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BlitzburghRockCity
11-25-2007, 02:32 AM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07329/836558-66.stm


Sunday, November 25, 2007

By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Fast Willie Parker leads the AFC with 925 yards rushing.

Something's wrong with Fast Willie Parker. Oh, he's still fast, so fast that tomorrow night he could reach 1,000 yards rushing, two games faster than he did last season.

Yet there are grumblings that even though he leads the AFC with 925 yards rushing, second in the league only behind sensational but injured rookie Adrian Peterson of Minnesota, that there's just something missing from Parker and the Steelers ground game this season.

Those grumblings start within the mind of Willie Parker.

"I'm having some bad games, man," said the back who leads the league with six 100-yard games this season.

Parker is rarely satisfied, but he's particularly perturbed by recent games. In his past three games, he rushed for 42 vs. Baltimore, 105 vs. Cleveland and 52 in a loss against the Jets. He was happy with none of them, saying he left a lot of yards on the field at home against Cleveland.

So, despite leading every running back in the NFL but one, Parker said he will change his style starting tomorrow night against Miami. He said he will return to his old style of last season, when he ran for 1,494 yards and became the only back in Steelers history to top 200 twice.

"I'm just going back to playing like I used to play, taking more chances," Parker vowed. "I think it's better off for me and the line. I'm not going to press it, I'm just going to free my mind and play ball."

Parker said he became more of a disciplined runner this season, hitting it up between the tackles and not trying to make a break for the corner when he thought something might be there. It's why, he believes, his long runs have diminished.

Last season, Parker had runs of 76 and 72 and, all together, six longer than 35 yards. This season, his longest run is 32. Backup Najeh Davenport has the team's longest runs of 45 and 39 and wide receiver Cedrick Wilson has one longer at 37.

"This year, it's more scheme," Parker said, "and more like -- I wouldn't say I'm not confident in taking the corner, but I'm more hitting it up the middle and reading it. Instead of taking that chance like I used to take last year, I don't take as many chances."

Of course, there may be tradeoffs to the different approaches Parker takes. Last season, while he had more long runs and bigger games, he also had games of 20 yards rushing, 47, 46, 22 and 29 and his team finished 8-8. This season, he has topped 100 in six of 10 games and the Steelers are 7-3.

Particularly galling for them, however, was their performances at Denver and at the New York Jets. At the time they played them both teams ranked dead last in the NFL against the rush, yet the Steelers managed only 119 and 112 yards against them with Parker getting 93 and 52.

It was a stunningly poor performance for an offense that ranks second in the league in rushing.

"I wouldn't even think we're still No. 2," guard Alan Faneca said. "It just seems for some reason some games we get the job done, some we don't. It's inconsistent play."

Tomorrow, in a statistical anomaly, they will play the No. 32 defense against the rush again in Miami, and they want to avoid a similar outcome.

Parker thinks they have lost to such teams because of the attitude they've brought into those games.

"We go and play at these guys' level, man. We think they're below average and we play below average. It's the tale of the tape.

"We were supposed to beat all three of those teams and we didn't. That's just how it is, but we didn't. We didn't go out and take care of business. That's our downfall, that's why we're not a great team right now. That's why we're not getting everything done, we're not handling business when we're supposed to handle business."

Parker hopes to help change that tomorrow night, and he'd like to hit 1,000 as well, something he did not do until his 13th game last season.

"It means a lot, coming back home, in Heinz Field, in front of your fans, in front of your family and it's Monday night."

He also would love to lead the league in rushing, something that no Steelers back has done since Bullet Bill Dudley in 1946. Peterson, who will miss at least one more game today, has 156 yards more than Parker.

"You know leading the league would mean a lot to me," Parker said. "That would be a big step for me, another line on my resume. But I'm not going to dwell on it. That's a big steppingstone. But we just have to get our stuff together. Right now we ain't playing worth a crap."

He's got that right, we haven't played worth a crap and we better get better this week because we face 2 potent offenses in Cincy and New England the next 2 weeks so the offense better get it in gear, run the ball effectively and finish off drives with TD's instead of FG's.

As far as Willie goes, who in the hell told him to change his running style from last year? Isn't that what got him the starting job for us in the first place? I don't care if he has to light a voodoo doll and pray to the football gods while standing on his head; just get out there and run the damn ball and let's get back on track !

GoBenGo
11-25-2007, 02:47 AM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07329/836558-66.stm



He's got that right, we haven't played worth a crap and we better get better this week because we face 2 potent offenses in Cincy and New England the next 2 weeks so the offense better get it in gear, run the ball effectively and finish off drives with TD's instead of FG's.

As far as Willie goes, who in the hell told him to change his running style from last year? Isn't that what got him the starting job for us in the first place? I don't care if he has to light a voodoo doll and pray to the football gods while standing on his head; just get out there and run the damn ball and let's get back on track !Preach it Top!
He shouldn't need to get a 40 or 50 yd run to get a hundy. A solid 4-5 yard average and 28 touches does fine and probably does more good.
And he might want to BREAK A TACKLE HERE AND THERE AND MAN UP!:cursin::banging::eyecrazy::dunno::cabbagepatch ::banana::cope:(evolution of the mood)

Mach1
11-25-2007, 04:41 AM
Preach it Top!
He shouldn't need to get a 40 or 50 yd run to get a hundy. A solid 4-5 yard average and 28 touches does fine and probably does more good.
And he might want to BREAK A TACKLE HERE AND THERE AND MAN UP!:cursin::banging::eyecrazy::dunno::cabbagepatch ::banana::cope:(evolution of the mood)

Break a tackle or two and have a line that can actually block would be nice. IMO

SteelersWoman
11-25-2007, 04:57 AM
Big Ben's play last year is a lot of the reason why we went 8-8, even though Willie was getting longer runs.

If Willie would go back to his previous style, (with Big Ben back on track) I think it would open things up for us, since teams have seemed to know that almost every time Willie would be taking it up the middle.

If he mixes things up, it'll make it harder for them--not to mention maybe gettin us a desperately needed first down or TD even.

I'm all for him doing something different against some teams, since what he's BEEN doin doesn't seem to be working as effectively.

yinzer
11-25-2007, 07:19 AM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07329/836558-66.stm



He's got that right, we haven't played worth a crap and we better get better this week because we face 2 potent offenses in Cincy and New England the next 2 weeks so the offense better get it in gear, run the ball effectively and finish off drives with TD's instead of FG's.

As far as Willie goes, who in the hell told him to change his running style from last year? Isn't that what got him the starting job for us in the first place? I don't care if he has to light a voodoo doll and pray to the football gods while standing on his head; just get out there and run the damn ball and let's get back on track !


You're exactly right. You know what else? Last week Willie was talking about how excited he was to be running against the Jets and on the turf. I hope this article title doesn't assume what last week's article was assuming... that Willie is gonna run all over the place. I have no doubt that he "can" but, is he. It seems like he's thinking too much about running this year. I got an idea. Get the ball, find the hole, and run until you see the referee with both arms in the air! That's all! :tt02:

steelersgal86
11-25-2007, 08:43 AM
You're exactly right. You know what else? Last week Willie was talking about how excited he was to be running against the Jets and on the turf. I hope this article title doesn't assume what last week's article was assuming... that Willie is gonna run all over the place. I have no doubt that he "can" but, is he. It seems like he's thinking too much about running this year. I got an idea. Get the ball, find the hole, and run until you see the referee with both arms in the air! That's all! :tt02:


:bluelol: well there you go!!!!! that is all you have to do :bigthumb:

BlitzburghRockCity
11-25-2007, 12:13 PM
Willie rarely has a problem running at home and gaining 100 yds even in the bad turf at Heinz but he's got to be more consistent on road for us and until he does that all the 100yd rushing games don't mean near as much because we're not going to get home field in the playoffs.

K Train
11-25-2007, 12:24 PM
its not willies road problem, its the fat guys.....they are traveling girl scouts on the road. He gets 125 today though or i become a huge doubter....this is the 3rd time we faced the last rank run defense.

BlitzburghRockCity
11-25-2007, 12:27 PM
That is true, the OL is as much to blame as well for the woes on the road. Willie needs though to find the holes better and not always just run into the pile for 3 yds and a cloud of dust, if he can get back to his unpredictable style of play that should bode well for us. :crossfingers:

black an gold 4 life
11-25-2007, 12:46 PM
I SAW IT 2, THE STEELERS ALWAYS HAVE OVER LOOKED OPPONENTS, GOING BACK 2 THE BILL COWARD DAYS, THEY NEED2 STAY FOCUSED, IF THEY DON'T CARE WHY SOULD WE AS FANS CARE:scratch::cursin:WILLIE HAS NO VISION HE'S JUST FAST OUR O-LINE SUCKS,THESE GUYS ACT LIKE THEY WON 4 SUPERBOWLS, I KNOW THIS IS WHAT PISSES US OFF AFTER AN LOSS 2 AN JETS TEAM,AN 2 THE BRONCOS,AN THE CARDS:wtf:WE SHOULD B 10-0 RIGHT NOW,TOMLINS NEEDS 2 GET THESE GUYS FOCUSED AN 2 TAKE EACH WEEK AS AN CHALLENGE,WE CAN'T AFFORD 2 OVERLOOK THE REST OF OUR OPPONENTS,WAKE UP:cursin::cursin:

BRICKTOWN BEAST
11-25-2007, 02:47 PM
yeah i wonder what itd be like if parker had a line like San Diego with or even an o-line coach like Russ Grim. Its hard to pound it up the middle with a line like ours who i think has more potential. just run like last year willie

steelcitysfinestXL
11-25-2007, 03:58 PM
Well we put a new turf in after the WPIAL Highschool championships... so no excuses for Willie... we have a kid here in Janette PA named Tarell Pryor who you will probley here of in the next few years in BIGTIME college football. He had no footing prblems on the old Heinz Field turf friday racking up close to 200 rushing yards... as a QB!!! Hopefully Willie is gtting a private work out w/ him today LOL. All Joking aside i would rather see wille look to bounce outside more often too. He may give up 3 or 4 4-5 yard losses a game but if he has 145 yards on 22 carries including +40 yrd runs id have to say its worth it!!!!

GoBenGo
11-25-2007, 05:47 PM
I hope he gets 180!!! C'mon Fast Willie we need you!! Your our stud, the "go to guy", make this a break out game! And light 'em up!
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DIESELMAN
11-25-2007, 07:29 PM
FWP needs to quit talkin and start doin. The OL especially needs to take a little more pride in their play and step it up. :bigthumb:

Woodson_DownUnder
11-26-2007, 04:08 AM
What is concerning about this season is that the Steelers are getting ahead of themselves. We started off beautifully @ 3-0 then took it too easy against the joker Cardinals in week 4, rebounded STRONGLY in a SHUT OUT vs the Seahawks in week 5, screwed ourselves with stupid turnovers to the Broncos in week 7, bounced back against the Bungals in Week 8, flexed some redemption muscle against our arch divisional rival, Ravens, then allowed a headstart for the upstart Browns who are trying hard to compete and last week, took the Jets for granted.. :nono: (can't do that, kid)

Does anyone see a pattern emerging?? I do.. the KILLER INSTINCT!! it's GAWN!! Teams like the Pats are invigorated to perform with no mercy from the get-go. Last night's game against the Eagles probably was the first sign of easing up.. :crossfingers:

I expect a clinical performance on MNF. Have to take the Dolphins down early without letting go and JUST KEEP PUNISHING 'em.. Establishing KILLER INSTINCT is what it's all about.

Play hard or stay home.. :brucelee:

DIESELMAN
11-26-2007, 10:18 AM
Establishing KILLER INSTINCT is what it's all about.

Play hard or stay home.. :brucelee:

:bigthumb: When we started the season, we were taking down lesser teams with authority, now its like we're trying to figure out who we are. Your right though, we definitely need to make a statement against the Phins. If we do that it also needs to carry over to the next game and the rest of the season, this showin up one week and taking the next week off crap ain't gonna do it.

AZ_Steeler
11-26-2007, 12:22 PM
It's a little concerning hearing FWP is going to to go back to his old ways, especially at this point in the season. This means he'll be looking to break it to the outside when the middle is going to be open this time around. I think his problem is he is just thinking too much on the field. You can't think, you just have to react and go with it!

Dako
11-26-2007, 12:26 PM
Hoping he triples last week's output......

BlitzburghNation
11-26-2007, 03:26 PM
FWP needs to quit talkin and start doin. The OL especially needs to take a little more pride in their play and step it up. :bigthumb:

:ditto: Well put Deez !

BlacknGold Bleeder
11-26-2007, 03:32 PM
It's a little concerning hearing FWP is going to to go back to his old ways, especially at this point in the season. This means he'll be looking to break it to the outside when the middle is going to be open this time around. I think his problem is he is just thinking too much on the field. You can't think, you just have to react and go with it!

This is critical !! Maybe because of the new offense, they are thinking too much. Just go out and beat the guy in front of ya and watch the results !! Go back to smash mouth football!! :tt02::tt02: