They're lookin' to you, Coach
Whose sloppiness, though? Tomlin has finally acknowledged that his team needs to roll with a lead runner. Three weeks ago, Mendenhall was Pittsburgh's total package. Three weeks later, Dwyer's body of work is sufficient enough to give him the nod.
The reaction to Tomlin's choice has been mixed, but more people seem to agree than not. I lean that way as well, for multiple reasons.
But I'm not certain by any means, whereas folks who take advantage of the outlet with which social media provides them are quite sure. Dwyer? Not Mendenhall? Oh, by the way, no one's saying, What about Isaac Redman?! It's like watching a replay of the 2012 presidential race.
Players at all positions made critical mistakes in that tilt, but they didn't pay the same price. Emmanuel Sanders fumbled twice and lost one of them to Cleveland, too. He's now considered a "co-starter" with Mike Wallace. (What, exactly, is a "co-starter"?) Batch, unfortunately for the Steelers, is their only alternative in their Week 13 rematch with the Nevermores.
The coaching staff, meanwhile, gets a pass for its repeated fumbles of personnel decisions, I assume because they didn't lose any of their running backs to the Browns.
Tomlin isn't sure what to do. If Big Ben were healthy, the outcomes of their last two games, and of their backs' touches, might've been different. A fortunate bounce here and an unlucky one there, and the depth chart might look different, too. It's undoubtedly subject to change again next week.
Hopefully, you're not relying on any of these players as your fantasy season winds down. If you are, it's time to scramble to come up with other possibilities. Because Pittsburgh's running backs can't rely on their coaching staff to devise a credible plan and stick with it. They're too caught up in what happens from one play to the next.
About Nicholas Minnix
Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.
The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.
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