Rocco wrote:I think Whisenhunt's become a bit overrated as of late- he's done a nice job, but he seems to alternate between hyper-conservative playcalling and creeping Mularkeyism. Don't get me wrong, I think he's good, but not genius-level good. The Steelers lived off of big plays for most of the year. No one seemed to talk about it, but most people who watched the Steelers all year (like me) noticed how spotty the running game was all year, and I think Whisenhunt deserves some heat for that. (As an aside, when people love the offense, it's Whiz; when the offense is sucking it up, it's all Cowher's fault. I digress.)
Anyway, good to see he's smart enough to stay away from the Raiders. That team is a mess. It also opens the door for the return of Art Shell, which should be fun- those teams were always mistake-prone, and Shell couldn't manage the clock to save his life. I love train wrecks.
One difference between Wisenhunt and Mularkey is that Mularkey was ready to run any gadget play at any time regardless if the situation was right for it or not. Mularkey ran so many gadget plays that it was more of a surprise to opponents when they actually lined up and ran a normal play.
The running game was definetely spotty but part of that comes from the fact that Parker is not a back who is going to grind out yards consistently. Obviously the 75 yard runs are great but he is not going to consistently get yards and move the chains. As the playoffs showed the Steelers left a lot of their offense untapped throughout the season. Part of this was due to Ben's health but Ben showed what he can do given the oppurtunity.
Branching out to other sports, has there ever been a more overhyped one dimensional player than Kevin Pittsnogle? Also tonight is the most I have seen of either Pitt and I have seen slightly more of WVU but they are not playing like top level basketball teams tonight, this game is UGLY
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