A Closer Look at Willie Parker's 23rd 100-Yard Rushing Game


vs CLE / 9.14.08 Rushing Receiving
Rush Yards Avg TD Rec Yards Avg TD
Willie Parker 28 105 3.8 0 0 0 0 0


Let's take a look at where those 28 carries were directed along our offensive line.

 

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Very interesting. Mr. Kendall Simmons appears to be the player Bruce Arrians was most comfortable running behind this week. That likely had something to do with the Browns front 4, and picking and choosing who to avoid. But it also, I think, speaks to the better physical condition that Simmons is in. I sure hope we see more of the same from him moving forward.

And in case you were wondering, most of those yards weren't picked up in a few bunches. Willie Parker's 14 carries behind the right guard were by far the most of any direction along the line. The next closest direction was right tackle, where Parker carried it 7 times. This might also be a result of Parker's tendencies and strong suits as a runner. But I hope that doesn't account for everything. I hope it's because Simmons and RT Willie Colon are doing a much better job than they were a year ago.

Thoughts?

PS Sorry for the spotty writing lately. Internet connectivity issues. To be resolved Thursday at the latest. It sure is an exciting time of year, especially to be a Steelers fan. Don't get the wrong impression.


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