikings)
Fullback: Leonard Weaver (Philadelphia Eagles)
Wide Receiver: Wes Welker (New England Patriots), Andre Johnson (Houston Texans)
Tight End: Dallas Clark (Indianapolis Colts)
Center: Nick Mangold (New York Jets)
Guard: Jahri Evans (New Orleans Saints), Steve Hutchinson (Minnesota Vikings)
Tackle: Ryan Clady (Denver Broncos), Joe Thomas (Cleveland Browns)

DEFENSE

Defensive End: Jared Allen (Minnesota Vikings), Dwight Freeney (Indianapolis Colts)
Defensive Tackle: Kevin Williams (Minnesota Vikings), Jay Ratliff (Dallas Cowboys)
Inside Linebacker: Patrick Willis (San Francisco 49ers), Ray Lewis (Baltimore Ravens)
Outside Linebacker: DeMarcus Ware (Dallas Cowboys), Elvis Dumervil (Denver Broncos)
Cornerback: Charles Woodson (Green Bay Packers), Darrelle Revis (New York Jets)
Safety: Adrian Wilson (Arizona Cardinals), Darren Sharper (New Orleans Saints)

SPECIALISTS

Punter: Shane Lechler (Oakland Raiders)
Placekicker: Nate Kaeding (San Diego Chargers)
Kick Returner: Josh Cribbs (Cleveland Browns)[/quote:1fp377lr]

all pro=filet mignon and all the fixings
pro bowl=quarter pounder and fries...

I knew this, just an offseason slip...

Discipline of Steel
03-25-2010, 06:02 PM
Being in a pass happy system, making catches out in the flat for 4-5 yards in certain situations might make him even more viable. This and being the featured back and getting more snaps... I hope will give him Brian Westbrook-like numbers in 2010. (That's BW of Old, not in the more injury-plagued years). I wouldn't be completely surprised if he yielded 1700+ yards from scrimmage.

I was thinking 1600+ and mid-teens on TDs. That would be a 16 points per game average in standard formats.

Discipline of Steel
03-25-2010, 06:07 PM
Imagine if we had All-Pro Leonard Weaver on our team last year. FB in the Burgh was non-existant. He was available and we didnt even take a look. :cry:

stlrz d
03-25-2010, 07:59 PM
[quote="Discipline of Steel":11uyzbmk]Call me a homer, but I would even take him as my first pick. He is a man on the rise, not splitting time by any means, and hopefully the talk about renewed emphasis on the rushing attack will pan out.

homer :tt1
I also think that we have an emerging superstar, if he could cut his spoon moves to half as many as he does and lower his shoulder more than I think he is an all pro back for years, but than again all pro is a loose term, garrard and v young were what 5th and 6th pro bowl alternates and they played in the game

There's a difference. All pro is good. Pro bowl is meh. :D

Yeah, people tend to refer to anyone who made the Pro Bowl as "All-Pro" but that is not the case. The All-Pro team is a vote of the best players in the league overall (not broken down by conference), and we don't need to worry about players dropping out of the Pro Bowl game and inferior players replacing them on the roster. They pick 12 guys on offense (1 QB, 2 RB, 1 FB, 2 WR, 1 TE, 1 C, 2 OG, 2 OT), 12 guys on defense (2 DE, 2 DT, 2 ILB, 2 OLB, 2 CB, 2 S), and 3 specialists (P, K, RET)

We had several Pro Bowl players last year (Harrison, Woodley, Hampton, Miller...Ben was offered a spot but turned it down after being injured in the Miami game...remember how his right arm was hanging limp between plays that the end of that game?), but we did not have any All-Pros.

The All-Pro Squad from last season:

OFFENSE

Quarterback: Peyton Manning (Indianapolis Colts)
Running Back: Chris Johnson (Tennesse Titans), Adrian Peterson (Minnesota Vikings)
Fullback: Leonard Weaver (Philadelphia Eagles)
Wide Receiver: Wes Welker (New England Patriots), Andre Johnson (Houston Texans)
Tight End: Dallas Clark (Indianapolis Colts)
Center: Nick Mangold (New York Jets)
Guard: Jahri Evans (New Orleans Saints), Steve Hutchinson (Minnesota Vikings)
Tackle: Ryan Clady (Denver Broncos), Joe Thomas (Cleveland Browns)

DEFENSE

Defensive End: Jared Allen (Minnesota Vikings), Dwight Freeney (Indianapolis Colts)
Defensive Tackle: Kevin Williams (Minnesota Vikings), Jay Ratliff (Dallas Cowboys)
Inside Linebacker: Patrick Willis (San Francisco 49ers), Ray Lewis (Baltimore Ravens)
Outside Linebacker: DeMarcus Ware (Dallas Cowboys), Elvis Dumervil (Denver Broncos)
Cornerback: Charles Woodson (Green Bay Packers), Darrelle Revis (New York Jets)
Safety: Adrian Wilson (Arizona Cardinals), Darren Sharper (New Orleans Saints)

SPECIALISTS

Punter: Shane Lechler (Oakland Raiders)
Placekicker: Nate Kaeding (San Diego Chargers)
Kick Returner: Josh Cribbs (Cleveland Browns)

all pro=filet mignon and all the fixings
pro bowl=quarter pounder and fries...

I knew this, just an offseason slip...[/quote:11uyzbmk]

So what's a Royale with Cheese? :lol: :D

SteelerNation1
03-25-2010, 08:05 PM
So what's a Royale with Cheese? :lol: :D
That's what the people in Amsterdam call our All-Pro team! :Beer

stlrz d
03-25-2010, 08:11 PM
So what's a Royale with Cheese? :lol: :D
That's what the people in Amsterdam call our All-Pro team! :Beer

Because they don't have football over there, right?

They have futbol.

:lol:

flippy
03-26-2010, 12:13 PM
I could care less about ProBowls and All Pros. I just want winners. Guys that come up big in the playoffs.

Like:

1. Ben - he's the calmest athlete I've ever seen in any sport while under extreme pressure

2. Lamar Woodley is consistently a wrecking ball come playoff time - 2 sacks per contest and he isn't even close to peaking

3. Santonio Holmes - scores a TD every time he plays in the playoffs, not to mention the best catch in SuperBowl history

4. James Harrison - shakes off Lebeau's call to make the greatest play in SuperBowl history. He's a beast.

5. Hines Ward - he's inside every defenders head before he even steps on the field. he almost had a smile as big as mine when he crossed into the endzone in XL

6. Troy - If he's not a flipping all pro, you all pro team is flipped up. When Mike Tomlin says we defend every blade of grass, Troy is the only reason Tomlin's statement isn't full of crap. I've never seen a defensive player as good as Troy. He makes plays no one else could.

7. Big Snack - He's got a gear he saves up for the playoffs. I've never seen anyone so dominant as him in the run to XL.

And I could go on. Point is, if Mendy plays in the playoffs like any one of these guys, I'll love it even if he never makes a probowl or all pro team.

I don't want individual awards.

I want team hardware.

It's all about 7.

And Mendy's gonna help us get there.

ikestops85
03-26-2010, 12:34 PM
Imagine if we had All-Pro Leonard Weaver on our team last year. FB in the Burgh was non-existant. He was available and we didnt even take a look. :cry:

The problem with Weaver was his agent was pimping him as a RB and wanted RB money. He isn't the type of fullback we want. We want a blocker who can occasionally go out in the flat and catch a pass.

BURGH86STEEL
03-26-2010, 12:42 PM
Technically, this is Mendenhall's second season. He should be more comfortable within the offense in 2010. That should translate into major strides if he can stay healthy. I'd like to see him improve in pass protection and running harder on a consistent basis.