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BlitzburghRockCity
07-13-2012, 03:21 PM
Much of the talk around the Pittsburgh Steelers (http://www.nfl.com/teams/pittsburghsteelers/profile?team=PIT) this offseason has been about the status of running back Rashard Mendenhall (http://www.nfl.com/players/rashardmendenhall/profile?id=MEN393702), who suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the team's regular-season finale against the Cleveland Browns (http://www.nfl.com/teams/clevelandbrowns/profile?team=CLE). Mendenhall took to Twitter on Friday morning to share with his followers a very upbeat prognosis (http://twitter.com/R_Mendenhall/statuses/223807390653489153).s
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@R_Mendenhall: My knee has healed wonderfully, thanks for all the well wishes!

At the end of Steelers minicamp in June, general manager Kevin Colbert made a fairly educated guess that Mendenhall would open training camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. (http://www.nfl.com/goto?id=09000d5d829e407b) This would be a reasonable assessment of the situation, considering that the normal recovery time from a torn ACL is generally nine to 12 months.To be eligible to start the regular season on the PUP list, Mendenhall would have to be on the PUP list to open camp. Since Mendenhall might not be at 100 percent until November or so, there's little chance that Colbert will jeopardize roster flexibility just to rush Mendenhall back to the field.Forcing him to roam the sidelines for the first six weeks of the season might be the wisest move for both the team and Mendenhall, who is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent in 2013.

NFL.com (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82a86a00/article/rashard-mendenhall-says-knee-is-healing-wonderfully)

I still say they need to stick him on the PUP; 9 months to recover is cutting it close especially for a runner that likes to cut and dance like he does.

Hey, atleast he isn't tweeting about the celebrating the death of terrorists right? LOL

BlacknGoldHaze
07-13-2012, 09:58 PM
I may be in the minority here, but I'm pulling for Mendy to make a full recovery and look forward to seeing what he can do behind our new offensive line.

SnakeEyes43
07-13-2012, 11:38 PM
I may be in the minority here, but I'm pulling for Mendy to make a full recovery and look forward to seeing what he can do behind our new offensive line.

A lot of people are annoyed at his perceived "running style", but I think everyone here wishes him a full recovery. He is by far our most naturally talented back, and will excel behind the improved line once healthy.

BlitzburghRockCity
07-14-2012, 01:20 AM
Getting him back will help a great deal especially after the midway point of the season when he would likely be close to full strength again. Fresh legs for the 2nd half of the season and the playoffs is a big deal. He may annoy many of us with his dancing around but getting back is important for sure. Perhaps behind a decent line he plays more of that power game that we saw some of last year.

Njsteelersnut
07-14-2012, 08:23 AM
Well if he is able play at some point this year, and line is much improved by that time.......we will see if it was the O-line or his running style that caused our mediocre rushing attack.

gtadroptop
07-14-2012, 08:26 AM
The new "O" line will make a positive difference no matter who is running the ball. That's a no-brainer. Bettis was 'washed up' at one point until an improved line started opening up holes again. Having a kick *** passing game will help too.

Njsteelersnut
07-14-2012, 08:31 AM
I just think Mendy runs "soft" way too often, runs way too upright even on the goaline......he needs to lower his shoulder and burst into the hole rather then dancing and constantly trying to spin off a tackle....Just saying

ChucktownSteeler
07-14-2012, 11:23 AM
Mendy will be fine. I am pulling for him.

He really hasn't had the luxury of a great line the past few years and I am not sure a certain OC was committed to the running game.

C-town

Real Deal Steel
07-14-2012, 01:20 PM
I just think Mendy runs "soft" way too often, runs way too upright even on the goaline......he needs to lower his shoulder and burst into the hole rather then dancing and constantly trying to spin off a tackle....Just saying

He needs to look at some old Thomlinson tapes when he was with the Chargers to see how to run near the goal line. But I wish him a speedy, healthful recovery.

FeelSteel
07-16-2012, 09:01 AM
I may be in the minority here, but I'm pulling for Mendy to make a full recovery and look forward to seeing what he can do behind our new offensive line.

I've been especially hard on Mendenhall for his style of running. But... if we can save some money by keeping him with his production (which has been good) then I too would like to see what he can do behind a real offensive line.

strummerfan
07-16-2012, 05:19 PM
I may be in the minority here, but I'm pulling for Mendy to make a full recovery and look forward to seeing what he can do behind our new offensive line.


Not at all. Mendy is a big fast back that will only benefit from solidifying the offensive line. I think a lot of the dancing we complain about was due to a lack of any discernable hole for him to attack. It will be awesome to have a running game that's capable of going the distance on any given play again. A true compliment to our passing attack.

steelcitysfinestXL
07-16-2012, 07:48 PM
I think, as fans, people expect more from a numbers/productivity standpoint from Mendenhall than is actually ever going to happen. Look at the "Elite" QB's in the league and the RB's playing behind them. IF you take Ben, Brady, Brees, Peyton, Rodgers... throw in Stafford, Rivers and Eli too. Look at the RB's behind them and Mendenhall may be the most productive RB of the group. When you have an elite QB your RB is second fiddle. When healthy he's averaged 1100 yards and ten tds, thats pretty good for a guy who is playing in a passing offense!

igor0190
07-16-2012, 08:55 PM
If the O-Line improves the way everyone is expecting, you won't hear any complaints about Mendenhall running soft. If that first hole is there, he will be consistently breaking runs for 7+ yards, he will rack up 1500, and make the Pro-Bowl.

SuperSteelers
07-16-2012, 11:44 PM
I just think Mendy runs "soft" way too often, runs way too upright even on the goaline......he needs to lower his shoulder and burst into the hole rather then dancing and constantly trying to spin off a tackle....Just saying

Amen bro. No truer words have been spoken.

K Train
07-17-2012, 09:37 AM
I think, as fans, people expect more from a numbers/productivity standpoint from Mendenhall than is actually ever going to happen. Look at the "Elite" QB's in the league and the RB's playing behind them. IF you take Ben, Brady, Brees, Peyton, Rodgers... throw in Stafford, Rivers and Eli too. Look at the RB's behind them and Mendenhall may be the most productive RB of the group. When you have an elite QB your RB is second fiddle. When healthy he's averaged 1100 yards and ten tds, thats pretty good for a guy who is playing in a passing offense!

your posts have been making me so happy lately

steelcitysfinestXL
07-17-2012, 09:49 AM
Lol, making sense has that effect on people!