[quote=Mr Smartmonies][quote="stlrz d":dcscdco1][quote="Mr Smartmonies":dcscdco1][quote="stlrz d":dcscdco1]MSM - Mendenhall was drafted because he was the BPA when the Steelers picked. :[/quote]

So they would drafted the Matt Ryan if he were available? or what about the Best Strong Safety? You see what I'm getting at?

The drafted Mendy to replace Parker. Might not happen in Sept. But when Parker goes down, he will never start again. And moore is the 3rd down back cause he catches Passes. Another thing fast willie doesn't do. [/quote:dcscdco1]

Ben is a franchise QB so no, of course they wouldn't.

Now I'll give you a chance to rub one out before I start the next part.

Done? That didn't take long.

FWP may not be the best back in the league but he's much closer to the best than he is to the worst. At least to people who look at more than just stats. There's no doubt that Parker isn't a consistent inside runner...would a better line make him one? Maybe. But with things as they are and when a guy like Mendenhall drops they would have been foolish to pass on him.

As for Parker having hands of stone...that's flat-out untrue. Just as you say Ben doesn't check down because the offense doesn't have any 3 step drops and the TE and RB have to stay in to block I say that Parker doesn't have many pass catching opportunities because they don't throw his way much and/or he is kept in to block.

His receiving numbers over his career:
2004 - 8 games, 3 catches, 16 yards, 5.3 avg
2005 - 15 games, 18 catches, 218 yards, 12.1 avg
2006 - 16 games, 31 catches, 222 yards, 7.2 avg
2007 - 15 games, 23 catches, 164 yards, 7.1 avg

I don't recall seeing him drop many passes. The Steelers haven't thrown much to the running backs since Bettis was added to the roster. Take a look at his numbers for yourself: [url="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/stats?playerId=389"]http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/s ... ayerId=389[/url]

Here's Fred Macafee: [url="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/stats?playerId=152"]http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/s ... ayerId=152[/url]

Najeh Davenport: [url="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/stats?playerId=3663"]http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/s ... yerId=3663[/url]

Amos Zereoue: [url="http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/players/stats?playerId=1848"]http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/players/s ... yerId=1848[/url]

Tim Lester: [url="http://www.databasefootball.com/players/playerpage.htm?ilkid=LESTETIM01"]http://www.databasefootball.com/players ... LESTETIM01[/url]

Fu: [url="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/stats?playerId=1567"]http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/s ... yerId=1567[/url]

Erric Pegram: [url="http://www.nfl.com/players/erricpegram/careerstats?id=PEG358660"]http://www.nfl.com/players/erricpegram/ ... =PEG358660[/url]

Bam Morris: [url="http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/M/MorrBa00.htm?redir"]http://www.pro-football-reference.com/p ... .htm?redir[/url]

You have to go back to John L. Williams in '94 to find a season when the Steelers really threw to the RB: [url="http://www.nfl.com/players/johnl.williams/careerstats?id=WIL381258"]http://www.nfl.com/players/johnl.willia ... =WIL381258[/url]

That's all I can think for RBs of at the moment. I couldn't even find stats on Jon Whitman.

Shall I continue or can we put to rest the Parker can't catch myth?

Will Mendenhall change that? Who knows...every time the Steelers draft a TE they say they will throw to them more and it never seems to work out that way...so I have my doubts.[/quote:dcscdco1]

At least your using Stats to back up your Position this time instead of just eyeballing it. [/quote:dcscdco1]

Sometimes my memory works out for me. I knew the Steelers didn't throw much to the backs...except when they had John L. I had to look them up to see the exact numbers though.

Before John L. I'm not really sure. It was VERY hard for me to see Steelers games unless they were on national TV. That was well before the internet too so I had to rely on the old George Michael's Sports Machine.

And of course during the 70s I was pretty young.