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Tomlin Let Team Know That Dwyer Was In The Dog House After Oakland Fumble


When Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer fumbled in the game against the Oakland Raiders I posted that he could be in the dog house for a little while as a result, and sure enough he was.

Not only did Dwyer not see another snap for the remainder of that game, he didn\'t even dress for the games against the Philadelphia Eagles or the Tennessee Titans either.

Normally Dwyer wouldn\'t know officially whether or not he would be playing in a game until later in a practice week, but head coach Mike Tomlin apparently made it point to let everyone on the team know that Dwyer was sitting out the Eagles game.

Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that right guard Ramon Foster told him that Tomlin posted on the team meeting room message board that Dwyer wouldn’t play the next week against Philadelphia.

“Coach put it on the board for everyone to know that he wasn’t playing that weekend," Foster said via the story.

Dwyer said recently that he was down for those two games because it was a matter of numbers as starter Rashard Mendenhall made his season debut against the Eagles.

"The way it all happened, it made it look like I wasn\'t playing because I fumbled and things like that," Dwyer said. "It was all a numbers game."

It was a numbers game, alright. One ball on the ground equals two games off.

In fairness to Dwyer, it really was a numbers game as Baron Batch is the better special teams player and the Steelers are not going to dress five running backs. Had Dwyer not fumbled against the Raiders there was a good chance that he would have been down for the games against the Eagles and Titans anyway. Baring injuries of course.

Tomlin took the opportunity to send a message to Dwyer and the young running back received it. Whether or not he plays this week against the Washington Redskins is yet to be seen, but based on the fact that both Mendenhall and Isaac Redman are coming off of injuries that forced them to miss the game Sunday night, there is a good chance that he at least dresses.

Oh, and Dwyer looked damn good on Sunday night as well. That dog house can work wonders sometimes.

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  • awlcohen

    No way to prove that the “dog house” did a thing. Dwyer is simply better than the other backs right now. That was evident before the Oakland game.
    Interesting that it takes 4 games of blunders for Mundy to find the bench, but one fumble for Dwyer and he would have been on the bench for the season had there not been injuries at the position.

  • Chris

    You’re speculating-only, on that. Did anyone associated with the team write or say the fumble was why other running backs would play the next game insteada JD. Foster didnt say the note said anything about a fumble. So maybe Tomlin weekly posts lists(?), was there no other RB who in-Tomlin’s mind could be a better matchup for next opponent(?), those would be information. Until u have any nfo, you’re just saying JD lied. Maybe JD lied but we dont know that.

  • Pete

    The O line played great, opening big holes for Dwyer. That’s what has been missing. The rookie kid Adams is coming along and had a solid game. Legursky held his own. Starks and Colon were solid. Dwyer did not miss this opportunity and ran well.

    Whether he was in the dog house or not, he got the message.

  • Matt Lipner

    Regardless of whether it was directly because he fumbled or if it was a numbers game, when Dwyer is looking to prove himself he runs with a purpose.

  • John A Stewart

    I CANT BELIEVE THAT TOMLIN WOULD BE THAT DUMB AS MUCH AS GAY, IKE AND MUNDY SCEW UP. JD GOT STRIPPED BECAUSE OF THE POOR BLOCKING IN THAT OAKLAND GAME.AND WHAT ABOUT HOW MANY TIMES THE STEELERS HAD TO DEAL WITH COLON’S DUMB FLAGS TOMLIN NEVER SAT HIM DOWN. I TRULY BELIEVE HE DOES NOT LIKE JD EVERY SINCE THE STEELER’S DRAFTED HIM. TOMILIN ONLY TAKE CARE OF HIS BOYS AND I CAN HONESTY SAY HE FAVORS SOME OF HIS PLAYERS.IF JD WAS DRESS AGAINST TITAINS THE STEELERS WOULD HAVE WON AND AFTER SUNDAY’S PERFORMANCE JD SHOULD START THE WHOLE SEASON AND PUT BATCH IN THE DOGHOUSE FOR NOT CATCHING THAT TD PASS.

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