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Willie Parker gets Wally Pipped

We suggested during Sunday’s edition of ProFootballTalk.com’s Countdown to Kickoff on Sporting News Radio that Pittsburgh running back Willie Parker, who missed the last two games with a toe injury, could be getting Wally Pipped.

According to Jay Glazer of FOX, it’s happening.

Per Glazer, Rashard Mendenhall is the new featured back in Pittsburgh, with Parker playing only when Mendenhall is hurt.

(Or after Ray Lewis breaks Mendenhall.  Again.)

Mendenhall has performed well in Parker’s absence, and the fact that Mendenhall arrived via round one on current coach Mike Tomlin’s watch means that one of the heroes of Super Bowl XL is likely on his last legs with the Steelers.

Parker was one of the great scouting finds in recent years, discovered by Steelers scout Dan Rooney, Jr., who lives in North Carolina.  Parker, who was undrafted, played college football at Chapel Hill — where he was never the starting tailback.

He’ll likely regain that title only if he opts via free agency to go to a new team.
 

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27 Responses to “Willie Parker gets Wally Pipped”
  1. Levito says: Oct 18, 2009 1:00 PM

    That article read a lot like an obituary for Willie Parker’s career.

  2. JasonGiambi says: Oct 18, 2009 1:07 PM

    Willie Parker’s days are over in Pittsburgh? a little early to imply that, don’t ya think. Keep in mind that our measure of Mendenhall is a measly 2 games! Let’s not get all crazy yet.
    P.S. Sweet hair cut, Florio. Does your mom cut your hair?

  3. steeler-hater says: Oct 18, 2009 1:07 PM

    Yeah, right.
    So Mendenhall is supposed to be in the same league as Lou Gehrig?
    Oh, please… let’s not get crazy here. Heck, neither him or Parker is even as good as Wally Pipp…

  4. i'm president charlie! says: Oct 18, 2009 1:16 PM

    the steelers will continue to rotate all 3 backs….its a great luxury

  5. steeler-hater says: Oct 18, 2009 1:27 PM

    i’m president charlie! says:
    October 18, 2009 1:16 PM
    the steelers will continue to rotate all 3 backs….its a great luxury
    ———————————————
    lol!
    That just means they don’t have anyone who is the clear cut #1 back.
    The “great luxury” you have is the fact that your team’s cream puff schedule is loaded with mostly very weak run defenses…

  6. Florios'Lawyer says: Oct 18, 2009 1:37 PM

    Apparently Vox is having multiple personality disorder issues again today

  7. slipkid says: Oct 18, 2009 1:49 PM

    if so, good. parker has always been overrated and he helped get pitt out of their preferred and best style of offensive play.

  8. i'm president charlie! says: Oct 18, 2009 2:20 PM

    steeler-hater/vox – name a good nfl team that does not rely on a rotation of backs?
    cream puff schedule is well deserved after last year’s tough schedule. at least it ended in ANOTHER super bowl! LOL! I wish I could have seen your face when Santonio caught that ball in the corner of the end zone. ROFL!

  9. dracula58 says: Oct 18, 2009 2:55 PM

    Steeler-Hater, were you the nerd in the corner of the lunch room that we used to shoot spitballs at?

  10. steeler-hater says: Oct 18, 2009 5:26 PM

    i’m president charlie! says:
    October 18, 2009 2:20 PM
    steeler-hater/vox – name a good nfl team that does not rely on a rotation of backs?
    cream puff schedule is well deserved after last year’s tough schedule. at least it ended in ANOTHER super bowl! LOL! I wish I could have seen your face when Santonio caught that ball in the corner of the end zone. ROFL!
    dracula58 says:
    October 18, 2009 2:55 PM
    Steeler-Hater, were you the nerd in the corner of the lunch room that we used to shoot spitballs at?
    ——————————————–
    I used to kick the crap out of the other kids who were Squealer fans and take their lunch money away from them. Buncha loser p*ssies who associated themselves with the Squealer teams of the late 1970s because they themselves couldn’t be winners in real life. Sounds like the same losers that homer up Zittsburgh on this forum. You guys can’t be winners in real life so you latch onto a sports team that’s having some success. Of course, once the team stops being good anymore, all your Zittsburgh hats & coats & other merchandise will get shoved back into the closet.
    ———————————————–
    Oh, yes… the Squealers are gonna have such an easy time feasting on these crappy teams that it won’t ever end.
    Yep, first off, they will beat the Chiefs in the wild card game, then they will beat the Raiders in the divisional round, then they will beat the Browns in the AFC Championship Game, then they will beat the Lions to win another Super Bowl!!!
    Oh, wait… you mean Zittsburgh won’t have to play those “tough” teams like KC, Oakland, Cleveland and Detroit again in the post season? You mean, they will have to take on “weak” teams like the Colts or the Pats or the Vikings or Denver or the Saints?
    Let’s see them beat a truly good team. Let’s look at the combined record of the teams they’ve beaten so far.
    If the Titans lose today, (as expected) & the Chargers lose to Denver Monday, (also as expected), the combined records of the teams Zittsburgh have beaten is 4 wins and 19 losses.
    Not a winning record for any of those opponents.
    And the Squealers haven’t dominated any of those teams, either. Every opponent lost by less than 2 TDs so there was no “domination” in any of those games.
    Now, if your team can’t dominate playing weak teams, what makes you think they can beat any good teams when it counts? Zittsburgh’s record is inflated because they play only cream puffs. It’s nice they can’t play against good teams that could test them to see how good they really are. But Squealer fans are all happy because they are barely beating a bunch of also-rans.
    lol!
    Wait until you have to play some decent teams. Then watch how horribly this whole pipe dream of yours dies…

  11. cgc1969 says: Oct 18, 2009 5:39 PM

    why don’t you just shut up because you talk way to much stupidity. Steeler hater: you are not liked by me at all because your football knowledge is way off track, go suck on your thumb geek!

  12. cgc1969 says: Oct 18, 2009 6:14 PM

    steeler hater you talk so much stupidity, it is ashame that you have no knowledge of football, nobody wants to read about your off the wall nonsense, so just shut up! you’re annoying!

  13. Steelers4Life says: Oct 18, 2009 6:18 PM

    Just sit back and enjoy the comedy goodness that is steeler-hater cgc. You have to remember this is all he/she has, that’s why he/she gets so longwinded sometimes.
    I would like to thank you steeler-hater for giving me someone to point and laugh at everyday…it’s greatly appreciated.
    Freakin’ nerd.

  14. cgc1969 says: Oct 18, 2009 7:27 PM

    dracula 58, you another a hole on this website, I don’t like bullies who prey on the weak because I had to punish the bullies who tried to prey on the weak! A bully to me is a pansie who thinks they are tough but they aren’t, just like you pansie!
    You talk way too much garbage on the steelers, and I don’t like it so just shut up, yea shut your mouth punk!

  15. cgc1969 says: Oct 18, 2009 7:30 PM

    steeler hater your are a punk!

  16. Matt says: Oct 18, 2009 8:21 PM

    Let’s break this down succinctly.
    ******************************************
    steeler-hater says:
    October 18, 2009 5:26 PM
    i’m president charlie! says:
    October 18, 2009 2:20 PM
    steeler-hater/vox – name a good nfl team that does not rely on a rotation of backs?
    cream puff schedule is well deserved after last year’s tough schedule. at least it ended in ANOTHER super bowl! LOL! I wish I could have seen your face when Santonio caught that ball in the corner of the end zone. ROFL!
    dracula58 says:
    October 18, 2009 2:55 PM
    Steeler-Hater, were you the nerd in the corner of the lunch room that we used to shoot spitballs at?
    ——————————————–
    I used to kick the crap out of the other kids who were Squealer fans and take their lunch money away from them. Buncha loser p*ssies who associated themselves with the Squealer teams of the late 1970s because they themselves couldn’t be winners in real life. Sounds like the same losers that homer up Zittsburgh on this forum. You guys can’t be winners in real life so you latch onto a sports team that’s having some success. Of course, once the team stops being good anymore, all your Zittsburgh hats & coats & other merchandise will get shoved back into the closet.
    *******************************************
    Let’s start here. First, your insults are childish. Judging by your remarks, I’m willing to bet that the reason you are so prolific in posting on PFT is because you do not hold a job, or at least not one where they’ll let you work more than 25 hours a week (you don’t have room to be calling other people “losers” here, pal). The things you say just cannot be coming from someone with any type of remotely advanced mental faculty. Seriously, Zittsburgh? And the Sqealers thing is about as tired as the Cheatriots remarks. I almost feel bad making fun of you, but apparently not enough to stop myself.
    ———————————————–
    Oh, yes… the Squealers are gonna have such an easy time feasting on these crappy teams that it won’t ever end.
    Yep, first off, they will beat the Chiefs in the wild card game, then they will beat the Raiders in the divisional round, then they will beat the Browns in the AFC Championship Game, then they will beat the Lions to win another Super Bowl!!!
    Oh, wait… you mean Zittsburgh won’t have to play those “tough” teams like KC, Oakland, Cleveland and Detroit again in the post season? You mean, they will have to take on “weak” teams like the Colts or the Pats or the Vikings or Denver or the Saints?
    Let’s see them beat a truly good team. Let’s look at the combined record of the teams they’ve beaten so far.
    If the Titans lose today, (as expected) & the Chargers lose to Denver Monday, (also as expected), the combined records of the teams Zittsburgh have beaten is 4 wins and 19 losses.
    *******************************************
    Alright, let’s break here again. It’s true, the Steelers do have a comparatively easy schedule this year. The only games we have against teams include two against the Ravens, two against the Bengals, and then the Vikings, the Broncos, and the Packers later on. All in all, though, not very difficult. To be sure, the schedule was set in motion long ago, and really has no bearing on anything today, other than it being luck of the draw. In addition, I don’t think anyone in Pittsburgh DOES NOT realize that we have a comparatively easy schedule this year. Therefore, I’m really not sure why you’re being a whiny child about this point; once again, partially a reason why I feel bad even posting this. Finally, why do the Steelers have anything to prove (to you) in the first place? The team is basically intact from last year, when we had a much more difficult schedule, but still wound up winning the SB (go ahead – find something to bitch about there, as well. Come on, I know you can do it!). Therefore, easy schedule or not, it is what it is – sometimes you get the luck of the draw.
    *******************************************
    Not a winning record for any of those opponents.
    And the Squealers haven’t dominated any of those teams, either. Every opponent lost by less than 2 TDs so there was no “domination” in any of those games.
    *******************************************
    True again, to some degree. That said, the Steelers are faring quite well in certain domains, as well. Their passing game is fourth in the NFL (if you can’t admit that we’ve dominated some teams in the air so far, then I’m not sure you have much knowledge of what you’re talking about … although I’m already doubting that you do, anyhow). Overall, our defense stacks up at fourth in the NFL, and our run defense is second. Once again, this is coming against a bunch of fairly easy opponents, as you’ve pointed out; however, we have no other information on which to form a judgment, so it is what is is.
    Also, you argue that there hasn’t been any domination, as every team has lost by 2 TDs or less. If you use that as your criterion, then I suppose you’re correct. On the flip side, the scores are somewhat deceiving in various respects, and I think you would agree with that if you’ve seen several of the games. I know you have not, so we can end there. The overall gist, however, is that your point is ill-informed and flawed.
    *******************************************
    Now, if your team can’t dominate playing weak teams, what makes you think they can beat any good teams when it counts? Zittsburgh’s record is inflated because they play only cream puffs. It’s nice they can’t play against good teams that could test them to see how good they really are. But Squealer fans are all happy because they are barely beating a bunch of also-rans.
    lol!
    Wait until you have to play some decent teams. Then watch how horribly this whole pipe dream of yours dies…
    *******************************************
    As mentioned, we go up against a few decent teams over the remainder of the season; we’ll see how things fare. If you knew anything about what you’re talking about, you would realize that most Steelers fans are more critical of the team than are most people from outside the area. Therefore, I’m not quite sure what “pipe dream” it is you speak.

  17. i'm president charlie! says: Oct 18, 2009 9:13 PM

    awwww guys take it easy on steeler-hater, he has had a rough 3 weeks now with the steelers winning 3 in a row.
    obsessed steeler-hater – please tell me more about how teams should win by style points. Blame everything on schedules = excuses for a loser just like your team (that you will never admit til they are good and act like the true HOMER you are).
    “pipe dream”??? – as a realist i understand the difficulty in repeating, but having a team that is competitive every week after a championship year is like icing on the cake. if the squealers make the playoffs anything can happen.
    tootlessberger for mvp!
    LOL! ajdfkahkfkaljfdjafjlfjadljfkdj

  18. thehoodedone says: Oct 19, 2009 11:55 AM

    @Matt
    There are at least 3 supposed Steeler fans on here who spew the same garbage as steeler-hater does. When you respond to them , you give them a reason to keep doing it. Ignore them and they’ll get bored. Hopefully.

  19. mel28 says: Oct 20, 2009 7:33 AM

    Hi. I signed up here today for the sole purpose of telling you folks on this forum some sad news. I’m afraid the guy some of you may know as steeler hater is unfortunately no longer with us. He left us suddenly and without any warning. Those who really knew this man are saddened by the fact that he is no longer here. I knew he was a member of this place so I thought I’d inform you all of what’s happened since obviously he can no longer post here anymore. I thought some people here may get to wondering whatever became of him.
    If anyone should ask whatever became of steeler hater, please tell them he’s gone but that he is in a much better place now. I know he enjoyed his time here.
    God Bless,
    Mel.

  20. steeler–hater says: Oct 20, 2009 2:17 PM

    “mel28 says: October 20, 2009 7:33 AM
    If anyone should ask whatever became of steeler hater, please tell them he’s gone but that he is in a much better place now. I know he enjoyed his time here. ”
    I heard he died like David Carradine.
    Suicide by masturbation.

  21. mel28 says: Oct 20, 2009 4:11 PM

    What the hell is the matter with you? I tell you this guy is gone and that’s how you respond?
    All this place is just a forum. I’m talking about real life here, not some damn sports forum.
    I can’t believe someone could be so unfeeling enough to make a statement like the one you just made. You should be totally ashamed of yourself. You say something very cruel like that just because the guy posted some stuff you didn’t like about a football team?
    I suggest you take a hard look at yourself. Anyone who would make such an inappropriate statement like that in the face of someone elses tragedy is a lot worse a human being than what they thought my friend was. He only dissed a football team. You just spit into the faces of his grieving loved ones.
    You sir aren’t a decent human being at all. What kind of sick, twisted individual makes a statement like this when he knows that someplace this guy’s family and friends are devastated?

  22. steeler–hater says: Oct 20, 2009 5:35 PM

    “mel28 says: October 20, 2009 4:11 PM
    What the hell is the matter with you? I tell you this guy is gone and that’s how you respond? ”
    bullshit.
    just more games.

  23. i'm president charlie! says: Oct 20, 2009 7:29 PM

    i will miss steeler-hater.

  24. steeler–hater says: Oct 20, 2009 9:11 PM

    # i’m president charlie! says: October 20, 2009 7:29 PM
    i will miss steeler-hater.
    not if you take your time and sight your scope in right.

  25. mel28 says: Oct 21, 2009 3:40 AM

    steeler–hater says:
    October 20, 2009 9:11 PM
    # i’m president charlie! says: October 20, 2009 7:29 PM
    i will miss steeler-hater.
    not if you take your time and sight your scope in right.
    .
    Lowlife.

  26. mel28 says: Oct 21, 2009 3:53 AM

    steeler–hater says:
    October 20, 2009 5:35 PM
    “mel28 says: October 20, 2009 4:11 PM
    What the hell is the matter with you? I tell you this guy is gone and that’s how you respond? ”
    bullshit.
    just more games.
    .
    Damn drunk drivers. They should be put to death when they kill someone else.
    You probably killed someone by drinking & driving, huh? Your total lack of caring for other people suggests you are the same type of person who get blasted and then drives home loaded. The type who kills a poor innocent guy who was on his way to work as an EMT. He lived his life helping others. What the hell are you doing with your life?
    Bet it ain’t anything as worthwhile like helping sick or injured people. You have to compassion to do that sort of work, which you’ve shown by your comments you ain’t got.
    Steeler hater only hated that team. But he cared about other people enough to make it his life’s work. You seem to hate people. Tell me, which is worse? Caring about a sports team or caring about the well being of other human beings?

  27. Florios'Lawyer says: Oct 21, 2009 6:23 PM

    Nice try … Vox

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