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Rashard Mendenhall and Limas Sweed continue to disappoint Steeler Nation as well as their coaches. Let’s start with
the 2008 1st round pick standout from Illinois, Rashard Mendenhall. Last season, Mendenhall’s rookie season was cut short when Baltimore Ravens, Ray Lewis laid a crushing hit on the rookie, fracturing his should and ending his season in the process. This year, Mendenhall has seen very limited playing time with Willie Parker as the primary back and Mewelde Moore seeing the majority of 3rd down duties. To top matters off, Mendenhall was basically benched by head coach Mike Tomlin because he wasn’t satisfied with the running back’s preparation going into Sunday’s division showdown with the Cincinnati Bengals. It was reported that Tomlin requires his players to take a written test leading up to each game to determine how well each player knows their assignments. Likewise, it’s an indicator of how well each player prepares for an upcoming game. Shame on Mendenhall. He should be embarrassed to let his more veteran teammates down. What type of work ethic does this show about Mendenhall? With the amount of money that 1st round picks are making, and knowing he’s probably the future running back of the Pittsburgh Steelers, you would think he would make more of a conscience effort to help his team win.
Now for the 2008 2nd round pick from Texas, Limas Sweed. Also a great athlete and standout during his college days,
the 6-4 220 pound receiver has a great combination of size and speed and a rare ability to beat defenses and get open down the field. So, what’s the problem you may ask? The guy can’t catch the ball. He reminds me of Nate Washington in the early part of his career but worse. He dropped a touchdown pass during the AFC Championship Game (AFCCG) which would have clinched the game. Now, he drops a touchdown pass that inevitably costs the Steelers the game in their second straight loss of the year against the Bengals. In Sweed’s defense, his drop wasn’t the primary reason for the Steelers losing against the Bengals (it was actually poor defense and coaching) but still. When is this guy going to learn to hold onto the ball? Coach Mike Tomlin threatened him this week by saying that he better catch the next pass thrown his way or he’ll be demoted to the 5th wide receiver. What a disappointment he has been this year. It was thought that Sweed would fill in nicely as the number 3 wide receiver with the departure of Nate Washington. With Sweed’s combination of size and speed, fans were hoping to see that “big target” that Big Ben has been wishing for. Instead, we see a guy that was already replaced by rookie Mike Wallace as the number 3 wide receiver. Regardless if Sweed keeps his number 4 wide receiver spot, he won’t see many passes thrown his way at all this season unless he regains that number 3 spot.
The 2008 Steelers draft class is looking like the poorest caliber of players in recent memory. Let’s hope that changes in the very near future.
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The Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line has one more big challenge for the 2008-2009 NFL season. And what a challenge it is, for the Pittsburgh Steelers 6th Super Bowl victory. Truth be told, I think the Steelers offensive line issues have not received enough publicity this week.
The NFL analysts have been more interested in Larry Fitzgerald and the Steelers defense more than anything else. But the game could and probably will be decided up front on both sides of the ball. The Steelers offensive line will have their hands full to say the least.
Coach Ken Whisenhunt and Russ Grimm are very familiar with the Steelers sub-par offensive line. They know their strengths and weakness and you can expect that both have been relaying their knowledge to the defensive staff of the Arizona Cardinals.
The Steelers have the advantage in run blocking against the Cardinals. The Cardinals are an undersized front and are not nearly aggressive up-front as teams the Steelers are used too and have played against. The New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens, San Diego Chargers, New York Giants, Cleveland Browns, etc are all bigger and more aggressive defensive fronts that the Steelers have faced. I would expect that the Steelers should be able to run on the Cardinals. And make no mistake about it; we need Parker, Moore, and Russell to have a huge game which will in turn, open up the passing game.
However, the Steelers have a disadvantage against the pass rushers of the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals defensive front, while undersized, has very quick pass rushers coming off the corner. This is by far the Steelers biggest weakness and could potentially win the game for the Arizona Cardinals and is a huge matchup for the Steelers. Willie Colon will have his hands full and better not jump offsides to try to compensate for the speed rush. Max Starks is the slowest footed left tackle in the league. Ben Roethlisberger must get rid of the ball quickly, he must hit his quick hot reads, and must punish the Cardinals for sending blitzes his way (i.e. get the ball in Heath Miller’s and Mewelde Moore’s hands!)
While the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line has been better later in the season, they must put together a good performance Sunday in order for the Steelers to hoist their sixth Lombardi trophy.