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BlitzburghRockCity
10-13-2011, 12:09 AM
Rashard Mendenhall practiced Wednesday, and he is expected to return to the starting lineup at 1 p.m. Sunday when the Steelers host the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Mendenhall missed last week's game with a hamstring injury. He is only averaging 3.0 yards per carry.

His struggles and coach Mike Tomlin's vague answer when asked Tuesday about Mendenhall's role has raised questions about how the Steelers will distribute carries between Mendenhall and the emerging Isaac Redman.

"If Rashard stays patient, he'll get his time," Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said.

Redman, who made his first career start last Sunday, said he expects Mendenhall to start against Jacksonville. With Mewelde Moore likely to miss a second straight game because of a high ankle sprain, Redman will spell Mendenhall on Sunday and serve as the third-down back.

Mendenhall has gone over the 1,000-yard rushing mark in each of the past two seasons. The fourth-year veteran is considerably off that pace with only 173 rushing yards, but yesterday he downplayed his slow start.

"As a running back you have reads, you have plays and you slide and pick and find holes. When it works everybody loves it, when it doesn't it's bad," Mendenhall said. "We just keep everything in perspective."


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BlitzburghRockCity
10-13-2011, 12:11 AM
I hope if Mendenhall does start that he tears it up and has a good game. The more backs the team can have that are making positive yards are on every carry, the better. However if he struggles then Tomlin needs to step in and get Redman into the game. You can't afford to go back to the previous 4 weeks of beating your head against the wall.

Farrior Fan
10-13-2011, 12:13 AM
I hope Redman gets lots of carries, don't get me wrong I like Mendy but his dancing in the backfield will not work with our Oline.

steelchamp204
10-13-2011, 12:21 AM
good im glad mendy will start, look im not saying mendy shouldnt start, just redman sees more ballaction during the game is all. But i hope he does well to. Just needs to stop dancing around so much and just start downhill.

SteelDad
10-13-2011, 07:51 AM
Mendy is now fighting for his job. He will play well, but I still think Red gets 10+ carries

LatrobePA
10-13-2011, 08:39 AM
Yea I can see Mendy having a big day...

Other news:

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
No surprises

No surprises among the Steelers who missed practice Wednesday as Marcus Gilbert, Chris Kemoeatu and Casey Hampton were among those who sat out.

Rashard Mendenhall was back and said he should be ready to go Sunday against Jacksonville.

I would expect Mendenhall to start against Jacksonville, though the Steelers will likely use give Isaac Redman a series in each half like they did against Seattle.

* I talked to Ziggy Hood today and he told me he did have a tough time on the right side because he hadn't seen a ton of practice there. Remember, all of his practice time last season came on the left when he replaced Aaron Smith.

It may not seem like such a big deal, but Hood said the hand placements and leverage are different on the other side of the line. That likely forced him to think more than react, leading to him getting pushed around.

* Also spoke to Antonio Brown about his return game. He's very confident in his abilities and feels he can be a Pro Bowl returner - if teams kick to him.

Tennessee kicked away from him in the punt game last week, the ultimate show of respect for a return man.

TampaSteelGirl
10-13-2011, 09:46 AM
WTF for!!!!!!! Why dont' you stick with what is working!! Im sorry but this is what makes me mad with the coaching staff...if it aint broken...dont fix it!

Raleigh Steel
10-13-2011, 09:53 AM
I hope Redman gets lots of carries, don't get me wrong I like Mendy but his dancing in the backfield will not work with our Oline.


mendy doesn't dance, just to dance. on most of his carries he's had 2 guys in his face when he gets the ball. this is due to the predictable play calling and lack of blocking.

look, i'm not saying the mendy is better or worse than redman or dwyer or anybody. all i'm saying is that when redman got in the game against houston, there was significantly different play calling and better blocking than what mendy was getting. look at the only td we scored vs. houston. mendy didn't dance...there was a hole and he hit it. same thing goes for last week. if mendy was in the game do you think he would dance just to dance, or hit the obvious hole that was there? look at dwyer's 70 yard run...i think i could have hit that hole and at least rushed for 10 yards with my blazing 5.4 speed.

the only difference between the 2 backs (mendy and redman) are that if the line is neutral redman can move the pile and get 2 yards where mendy can't. also, i think redman's vision might be a bit better right now. but if both backs have a hole, i'd feel more comfortable with mendy going through it faster.

but like most everyone here, i'd love to see a nice mixture of backs. mendy, redman, dwyer, and even me-moore...if utilized properly this could be a very dangerous backfield to contend with...which would lead to a much more efficient passing attack.

connecticutsteel
10-13-2011, 09:56 AM
WTF for!!!!!!! Why dont' you stick with what is working!! Im sorry but this is what makes me mad with the coaching staff...if it aint broken...dont fix it!

Mendy works better than Redman it's just they decided to block last week if mendy was in the game last week he would have had 150 yrds dwyer is better than redman Redman =hype

Blazedby92
10-13-2011, 10:16 AM
Well hopefully he gets his head out of his arse and show why he was a high draft pick

TampaSteelGirl
10-13-2011, 10:26 AM
Mendy works better than Redman it's just they decided to block last week if mendy was in the game last week he would have had 150 yrds dwyer is better than redman Redman =hype

Ok we'll see about that....:dunno:

P.S. Reman is no hype....he'll GET the extended play for that extra yard or 2 Mendy won't get....:markit:

TheFizzman
10-13-2011, 10:40 AM
people who claim redman is hype clearly don't remember him breaking tackles against the ravens last year to get in the endzone and win the game. haters gonna hate. i am sick of this overrated U of I player getting all the touches. :cope:

Ctilt
10-13-2011, 10:47 AM
Turns out, the Steelers obituary was premature... Football Nation knows they're on the rise again!

http://www.footballnation.com/content/steelers-show-renewed-signs-life/9852/

LatrobePA
10-13-2011, 10:58 AM
Turns out, the Steelers obituary was premature... Football Nation knows they're on the rise again!

http://www.footballnation.com/content/steelers-show-renewed-signs-life/9852/

Good read, thanks!

HUNT4SEVEN
10-13-2011, 11:00 AM
Redmans original position is FB that's why he hits the holes the way he does, imo he is not a full time RB he even admitted that he likes to play FB more than RB he's just a fill in at RB imo, Mendy just have to stop dancing and hold onto the ball if he get the start this week, i do think that Dwyer deserves some more carries also this week.

Rampage
10-13-2011, 11:05 AM
The line is blocking better and the play calling is as well. Let's see what Mendenhall can do, especially now that he has been able to review some tape showing two guys running behind this line. I think he will succeed and people will remember why he was a first round pick.

jpele
10-13-2011, 01:47 PM
Mendy works better than Redman it's just they decided to block last week if mendy was in the game last week he would have had 150 yrds dwyer is better than redman Redman =hype

Really! In the games the line wasn't blocking Mendy averaged 3 ypc, in those same games Redman averaged 6 ypc . Explain that.


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Goodfrom55
10-13-2011, 02:27 PM
. . .As it should be. Hoping to see a good effort upfront from the line and want to see Mendy run weith the same intensity as he did last leay in the AFCCG vs the Jets. Run hard, get to the 2nd level and THEN start making moves, and most importantly, take care of the football. "Red" will get his 10-15 carries (as long as the Steelers have the lead), and all will be well in Mr. Tomlin's neighborhood.

Bucsfan4ever
10-13-2011, 03:12 PM
My Dynasty team has Redman listed as Questionable....was he injured???

Also is there anything to worry about cause Hines didn't practice??

JensK
10-13-2011, 04:04 PM
My Dynasty team has Redman listed as Questionable....was he injured???

Also is there anything to worry about cause Hines didn't practice??

He was injured in the 4th quarter, yeah. Also, Hines hardly ever practice anymore, so nope. Don't worry about it.

Bucsfan4ever
10-13-2011, 04:29 PM
Thanks, Jens! Hope they can both go...even if its just limited, should still beat Jax!!

TampaSteelGirl
10-13-2011, 04:47 PM
Really! In the games the line wasn't blocking Mendy averaged 3 ypc, in those same games Redman averaged 6 ypc . Explain that.


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That's what im saying!!!! :yellowthumb:

connecticutsteel
10-16-2011, 09:30 AM
Really! In the games the line wasn't blocking Mendy averaged 3 ypc, in those same games Redman averaged 6 ypc . Explain that.


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less attempts = higher ypc

steelers4life66
10-16-2011, 12:07 PM
Has anyone herd anything on Bens foot??