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Jonathan Dwyer Says He’s A Changed Person With A Chip On His Shoulder


Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer was scheduled to earn $1.323 million in 2013 had he been on week one roster, but being as he was waived during the final round of cuts, that one-year restricted tender did not have to be paid.

Dwyer of course was re-signed on Monday after the Steelers lost LaRod Stephens-Howling for the season to a knee injury suffered in the season opening loss to the Tennessee Titans and his new one-year deal is a non guaranteed $630,000 contract, which is the league minimum for his amount of accrued seasons.

Dwyer did not receive a signing bonus and the Steelers will suffer no salary cap consequences should they have to waive him again later in the year.

For now, Dwyer is listed as the last running back on the Steelers depth chart, but that could certainly change quickly depending on how Isaac Redman and Felix Jones both play Monday night against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Dwyer told the media Wednesday that he's got chip on his shoulder and said he was told to be ready to play against the Bengals. In addition, Dwyer says he's a changed person since being cut and that he had been working out in Florida before coming back to Steelers.

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  • Mkeller

    Dwyer has said this every time he’s been chastised for being undisciplined or overweight. Talk about the boy who cried wolf. This is chance #4 by my count so he better run like hell when he gets his chance.

  • Jason

    Hopefully he dosen’t eat the chip on his shoulder. Couldn’t resist

  • steeltown

    He’s had less chances than Redman.. and produced more with those chances

  • Mkeller

    That’s not saying much. Neither of them are good options. Those are 2 players that if it weren’t for the Steelers would likely be unemployed. The only Team in the league that might envy our RB situation is the Giants and somehow they passed on Dwyer.
    Though Dwyer did go off on the Bengals last year so hopefully he can do that again.

  • steeltown

    No argument from me, both are career backups…
    Im hoping Felix gets a chance being that we already know what the aforementioned are capable of.. and if it doesn’t work then go with the lesser of two evils..Dwyer

  • kev4heels

    Didn’t he say that about his weight loss coming into camp?

  • Bilgewater D

    You’ve just inserted into my brain a picture of Dwyer with tortilla chips on one shoulder and a bowl of salsa on the other.

  • Christopher Wilkes

    I think they should put Tomlin at RB and run him up the middle so we can watch Harrison knock him the %#@! out.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Say what you will about Dwyer but at least with him in the game the offense produces more than 9 yards on 8 carries.

  • steeltown

    Although in fitting with what you just mentioned, Dwyer did thrash the Bengals last season, had like 7.2yds per carry and we know that Velasco just played well against their DL in preseason… maybe they should start em both this week

  • cencalsteeler

    Well, it’s about time someone has a chip on their shoulder. The whole team should be coming into this game with a chip on their shoulder. Cincy knocked them out of playoff contention. I’m pulling for Dwyer. He just needs to accept the fact he is not a bounce it outside kinda back. If he can get past the line of scrimmage, he needs to become a north/south runner from that point on.

  • Shea Fahr

    Exactly

  • Pete

    Having been cut after leading the team in rushing last season has to be a humbling experience. Hope he learns from that and runs with a chip on his shoulder.

  • Shea Fahr

    Yes, he knows how to run vs the Bengals.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Thats not right but very funny…lol

  • Shannon Stephenson

    In all honesty I expected him to say this and if he didn’t I would be worried. Sometimes it takes adversity in one’s life before we can achieve what our potential has in store for us. I hope that he gets it and will learn the professional side of football because I believe he has the talent.

  • Douglas Andrews

    If I’m Tomlin they both start. Give this offense some life..Redman showed last week he can’t run the stretch play. Enough chances lets go with Dwyer and Valasco in hopes of a much more productive running game.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Agreed I’m a Dwyer fan but time to grow up!

  • Silky

    I believe the Steelers made a bad decision letting Dwyer go and it showed during the TN game. Redman is not a three down back and he also lost his confidence after the fumble in the end zone. I’ll take my chances with Dwyer until the rookie is able to play. The reason Dwyer is not starting is because it would make to Steelers look like idiots after cutting him. He will have more carries than Redman during this game and this will validate my point. The Steelers got really lucky he was available and wanted to come back.

  • JPDQ

    Amen.

  • 2443scott

    if he ever wants to play football again this is only chance he is going to get so he better use that chip and play like he can and not sit down and play with that chip like a child in the sand box like he has been on and off ….he saw other teams walked away from him so if he wants to play football heres his chance

  • Bilgewater D

    Lucky he was available? No other team wanted him.

  • Weiss Chad

    He never had a chance to make this team.There was no competition.They knew they were cutting him on draftday.Redman walked through camp and was declared starter.Im starting to think that w a couple positions.This is starting to turn into a team w less talent on the field than there is off the field.All I know is what I see on gameday and read about.I dont think dwyer is a good blocker pr reciever but he is a better runner and imo we have our worse running back starting and our best behind him.With that being said I can only hope jones is better and can only pray that bell is the awnser.

  • ATL96STEELER

    Dwyer was the better every down RB over Redman, but I don’t get the sense Redman was considered the every down RB either…(Bell was going to be the starter) but as a short yardage/RZ RB I thought he was a better fit than Dwyer. Dwyer has starter talent imo, but doesn’t have the intangibles (most notably the drive) to be a successful NFL RB.

  • JPDQ

    And the following week he ran for 107 on 17 carries with a 6.3 avg. The guy can get it done if you give him a chance.

    Tomlin’s big problem with his players is that he thinks he can punish them or belittle them into playing better. Nobody wants to go out there and lay an egg, or fumble, or drop passes, or miss blocks, but how come Dwyer seems to be Tomlin’s favorite whipping boy? Redman fumbles TWICE on OPENING DAY and 48hrs later Tomlin anoints him the starter the next freakin week! What about Jones, Tomlin? He supposedly couldn’t understand the hurry-up last week, so what’s your excuse this week for not starting him ahead of Redman. He was good enough to push Dwyer out the door, right? RIGHT?

  • r4kolb

    I think people misunderstood. Dwyer had a literal chip on his shoulder. As in POTATO chip. He had just finished up a bag of Lays chips and one had missed his mouth and stuck to his shoulder.

  • daddeeekip

    Redman showed nothing last week thus the reason to bring back Dwyer. My issuses is with the coaching staff and the fact they had nothing as far as preparations for Felix Jones. Some type of package can be made each week til he learns the offense.

  • JPDQ

    Wow, a post I just made here mysteriously disappeared. I’d hate to think I was being censored in some way…

  • daddeeekip

    Dwyer leaving was more about money and the fact Dwyer’s attitude about being a professional. Keeping his weight down and coming to OTAs and camp in shape ready to play. Dwyer has more upside than Redman but yo go with the guy ou can count on in the clutch

  • GunsDontKillWoodleyKills

    Put your money where your mouth is.

  • cencalsteeler

    I’m not trying to be a coach basher by any means, but why is it that it takes a player to be let go to have a chip on their shoulder? Shouldn’t the coaching staff prepare their team going into battle to play with a chip on their shoulder every Sunday?

  • PA2AK

    yeah…and he had lost 25 lbs before camp started…soooo

  • Jason

    I think if you play at this level and it takes a coach to fire you up to play you are in trouble already. I do think Tomlin’s endless Tomlinisms “standard is the standard”, “performance was below the line”, etc probably begins to fall on deaf ears after a while. I thought it was great for a while till the “unleash hell” rant that proved to be all talk. But it is up to the millionare pro athlete to be mentally ready to play.

  • PA2AK

    And because he is permanently in T’s doghouse…hopefully Redman will learn to do all the things that they fired Dwyer for the first time. Read a damn block. Not drop the ball. take what you get instead of bouncing it outside. etc. Neither are great. But out of last year and this year…Dwyer is clearly producing above Redman. The handling of the RB’s (as mediocre as they all are) is the best case for Tomlin making coaching mistakes. His in game management of them is just dumb

  • PA2AK

    Actually, if you look at what happened in his life since he got his chance to start last year…the kid HAS done some serious going up. Who cares about shape at OTA’s? Kid was in shape at camp and produced in spite of being treated like a 10-year old. He also had a kid during the offseason if i’m not mistaken. He’s not great by any means…but he’s certainly the best healthy guy we got.

  • hector flores

    i think tomlin has lost his way of the name “coach” and the pressure of major problems, he breaks and cant seem to solve’em.i like tomlin but he got a great built team from bill so all he had to was fill in some blanks and the blanks are really empty right now.. i love pitt i got steelers tattooed on my forearm in gaint letters tomlin and haley need to be out…. steeler 4 life

  • cencalsteeler

    I agree for the most part Jason, with everything you say. I do though feel players need to be motivated whether they are millionaire athletes or not. Mike Wallace played lethargic last season and is considered a millionaire athlete. These are twenty something year old kids. They are human. That’s why there are half time speeches, pep bands, cheerleaders, celebration speeches, etc. I see Drew Brees huddle his team before games to do their pregame ritual. We have all seen Ray Lewis and his team leadership speeches and rants. I honestly think that is what is lacking on our team, a motivational leader, a vocalized captain. I am an avid fan of the Steelers, and if someone was to ask me who I thought was the vocal leader of this team right now, I honestly don’t know if I could answer that question.

  • GoSteelerz

    Yeah, Redman had a bad game, and although the blocking was terrible and there isn’t anyone who would’ve been productive that day, Redman didn’t help himself or the team. He broke quite a few tackles to get those 9 yards-the fumbles were more distressing to me and were probably a result of trying to do too much. However, a couple RB’s had games of 13 carries for -1 yard and 7 carries for 8 yards. To make matters worse, these performances were in close playoff games which each players’ team lost. Those players? Barry Sanders and Jim Brown, respectively. While Redman is certainly not on their level, it is one bad game, and at least we still have a chance to do something this season with the rest of our division matching our own poor performance. I’m willing to give Redman another chance. With more time in practice and a live game under his belt, I would certainly look forward to a MUCH better performance going forward.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    In this league you need to be in shape all year long especially after he saw Bell get drafted he should have realized his job was in jeopardy and should have been in top shape before his OTA’s

  • Matthew Marczi

    Redman’s performance had nothing to do with Dwyer being re-signed. It was entirely a product of LaRod Stephens-Howling’s injury.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Did it contain a link? If so, it could have been automatically sent for moderation before displaying. It is no secret that the comments section is moderated and that posters can even be banned, however.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Nice comment, helps put things into some perspective.

  • Bob Graff

    I agree with some of what you. But Wasn’t this supposed be some kind of power running football team? The performance on sunday was pretty indicative of a team that is not functioning as one. Remember Redman was going to” answer the the call in a big way” . Like he has in the past. I really believe this is what it is a less than average football team in it’s current state.

  • Steeler Goetz

    The whole out-of-shape thing is a bit ridiculous. It was OTAs, for crying out loud. He sure was in shape when camp opened. He ran well in the pre-season, but I guess not as well as Redman did … to the Trainer’s Table. Dwyer fumbled twice in pre-season, and for that he got cut and then re-signed for half his original salary. Redman averages 1.1 ypc and fumbles twice during a REAL GAME and Tomlin anoints him the starter again. Are you kidding me? I bet if you suited Fast Willie up he would’ve gotten more than 1.1 yard per carry. The again, Redman did average 3.5 yards per catch!

  • Steeler Goetz

    C’mon, be fair! Redman caught 2 passes for 7 yards, too. That means he averaged 1.6 yards a touch, which is a whole half a yard higher than his 1.1 ypc average.

  • Steeler Goetz

    I have to disagree with that. They’re not practicing during OTA’s. There’s no speed. There’s no contact. There’s no pads. It’s teaching and walk-throughs only. Tomlin even begrudgingly calls it football in shorts. Don’t believe the hype. The only people complaining about Dwyer’s shape during OTA were reporters. Polamalu shows up for 1 day of OTAs and he’s never in shape. Ryan Clark even called him fat last year during OTAs. Ben’s never in shape for OTAs either. No one is in football shape during OTAs

  • Christopher Wilkes

    Oh good grief! Sanders and Brown? C’mon man! It’s not just one performance either. He did the same thing last year.

  • Christopher Wilkes

    I think it actually does say a lot when there’s not much difference between your starter and the guy on the street. I agree tho, they’d most likely not have a team without the Steelers.

  • Christopher Wilkes

    How can you say that for sure?

  • Christopher Wilkes

    booo!

  • gene mann

    I am tired of the talk it now time for Action

  • GoSteelerz

    Yeah, last year he broke a lot of tackles to get a few tough yards because the o-line had trouble most of the year ( we only had a good running game for maybe 4 or 5 games last year). He didn’t fumble as much though. I believe he averaged 3.7 yards per carry last year with a bad o-line. For his career he averages a solid 4.1 yards per carry. Redman is not nearly as good as Sanders and Brown, I said that. The point is that everyone has a bad game every now and then, obviously, the great ones have fewer bad games than lesser players. I just think people are over-reacting to one bad game. And it seems that few people realize how important run blocking is to a successful running game. About the only players that had success with bad o-lines were Barry Sanders, Jim Brown (his was average, not really bad), and sometimes Walter Payton and Eric Dickerson, when he was with the Colts, before the injuries caught up with him. Redman didn’t help himself this past game, that is true, but before we make him out to be the bad guy, let’s look at the ineptitude of the o-line, and the offense as a whole. What has been consistently bad for the last several years has been the o-line, more so than bad running back play. If we can fix that, our runners will be solid, and that’s all Ben needs to throw it successfully.

  • GoSteelerz

    My point was that if the great ones can have a bad game once in a while, then sometimes the not so great ones will have bad games too. They just have them more often, and remember the great ones are rare. That what makes them special, not every guy on our team is going to be great all the time. They just better not be this bad again the rest of the season, because we don’t expect, nor accept, that either.

  • Christopher Wilkes

    I like Redman, but only in the role I think he plays well; short yardage back. He’s not a starter. My problem is with the coaches and the handling of the backfield so far this season. I do think Dwyer is better than Redman tho, but that’s just an arm chair opinion.

  • Kick

    I like Dwyer, he is better than redman hands down. Redman is slow and has limited start/ stop ability. Dwyer is a one cut and go type of guy which should fit better with the new blocking scheme. On a different not, do you remember when the steelers passed on Eddie Lacey because of injury concerns? Well looks like we blew that one.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Well, I can say for sure that Dwyer would not be here were LASH not injured.

  • Pete

    Sometimes experience is the biggest motivator. Look at Woodley the past couple of seasons and look at Harrison. Harrison trains like an animal and never takes plays off. His experience motivates him to play with a chip on his shoulder. Woodley, top draft pick gets a little comfortable and what did we see. Even his coach was criticizing his conditioning. Nobody needed to tell Harrison he needed to get to the gym because the guy was cut a gazillion times.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Actions speak louder than words. Prove it to us!

  • Pete

    I agree. He already showed us last season that he can run (and catch). The O line was in such disarray last week I’d be really impressed if Adrian Peterson would’ve done any better. Lets see where we are at the bye. By then we’ll have a pretty good idea of the fate of this team.

  • Mike Sweeney

    he certainly does Shea.

  • Jason

    Fair enough. I certainly see what you’re trying to say and this team certainly seems to need a kick in the a#@. We do seem to lack a vocal leader, ala Joey Porter on this team. I see Joe Staley do what he did to defend his Qb last week and wonder if any of our lineman have the fire to defend Ben like that.

  • kev4heels

    Soooo..he then proceeded to be late to meetings.
    Doesn’t say a lot for following through IMO.

    Look, I like Dwyer and think he should have made the team to begin with. I would just hope that knowing his situation, he would be doing EVERYTHING he could to secure a spot on a team that has a need for a RB to play well.

  • Bruce Warren

    Lets be real here. After Bettis and Parker the Steelers have NOT had a significant running game. The passing game, or what is left of it, is not there because even even in the gun, Ben is under pressure before the ball even gets to him. Whats the point? O-line is a disaster and has been. Losing Pouncy not that big because of injuries last yr. and going out this yr. early. The Steelers let Legursky go and that was one of the line that seemed never to get hurt and if you watch closely, rarely missed an assignment. Start with the line and go from there. Add in that disappointment Adams, remember they had to keep the TE in to help him block on the most basic of plays, and you arrive at the root of the problem. Add Haley to the mix and you have a real clusser F.

  • PA2AK

    I agree. Didn’t hear about being late to meetings. Still, with the mediocre pool we have at RB (plus one unproven Rookie)…put the “I want boyscouts” mentality aside for a moment and put someone back there that has at least shown SOME ability to run the ball recently. Interesting that the “money” “leaving extra yards because of misreads” excuses for sending him packing don’t pass the smell test. Red missed ALL but one read in the running game. He costs the same (maybe even more to the cap due to his years on the team – could be totally off here). Still, we won’t see success as we force the run game when it isn’t there in spite of our other weapons. OL will take time, with injuries it will take longer. Also…the whole let’s put the RB in timeout every time he makes mistakes is no way to coach people – especially when you don’t carry that forward to the rest of the team. Tomlin has been doing that or allowing that to happen for years.

  • kev4heels

    COMPLETELY agree. I’m waiting until we see Bell to fully evaluate our RB position. As it stands, we suck.

  • PA2AK

    Just throw the F’n ball and never let Paulson back on the field! Then start chanting DE-FENSE, DE-FENSE!

  • PA2AK

    Don’t forget others don’t even have to show up for training camp and get the starting job in the past! Just have to be on Tomlins/Art II’s good side :-)

  • cencalsteeler

    I echo your sentiments exactly and the Staley comment is a perfect example!

  • Douglas Andrews

    It’s a head scratcher for sure. I didn’t understand why there was no contingency plan for the RB’s. Felix is a veteran so it seems like he should have had even a limited package of plays he could have run right?

  • Douglas Andrews

    Agreed he’s our best healthy back. Glad he is back with us.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Oops I left out that fact out. I definitely want him to get credit for being dual threat Redman on Sunday!

  • Shannon Stephenson

    you maybe right but if I knew that there was a young stud fighting for my position I would have been in the gym the day after he was drafted. NFL=Not For Long and you need to take every chance you can get to either stay at the top or be at the top.

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