By Scott Brown
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Willie Parker said today that the Steelers have become too predictable when they run out of two tight-end sets and added that he would welcome an increased role for the fullback in the offense.
"We bring in two tight ends now, without a fullback, and they know what's coming," Parker said of opposing defenses. "I don't know what it is but it's not been effective."
The Steelers are 23rd in the NFL in rushing (103.8 yards per game).
Parker is the Steelers' leading rusher but he has just 597 rushing yards and is averaging 3.9 yards per carry. The two-time Pro Bowler has been hampered by knee and shoulder problems this season.
The Steelers moved away from using a traditional fullback in 2007, Bruce Arians' first season as offensive coordinator, when Carey Davis beat out Dan Kreider for the starting job. Davis has played sparingly this season as the Steelers have primarily run out of two-tight end formations.
"I definitely love running with a fullback," Parker said. "We've got a fullback but we don't play him that much."
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