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hawaiiansteel
04-03-2010, 03:56 AM
What the heck were you thinking, Willie Parker?

APRIL 2, 2010


“Fast” Willie Parker signing with the Washington Redskins to be one part of what, at least for the time being, figures to be a three-way backfield, screams desperation. The market for his services was really that barren?

While I don’t think Parker will be a stud again in his career, it seems a bit too soon to write him off. He is two years removed from a 1,316-yard season and should be pretty fresh after racking up a mere 98 carries last year.

It’s understandable that a lot of teams passed on Parker, because entering an age-30 season means his prized attribute – speed – is probably on the decline. Another major aspect working against the former Pittsburgh Steeler is his lack of prowess in the receiving game. Everything about Parker suggests he’s a third-down back except for his hands. He’s an adequate blocker and is dangerous even with limited touches.

Going to Washington is good for him from the zone-blocking scheme angle, but this one-cut back will have to battle two former stars in Clinton Portis and Larry Johnson. It has been reported that the triumvirate will duke it out WWE-style in a three-way cage match to determine the “champeen.” OK, so I made that part up, but they are expected to compete among themselves for the starting job.

This move may signal the end of Portis’ time in Washington if Parker shines early. With no salary cap in place, Daniel Snyder could be foolish enough to eat nearly $6.9 million in guaranteed money. I doubt it, but it’s tough to believe all three backs will be on the opening day roster.


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Ozey74
04-03-2010, 04:20 AM
If Willie wanted to go somewhere & be a starter (which is what he expressed), why did go to Washington? With Portis, LJ, and Betts in the backfield, I see Parker being used less in DC than what he would of been used had he resigned in Pittsburgh.

rpmpit
04-03-2010, 07:00 AM
Plain and simple - pride. That's why he didn't re-sign with us. Think about how you'd feel if your boss brought in someone to take your job. You'd have that, "I'll show you!" attitude as well. I really hope he does well in DC and "shows us!" My biggest criticism of Tomlin up to this point, was getting rid of Kreider, which ultimately led to this.

Herewegosteelers!
04-03-2010, 07:06 AM
Plain and simple - pride. That's why he didn't re-sign with us. Think about how you'd feel if your boss brought in someone to take your job. You'd have that, "I'll show you!" attitude as well. I really hope he does well in DC and "shows us!" My biggest criticism of Tomlin up to this point, was getting rid of Kreider, which ultimately led to this.
:Agree They need another Kreider if they want the running game to work like it once did a few years ago...

Steelerphile
04-03-2010, 08:10 AM
It is best that Willie Parker move on to another team. I think it is very difficult for any athlete, including Willie Parker, to accept a back-up role on the team where he originally starred. If someone goes somewhere else then comes back, that is a different matter.

It will be better for him to face the unpleasant realities of professional football somewhere else. When another group of coaches decides he will not be a prominent ball carrier for their team, it will still sting, but probably a little less.

I was never in favor of resigning Parker; so, I think this is good for the Steelers because it removes the question of whether or not to resign him.

Discipline of Steel
04-03-2010, 08:39 AM
Plain and simple - pride. That's why he didn't re-sign with us. Think about how you'd feel if your boss brought in someone to take your job. You'd have that, "I'll show you!" attitude as well. I really hope he does well in DC and "shows us!" My biggest criticism of Tomlin up to this point, was getting rid of Kreider, which ultimately led to this.

Not to mention a $3 mil contract, although I dont know how much of that is guaranteed.

D Rock
04-03-2010, 12:11 PM
Parker is definitely the least talented of the three. He's also the only one of the three that aren't likely to end up in the coach's doghouse sooner rather than later. He just might end up getting some good playing time there.

ANPSTEEL
04-03-2010, 12:18 PM
I always thought Washington was the best fit for him, and was very surprised when he didn't sign with them the first go-round.

Shanahan will get the most out of him, and if Willie learns to catch the ball- he could have a very nice season.

Although it may end up he isn't even on the team. - it strikes me as unlikely that all three backs are on the roster come opening day.

That is way too much money to tie up at RB, imo.

BURGH86STEEL
04-03-2010, 12:41 PM
I always thought Washington was the best fit for him, and was very surprised when he didn't sign with them the first go-round.

Shanahan will get the most out of him, and if Willie learns to catch the ball- he could have a very nice season.

Although it may end up he isn't even on the team. - it strikes me as unlikely that all three backs are on the roster come opening day.

That is way too much money to tie up at RB, imo.

Don't forget the money is no object to Snyder.

ANPSTEEL
04-03-2010, 01:10 PM
I always thought Washington was the best fit for him, and was very surprised when he didn't sign with them the first go-round.

Shanahan will get the most out of him, and if Willie learns to catch the ball- he could have a very nice season.

Although it may end up he isn't even on the team. - it strikes me as unlikely that all three backs are on the roster come opening day.

That is way too much money to tie up at RB, imo.

Don't forget the money is no object to Snyder.

yeah but remember with the uncapped season- you can release any player without cap implications at all, and if the contract is not guaranteed the team is completely off the hook.

frankthetank1
04-03-2010, 02:00 PM
not too upset with this. it would have been nice to bring him back for cheap money but oh well. im excited to see who they draft for a rb. i would love it if we got either spiller, gerhart, best or blount. even that guy mccluster from ole miss would be a good pick. its a great draft for rb's

hawaiiansteel
04-03-2010, 02:09 PM
"Open competition" looks like a ploy to wake up Clinton Portis

Posted by Mike Florio on April 3, 2010


The arrival in Washington of running back Willie Parker, who has done the rags-to-riches-to-rags thing over the past six years, has prompted the scratching of heads throughout the District of Columbia and beyond.

With Clinton Portis and Larry Johnson already on the roster, why sign a guy who fell out of favor in Pittsburgh due in part to a recent propensity to fall down upon first contact? The word on Parker is that he lost his will to run between the tackles, that he always looks to bounce outside, and that opposing defenses have figured it out.

Still, the Redskins have decided to give him a shot.

"It's flat-out an open competition," Parker's agent, Doug Hendrickson, tells the Washington Post. "That's what they told Willie. It's a flat-out open competition as to who's going to play and who's going to start. They said that's the way it's going to be."

That message to Parker could ultimately be aimed at getting Portis to take seriously his obligation to earn his pay in 2010, even though past salary-cap maneuverings have given him nearly $6.5 million in guaranteed base salary. It also gives the Redskins some leverage in the event that Larry Johnson doesn't work out, or finds himself in trouble off the field, again.

That said, we're not prepared to write off Parker completely. He could be perfectly suited to coach Mike Shanahan's one-cut, zone-blocking attack. If Parker trusts that the hole will open and focuses first on hitting it and then hitting high gear, he could thrive.

As he told 106.7 The Fan on Friday, "I'm a zone runner. I love the zone. I love the scheme. I love what [Shanahan] brings to the table."

Still, it'll be difficult if not impossible to justify carrying Portis, Johnson, and Parker on the active game day roster, given that the third man on the depth chart usually plays special teams.

If, in the end, Parker is cut, he'll be better suited to land with a new team than if he continues to sit at home. He'll be working out with a team throughout the offseason and, presumably, training camp and the preseason. If/when he's cut, he'll walk out of the facility with plenty of knowledge regarding the offensive playbook and attack.

And that could make him more attractive to teams like the Giants and Eagles.

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