Daily Archives: May 3, 2012
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2012 NFL Draft – Steelers Seventh Round Selection TONEY CLEMONSWide ReceiverUniversity of Colorado Buffaloes6:02-210New Kensington, PennsylvaniaValley High School7th Round – 231st OverallCAREER NOT…
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Hey Terrell, how’s the old Achilles feeling these days?
If you haven’t heard, Ravens loudmouth linebacker Terrell Suggs is likely out for the coming season after he suffered a torn Achilles tendon.
How he was hurt is a little sketchy. ESPN and Adam Schefter are claiming that Suggs injured himself while playing basketball. While Aaron Wilson is reporting that Suggs did it while working out.
Either way, it’s huge news to the AFC North, and agree with it or not, it’s good news for the Steelers.
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Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison gave his two cents on the NFL’s suspension of four players in connection with the Bountygate scandal earlier today. “Ridiculous, and nobody really sees why the punishments have been so severe over the past 3 – 4 years!” he exclaimed on his Facebook page just after Goodell’s ruling.
James Harrison is no stranger to punishment in the Goodell era, having been fined over a hundred thousand dollars in his career and suspended for a game last season for a brutal hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy. Harrison went on to say, “Lawsuits and 18 games???” which could be a reference to both the extended lockout last season and the NFL’s (and Goodell’s) desire to have an 18-game season, which Harrison apparently feels is hypocritical given Goodell’s effort at reducing the amount of serious injuries in the NFL.
Harrison’s teammate Lamar Woodley also gave his opinion by way of…
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PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Four-time Super Bowl champion right guard, Gerry “Moon” Mullins, joined The Fan Morning Show Thursday.
He breaks down the Steelers’ first and second round draft picks, David DeCastro and Mike Adams.
Click the link below to listen to the full interview:
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Charlie Wilmoth of SB Nation Pittsburgh compiled an interesting piece (via ESPN’s Adam Schefter) regarding some reactions of the suspensions in wake of the bounty scandal in New Orleans.
As probably suspected, those reactions were colorful, aggressive and not in support of the verdict handed down by Commissioner Roger Goodell.
OLB James Harrison, the Steeler fined and suspended the most often by Goodell, was at no loss for words concerning the suspensions, as we’ve come to expect.
Wonder why the Team got the least penalties in Bounty Gate? Think about who elects & rewardedthe commish… it’s the owners of the teams!
— James Harrison (@jharrison9292) May 2, 2012
It’s hard to argue with that point. LB Jonathan Vilma will miss a full year, Packers DL Anthony Hargrove was suspended eight games, Saints DE Will Smith was suspended four games and Browns LB Scott Fujita will miss three games. The Saints were docked two second-round draft picks and fined $ 500,000.
Upon achieving the roster bonus he no doubt would have achieved, Vilma would have been paid $ 2.2 million this year.
OLB LaMarr Woodley chimed in as well:
Vilma suspended a whole yr FOR PLAYING FOOTBALL????cmon man!!!!!
— LaMarr Woodley (@LaMarrWoodley) May 2, 2012
If the suspensions are indeed extreme, which many have said they are, have been and presumably, will be in the future, at least partial blame lays with the Players Union, and Executive Director DeMaurice Smith.
Under his watch, the players signed off on the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, which gives Goodell the authority to do essentially whatever he pleases. They knowingly allowed him to make himself judge, jury and executioner, and that’s not an exaggeration.
The players who weren’t on the Pittsburgh Steelers at least. The Steelers voted ‘no’ on the CBA, according to the Tribune-Review (via National Football Post).
Why did the Steelers go against the grain? Many players are not thrilled with the way discipline issues will be handled. Some are a little apprehensive about new testing for HGH.
“There was a level of uncertainty because a lot of guys didn’t know what they were signing up for,” linebacker Lawrence Timmons said. “We had a short time limit to sign everything, so I feel we were rushed.”
It’s humorous to listen to Smith talk about appealing the decision, and fighting it possibly even into the courts.
According to a Fox News article from Wednesday:
DeMaurice Smith said the union “has still not received any detailed or specific evidence from the league of these specific players’ involvement in an alleged pay-to-injure program. We have made it clear that punishment without evidence is not fair. We have spoken with our players and their representatives and we will vigorously protect and pursue all options on their behalf.”
What options, De? You have no options. The league has no rule stating they have to inform you of why they’re being suspended. It doesn’t need evidence.
The players allowed this sham of due process is exist, and they have no legal leverage on which to fight what appears to be an extreme penalty for doing something their coaches clearly endorsed and supported.
True, Saints coach Sean Payton was suspended for a year, but a reasonably-minded person could conclude rather easily Vilma, Fujita (the team’s former player rep and member of the union’s executive committee), Smith and Hargrove were doing nothing more than reacting to the culture Payton and former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams are accused of creating within the Saints locker room.
Too bad the argument will never be made, His Honor has already voted, and the appeal goes straight to him.
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This is the third and final piece to my thoughts about the offensive line and the Steelers draft to address it. Sorry to piecemeal this thing, but all the clutter in my head needed more than one manuscript. You can read the first part here. You can read the second part here.
Enter Mike Adams, a mid-first-round talent who fell to the bottom of round two. He had a couple scrapes during his junior year with drugs and team rules at Ohio State, causing a two-game suspension. This past year has been disastrous. Adams was suspended for five games for his involvement in the Ohio State memorabilia/tattoo scandal – and then things got worse. He went to the NFL Combine in February totally unprepared. His bench press was awful and then he flunked a drug test. Does it get any worse?
When he reached the nadir of his football life, Adams apparently (hopefully) had a come-to-Jesus experience. What he did was unprecedented, and interestingly, only with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The native of Farrell, PA and lifelong Steelers fan hopped in his car and drove back home. He requested a meeting with Art Rooney II, Kevin Colbert and Mike Tomlin. Though he was told he was off the Steelers draft board, Adams talked and promised his way back on to it. Stipulations were made and ultimatums were issued. When it came time for the Steelers to pick #56, they chose Adams.
Reactions from Steeler Nation ranged from North Pole to South Pole. There were those who were angry and embarrassed and disagreed completely with the pick. Others were ecstatic with the notion of getting first-round talent at a low second-round price, especially at an area of great need. Many in the Nation were feeling some combination of both emotions. Regardless of where you landed on the continuum, I completely respect your position. Last I checked this was still America and you are allowed to think however you like.
That said, the truth of the matter is that in the NFL, character is an economic issue, not a moral issue. To prove that character is not a moral issue, do you really think that any of the other 31 NFL teams would have passed on Mike Adams in the seventh round? Yes, Colbert said that Adams was “off the board,” but do you take that literally? Do you really believe that if Adams had not made that drive across Interstate 70 that the Steelers would have passed on him and taken Kevin Beachum in the last round? Do you believe the Browns would have taken Brad Smelley over Adams? Or the Ravens would have taken DeAngelo Tyson? Or the Bengals would have taken Dan Herron? Oh wait, I forgot, Herron was also suspended five games over Tattoogate.
At some point in the draft, every NFL team would have made the decision to draft Adams. Each team had its own selection point., depending on round, placement in round, need at position, comparison to other needs and comparison to other options available at the time. The fact that Pittsburgh took Adams before anyone else does not make them any less moral. It simply means that the price point fell to them sooner than anyone else. Three factors stood out. First, Pittsburgh drafted toward the end of that second round after that critical mass of 50 “safer” players had been selected. Second, the Steelers glaring need at the offensive tackle position factored into the risk, and third, the fact that Adams begged the Steelers and no one else surely skewed his cause toward them more than the others.
So now Adam is one of us, for better or worse. Like every draftee, there is risk involved – injury risk, adjustment risk, motivation risk, talent risk and character risk. Obviously Adams brings more character risk into the equation than David Decastro, but unlike injury risk, character is something a player can control. If Adams stays clean and motivated and pans out athletically, the Steelers will have won that individual gamble. If he stays a pothead, we come up snake eyes. We’ve lost second-round battles before, most notably Limas Sweed. And we’re still not sure about Jason Worilds. Compared to those two, I think I’ll take my chances on Adams.
There are those who believe that Adams is a project. I disagree. With occasional exception, the NFL has changed to the point where players drafted in the first couple rounds are expected to start right away. NFL teams cannot afford to bring top draftees along slowly and then see them blossom when they are about to become free agents. Adams is a first-round talent who happened to fall into the second round due to character reasons. I expect him to challenge right away for the starting left tackle position. His forte, what he does as good as anyone in this draft, is pass block. Scouts Inc. rated him “exceptional.” A couple years ago Art Rooney himself said that the Steelers needed to catch up to the rest of the league in terms of getting their young players on the field sooner. Last year Marcus Gilbert, not rated nearly as well as Adams, didn’t waste alot of time being a project. I certainly don’t expect Adams, as long as he stays clean and works hard, to be any more of a project than Gilbert, who started in his rookie year.
I am thrilled that my Pittsburgh Steelers put their money where their mouth is regarding the offensive line. They bet some chips on Mike Adams, granted, but that is fine by me. All 874 mock drafts that I saw had Adams leaving the board much sooner than #56. Many pundits, including Ed Bouchette, had Adams among the handful of options for Pittsburgh at #24. And we get him #56? If this guy takes his second chance seriously, the Steelers might in essence end up with two first-round draft picks, both on the offensive line that many of us scream about. If it doesn’t work out, you won’t hear a peep out of me. I’m all in.
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Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports is handing out his AFC and NFC grades for the draft – including the Steelers, which you can read about below.
Picks: G David DeCastro, OT Mike Adams, OLB Sean Spence, DT Alameda Ta’amu, RB Chris Rainey, WR Toney Clemons, TE David Paulson, CB Terrence Frederick, G Kelvin Beachum.
Analysis: The Steelers didn’t do anything sexy in this draft, but they may have come away with the two best offensive line values. There are some people who compare DeCastro to the likes of Steve Hutchinson, who may be the second-best guard in the history of the game behind only John Hannah. Yeah, that’s lofty, but DeCastro is a beast, a guy who loves everything about the game. As for Adams, he would have been a first-round pick if not for a failed test for marijuana. While OT Matt Kalil was considered a more complete left tackle, Adams has all the size and ability to be as good as Kalil. Getting that kind of talent at No. 56 is terrific.
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