Originally posted by YungAce:
I haven't been a fan of Mendenhall since the draft. It seems like he's been a bit of an underachiever in Pittsburgh. Was there a significant drop in production when he went out with his ACL injury last season?
hardly. the team was more affected by Mewelde Moore's late season injury then Mendenhall's. Isaac Redman basically kept things going according to the status quo.
In the 2 games that he played as Mendenhall's replacement (Mendenhall went down in the 1st quarter of week 17 if i remember correctly) he ran for 92 yards on 19 carries with 1 TD also caught 3 passes for 18 yards against Cleveland and against Denver in the playoffs the next week he ran for 121 yards on 17 carries and also caught 2 passes for 21 yards.
Those 2 games were Redman's first chances at being the #1 workhorse and he took advantage of it. IMHO if Redman and John Clay play even slightly above average during 2012 Mendenhall wont be retained.
I've beat it to death in the Mike Wallace threads but I'm also a fairly avid Steelers fan, I watch both 9er and Steeler games on Sundays and IMHO Redman is a better back then Mendenhall is. Even in limited action he impresses me more from a blocking and blitz pickup standpoint as well as receiving on top of simply being a better runner (at least for Pitts system).
[ Edited by sfout on Mar 19, 2012 at 11:31 PM ]