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Sweed, Mendenhall on notice in Pittsburgh

The two players taken at the top of the Steelers 2008 draft are catching a significant amount of heat from head coach Mike Tomlin.

On Sunday, former first-round running back Rashard Mendenhall didn’t take an offensive snap. Mendenhall, Tomlin explained, “wasn’t on the details” in the days leading up to the game.

Limas Sweed, a second-rounder last year, did take an offensive snap. And allowed a touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger to squirt out of his grasp when he hit the ground in the end zone.

According to Scott Brown in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Tomlin was asked today if Sweed could lose his spot to Shaun McDonald, who’s been inactive the first three games. “Absolutely,” was Tomlin’s reply.

Not a lot of gray area there.

As for Mendenhall, Tomlin cuffed down the notion that he’s in the “doghouse.”

“A doghouse is something you have when you let things stew,” said Tomlin. “I tend to take action and I’m done with it.”

The third player the Steelers took in that 2008 draft, linebacker Bruce Davis, has already been released. In other words, it’s not looking like a bumper crop of players. To put it mildly.

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48 Responses to “Sweed, Mendenhall on notice in Pittsburgh”
  1. EdReed4prez says: Sep 29, 2009 3:32 PM

    Welcome to the new era of the AFC north.

  2. cfuska says: Sep 29, 2009 3:35 PM

    All right all you haters, let the Steeler bashing begin.

  3. kravon says: Sep 29, 2009 3:39 PM

    Get em Mike.
    Sweed and Mendenhall need to step it up and play well. You are not playing for the Cowboys where mediocrity is allowed on a daily basis, you are playing for the world champs.
    So put up or go play for Cleveland.

  4. Igottz5onit says: Sep 29, 2009 3:39 PM

    Let me guess…
    Steelers-hater is going to say something about the “Squeelers” not being good

  5. Florio-is-a-tool says: Sep 29, 2009 3:39 PM

    And all I’ve heard is how Belichick is the one who can’t draft the right players…

  6. Katmanduu says: Sep 29, 2009 3:39 PM

    And the funny thing is that the Steelers (6 rings and all) will still bitchslap the Ravens. They own that team.

  7. ZombieRevolution says: Sep 29, 2009 3:41 PM

    If this has been Florio, in the wake of his lecturing the Tampa Bay coach, I’m sure he would have provided some advice to Tomlin about talking to the media and calling a player out.

  8. FumbleNuts says: Sep 29, 2009 3:48 PM

    Shaun McDonald should help them out quite well.

  9. Rickah99 says: Sep 29, 2009 3:55 PM

    Not being a Steelers fan, answer me this: Why was Santinio Holmes only trageted 3 to 5 times, the entire game?? This guy was the SUPER BOWL MVP, and pretty much single-handedly won the first game against the Titans(who may now be suspect)!!

  10. Gautam says: Sep 29, 2009 3:56 PM

    @Katmanduu … from 2005-07 the Ravens won 4 of 6, not exactly ownage if you think about it

  11. tv says: Sep 29, 2009 3:56 PM

    Apparently, to be a high round WR draft choice in the NFL one needs only to have decent size and good speed. The ability to catch a football is unimportant – except in ultimately keeping a job on a team.
    Just ask Limas “Hands of Stone” Sweed.
    I don’t ever recall him actually catching a pass.

  12. SteelTown_6 says: Sep 29, 2009 3:57 PM

    Nothing wrong with a coach who’s not afraid to put his un-productive players on notice – about time.
    Give Mendenhall one more chance. Sweed? Cut your losses and let him go – he’s a bust. And call up Redman.
    [/ waiting for steeler-hater to chime in with his usual “Waaaaaaa” BS ]

  13. ItalianArmyGuy says: Sep 29, 2009 4:00 PM

    Can I get some of Rodney Harrison’s steroids for my Steeler guys here? T.O. – you willing to share when that shipment comes in?

  14. trafficcop says: Sep 29, 2009 4:01 PM

    Because when he does run the right route he drops the ball (for the last two weeks at least) and when he doesn’t the play goes the other way for a pick six.

  15. i'm president charlie! says: Sep 29, 2009 4:04 PM

    If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?
    If the Ravens/Bengals win the AFC North but do not win the Super Bowl does anyone care?

  16. hayward giablommi says: Sep 29, 2009 4:06 PM

    “All right all you haters, let the Steeler bashing begin. ”
    ^^^
    Awfully defensive for someone who trolls on every single “Cheatriots” story.

  17. Ben Roetlisbunger says: Sep 29, 2009 4:11 PM

    Thank God for Mike Wallace.

  18. mborz says: Sep 29, 2009 4:16 PM

    @Rickah99: Actually, Santonio has had pretty bad games his last two outings. He had several drops in Chicago, some of which had nothing to do with the turf that he blamed. One was a drop in the endzone that looks like it wasn’t touched, even though he claims otherwise. The pick 6 in the Bengals game was his fault too. I’m not throwing the guy to the wolves, but he’s not the “go-to” guy right now that he was looking like he was shaping up to be.
    As far as Sweed, I don’t know what to say. I wasn’t baffled that he dropped another easy pass, but was amazed at how he found a way to do it again, this time after actually catching it. No one touched him and he hits the ground and out it comes. Amazing.
    Both of these players had perfect chances to put away the last two games and failed to do it. Not that they were the only problems.

  19. kravenm3 says: Sep 29, 2009 4:39 PM

    @Ben Roetlisbunger
    Amen, Brother….Amen.

  20. filthymcnasty says: Sep 29, 2009 4:43 PM

    @ Gautma Don’t sweat Katmanpoo…he hates on everybody but never mentions his team.
    He just talks alot of shit because he’s a sad little boy.
    I betcha he’s big on one of the trendy 5…Giants, Steelers, Eagles, Pats, Colts. Or maybe he’s a “progressive” and jumped on the Jets bandwagon.

  21. Frank says: Sep 29, 2009 4:53 PM

    ItalianArmyGuy, I should have known you were one of the a$$hole stealer fans.
    Bring it on garlic-breath.

  22. cfuska says: Sep 29, 2009 4:56 PM

    And Hayward, nice to see you finally calling your team the name they really deserve. You’re coming around. Who says you can’t teach a dumbass new tricks.

  23. dracula58 says: Sep 29, 2009 5:13 PM

    Ed reed, what is this “new era” thing you talk about. Is it where the Ravens request the League not to schedule them for a night game in Pittsburgh cuz they are tired of having their lunch money taken in prime time for all to see? Is that what it’s all about Ed?

  24. C Hamet Benengali says: Sep 29, 2009 5:15 PM

    @Rickah99 Holmes hurt his wrist during the Chicago game, which was totally downplayed with *shockingly* no injury status even reported so that he could be gameplanned mainly as a decoy. So literally, this past weekend he was playing one-handed out there.

  25. CharmCityRavens says: Sep 29, 2009 5:25 PM

    hey Katmandu,
    You must be one of those new bandwagon Stealer fans. You should learn a little history about our great rivalry:
    -Prior to last year, the Ravens had won 6 of the last 10 meetings dating back to 2003.
    -Also there was that 3 consecutive game stretch in ’04-’05 where the Ravens knocked the Stealers starting QB out of the game.
    -In 2004, the Ravens were the only team to beat a 15-1 Stealers team.
    Just sayin’

  26. CaptainObvious says: Sep 29, 2009 5:39 PM

    “# Frank says: September 29, 2009 4:53 PM
    ItalianArmyGuy, I should have known you were one of the … stealer fans.”
    Lemme get this straight.
    The guy’s handle is “ItalianArmyGuy” and you couldn’t figure that out?
    You don’t know much about football, do ya?
    Being as you never heard of Franco Harris, and all.

  27. AvoidLLOYD says: Sep 29, 2009 6:02 PM

    EdReed4prez says:
    Welcome to the new era of the AFC north.
    What era is that? The Ravens winning the division and choking in the Playoffs like they always do?

  28. VoxVeritas says: Sep 29, 2009 6:29 PM

    “Sweed and Mendenhall need to step it up and play well. You are not playing for the Cowboys where mediocrity is allowed on a daily basis, you are playing for the world champs.”
    hahaha I guess nobody’s second-guessing the Cowboys taking Felix Jones over Mendenhall anymore.
    “And the funny thing is that the Steelers (6 rings and all) will still bitchslap the Ravens.”
    No, the funniest thing is that the Steelers (6 rings and all) are 1-2 and now that they need their bus driving QB to step up, all he’s done is poop his panties.

  29. floriolovesmen says: Sep 29, 2009 6:33 PM

    tv says:
    September 29, 2009 3:56 PM
    Apparently, to be a high round WR draft choice in the NFL one needs only to have decent size and good speed. The ability to catch a football is unimportant – except in ultimately keeping a job on a team.
    Just ask Limas “Hands of Stone” Sweed.
    I don’t ever recall him actually catching a pass.
    Troy Williamson, anybody?

  30. Igottz5onit says: Sep 29, 2009 6:44 PM

    To CharmCityRavens
    The Steelers do lead the series 18-10 with two of those wins coming in the playoffs.
    just saying

  31. dracula58 says: Sep 29, 2009 7:06 PM

    That’s pretty ironic Vox, you commenting on someone else’s QB crapping their pants.

  32. AvoidLLOYD says: Sep 29, 2009 7:09 PM

    VoxVeritas
    How’s Kitty Jones’s knee BTW? And what is Tony Romo’s playoff record? Oh and do you really need to spend 1.1 Billion Dollars to make your penis feel bigger? And why aren’t you playing War Craft with your friends, isn’t it time to go on a raid or something?

  33. steelerfan9598 says: Sep 29, 2009 7:56 PM

    Vox, check back when your ‘Boys win a playoff game. 14 years….tick tock, tick tock.

  34. kravon says: Sep 29, 2009 8:03 PM

    Vox –
    Learn to love the Steelers. After all they is your daddy. I do believe Big Benjamin is 2-0 lifetime versus the Cowboys.
    What kind of lube does Tony like?

  35. comment_submission_error says: Sep 29, 2009 8:36 PM

    “A doghouse is something you have when you let things stew,” said Tomlin. “I tend to take action and I’m done with it.”
    I’m no Steelers fan and don’t know if that’s a true statement, but it should be. Taking action and being done with it is a sound approach for a guy in Tomlin’s line of work. They should do that in Oakland.

  36. Beezer says: Sep 29, 2009 8:58 PM

    Vox, it’s funny that a cowboy fan is trying to call out Big Ben when he has more Superbowl rings than Tony Romo has playoff wins.

  37. Drafty says: Sep 29, 2009 9:27 PM

    Have to give Tomlin the benefit of the doubt with the way he handles things here.
    He’s played it smart from day one; he knows the team and the division. Still pretty early to be talking too much s**t about him, I think.

  38. Klytus says: Sep 29, 2009 10:24 PM

    Sweed is a mystery. The guy puts himself in position to make a play. He puts his hands around the ball and then he drops it. It has to be something mental.
    Mendenhall just needs to prove to Tomlin that he wants to play on Sunday by practicing and learning. Mendenhall hasn’t done anything yet to feel comfortable about.
    GO STEELERS!

  39. Phil from Detroit says: Sep 29, 2009 11:01 PM

    A Patriots fan here. So what if 2008 was a bad year for the Steelers draft class. This is still a well run organization that will be consistently be fielding a competitive team, built from the draft, for the forseeable future and as well run as any of the elite teams out there.
    Most other teams, rise like a rocket and fall back to oblivion for a few years or decades before rising again.
    Not so with teams like the Steelers, and this decade, also the Colts, and Patriots. Bad draft classes happen but not as often with these teams.
    And even if they are don’t win the division this year, they will still be a wild card team that no sane team wants to face in the playoffs. Even if you beat them, you are so beat up yourself, you may not be ready for the next week’s game.

  40. 980110 says: Sep 30, 2009 3:05 AM

    I like Tomlins bluntness— it sure beats the usual CoachSpeak.
    Mendenhall, according to reports here on PFT, rarely showed up at the Steelers facility after last years season ending injury. That’s when he should have been boning up on the playbook. There is a very real possibilty this guy is just a flake.
    Santonio Holmes- despite is Super Bowl MVP- has had spotty career so far with a lot of off field issues. He plays tough though, and is usually pretty sure handed. But I’m always afraid he’s going to get suspended for something stupid. Hopefully he’s involved in cockfighting or something.
    Sweed is hopeless.
    Good Luck

  41. steeler-hater says: Sep 30, 2009 7:35 AM

    UFL, here they come!
    lol!
    Nice drafting, Squealers…

  42. EdReed4prez says: Sep 30, 2009 8:50 AM

    Hey Dracula-
    Lunch money looks pretty safe this year. Enjoy that narrow lead on the clowns for third place in the division.

  43. dracula58 says: Sep 30, 2009 12:50 PM

    Right Ed. Did your Ravens request the League to hand out the hardware in September this year too? Those wins over KC and Cleveland certainly impressed me.

  44. tv says: Sep 30, 2009 12:52 PM

    floriolovesmen says:
    Troy Williamson, anybody?
    My point exactly! Which is why someone will likely throw a bunch of money at Bolt.
    He will look great running down the field before dropping the ball.

  45. this class sucks says: Sep 30, 2009 3:32 PM

    Who ever gave the rum down of the Steeler Raven history you are wrong about the 15-1 season it was Jacksonville that gave the Steelers their only loss not the Ravens although as long as were making up stuff did you know that for every interception Ed Reed males he allows 3 touchdown passes? That’s obivusly not true but every joke has some truth to it and I can honestly say I have seen a lot of big plays go by Ed Reed for first downs or TDs becuase he is going for the pick.

  46. EdReed4prez says: Sep 30, 2009 5:55 PM

    I hope the 14 point win against kc and the blowout against Cleveland did impress you a little more than the losses to cinci and Chicago… Keep living in the past shitsburgh… The season is passing you by.

  47. dracula58 says: Sep 30, 2009 6:56 PM

    Geez Ed….shitsburgh, now that really stings.

  48. EdReed4prez says: Sep 30, 2009 8:34 PM

    I’m sure it didn’t… But the 2, soon to be 3 losses sting don’t they? Oh I know six rings blah blah, new year big guy and your boys are s–tting the bed. This week just think of how much you ran your mouth to the cinci fans, and your team choked on hines’ milestone game.
    See you guys in a few weeks… I know you’ve been watching the Baltimore games this year (cause you’re sick of watching your lack of running attack) and you know the time to talk s-it is right now. Cause you and your team don’t want any of what Baltimore is bringing this year.

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