The Steelers need a running back to contribute, a lot. While Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman had their moments last season, the coaches have decided they serve better as complementary backs than ones who can lead the way. Tomlin became frustrated with his back-by-committee approach last season and would like to find someone he could run, as he once said about Willie Parker, "until the wheels fall off.''
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin cited RB Jonathan Dwyer in his postgame injury report as having a strained right quad. Dwyer shrugged it off — “I’m fine,” he said.
Tomlin was pressed after the game on the idea of keeping Dwyer the starter over Rashard Mendenhall when he comes back, but wouldn't commit due to Dwyer's injury. As the story points out, the numbers are sure there for Dwyer though: 107 yards on 17 carries; 122 the week before in Cincinnati — including 114 after contact. His back-to-back 100-yard outputs are the Steelers’ first since Willie Parker in September 2008.
It's kind of sad to see Willie Parker beg the Steelers to "resign 39," and encourage fans to do the same. It's not going to happen. The Steelers did bring back a handful of their former players last season through free agency and one trade, but that won't happen with Fast Willie because at age 30 and because of some injuries, his strengths are not his strengths anymore.