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« Reply #10 on: Oct 11, 2011 at 09:34 »

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Right.  Because Tennessee spent so much time game planning for Dwyer.  And the fake punt.  Should Sepulveda be our new quarterback?

Yeah, we have a decent rushing performance, let's just blow it off as dumb luck.

We didn't have a decent rushing performance, we had one great run.  Take away the 76 yarder, and Dwyer's carries were about 4 per, and the team's about 3.5.  What we had was a great passing performance.
  

4 ypc is better than the -1/-2 ypc Mendenhall seems to produce on an all-too-frequent basis. He blows, dude. If he requires a gaping hole to be useful, he won't be too useful for at least another two or three years (assuming the FO actually - gasp - tries to address the OL through the draft and FA).
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« Reply #11 on: Oct 11, 2011 at 09:53 »

I'm going with kluisi on this one.  While switching to Redman was a much-needed spark, it's no coincidence that the running game was suddenly more effective with Starks back.  And I'll say this:  Legs can be the LG permanently as well.  He had a key block on Dwyer's 76 yarder, and didn't get lost the way Kemo does.  He and Starks worked extremely well together.

You put Mendy behind that line and he'd feel like it was his birthday with all those lanes wide open.

BTW, Starks got game ball.

Never knew how much I missed that guy.
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« Reply #12 on: Oct 11, 2011 at 10:02 »

BTW, Starks got game ball.

Never knew how much I missed that guy.

I thought his release was a mistake - an overreaction to his weight.  Hell, it was the off season and he had surgery, he's not a CB for fuck sake.  Now, there might have been a bit of cap fixin' in there too.  But it was damn near criminal to start with the line they had.
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« Reply #13 on: Oct 11, 2011 at 11:00 »

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I thought his release was a mistake - an overreaction to his weight.  Hell, it was the off season and he had surgery, he's not a CB for fuck sake.  Now, there might have been a bit of cap fixin' in there too.  But it was damn near criminal to start with the line they had.

I think it was mostly about the cap, but after Baltimore I'd have given him a call.  Maybe we'd be 4-1 if we had.
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« Reply #14 on: Oct 11, 2011 at 11:45 »

I dunno.

Colbert had NO problem throwing money after vets this offseason.

And I kept waiting and waiting for them to (at least) call up one of Flo or Max, because it seemed insane to go into the season with Scott, Colon, and Gilbert as the only OTs.  Essex was a later add, and really, did we pay any less for him than Max?

Maybe Max thought he could wring a bit more out of Minnie and got caught between two teams trying to get by on the cheap.
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« Reply #15 on: Oct 11, 2011 at 12:34 »

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I thought his release was a mistake - an overreaction to his weight.  Hell, it was the off season and he had surgery, he's not a CB for fuck sake.  Now, there might have been a bit of cap fixin' in there too.  But it was damn near criminal to start with the line they had.

I think it was mostly about the cap...

I assumed that as well.  Although, I thought he was a cap casualty that would resing with the team at a discounted rate within a week if someone else didn't throw a bunch of cash at him.  The fact that he got only minimal interest and was still unemployed over a month into the season is amazing; that Pittsburgh didn't sing him earlier is mind bottling.
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« Reply #16 on: Oct 11, 2011 at 13:44 »

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The fact that he got only minimal interest and was still unemployed over a month into the season is amazing; that Pittsburgh didn't sing him earlier is mind bottling.

That surprised me too; made me think the Steelers maybe made the right move - until he actually played, thankfully in our uniform.  That said...


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« Reply #17 on: Oct 11, 2011 at 17:28 »

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« Reply #18 on: Oct 12, 2011 at 17:00 »

As a postscript to this thread, from today's p-g:

"But it was not a dominant performance Sunday.  Other than the 76-yard run by Dwyer, the backs managed just 80 yards on their other 25 carries, an average of 3.2 yards per carry and no touchdowns.  Had Redman's 49 yards on 15 carries been accomplished by Mendenhall, it might have been viewed rather differently than celebrated.

Wide receivers Antonio Brown (10 yards) and Mike Wallace (8 )combined for 18 yards on their two carries."

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11285/1181374-66-0.stm

Forgot about those wr carries.  3.2 per sounds very Mendenhallian after all.


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« Reply #19 on: Oct 12, 2011 at 18:13 »

Check out this nice breakdown of the Dwyer run.

Mendenhall would have scored if he had that to run through.

Still and all, take the improvements.  And Redman did carve out positives where Mendy would have been stifled, IMO.  They're both talented backs but tailored to different situations.  Dwyer though surprised me.  Did a nice job as a COP.  Now, Redman as your 1 and Mendy as COP, with Dwyer getting 5 carries as the wild card? 
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