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    Mike Wallace a one-trick pony no longer

    By John Harris, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
    Monday, January 3, 2011



    CLEVELAND -- The transformation is complete. Mike Wallace has become the Steelers' new Santonio Holmes.

    Coach Mike Tomlin's nickname for Wallace -- One Trick, as in One-Trick Pony -- should no longer apply. Wallace is now more than a fast receiver who loves catching the deep ball.

    Not that he doesn't still excel at that.

    And, sure, Wallace has some work to do to become a knockout blocker, but the Steelers pay him to catch the ball. Give him time. He's made spectacular development in his second season.

    Wallace made another big play early in Sunday's 41-9 destruction of the Cleveland Browns that clinched the AFC North for the Steelers.

    The coaching staff didn't waste time getting Wallace the ball after safety Troy Polamalu intercepted Browns quarterback Colt McCoy. Wallace blew past a surprised Cleveland secondary and snared a 56-yard touchdown pass from Ben Roethlisberger on the Steelers' first play from scrimmage.

    Roethlisberger had every intention of throwing long to Wallace to open the game. The play was a point of emphasis during practice.

    "Teams have been really trying to take me away from the deep ball,'' Wallace said. "Since last week we knew we were going to run that play. I was just hoping a safety came down so I could get over top of it. Ben threw a perfect ball.''

    Catching the deep ball has been Wallace's calling card. He averaged a team-high 21.0 yards per catch during the regular season.

    Wallace and Roethlisberger established a franchise record with eight career touchdowns passes of 40 yards or more. Six have come this season.

    "It's just another stepping stone for us. Another building block for me and Ben,'' Wallace said. "Hopefully we can break some more records.''

    The question mark, or at least the perception surrounding Wallace's game, was his willingness to sacrifice his body and make tough catches across the middle that had been Holmes' specialty.

    According to Wallace, he was always more than willing to make those catches. He said it came down to the coaching staff trusting him in a role that formerly belonged to Holmes.

    "All I ran was bombs," Wallace said. "Now I'm getting more opportunities.''

    In recent weeks, Wallace's ability to diversify his game has made him nearly impossible to stop.

    Since being held to three receptions for 33 yards against Buffalo, Wallace has produced three 100-yard games with no fewer than 76 yards in any of his final five regular-season games.

    Less than a minute into yesterday's contest, Wallace sprinted into the secondary to make an uncontested reception. A bevy of Cleveland defensive backs, who were too slow to recover, couldn't lay a hand on him.

    "Mike is so fast that I can just throw it out there, and he can do the rest for me,'' Roethlisberger said.

    On the Steelers' second possession, Wallace caught a short slant and galloped 41 yards. The play set up Rashard Mendenhall's 1-yard touchdown run and a 14-0 lead.

    The play showcased Wallace's maturation within the offense. The slant worked because Wallace and Roethlisberger were on the same page and read the defense perfectly.

    "It was a hot read,'' said Wallace, who finished with three catches for 105 yards. "We had a screen on one side and a slant on the other side. Coach always tells me they need some yards after catch from me. I'm trying to get touchdowns the fastest way I can.''

    In the Steelers' 27-3 win over Carolina on Dec. 23, Wallace caught a 43-yard slant pass for a touchdown. He ran the route as smoothly as Holmes ever did, and he finished it off with a flourish that the explosive Holmes couldn't match.

    The slant pass is new for Wallace, who has expanded his game weekly.

    Ever so quietly, Wallace, who has a team-high 10 touchdown catches, has replaced veteran Hines Ward as the No. 1 option in the passing game.

    Wallace has 60 receptions to Ward's 59, but he has 502 more receiving yards than Ward.

    Wallace is no longer a hit-or-miss receiver. There were moments last season that if Wallace didn't go long and make a catch, he didn't have an impact on the game. That's no longer the case. He can impact the game even when Roethlisberger can't find him deep in the secondary.

    Maybe Wallace's high level of play will convince Tomlin to coin him a new nickname.

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    Default Re: Mike Wallace has become the Steelers' new Santonio Holmes

    New AND improved technically. He has the same roll as the main receiving threat but Wallace is more consistent.

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    New AND improved technically. He has the same roll as the main receiving threat but Wallace is more consistent.

    AND Wallace hasn't told a Steelers fan to go kill himself or gotten busted smoking weed!

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    Mike Wallace: NFL's Best Big-Play Wide Receiver?

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    When the Pittsburgh Steelers traded Santonio Holmes to the New York Jets this past offseason, the biggest question for the offense was who would replace him as the its big-play threat in the passing game. Holmes, for all of his problems off of the field (two suspensions: one by the team in 2008, one by the NFL in 2010, a now infamous and probably forgotten Twitter meltdown) was an impact player on it. A Super Bowl MVP and an explosive wide receiver capable of turning any pass into a touchdown.

    The answer for his replacement was an easy one, coming in the form of second-year wide receiver Mike Wallace. Fresh off a rookie campaign that saw him finish with the highest yards-per-catch average in the NFL, he's emerged as not only the Steelers biggest impact player on offense, but also the best big play wide receiver in the NFL.

    As a rookie in the Steelers offense in 2009, many of Wallace's catches came as the result of him using his freakish speed and simply out-running defensive backs down the field and hauling in bombs from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. That is very different from the type of player that Holmes was for the Steelers. Holmes excelled at turning the 10-yard pass into a 60-yard gain. He was at his best after he already had the football in his hands and was making people miss. Wallace simply managed to run past everybody and pick up all 60 yards at once.

    Over the course of his sophomore season, Wallace's game has started to round into shape. He's no longer the guy that simply runs "9 routes" down the sidelines every play (though, he still does that) and gets behind the secondary. He's also starting to improve his route running and become more of a factor on the short and intermediate routes and turning short passes into big gains.

    During the Steelers' Week 16 win against Carolina, for example, he took advantage of a Carolina blitz, hauled in a hot route, and sprinted through the entire Panthers secondary for a 43-yard touchdown.

    Head coach Mike Tomlin, who has at times this season called Wallace a "one trick pony," referring to his ability to burn secondaries down field, was asked at his weekly press conference on Tuesday what improvements Wallace still needed to make to become a more complete receiver. Tomlin pointed to attention to detail in route running and reading coverages. When asked if the touchdown against Carolina was what he had in mind, Tomlin simply smiled and said he liked what he saw on that play. Tomlin is big on talking about how there's always room for improvement, even in victory, so it's not a surprise that he'd like to see even more from his still raw -- and extremely talented -- second-year receiver.

    So far this season Wallace has scored on plays of 41, 46, 29, 53, 39, 33, 52 and 43, and has two additional plays of 50 yards or more. No player on the NFL has more catches of 20-or-more yards entering Week 17 (24), and only DeSean Jackson of the Eagles averages more yards per catch. He's currently sixth in the NFL in receiving yards, despite only being targeted on 95 passes (catching 57), which ranks 40th in the NFL. Basically: even though he's not targeted as often as some other receivers, when the ball is thrown in Wallace's direction, big plays tend to happen.

    The advanced statistical metrics at Football Outsiders rank Wallace as the No. 1 receiver in the NFL in 2010 both in terms of total value and value per play. He's also managed to catch 61 percent of the balls thrown his direction, which is an impressive accomplishment when you consider how many of his passes are deep down field and lower percentage plays.

    The FO metrics aren't perfect, nor are they the end-all, be-all, but they're no more flawed than simply looking at total receptions or total yards without any context. A receiver that plays on a dreadful team that is constantly playing from behind and forced to throw the football in an effort to play catch up is going to make a lot of catches (Santana Moss and his 84 catches for the Redskins come to mind as an example of this). But hauling in a bunch of passes when your team is fighting a lost cause down by 20 points in the fourth quarter isn't as valuable as making big plays to put your team in a position to win. The Steelers rarely play from behind and have run the ball over 440 times this season, which doesn't give a receiver like Wallace as many opportunities to rack up huge reception numbers. But that doesn't take away from his overall value to the offense.

    For as good as Holmes was for the Steelers (and still is for the Jets), Pittsburgh hasn't missed him due to the meteoric rise of Wallace, as well as the late-season development of rookies Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown.

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    AND Wallace hasn't told a Steelers fan to go kill himself or gotten busted smoking weed!
    Or gotten into a fight with some woman cause she took his bar stool......
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    This guy is freaky good, especially when you consider he is only 70% of a complete receiver. By the time he fully learns and understands that route tree, Wallace will be the most feared receiver in the league imo. I keep thinking that if it clicks with limas, those two would make one he'll of a tandem.
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    This guy is freaky good, especially when you consider he is only 70% of a complete receiver. By the time he fully learns and understands that route tree, Wallace will be the most feared receiver in the league imo. I keep thinking that if it clicks with limas, those two would make one he'll of a tandem.
    By the time he is a complete reciever I hope he's still a Steeler. They gave Hines alot of money, I hope they give his replacement the same. I hate seeing talent that we draft walk after their rookie contract is up. Hate it, hate it, hate it.

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    Could Wallace combined with either Sanders or Brown ever be another Swann & Stallworth type duo that plays together for 6-10 + years? Eh, I probably know the answer to that myself but what do you guys think?

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    This guy is freaky good, especially when you consider he is only 70% of a complete receiver. By the time he fully learns and understands that route tree, Wallace will be the most feared receiver in the league imo. I keep thinking that if it clicks with limas, those two would make one he'll of a tandem.
    Get the feeling that Sanders will be better than Sweed would have been (or should have been).

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    Could Wallace combined with either Sanders or Brown ever be another Swann & Stallworth type duo that plays together for 6-10 + years? Eh, I probably know the answer to that myself but what do you guys think?
    Wallace has the look of an elite reciever. The verdict is still out on Brown & Sanders. I do know that the future of our offense looks mighty good if we can keep Ben in one piece. Our backs are more than good enough and our recievers are getting better. Another stud or two on the O line and we are golden.

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    Wallace has the look of an elite reciever. The verdict is still out on Brown & Sanders. I do know that the future of our offense looks mighty good if we can keep Ben in one piece. Our backs are more than good enough and our recievers are getting better. Another stud or two on the O line and we are golden.
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    Mike Pouncey?
    Mike Pouncey at guard would not be a bad thing. He certainly is not the center his brother is but he wouldn't need to be.

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    Wallace has the look of an elite reciever. The verdict is still out on Brown & Sanders. I do know that the future of our offense looks mighty good if we can keep Ben in one piece. Our backs are more than good enough and our recievers are getting better. Another stud or two on the O line and we are golden.
    Sanders definitely has the look of being 1/2 of a deadly 1-2 punch at receiver. Look at all the clutch 3rd down grabs he made this season. I gotta say that alot of times I forgot he was a rookie, because as the season wore on, he didn't play like one. He has alot of splash play in him. Another Swann and Stallworth? I'll settle for another Ward and Holmes.
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    Steelers WR Wallace has 2 speeds: Fast and faster

    By ALAN ROBINSON
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    Thursday, January 6, 2011; 3:26 PM



    PITTSBURGH -- When Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger steps into the pocket and looks downfield for Mike Wallace, he's knows one thing for certain.

    He's not overthrowing one of the NFL's fastest players, unless he somehow launches the ball 10 yards beyond the end zone.

    "Can't do it," Roethlisberger said.

    When the Steelers drafted Wallace in 2009, they knew they were getting a fast receiver. They had no idea the third-round draft pick from Mississippi might find himself being compared to receivers such as Hall of Famers John Stallworth and Lynn Swann so early in his career.

    In two seasons, Wallace has 16 touchdown catches, including 10 in his first year as a starter this season. By comparison, Stallworth and Swann both had career highs of 11 touchdowns.

    Wallace also averages 21 yards every time he catches a pass, and 12.7 yards whenever a pass is thrown his way - whether he catches it or not. His seven 100-yard games tied Stallworth for the most in a Steelers season. He also ranked second in the league with 17 catches of 25 yards or more.

    No matter who the Steelers play in the NFL divisional playoffs next week, defending Wallace will be a priority for their opponent.

    "Last year, I was just happy to catch the ball, just trying to make sure I didn't drop the ball," Wallace said. "This year, I wanted to score more, try to get up the field a lot faster when I catch the ball."

    Wallace was mostly the Steelers' No. 3 receiver last season, playing often in extra-receiver sets. Yet, he averaged a league-high 19.4 yards per catch. This season, he was topped only by the Eagles' DeSean Jackson at 22.5.

    Wallace won't say he's the fastest wide receiver in the league. But he also can't name anyone faster.

    "If he had the amount of catches (the NFL leaders had), he'd have a ridiculous amount of yards," Roethlisberger said. "But you know what? Maybe that gives him the motivation to improve and try to get up there."

    Wallace's ongoing development has lessened the impact of former Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes' offseason trade to the Jets. The Steelers have a better record (12-4) than they did last year (9-7), and part of that is the chemistry that Wallace and Roethlisberger have developed in an increasingly uptempo offense.

    Roethlisberger constantly kids Wallace. He calls him Burn. Not because of his speed, but because of his first name, which is Burnell. At the same time, Roethlisberger is pushing Wallace to get better, to add this trick or this move or this skill to his resume.

    "To be doing all the things he's doing at a young age is amazing," said wide receiver Hines Ward, who also works extensively with Wallace. "But people don't always see the stuff he's getting better on - the route running, the getting in and out of cuts. He can push a guy now and get separation. The more he develops, the better he's going to make everybody because it's going to be very hard to defend him. You're going to have to worry about negating his big-play ability, and that's going to open up plays for other guys."

    On Sunday, the Steelers planned to target Wallace in man-to-man coverage to start their game in Cleveland, regardless of field position. Roethlisberger delivered a perfectly placed pass to an open Wallace for a 56-yard touchdown, and the Steelers went on to win 41-9, secure the AFC North title and a first-round playoff bye.

    The game before, Wallace had a 43-yard catch for Pittsburgh's first touchdown in a 27-3 victory over Carolina. Five of Wallace's touchdowns this season are for 40 yards or longer, and he and Roethlisberger already have connected eight times in two seasons on scoring pass plays of such length.

    Wallace's growing confidence is evident, too.

    Asked about going against Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis last month, Wallace said, "I don't care about nobody. He's just another guy. He's a really good player, but I'm a real good player myself."

    Wallace's rapid improvement, and the addition of rookies Emmanuel Sanders (28 catches for 376 yards and 2 touchdowns) and Antonio Brown (16 catches, 167 yards), provide an element of speed the Steelers haven't always had.

    "We understand that this is the playoffs, and we expect things to happen pretty quickly there," Wallace said. "I just want Ben to know I'll be ready for him when he needs me. I'll make the big plays, just like I did during the regular season. It doesn't matter that I haven't been in the playoffs before."
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    Oh, it's gonna be so much fun watching this guy totally blossom and torture secondaries for years.
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