Since Willie Parker has returned from his injury, he has been calling for the Steelers to run the ball more. Today Parker complained that the Steelers are too predictable. Following practice Parker had this to say: “We bring in two tight ends now, without a fullback, and they know what’s coming. “I don’t know what it is but it’s not been effective.” Parker leads the Steelers in rushing with 597 yards but the offense has been more effective with Mewelde Moore.
Insiders Take: Under Mike Tomlin the Steelers are no longer a power running team. Willie Parker needs to get with the picture that the Steelers are moving more towards a West Coast style of offense and they don’t have the offensive line to pound the ball like it’s 2005. It’s becoming a common theme with Parker on Wednesday’s to express his displeasure with the offense. Bruce Arians has deserved his share of criticism this season but Parker needs to keep his comments in house. Parker will be 29 next season and entering the final year of his contract. Sources continue to speculate that 2009 could be Parkers final season with the Steelers