Any chance that the Steelers will go ...

Any chance that the Steelers will go after Larry Johnson?

There are 5 comments on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story from Jan 8, 2009, titled Any chance that the Steelers will go after Larry Johnson?. In it, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that:

I would venture slim and none, heavy on the latter. Do not forget that they drafted Rashard Mendenhall in the first round last season, and Mewelde Moore proved himself as a capable backup this year.

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Pittsburgh, PA

#1 Feb 5, 2009
Follow-up to Larry Johnson as a Steeler...I have disagreed with your opinions/positions on several Steeler-related issues this season and this is one I definitely disagree with. Larry Johnson for the Chiefs like Jerome Bettis was for the Rams is in a situation that he is not personally satisfied with. Larry Johnson had an extremely successful career at Penn State playing for Joe Paterno. Coach Joe Paterno does NOT tolerate ego. Larry like Jerome has been frustrated with his utilization and an overall poor team performance. For the Steelers, Larry Johnson would have the opportunity to be a first half feature back and be a part of a two back offense which would prolong his career and help Rashard Mendenhall assimilate to the pro game by seeing first hand "How to get the job done". To your point Mewelde Moore did a yemen's job in Parker's stead this season...but I look for the Steelers to place emphasis on a dominating running (ball control) offense, where passing becomes a luxury to break the will of our opponents. Parker is NOT a dominant inside running back unless he has a full back to block and pound that first hole open for him. In the single-back formations that the Steelers run from Parker/Moore very rarely picks up the appreciable yardage required for our offense to be dominant and control the clock. I know that LJ would be a welcomed addition to our offense he has better hands than Parker and would not have to leave the game as situations on the field sometimes dictate as would Jamal Lewis or Lendale White. Plus LJ would be on a winning team and be an immediate contributor. I can't say the same for our 2008 #1 draft pick Mendenhall.

Monroe, LA

#2 Feb 5, 2009
I see your points...but LJ will not be a Steeler next season, or any season after that. He has talent. But 3 physical assault charges do not translate into him even being considered by Colbert and the Rooneys. Not to mention he'll be 30 next year and has been the featured back in KC for awhile. Lots of mileage on those wheels.


Since: Feb 09

Pittsburgh, PA

#3 Feb 6, 2009
Of course your right, but it is fun to speculate on what may have been...much like Billy Jo Dupree..."What a waste!"


Since: Dec 08

Slippery Rock, PA

#4 Feb 6, 2009
Also, while WISH that Tomlin and Arians would go to a power-running philosophy, I think this SB just validated Arians' pass-first mentality, and it may be even less likely they go in that direction. Your scenario also seems to require letting go of Parker, and while I wouldn't mind that in the least (provided they could plug in someone of Johnson's ability), they will never do it before 2010 (when Parker's contract expires). The best we can hope for is that they draft a power back and/or a big FB, use this season to nurture Mendenhall's talents, then let Parker go and let Mendenhall and the new guy take the load.
bill kramer

Pittsburgh, PA

#5 Jan 27, 2010
the steelers were terrible in short yardage situations. jerome bettis was also considered a head case before he blosomed in the burg. are the steelers looking for alter boys or running backs. larry johnson is their best shot to return to power running thus winning football

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