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    Its time to shut Najee down

    Clearly he i’m hasn’t been right all year. He showed a little burst last week but I think he actually injured himself on that leap into the end zone last week. He got up a bit gimpy after that play.

    Probably over compensating for the foot and high ankle. Tough year for him but Snell and McFarland actually looked good. I worry about QB protection but our running game was pretty impressive at 5 yards a pop.

    Rest Najee and let these dudes take over for a few games or maybe for the rest of the year depending on the severity if the injury.
    I lost a bet about Najee gaining 1300 yards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feltdizz View Post
    Clearly he i’m hasn’t been right all year. He showed a little burst last week but I think he actually injured himself on that leap into the end zone last week. He got up a bit gimpy after that play.

    Probably over compensating for the foot and high ankle. Tough year for him but Snell and McFarland actually looked good. I worry about QB protection but our running game was pretty impressive at 5 yards a pop.

    Rest Najee and let these dudes take over for a few games or maybe for the rest of the year depending on the severity if the injury.
    I agree that injuries have likely dogged him from the outset. But why don't we wait to find out the extent of any injuries before projecting how long he should sit down? He should play when he's healthy enough to play. No sooner, no later.

    100% doesn't apply to a whole lot of players on the back half of the season.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Flasteel View Post
    I agree that injuries have likely dogged him from the outset. But why don't we wait to find out the extent of any injuries before projecting how long he should sit down? He should play when he's healthy enough to play. No sooner, no later.

    100% doesn't apply to a whole lot of players on the back half of the season.
    because I think every other RB is more effective than Najee right now due to his injuries.

    I’m all for playing guys if “healthy” but I believe we will be a better football team with Snell and McFarland in the short term.
    I lost a bet about Najee gaining 1300 yards.

    "Our head coach has failed to win a playoff game for seven years in a row. His game day strategy, culture of divas, in game decisions, clock management, player evaluation, hires, and affinity with sub par starters at RB, P, and OL are holding the Steelers back. That standard remains the standard"



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    The Oline's run blocking has gotten better. Success for any unit or player only goes as well execution from week to week.

    I don't think Najee should be shut down unless he has a season ending injury. There is still a lot of football left. Some key games coming up for the Steelers. I don't think the Steelers will make the playoffs but you never know.

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    Pittsburgh needs to protect it's 1st round pick RB... It's an investment... Pittsburgh needs to protect that investment... If Pittsburgh is going to justify spending such a high draft pick on a RB, they have to get to his second contract... 8 years of a top talent like Najee is worth resting him for 1 season early in his first contract...
    I noticed that Anthony McFarland is a pretty certain "Jet sweep" guy... So I am all for more "B-B-B-Benny and the 'jet...' Let Najee get right...
    Last edited by TheRealTazz864; 11-29-2022 at 08:46 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feltdizz View Post
    Clearly he i’m hasn’t been right all year. He showed a little burst last week but I think he actually injured himself on that leap into the end zone last week. He got up a bit gimpy after that play.

    Probably over compensating for the foot and high ankle. Tough year for him but Snell and McFarland actually looked good. I worry about QB protection but our running game was pretty impressive at 5 yards a pop.

    Rest Najee and let these dudes take over for a few games or maybe for the rest of the year depending on the severity if the injury.
    That's quite a flip flop from "he was hurdling players in week 1 and Tomlin would never play him if he wasn't healthy".

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    I would seriously consider shutting him down for a few games, if not the season. pretty damning indictment last night that something is just not right with Najee. Also, keep in mind Benny and Anthony had "fresh legs" as well, but the burst, vision, and just overall "running downhill" was night and day.

    I saw Najee rolled an ankle again, but they said he had an abdominal issue. Who knows, but I'd give him some rest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by feltdizz View Post
    because I think every other RB is more effective than Najee right now due to his injuries.

    I’m all for playing guys if “healthy” but I believe we will be a better football team with Snell and McFarland in the short term.
    I'm in agreement here. I think Najee is hurting, it shows on some runs because he lacks power (not all the time). Snell and McFarland looked fresh and had some extra drive that impressed me last night. I still think that Warren is better than both of them, but when he returns, I'd rotate the 3 with Warren the starter and let Harris rest his body and get right. Lingering injuries such as these can turn into something more serious and complicated if you continue to grind on them and reinjure yourself.

    Just my observation, what do we have to lose at this point anyways.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WindyCitySteel View Post
    That's quite a flip flop from "he was hurdling players in week 1 and Tomlin would never play him if he wasn't healthy".
    That's not a flip-flop at all... It's taking the data you had at week 1, i.e. "hurdling players in week 1," which is an effective way to gain yards... then observing that Najee's injury is preventing him from gaining yards.... I don't see anything besides 'Tomlin hate' as a reason you even brought coaching into this....

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    McFarland had noticeably faster burst speed. Snell ran well too. Both looked like an improvement over a gimpy Najee. I don't see any reason to play Najee until he's fully healed.

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