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BlitzburghRockCity
04-22-2008, 09:01 AM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08113/875395-66.stm?cmpid=HBEHTML


Tuesday, April 22, 2008
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Peter Diana/Post-Gazette
Willie Parker leads the running backs through drills yesterday in the Steelers' first spring practice at the team's South Side facilities.

On the first offensive huddle of the first practice of the Steelers' new season, No. 39 lined up at tailback behind quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Willie Parker did nothing spectacular yesterday, unless you count the fact he was back on the field, running and cutting with the rest of his teammates.

"Right now I'm a little shaky," Parker said, "but I'm at full speed, cutting and all that stuff. If not 100 percent, I'm real close to it."

Parker led the NFL in rushing last season when, in the second-to-last game in St. Louis, the fibula in his right leg broke. Coach Mike Tomlin said they would run him until the wheels fell off, and one of them did.

The fear, of course, was that the "Fast" in Fast Willie Parker would diminish because of his injury. But a little more than a month ago, Parker ran a 4.4 for his trainers indoors. His coach, while planning to take it easy on Parker this spring, is encouraged with his progress.

"Willie has one speed," Tomlin said after conducting his first official spring workout. "That's what you love about him from a mentality standpoint, but we're not going to win games here April 21, so we're going to do the best we can to take care of him."

Tomlin added that, "I expect him to be 100 percent, no doubt."

Yesterday, Tomlin said his comment about running Parker until the wheels came off was made tongue-in-cheek. Nevertheless, Parker ran 320 times in 14 games plus one more carry in the 15th (for 1,316 yards) when his right foot stuck in the artificial surface in St. Louis ("That turf was not that great," Parker said.)

He carried 658 times the past two Pro Bowl seasons for 2,810 yards. He has topped 1,200 yards in each of his three seasons as a starter, but the Steelers have made it clear they would like to find a banger to ease some of his workload, either through the draft or in the person of someone such as Gary Russell.

"Do we need a stable of backs? Absolutely," Tomlin said. "If you look around this game there are a bunch of those kinds of backfields. We desire to be one of those and we think that we have some guys here right now that are capable of helping him carry the load."

Parker welcomes it as something that might extend his career.

"That's a great thing," Parker said after morning practice. "Last year I touched the ball a lot, a lot. To get somebody to split some things up, I think that would be a great thing. That would be something good for my career."

The draft is good and deep in running backs and the Steelers likely can still get a good one in the third or fourth round.

"Whatever helps this team out, I think that would be the best thing," Parker said, "because last year when I went down, we were short on backs. We need somebody else in here. If they bring somebody else in here, I'm all for it."

Good to see FWP getting back into the swing of thing, and also that Tomlin seems to be placing a pretty high priority on improving the backfield with Willie this year. Parker seems to have a good attitude about it and knows he can't keep taking that many reps week in and week out and expect to survive for as long as he wants too.

memphissteelergirl
04-22-2008, 09:19 AM
"Parker ran a 4.4 for his trainers indoors..."

Niiice....good to see FWP getting back to his old self. :yellowthumb:

ejsteeler
04-22-2008, 09:23 AM
Thats character ala Bettis! Willie learned many things well from Jerome. It's good to see him using them all.

BlitzburghRockCity
04-22-2008, 09:25 AM
Yeah I think it was really good for FWP to be able to learn from Bettis and have him as a role model for the first couple years in the league; he really gave Willie a solid foundation on what it means to be a part of a team and have the right attitude in the locker room, etc. With all the problems that he had in college with his coach not playing him and using him as much as he wanted he could have easily had a chip on his shoulder that could have spiraled him into problems in his NFL career.

ejsteeler
04-22-2008, 09:35 AM
Absolutely. It is so much easier to feed an attitude and become a cancer. There are far too many examples to point at and he most likely would have filled that role had it not been for Jerome and the other vet's influence on him. I even give Joey P props for helping in that as well.

Iron City South
04-22-2008, 10:35 AM
"Whatever helps this team out, I think that would be the best thing," Parker said, "because last year when I went down, we were short on backs. We need somebody else in here. If they bring somebody else in here, I'm all for it."


Translation - "I'm not an everydown back, I need help. I sure hope I can go back to my role of supporting an all-around back. That's how I see myself as being most effective. :yellowthumb:

TEEMONT
04-22-2008, 10:40 AM
Translation - "I'm not an everydown back, I need help. I sure hope I can go back to my role of supporting an all-around back. That's how I see myself as being most effective. :yellowthumb:

Wrong, wrong, wrong, wrong.....

wrong wrong wrong wrong.....

YOURE WRONG, YOURE WRONG, YOURE WRONG!!!!!!!

(as said by Dr. Cox on Scrubs)

What he is saying is, exactly what came out of his mouth. We have no viable back-up to me, a Pro-Bowl RB.

Ambridge
04-22-2008, 10:53 AM
"Do we need a stable of backs? Absolutely," Tomlin said. "If you look around this game there are a bunch of those kinds of backfields. We desire to be one of those and we think that we have some guys here right now that are capable of helping him carry the load."

Too bad it took an entire season and an injured Willie Parker to figure it out!!!
What's the next Revelation that Tomlin and staff are going to learn the hard way??.........I know!! That by using a "Killer" Fullback like Dan Krieder works really good too!!

TampaSteelGirl
04-22-2008, 11:51 AM
Good to see Fast Willie out there kickin butt!! he'll be 100% very soon!!! He does need a compliment back though. Especially coming off this injury. :tt02:

Brady Quinn
04-22-2008, 12:24 PM
He does need help and most good teams have backs that share the load. It is a rough game and they need some help

Iron City South
04-22-2008, 12:29 PM
the Steelers have made it clear they would like to find a banger to ease some of his workload, either through the draft or in the person of someone such as Gary Russell.[/B]

Parker welcomes it as something that might extend his career.

"That's a great thing," Parker said after morning practice. "Last year I touched the ball a lot, a lot, probably too damn much. See, I'm a little guy that can't take that kind of wear and tear. We've got to get somebody bigger than me, someone that can block and make better reads than I do. Then we can split some of this workload up. Honestly, I think playing a support role to another back would be a great thing; like I did with the Bus. That would be something good for my career."

This guy is begging to play the role of second fiddle ... :guitar2:

ejsteeler
04-22-2008, 12:33 PM
This guy is begging to play the role of second fiddle ... :guitar2:

He wasn't even second fiddle to the Bus at the end goofus. He is being realistic. He needs to be the starter and have a quality guy that can get the extra yards like we have been saying all along. You really need some couch time I think......:stirpot:

Iron City South
04-22-2008, 01:19 PM
He wasn't even second fiddle to the Bus at the end goofus. He is being realistic. He needs to be the starter and have a quality guy that can get the extra yards like we have been saying all along. You really need some couch time I think......:stirpot:


Tip of the Day - Attack the post and not the poster ....

Honestly now, "goofus"? What are you like 12 years old? :yesnod:

ejsteeler
04-22-2008, 01:33 PM
Tip of the Day - Attack the post and not the poster ....

Honestly now, "goofus"? What are you like 12 years old? :yesnod:

Did you just give me a tip of the day and then do the same thing you said not to do......:nahnah:
And yes, 12 years old is fine with me.

Silverback 92
04-22-2008, 02:20 PM
Just Glad He is Back !!!!

TEEMONT
04-22-2008, 03:24 PM
This guy is begging to play the role of second fiddle ... :guitar2:

wrong again...hows it feel to be an idiot who posts garbage?

There, I attacked the post and the poster. He's begging to have someone who can give him a breather.

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Did you just give me a tip of the day and then do the same thing you said not to do......:nahnah:
And yes, 12 years old is fine with me.

If you were 12 years old...chances are you woul dbe in the back of ICS's van.

ejsteeler
04-22-2008, 03:49 PM
wrong again...hows it feel to be an idiot who posts garbage?

There, I attacked the post and the poster. He's begging to have someone who can give him a breather.

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If you were 12 years old...chances are you woul dbe in the back of ICS's van.

Whoo hoo hoo....that was just wrong man.....:lol:

TEEMONT
04-23-2008, 12:56 AM
This guy is begging to play the role of second fiddle ... :guitar2:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrjwaqZfjIY

steelersgal86
04-23-2008, 06:38 AM
Glad to hear he is back:yellowthumb: now just get healthy and stay healthy :crossfingers:

PsychoWard
04-23-2008, 10:45 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WrjwaqZfjIY

LMFAO!!!!:hilarious::hilarious::hilarious::hilario us:

anyway it is great to see willie back and looking forward to watch him run wild this year:cope::cope::cope::cope:

K Train
04-23-2008, 11:49 AM
i think willie better just hope stewart isnt there at 23....i hope he is but willie will see a dramatically decreased role.

otherwise....ray rice...welcome to pittsburgh

Steel58
04-23-2008, 02:18 PM
Great to see Fast Willie back!:cope:

BlitzburghRockCity
04-24-2008, 07:03 PM
If and when we take a RB in this draft I think the competition will be good for FWP. Last year he was the starter heading into the season and pretty much had the job locked up. Competition breeds excellence, our stable of RB's behind FWP is nothing spectacular so the more help we can get the better.

ejsteeler
04-24-2008, 07:58 PM
I agree and apparently, so doew FWP.:helmet: