News flash: I hate Bruce Arians...shocker.
This isn't the first time I've vented on this topic but now I actually have the backing of someone in Arians' ridiculous system. Or am I backing the Steelers? Either way, I'm right and Arians is wrong.
Sure it's been fun watching Mike Wallace scorch corners like it's going out of style but you don't think if Wallace was on any other team, they wouldn't do the exact same thing? Ben's bombs to No. 17 have nothing to do with Arians. He even said after the Colts game that the Steelers didn't run any of their drawn up big plays - that 81-yard TD was all Ben and Wallace.
The media is saying that Mendenhall doesn't have a problem with Arians' offense but when Mendy's exact words were, "It helps to have a fullback or H-back because they read and see things the way I do," I beg to differ.
The fullback-less running game is by far what pisses me off the most about Arians' system - always has been. What's even more amazing is that parts of his run game philosophy, Arians brought with him when he came to Pittsburgh from Cleveland. How does any coach in the NFL let anybody implement something that was used by the Browns?
I don't understand how you can implement an elite running game without a lead blocker. Darren McFadden has Marcel Reece, LeSean McCoy has Owen Schmitt and worst of all, Ray Rice has Vonta Leach knocking people out for him...and those are some of the best rushers in the league. Hell, at 250-pounds, even Jerome Bettis went for 1,341 and eight TDs behind the Bus Driver Dan Kreider. How can the Steelers run game expect to be as effective with 6-foot-2 David Johnson trying to create leverage in front of Mendy? No going to happen.
Last year was undoubtedly Mendy's best year as a pro. He ran for 1,273 yards and 13 touchdowns, and he did it without a fullback. But his yards-per-carry was 3.9, good enough for 34th in the league. That's a joke - imagine the numbers he could have put up if he didn't have to spin away from the first tackler every single time.
This year, Mendy is ripping off a whopping 3.0 yards a carry. Granted, Mendy has been spending a lot of time prancing and spinning in the backfield and although he isn't producing the way he should be, none of the Steelers' running backs are. It could have something to do with offensive linemen getting sniped every game and the fact that the offense really hasn't clicked yet but there's no evidence that this years is going to be any different from last season.
There's no doubt in my mind that the Steelers run game will emerge here shortly. The O-line is still getting adjusted, hopefully for the last time, and the schedule gets pretty easy for the next month or so but I probably wouldn't have been forced to write this if a true fullback appeared on the Steelers depth chart...or if Brucey wasn't still calling the plays.
Bruce, listen to you running back. He's the one getting murdered in the backfield, not you.
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