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Pittsburgh Steelers, Give Rashard Mendehall the Dang Rock!

DETROIT , MI - OCTOBER 11:  Rashard Mendenhall #34 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs for a first quarter touchdown while playing the Detroit Lions on October 11, 2009 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan. Pittsburgh won the game 28-20. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Steve SmithContributor IOctober 12, 2009

Yesterday, once again, we saw a tale of two halves of football.  The first half of the football game was fun to watch because we were doing the following:

  • Running the ball with great success (Mendy had almost 70 yards in the first half alone!).
  • Passing the ball whenever we wanted to do it.

Then the second half came along, and we stopped running the ball and we started trying to "home run" the long pass and we became "one-dimensional."  When we started throwing, we subjected our QB to pressure from Detroit's pass rush and shortened drives, which made our defense stay on the field.

I suggest the following to the Steelers coaching staff:

  • Keep the running game as active as you did against San Diego all game long.  Mendenhall carried the ball 29 times for 167 yards and 5.75 yds per carry in the SD win.  Yesterday, he carried the ball only 15 times for 77 yards and still had 5.13 yds per carry.  If he had carried the same amount as the SD game, he would have gained almost 149 yards!
  • Keep the passing balance you had against San Diego.

I think the second-half woes will go away once we welcome back our "All-World" safety.

A bright spot was that the last drive by the Detroit Lions was stuffed by the aggressive, blitzing defense we have all come to love and respect, but I would rather see that style of defense employed when the score of the game is not separated by one TD and a two-point conversion.

No Chicken Little here, but I would really like to watch a game where I can comfortably eat my nachos, without worrying about my team giving me the heart attack and not the nachos!

 

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