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bleed black n gold
02-04-2009, 04:37 AM
i cant wait to see what rashard mendenhall can do. what do yall think about him?

Stairwayto7
02-04-2009, 06:45 AM
He is one reason that I think we will be a better team next year. I`m very curious and optimistic. he did though look small in the parade, I was surprised. But I think he styling of running is more reminiscent of the old Steelers style of running the ball. I like Willie, but he is going down to easily anymore.

HUNT4SEVEN
02-04-2009, 07:17 AM
1st thing 1st, we have to get an better O-Line, once we do i seen enough of Rashad to say this to the rest of the N.F.L WATCH OUT:lol:, this young man is an beast, he has vision, speed, an power, we are set at running back, we also should add an strong full back to the mix.:yesnod:Plus we have Gary Russell also.

Stairwayto7
02-04-2009, 08:46 AM
1st thing 1st, we have to get an better O-Line, once we do i seen enough of Rashad to say this to the rest of the N.F.L WATCH OUT:lol:, this young man is an beast, he has vision, speed, an power, we are set at running back, we also should add an strong full back to the mix.:yesnod:Plus we have Gary Russell also.

Nice take, and I agree. Our line should be better next season anyway, we have a couple IR that were out, and we should draft asap a Olinemen, even free agency should not be ruled out.

This is to good of a football team to not address the Oline asap

hmasonb34
02-04-2009, 09:19 AM
Drop him like hes hot. Take him to the draft and trde him for better draft picks. We got Parker and Russel need i say MOORE.:cope:

Koopa
02-04-2009, 10:40 AM
Drop him like hes hot. Take him to the draft and trde him for better draft picks. We got Parker and Russel need i say MOORE.:cope:

yes cause parker is a bum.....unless he's playing the browns, bengals, or any other ****** team is when he shines, he fails against good teams...............when you have three of something it usually means you have nothing, mendenhall will change that

stLlRfn14
02-04-2009, 10:46 AM
mendenhall is a bum...he had one good year at Illinois. What some people dont understand is that good running backs are good immediately, ie. chris johnson(they guy that we should have drafted, but got picked after mendenhall). But overall i think rashard will be a good third down back and maybe eventually a goal line back.

TampaSteelGirl
02-04-2009, 11:03 AM
mendenhall is a bum...he had one good year at Illinois. What some people dont understand is that good running backs are good immediately, ie. chris johnson(they guy that we should have drafted, but got picked after mendenhall). But overall i think rashard will be a good third down back and maybe eventually a goal line back.

wrong...once again i'll say this...They see talent...perhaps it's not MVP caliber their first year or so but they see talent in him, they can plant him and watch him grow...this guy will be great in a couple years with Steeler education. I think between Moore and Mendenhall we should do well, I think we should keep Willie but not as our #1 RB, not now...

stLlRfn14
02-04-2009, 12:09 PM
running backs are good or not good...end of story. they dont grow into one of the best. they either are the best or they arent its that simple. i see it year in and year out, like ap, lt, chris johnson (again), felix jones, marshawn lynch, and so on. those guys were good in their first game or two. but rashard fumbled the ball god knows how many times in the preseason and he is going to be injury prone because it took one hit to put him out for the year and it wasnt even a hard hit by lewis. So dont sit there and lecture me how we should have him and moore be the 1 and 2. Parker is an ok running back with game breaking speed. So he should be 1, moore 2, and mendenhall 3 or 4 depending on gary russell or moore staying put.

Roadkill
02-04-2009, 12:29 PM
it will be great to have this kid back Im sure he will be working on holding on to the ball this year and rookie growing pains will be gone

illwitdapill67
02-04-2009, 12:57 PM
He is one reason that I think we will be a better team next year. I`m very curious and optimistic. he did though look small in the parade, I was surprised. But I think he styling of running is more reminiscent of the old Steelers style of running the ball. I like Willie, but he is going down to easily anymore.

Hey ted,

You need to add another Lombardi to that image ! :tt02:

BlitzburghRockCity
02-04-2009, 01:15 PM
How can you possibly throw Mendenhall under the bus already???? The dude barely played this season. If the Steelers didn't think he was worthy of the first round pick they spent on him then they wouldn't have drafted him. We may not be the best at day 2 drafting in recent years before Tomlin but we rarely miss on a 1st round pick.

Rashard will be a good back and he'll really help our running game. I expect a full out competition for the top RB spot heading into camp this year.

BlitzburghNation
02-04-2009, 01:22 PM
Cannot wait to see what he does :popcorn:
The guys in the draft room through a party when they drafted him,,,,,so they see something special in him,but we have to fix our o-line :yesnod:
Which i see us doing in the off-season,,,,,

Dean Denton
02-04-2009, 02:41 PM
One thing I know is that Mendenhals bone that was broke will be stronger because of it, so we dont need to worry about that bone getting broke again. For me I think the jury is still out on Mendy. He dropped the ball a lot this year, and we dont have Hoak anymore to help with that. I will give him this next season, and maybe thats it. First rounders cant be made of glass and he needs to hold the ball. Our first 2 draft picks need to learn how to sneak stick-um on their hands and not get caught....lol

Black@Gold Forever32
02-04-2009, 03:21 PM
Ok....I'm in the heart of Big 10 country.....I watched Rashard Mendenhall a ton when he was in college...He has the talent to be a very good NFL RB.......Its all up to him on what kind of player he becomes....I hope he his a chip on his shoulder to bounce back strong this year.......We're going to need him.....Parker and Moore are solid....I'm still not sold on Gary Russell and he was another RB that I liked very much when he was in college....The Steelers need Rashard to become the RB that can shoulder the load for this running game......

Dean Denton
02-04-2009, 03:41 PM
Ok....I'm in the heart of Big 10 country.....I watched Rashard Mendenhall a ton when he was in college...He has the talent to be a very good NFL RB.......Its all up to him on what kind of player he becomes....I hope he his a chip on his shoulder to bounce back strong this year.......We're going to need him.....Parker and Moore are solid....I'm still not sold on Gary Russell and he was another RB that I liked very much when he was in college....The Steelers need Rashard to become the RB that can shoulder the load for this running game......
I agree with you only because we have no other options right now. Its him or nothing. Willie cant last forever, and Moore was just a nice surprise not a long term solution.

Black@Gold Forever32
02-04-2009, 04:25 PM
I agree with you only because we have no other options right now. Its him or nothing. Willie cant last forever, and Moore was just a nice surprise not a long term solution.

If Rashard Mendenhall can prove himself and take the majority of the carries....I think that will be a big help to Parker and will keep Willie fresh during the season....I still like Parker and think he is solid RB.....

Moore is a quality back and a great third down back....But he isn't a RB that can be a 16 game starter....

I think Rashard is going to be fine......I like the kid and still believe in his talents.....

Silverback
02-04-2009, 06:26 PM
I think Mendenhall has everything to be a solid #1 back in the NFL and will become that guy. As far as when, this is probably a little too optimistic, but I could see him taking the #1 spot either after another Parker injury or just through play around week 10 next year and never giving it back. I hope so anyway.

Not only would it leave us with a better #1 guy we could then have Parker in a more "scat back" role coming fresh off the bench and actually effectively using that speed. That would be scary.

Hova8551
02-04-2009, 06:32 PM
yes cause parker is a bum.....unless he's playing the browns, bengals, or any other ****** team is when he shines, he fails against good teams...............when you have three of something it usually means you have nothing, mendenhall will change that

Parker lead the league last year in rushing yards until he broke his leg some where around week 13. Once he gets healthy he burns past everyone.

Silverback
02-04-2009, 06:45 PM
Parker lead the league last year in rushing yards until he broke his leg some where around week 13. Once he gets healthy he burns past everyone.

Okay a couple things, Parker is only good against bad defenses, actually exceptionally good against bad defenses. This is because hes fast as hell so a missed tackle or empty gap ends up costing you 10 yards automatic. In 2007 he also had a good line and Faneca. Parker doesn't have the strength or balance to break tackles and gain extra yards and because of this I think he will eventually lose his job to Mendenhall. Second, when is Parker healthy anymore?

CNY_STEELER_FAN
02-04-2009, 09:39 PM
Parker does bring one additional quality, the opposing team wastes time and energy to game plan against his speed and breaking it outside.

The only reason to possibly trade Mendenhall, I would think, would be to acquire a 1st round O blocker. Not as a negative to Mendy, but just because it's easier to get an average running back to run well behind a good line. Versus keeping a good RB healthy the entire season behind a so-so line. ;)

bleed black n gold
02-05-2009, 12:27 AM
i think some of yall are being too hard on RM he didnt even have a chance to prove himself plus he looked in good in preseason.

igor0190
02-05-2009, 12:35 AM
i think some of yall are being too hard on RM he didnt even have a chance to prove himself plus he looked in good in preseason.

I agree... The guy is a pedigree. He will be a very good back if he can stay healthy.

SteelCurtain
02-05-2009, 01:22 AM
That's something I'm looking forward to as well.