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fordfixer
09-07-2010, 12:36 AM
Big burden falls on Mendehall
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
By Ron Cook, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10250/1085586-87.stm

So Dennis Dixon will get the start at quarterback Sunday afternoon against the Atlanta Falcons. It's not the right call by Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, not the right call at all. Charlie Batch is the better option because of his experience. He knows the offense inside out and sees the field better than Dixon. He isn't likely to make the killer mistakes that gets his team beat. He would give the Steelers their best chance of winning.

Tomlin said something else troubling Monday when he announced Dixon was his man. He said Dixon would have use of the "whole playbook," unlike last season in Baltimore when he made his only NFL start against the Ravens and ran a pared-down version of the offense in a 20-17 overtime loss. I'm not sure Dixon is ready for that. I'd feel a whole lot better about him if I knew a lot of the play calls involved him turning around and handing the ball to No. 34.

You know, Rashard Mendenhall.

I'm thinking he has to have a monster game Sunday for the Steelers to win.

He needs to have a monster season, actually.

Mendenhall proved he's capable in the final 13 games last season after being benched on offense in a Sept. 27 game at Cincinnati and publicly lashed by Tomlin for not being up to speed with the game plan. A lot of players would have sulked. Mendenhall reacted exactly the way Tomlin had hoped. That was good coaching by him. Mendenhall studied hard and played harder the rest of the way. He finished the season with 1,108 rushing yards and seven touchdowns, making veteran running back Willie Parker expendable.

Now, Mendenhall clearly is the guy, which is a good thing. He's a big-time back, if you ask me. I hear people say he has fumbling problems, but that's nonsense. He touched the ball 242 times last season as a runner and 25 more as a pass receiver and fumbled it three times. He can play on my team any day.

"I am not a fumbler," Mendenhall said. "I think when I do fumble, it gets magnified by the way I carry the ball. But fumbling has never been an issue with me. All of my coaches through high school and college and here know that."

It's fair to argue Mendenhall has reached a point with the Steelers that he's right there with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, defensive end Aaron Smith and safety Troy Polamalu as players the team absolutely can't afford to lose to injury. Behind him are third-down specialist Mewelde Moore and two players who have yet to carry the ball in an NFL game, Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer.

For the Steelers' sake, as well as Mendenhall's, knock on wood that Mendenhall stays healthy.

Not that the man is worried about getting hurt.

Turns out he's a nut about eating right and doing acupuncture.

"Last year was my first year doing it," Mendenhall said of the acupuncture treatments. "[Teammate] James Farrior got me into it. I probably do it every other week and do chiropractic work the other week."

Hey, if it gets Mendenhall 300-plus carries this season ...

"It's nothing new for me," he said of carrying a full load, including work as the Steelers' third-down back. "It's been that way my whole life, all through high school and college. It's just on a bigger stage here."

Just in case, Tomlin made it a point to save Mendenhall during the exhibition season, giving him just five, eight, five and five carries in the four games. It's hard for any back to put up big numbers when being used like that and Mendenhall didn't. He had just one double-digit run, an 11-yarder against the Denver Broncos.

No worries.

"The preseason isn't about yards," Mendenhall said. "It's about reads, decision-making, picking up blitzes, blocking, explosion through the hole. The coaches are looking at those things to see if you're ready."

And the verdict on Mendenhall?

"I'm ready. I'm all good."

That's a comforting thought for Sunday, especially with Dixon getting the start.

If Mendenhall doesn't get 25-30 touches, I'll be surprised.

And the Steelers probably won't win.

Ron Cook: rcook@post-gazette.com. Ron Cook can be heard on the "Vinnie and Cook" show weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on 93.7 The Fan. More articles by this author
First published on September 7, 2010 at 12:00 am


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Doogie36
09-07-2010, 06:24 AM
This guy is an idiot!!!!

Dennis Dixon is the RIGHT call!!! Why the love for Charlie Batch??? I just dont get it!!! When is the last time Charlie Batch played a complete game???? Seriously!!!! I honestly dont remember!!!!!!!! Was it the home opener vs Miami the year Ben was hurt???? Was that his last complete game and a win???? Why bring in LEFTY if Batch is so GREAT???? I just dont get this guy or anyone else who thinks Batch is the way to go!!!!

Batch as QB makes the running game PREDICTABLE!!!! I sure love the idea of a possible fake handoff, bootleg, rollout, double reverse pitch back screen...LOL.....anything is possibe with Dixon or how about a good ole fashion QB sneak on 3rd and 3??. Dixon wont be fun to watch on everyplay i'm sure but when was the last time BATCH was fun to watch???? The playbook should be OPEN!!!!!!!! With Batch the playbook is run 1st down, run 2nd down, incomplete 3rd down, PUNT. With Dixon why not run some gadget plays and extend a few plays???

This writer obviously forgot about Kordell and his ability to win games with his legs and get kisses from the CHIN!!!!!!!!!! Lets see if Tomlin puts on the LIPGLOSS for Sunday's game!!!!! LOL

Redzone REDMAN might not be needed till game 5 when Ben is back as QB!!!!!

LETS GOO STEELERS!!!!!!!!! I"M PUMPED!!!!!!!!

Ok Batch Lovers....let me have it!!!!!!! I will so eat my words on Sunday if Dixon is HORRIBLE!!!!!! but i sure hope you Batch lovers do the same!!!!

Doogie36
09-07-2010, 06:42 AM
More food for thought!!! I dont do google searches for stats or anything when I post normally but this time I just had to see for myself the stats of THE MAN, THE LEGEND, THE GREAT CHARLIE......THE NO BRAINER CHOICE according to the writer and many of you!!!!!

Charlie has only started 4 games with the STEELERS!!! 4 games.......2 in who the heck knows what year, 1 the following year, and then 1 more the year after. He hasnt started a game in 3 years I think. Of those 3 years where he did start at least 1 game his completion percentage went down each year. The very last game started he was under 50% in completions!!!

More food for thought: Vegas has moved the line from Steelers +2.5 to STEELERS +1.5.....some sites only went to +2 but its clear the GENERAL PUBLIC outside of Steeler Nation is more excited having DIXON as the Starting QB!!!!!

I go with my gut on a lot of issues but this issue is really frustrating the crap out of me!!!!!!!!! Batch supports DIXON before camp starts and our very own fans or sport writers can't give the love to Dixon!!! It's unbelievable to me!!!!!! He might never be a BEN ROETHLISBERGER but sure is just as exciting to watch and cheer for on Sundays!!

I got your back DD!!!! My money is where my mouth is once again!!!!

Maybe our own writers and fans should jump on board!!! It's WEEK 1 of the NFL!!! It's football SEASON!!!!!!!!!!! WOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! We have a hell of a defense and a great 10 other guys on offense to cheer for as well. Add in Charlie on the Bench to help the YOUNG DD !!!!!!

WE got this....STeelers 24 Falcons 20

steelblood
09-07-2010, 07:23 AM
I just checked the pantry, and we're out of exclamation points. I swear I bought a value pack a few days ago.

Doogie36
09-07-2010, 07:35 AM
LOL

I have a very bad habit of using to many !!!!!! and .............

LOL

but man i'm fired up and ready for some football!!!!!!! <---see i did it again.

Oviedo
09-07-2010, 07:44 AM
This guy is an idiot!!!!

Dennis Dixon is the RIGHT call!!! Why the love for Charlie Batch??? I just dont get it!!! When is the last time Charlie Batch played a complete game???? Seriously!!!! I honestly dont remember!!!!!!!! Was it the home opener vs Miami the year Ben was hurt???? Was that his last complete game and a win???? Why bring in LEFTY if Batch is so GREAT???? I just dont get this guy or anyone else who thinks Batch is the way to go!!!!

Batch as QB makes the running game PREDICTABLE!!!! I sure love the idea of a possible fake handoff, bootleg, rollout, double reverse pitch back screen...LOL.....anything is possibe with Dixon or how about a good ole fashion QB sneak on 3rd and 3??. Dixon wont be fun to watch on everyplay i'm sure but when was the last time BATCH was fun to watch???? The playbook should be OPEN!!!!!!!! With Batch the playbook is run 1st down, run 2nd down, incomplete 3rd down, PUNT. With Dixon why not run some gadget plays and extend a few plays???

This writer obviously forgot about Kordell and his ability to win games with his legs and get kisses from the CHIN!!!!!!!!!! Lets see if Tomlin puts on the LIPGLOSS for Sunday's game!!!!! LOL

Redzone REDMAN might not be needed till game 5 when Ben is back as QB!!!!!

LETS GOO STEELERS!!!!!!!!! I"M PUMPED!!!!!!!!

Ok Batch Lovers....let me have it!!!!!!! I will so eat my words on Sunday if Dixon is HORRIBLE!!!!!! but i sure hope you Batch lovers do the same!!!!

Yes he is. Cook is one of the JV writers when it comes to the Steelers so like Harris he tends to say stupid or controversial things to try to garner some attention so he can tells his editors people pay attention to what he writes.

steelblood
09-07-2010, 08:50 AM
LOL

I have a very bad habit of using to many !!!!!! and .............

LOL

but man i'm fired up and ready for some football!!!!!!! <---see i did it again.

Nothing wrong with fired up. Exclaim away my friend!!!!!!!!

frankthetank1
09-07-2010, 08:59 AM
This guy is an idiot!!!!

Dennis Dixon is the RIGHT call!!! Why the love for Charlie Batch??? I just dont get it!!! When is the last time Charlie Batch played a complete game???? Seriously!!!! I honestly dont remember!!!!!!!! Was it the home opener vs Miami the year Ben was hurt???? Was that his last complete game and a win???? Why bring in LEFTY if Batch is so GREAT???? I just dont get this guy or anyone else who thinks Batch is the way to go!!!!

Batch as QB makes the running game PREDICTABLE!!!! I sure love the idea of a possible fake handoff, bootleg, rollout, double reverse pitch back screen...LOL.....anything is possibe with Dixon or how about a good ole fashion QB sneak on 3rd and 3??. Dixon wont be fun to watch on everyplay i'm sure but when was the last time BATCH was fun to watch???? The playbook should be OPEN!!!!!!!! With Batch the playbook is run 1st down, run 2nd down, incomplete 3rd down, PUNT. With Dixon why not run some gadget plays and extend a few plays???

This writer obviously forgot about Kordell and his ability to win games with his legs and get kisses from the CHIN!!!!!!!!!! Lets see if Tomlin puts on the LIPGLOSS for Sunday's game!!!!! LOL

Redzone REDMAN might not be needed till game 5 when Ben is back as QB!!!!!

LETS GOO STEELERS!!!!!!!!! I"M PUMPED!!!!!!!!

Ok Batch Lovers....let me have it!!!!!!! I will so eat my words on Sunday if Dixon is HORRIBLE!!!!!! but i sure hope you Batch lovers do the same!!!!

Yes he is. Cook is one of the JV writers when it comes to the Steelers so like Harris he tends to say stupid or controversial things to try to garner some attention so he can tells his editors people pay attention to what he writes.

i enjoy ron cook's articles on the pirates because they are pretty funny. he should stick to making fun of the pirates

Oviedo
09-07-2010, 09:08 AM
This guy is an idiot!!!!

Dennis Dixon is the RIGHT call!!! Why the love for Charlie Batch??? I just dont get it!!! When is the last time Charlie Batch played a complete game???? Seriously!!!! I honestly dont remember!!!!!!!! Was it the home opener vs Miami the year Ben was hurt???? Was that his last complete game and a win???? Why bring in LEFTY if Batch is so GREAT???? I just dont get this guy or anyone else who thinks Batch is the way to go!!!!

Batch as QB makes the running game PREDICTABLE!!!! I sure love the idea of a possible fake handoff, bootleg, rollout, double reverse pitch back screen...LOL.....anything is possibe with Dixon or how about a good ole fashion QB sneak on 3rd and 3??. Dixon wont be fun to watch on everyplay i'm sure but when was the last time BATCH was fun to watch???? The playbook should be OPEN!!!!!!!! With Batch the playbook is run 1st down, run 2nd down, incomplete 3rd down, PUNT. With Dixon why not run some gadget plays and extend a few plays???

This writer obviously forgot about Kordell and his ability to win games with his legs and get kisses from the CHIN!!!!!!!!!! Lets see if Tomlin puts on the LIPGLOSS for Sunday's game!!!!! LOL

Redzone REDMAN might not be needed till game 5 when Ben is back as QB!!!!!

LETS GOO STEELERS!!!!!!!!! I"M PUMPED!!!!!!!!

Ok Batch Lovers....let me have it!!!!!!! I will so eat my words on Sunday if Dixon is HORRIBLE!!!!!! but i sure hope you Batch lovers do the same!!!!

Yes he is. Cook is one of the JV writers when it comes to the Steelers so like Harris he tends to say stupid or controversial things to try to garner some attention so he can tells his editors people pay attention to what he writes.

i enjoy ron cook's articles on the pirates because they are pretty funny. he should stick to making fun of the pirates

I prefer information from an informed journalists not a bad comdian. Cook writes nothing of interest

Slapstick
09-07-2010, 10:26 AM
I laugh at the implications of this article...

Is Cook trying to say that with Leftwich or Batch starting, the Steelers would try to throw the ball 40 times?

Mendenhall was going to get a workout the first four games of this season regardless of the starting QB...

steelblood
09-07-2010, 10:30 AM
I love the suggestion that all the QB has to do is not lose the game. The Falcons are pretty good. Our QB will have to make some very good plays for us to win.

papillon
09-07-2010, 11:35 AM
The Steelers are going to have to play like the Ravens of a few years ago, play great defense and special teams and allow the offense to take its shots when it's appropriate. Then being in the game in the 4th quarter with a chance to win. The Steeler offense has to eliminate mistakes and play field position for the offense, so that, they get short fields.

Pappy

Stewie
09-07-2010, 11:57 AM
I think we have to beat on them (give Redman 10 touches), roll Dixon out and tell Dixon that if it ain't there tuck it. Troy will be preoccupied with Gonzalez, so the rest of the D has to play up to standard. BTW, great college games this weekend: Maryland/Navy and Boise St./VA Tech.

RuthlessBurgher
09-07-2010, 12:33 PM
Let's see...two guys come into the league at the same time. They are both entering their third season. One guy you cannot trust to run the whole playbook. The other must get at least 25-30 touches for us to have any chance to win. One of these guys was deactivated for a game last year for not paying attention to the details of his playbook preparation. Judging by the way that Cook feels about Mendenhall and Dixon, that guy must have been Dixon, right? :wink:

Steelerphile
09-07-2010, 04:20 PM
This guy is an idiot!!!!

Dennis Dixon is the RIGHT call!!! Why the love for Charlie Batch??? I just dont get it!!! When is the last time Charlie Batch played a complete game???? Seriously!!!! I honestly dont remember!!!!!!!! Was it the home opener vs Miami the year Ben was hurt???? Was that his last complete game and a win???? Why bring in LEFTY if Batch is so GREAT???? I just dont get this guy or anyone else who thinks Batch is the way to go!!!!

Batch as QB makes the running game PREDICTABLE!!!! I sure love the idea of a possible fake handoff, bootleg, rollout, double reverse pitch back screen...LOL.....anything is possibe with Dixon or how about a good ole fashion QB sneak on 3rd and 3??. Dixon wont be fun to watch on everyplay i'm sure but when was the last time BATCH was fun to watch???? The playbook should be OPEN!!!!!!!! With Batch the playbook is run 1st down, run 2nd down, incomplete 3rd down, PUNT. With Dixon why not run some gadget plays and extend a few plays???

This writer obviously forgot about Kordell and his ability to win games with his legs and get kisses from the CHIN!!!!!!!!!! Lets see if Tomlin puts on the LIPGLOSS for Sunday's game!!!!! LOL

Redzone REDMAN might not be needed till game 5 when Ben is back as QB!!!!!

LETS GOO STEELERS!!!!!!!!! I"M PUMPED!!!!!!!!

Ok Batch Lovers....let me have it!!!!!!! I will so eat my words on Sunday if Dixon is HORRIBLE!!!!!! but i sure hope you Batch lovers do the same!!!!

I like your attitude a lot, Doogie. I'm backing up Dixon too. Cook is ultraconservative. He doesn't want to take a chance on a somewhat unknown quantity. He prefers the oldies, he knows, even if they are moldy.

I don't think the Steelers are throwing caution to the wind as Cook suggests. Dixon brings more to the table at this point.

I don't think Dixon will throw many if any interceptions. I'm expecting him to focus and produce and be effective. I'll be surprised if be plays poorly, but I think the game is going to be exciting because of Dixon and I am looking forward to it.

cruzer8
09-07-2010, 05:30 PM
This guy is an idiot!!!!

Dennis Dixon is the RIGHT call!!! Why the love for Charlie Batch??? I just dont get it!!! When is the last time Charlie Batch played a complete game???? Seriously!!!! I honestly dont remember!!!!!!!! Was it the home opener vs Miami the year Ben was hurt???? Was that his last complete game and a win???? Why bring in LEFTY if Batch is so GREAT???? I just dont get this guy or anyone else who thinks Batch is the way to go!!!!

Batch as QB makes the running game PREDICTABLE!!!! I sure love the idea of a possible fake handoff, bootleg, rollout, double reverse pitch back screen...LOL.....anything is possibe with Dixon or how about a good ole fashion QB sneak on 3rd and 3??. Dixon wont be fun to watch on everyplay i'm sure but when was the last time BATCH was fun to watch???? The playbook should be OPEN!!!!!!!! With Batch the playbook is run 1st down, run 2nd down, incomplete 3rd down, PUNT. With Dixon why not run some gadget plays and extend a few plays???

This writer obviously forgot about Kordell and his ability to win games with his legs and get kisses from the CHIN!!!!!!!!!! Lets see if Tomlin puts on the LIPGLOSS for Sunday's game!!!!! LOL

Redzone REDMAN might not be needed till game 5 when Ben is back as QB!!!!!

LETS GOO STEELERS!!!!!!!!! I"M PUMPED!!!!!!!!

Ok Batch Lovers....let me have it!!!!!!! I will so eat my words on Sunday if Dixon is HORRIBLE!!!!!! but i sure hope you Batch lovers do the same!!!!

I like your attitude a lot, Doogie. I'm backing up Dixon too. Cook is ultraconservative. He doesn't want to take a chance on a somewhat unknown quantity. He prefers the oldies, he knows, even if they are moldy.

I don't think the Steelers are throwing caution to the wind as Cook suggests. Dixon brings more to the table at this point.

I don't think Dixon will throw many if any interceptions. I'm expecting him to focus and produce and be effective. I'll be surprised if be plays poorly, but I think the game is going to be exciting because of Dixon and I am looking forward to it.

I think you'll end up eating those words.

Steelerphile
09-07-2010, 06:54 PM
This guy is an idiot!!!!

Dennis Dixon is the RIGHT call!!! Why the love for Charlie Batch??? I just dont get it!!! When is the last time Charlie Batch played a complete game???? Seriously!!!! I honestly dont remember!!!!!!!! Was it the home opener vs Miami the year Ben was hurt???? Was that his last complete game and a win???? Why bring in LEFTY if Batch is so GREAT???? I just dont get this guy or anyone else who thinks Batch is the way to go!!!!

Batch as QB makes the running game PREDICTABLE!!!! I sure love the idea of a possible fake handoff, bootleg, rollout, double reverse pitch back screen...LOL.....anything is possibe with Dixon or how about a good ole fashion QB sneak on 3rd and 3??. Dixon wont be fun to watch on everyplay i'm sure but when was the last time BATCH was fun to watch???? The playbook should be OPEN!!!!!!!! With Batch the playbook is run 1st down, run 2nd down, incomplete 3rd down, PUNT. With Dixon why not run some gadget plays and extend a few plays???

This writer obviously forgot about Kordell and his ability to win games with his legs and get kisses from the CHIN!!!!!!!!!! Lets see if Tomlin puts on the LIPGLOSS for Sunday's game!!!!! LOL

Redzone REDMAN might not be needed till game 5 when Ben is back as QB!!!!!

LETS GOO STEELERS!!!!!!!!! I"M PUMPED!!!!!!!!

Ok Batch Lovers....let me have it!!!!!!! I will so eat my words on Sunday if Dixon is HORRIBLE!!!!!! but i sure hope you Batch lovers do the same!!!!

I like your attitude a lot, Doogie. I'm backing up Dixon too. Cook is ultraconservative. He doesn't want to take a chance on a somewhat unknown quantity. He prefers the oldies, he knows, even if they are moldy.

I don't think the Steelers are throwing caution to the wind as Cook suggests. Dixon brings more to the table at this point.

I don't think Dixon will throw many if any interceptions. I'm expecting him to focus and produce and be effective. I'll be surprised if be plays poorly, but I think the game is going to be exciting because of Dixon and I am looking forward to it.

I think you'll end up eating those words.

That's why they play the game. We'll soon see. I'd rather be positive but some people get off on hating. Hope the haters eat their words if Dixon does well.

Sugar
09-07-2010, 09:07 PM
There is a big burden on Mendy- he's the starting Tailback for the Pittsburgh Steelers! There is a tradition of HOF and Pro-Bowl players to uphold! :tt2