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Thursday, October 25, 2012

It's looking like Dwyer

It's looking like Jonathan Dwyer will get his second consecutive start this week against Washington as Rashard Mendenhall sat out practice again Thursday, while Isaac Redman was limited.

That's not necessarily a bad thing.

Frequent readers of this blog know that I've thought all along that Dwyer was a better all-around player than Redman - though I like Redman as well.

And given Washington's shoddy defense, letting Mendenhall sit another week isn't a bad thing.

@ I've had to laugh when I hear the topic of the Steelers having to sit either Redman or Dwyer once everyone's healthy.

Were people not listening to what Mike Tomlin had to say about his special teams units on Tuesday.

As Tomlin said, once everyone's healthy, there may be some special teams regulars on the bench if they continue to draw penalties.

We know Baron Batch plays teams, so, in effect, he doesn't necessarily count as a running back. Same goes for Chris Rainey.

The Steelers could keep all five running backs on their roster active on game day with no real problems.

What does Leonard Pope really do, anyway? Same goes for DeMarcus Van Dyke if he continues to draw penalties.


Anonymous said...

Good call Dale. Can't wait to see Dwyer as a gunner on special teams


Anonymous said...

Hopefully Tomlin's threat gets the guys attention.

I was glad the Steelers got Rainey some touches on runs between the tackles. He needs to prove he can do OK there to keep defenses honest when they play him.

I like Batch too. Hopefully he can redeem himself after that pass drop.

Anonymous said...

Is there anyone else on the active roster that can play T.E. besides Pope? It would seem to be that sitting your only back up for two guys is pretty risky.

Ed said...

Paulson seems like he's been getting more clock than Pope as of late.

Anonymous said...

From PFF

Steelers Pass Rush vs. Redskins Offensive Line

The Steelers’ once-vaunted pass rush is not what it was once thanks to a combination of Father Time and injuries. James Harrison has been back for the past three games and played every snap in those contests, but only has a single sack, three hits, and four hurries to show for it. Their best pass rusher right now, Lamar Woodley, hasn’t been invisible, but hasn’t dominated either (two sacks, five hits and six hurries). Tenured Steeler Brett Keisel (a hit and eight hurries) has also barely bothered QBs, usually Pittsburgh’s sole pass rushing presence on their defensive line. By far the weakest link has been former first-round pick Ziggy Hood who has had 190 chances to rush the passer but has mustered only a sack, a hit, and a hurry.

kelly said...

What does Pope bring to the table? It's a good question... Why did they release Saunders instead of a guy that does nothing? I've heard that Saunders was a pain in the ass sometimes, but he at least has big up side. I still don't get that one.

Anonymous said...

Pope is Todd Haley's guy, that's why.

Dale Lolley said...

The coaching staff didn't trust Saunders, who lied to his college coach, then lied to the Steelers about his drug use.

Anonymous said...

It's a good thing Batch gets a pass because he's a running back. If he were a WR, there'd be a torch lit mob surrounding Heinz Field screaming for his head.