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Oviedo
05-30-2008, 09:13 AM
Maybe the staff know something we don't and that's why they aren't panicking about the OL like the casual "experts" do.

Game slowing down for Capizzi

By Jim Wexell
SteelCityInsider.com
Posted May 28, 2008


The Steelers cut Jason Capizzi last year -- reluctantly so -- but got a break when they were able to put the massive offensive tackle back on their roster. Capizzi says the game's slowing down for him, and that could make him the buzz of training camp -- again.

PITTSBURGH – Last summer was a joyride for Jason Capizzi. He was the super sleeper out of IUP, the hometown longshot who captured imaginations as a post-draft steal, a 6-foot-9 offensive tackle with great feet.
Word had it that Kevin Colbert was talking him up big behind closed doors.

And then Capizzi got cut.

Dream over.

Until now.

While he’s not the fresh name reporters love to discuss, he is drawing raves from behind closed doors. “He’ll amaze you,” said one source with the team.

But this time, this year, Capizzi isn’t getting worked up by the buzz.

“Just trying to get better, man,” was his response yesterday after the sixth Steelers OTA workout.

Capizzi has only been through four of the workouts. He was in a walking boot for a month because of a stress fracture in his foot. But he was in uniform to start last week and has been working at left tackle with the second team. He’s still feeling some pain, and won’t heed the training staff’s caution that he stop for a break, because: “I’ve got to make this team,” he said.

Capizzi was asked about what happened last year.

“I thought I had the team made,” he said. “But nothing’s ever guaranteed in this sport. So, I went out and did my thing. I went out and went against different competition: different schemes, different fronts, different kinds of players.

And I think I got better from it.

“I’m glad to be back now, very glad. It’s nice coming in here, like last year at this time I was definitely afraid of going against James Harrison and this year the game has just slowed down a lot.” Capizzi spent time last year on the practice squads of the New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs wanted to keep him through the offseason and into this year’s training camp, but the Steelers plucked him off the Chiefs’ practice squad and put Capizzi on their roster for the playoff game after Max Starks got hurt. The Chiefs weren’t pleased.

“They were mad,” Capizzi said. “I actually had my final meeting with Kansas City before I came home for the offseason. But before I left Kansas City to come home I got a call from my agent saying Pittsburgh was picking me up for the playoffs, before I was even on the plane. So it was a nice plane ride home.”

Why were the Chiefs mad?

“My agent told me they were pretty upset, but I was kind of upset with Kansas City. You lost the last nine games of the year and they’re getting their proverbial butts kicked and I thought I was better than some of them and felt they should’ve brought me up off the practice squad. And I knew they had 45 draft picks this year and I knew they were going to bring in every guy known to man, so I didn’t know what my future was like and I kind of knew things better here.”

He’s a new man, a hardened-but-wiser man, a man with a plan.

“Yeah,” he said. “I’m trying to gain not just my coaches’ respect by playing the game, I’m also trying to gain my teammates’ respect, that they can trust me being out there and they know I’m going to be able to get the job done and help them win games and win a Super Bowl.”

The key?

“Everything’s just slowed down,” he said.

Capizzi weighs 330 pounds, about five pounds heavier than the Steelers want him to be in training camp. Will he approach this training camp any differently than his first camp?

“No,” he said. “I’m going to do everything I did last year – work hard. I’m going to be obviously a little better at what I’m doing out there. I won’t be as nervous out there. I’m going to do whatever I can.”

Does he feel more status, more respect from his teammates as he enters his second camp?

“Yeah, a little bit,” he said. “I’m trying to gain it every day.”

JUST-PLAIN-NASTY
05-30-2008, 09:22 AM
Maybe the staff know something we don't and that's why they aren't panicking about the OL like the casual "experts" do.

Game slowing down for Capizzi

By Jim Wexell
SteelCityInsider.com
Posted May 28, 2008


The Steelers cut Jason Capizzi last year -- reluctantly so -- but got a break when they were able to put the massive offensive tackle back on their roster. Capizzi says the game's slowing down for him, and that could make him the buzz of training camp -- again.

PITTSBURGH – Last summer was a joyride for Jason Capizzi. He was the super sleeper out of IUP, the hometown longshot who captured imaginations as a post-draft steal, a 6-foot-9 offensive tackle with great feet.
Word had it that Kevin Colbert was talking him up big behind closed doors.

And then Capizzi got cut.

Dream over.

Until now.

While he’s not the fresh name reporters love to discuss, he is drawing raves from behind closed doors. “He’ll amaze you,” said one source with the team.

But this time, this year, Capizzi isn’t getting worked up by the buzz.

“Just trying to get better, man,” was his response yesterday after the sixth Steelers OTA workout.

Capizzi has only been through four of the workouts. He was in a walking boot for a month because of a stress fracture in his foot. But he was in uniform to start last week and has been working at left tackle with the second team. He’s still feeling some pain, and won’t heed the training staff’s caution that he stop for a break, because: “I’ve got to make this team,” he said.

Capizzi was asked about what happened last year.

“I thought I had the team made,” he said. “But nothing’s ever guaranteed in this sport. So, I went out and did my thing. I went out and went against different competition: different schemes, different fronts, different kinds of players.

And I think I got better from it.

“I’m glad to be back now, very glad. It’s nice coming in here, like last year at this time I was definitely afraid of going against James Harrison and this year the game has just slowed down a lot.” Capizzi spent time last year on the practice squads of the New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs wanted to keep him through the offseason and into this year’s training camp, but the Steelers plucked him off the Chiefs’ practice squad and put Capizzi on their roster for the playoff game after Max Starks got hurt. The Chiefs weren’t pleased.

“They were mad,” Capizzi said. “I actually had my final meeting with Kansas City before I came home for the offseason. But before I left Kansas City to come home I got a call from my agent saying Pittsburgh was picking me up for the playoffs, before I was even on the plane. So it was a nice plane ride home.”

Why were the Chiefs mad?

“My agent told me they were pretty upset, but I was kind of upset with Kansas City. You lost the last nine games of the year and they’re getting their proverbial butts kicked and I thought I was better than some of them and felt they should’ve brought me up off the practice squad. And I knew they had 45 draft picks this year and I knew they were going to bring in every guy known to man, so I didn’t know what my future was like and I kind of knew things better here.”

He’s a new man, a hardened-but-wiser man, a man with a plan.

“Yeah,” he said. “I’m trying to gain not just my coaches’ respect by playing the game, I’m also trying to gain my teammates’ respect, that they can trust me being out there and they know I’m going to be able to get the job done and help them win games and win a Super Bowl.”

The key?

“Everything’s just slowed down,” he said.

Capizzi weighs 330 pounds, about five pounds heavier than the Steelers want him to be in training camp. Will he approach this training camp any differently than his first camp?

“No,” he said. “I’m going to do everything I did last year – work hard. I’m going to be obviously a little better at what I’m doing out there. I won’t be as nervous out there. I’m going to do whatever I can.”

Does he feel more status, more respect from his teammates as he enters his second camp?

“Yeah, a little bit,” he said. “I’m trying to gain it every day.”

I felt the Steelers wanted to put him on the PS but he got snatched away. I thought I read somewhere when KC signed him that KC was considering drafting him in the lower rounds. I thought he showed some potential in the preseason last year. His size is great for a OT and he does have pretty good feet for a big guy. I'm pulling for him!

BigBen2112
05-30-2008, 09:44 AM
Maybe the staff know something we don't and that's why they aren't panicking about the OL like the casual "experts" do.

Game slowing down for Capizzi

By Jim Wexell
SteelCityInsider.com
Posted May 28, 2008


The Steelers cut Jason Capizzi last year -- reluctantly so -- but got a break when they were able to put the massive offensive tackle back on their roster. Capizzi says the game's slowing down for him, and that could make him the buzz of training camp -- again.

PITTSBURGH – Last summer was a joyride for Jason Capizzi. He was the super sleeper out of IUP, the hometown longshot who captured imaginations as a post-draft steal, a 6-foot-9 offensive tackle with great feet.
Word had it that Kevin Colbert was talking him up big behind closed doors.

And then Capizzi got cut.

Dream over.

Until now.

While he’s not the fresh name reporters love to discuss, he is drawing raves from behind closed doors. “He’ll amaze you,” said one source with the team.

But this time, this year, Capizzi isn’t getting worked up by the buzz.

“Just trying to get better, man,” was his response yesterday after the sixth Steelers OTA workout.

Capizzi has only been through four of the workouts. He was in a walking boot for a month because of a stress fracture in his foot. But he was in uniform to start last week and has been working at left tackle with the second team. He’s still feeling some pain, and won’t heed the training staff’s caution that he stop for a break, because: “I’ve got to make this team,” he said.

Capizzi was asked about what happened last year.

“I thought I had the team made,” he said. “But nothing’s ever guaranteed in this sport. So, I went out and did my thing. I went out and went against different competition: different schemes, different fronts, different kinds of players.

And I think I got better from it.

“I’m glad to be back now, very glad. It’s nice coming in here, like last year at this time I was definitely afraid of going against James Harrison and this year the game has just slowed down a lot.” Capizzi spent time last year on the practice squads of the New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs wanted to keep him through the offseason and into this year’s training camp, but the Steelers plucked him off the Chiefs’ practice squad and put Capizzi on their roster for the playoff game after Max Starks got hurt. The Chiefs weren’t pleased.

“They were mad,” Capizzi said. “I actually had my final meeting with Kansas City before I came home for the offseason. But before I left Kansas City to come home I got a call from my agent saying Pittsburgh was picking me up for the playoffs, before I was even on the plane. So it was a nice plane ride home.”

Why were the Chiefs mad?

“My agent told me they were pretty upset, but I was kind of upset with Kansas City. You lost the last nine games of the year and they’re getting their proverbial butts kicked and I thought I was better than some of them and felt they should’ve brought me up off the practice squad. And I knew they had 45 draft picks this year and I knew they were going to bring in every guy known to man, so I didn’t know what my future was like and I kind of knew things better here.”

He’s a new man, a hardened-but-wiser man, a man with a plan.

“Yeah,” he said. “I’m trying to gain not just my coaches’ respect by playing the game, I’m also trying to gain my teammates’ respect, that they can trust me being out there and they know I’m going to be able to get the job done and help them win games and win a Super Bowl.”

The key?

“Everything’s just slowed down,” he said.

Capizzi weighs 330 pounds, about five pounds heavier than the Steelers want him to be in training camp. Will he approach this training camp any differently than his first camp?

“No,” he said. “I’m going to do everything I did last year – work hard. I’m going to be obviously a little better at what I’m doing out there. I won’t be as nervous out there. I’m going to do whatever I can.”

Does he feel more status, more respect from his teammates as he enters his second camp?

“Yeah, a little bit,” he said. “I’m trying to gain it every day.”

Hopefully he does become a good/great OT b/c we're going to need it. We cant stay healthy and we have a problem of keeping our RBs and QBs off their backs.

He has the size, the feet, and the grit to be a good LT and honestly last year I thought he deserved a roster spot over some--Essex anyone?!--but it wasn't to be so maybe this year is the year.

Oviedo
05-30-2008, 10:05 AM
I would have kept him last year too, but I think the Steelers really like him because they got him back. Another sleeper they went out and got back is Cody Boyd at TE. The obviously wanted a second look with him too.

calmkiller
05-30-2008, 10:18 AM
I had thought about posting this article when it came out. It was a good read but I usually got bitched at for posting insider articles. Glad you shared it with everyone.

eniparadoxgma
05-30-2008, 07:14 PM
Thanks for the article. I'm hoping he makes the team.

And that's all I have to say about that.

Shawn
05-30-2008, 07:32 PM
I'll believe it when I see it.

NKySteeler
05-30-2008, 07:37 PM
Great read, thanx for posting it!..... Personally, like Shawn said, I'll wait and see.... There's always alot of "up-beat" speculation at this time of year.... The time when it's important is thru camp and the regular season.... Hopefully it works out!

AngryAsian
05-30-2008, 09:26 PM
Awesome read. At 330.... what a mountain of a man. If his footwork doesn't suffer and he makes this team, why not give this guy a shot. How can opposing defenses even hope to move a man of that size. We need depth on the line and someone of his stature surely would merit consideration. I'm not holding my breath.... after all we do have Zeirline as OLC. :roll:

BigBen2112
05-30-2008, 09:35 PM
I'll believe it when I see it.


Yeah tell me about it!

buckeyehoppy
05-31-2008, 02:27 PM
Awesome read. At 330.... what a mountain of a man. If his footwork doesn't suffer and he makes this team, why not give this guy a shot. How can opposing defenses even hope to move a man of that size. We need depth on the line and someone of his stature surely would merit consideration. I'm not holding my breath.... after all we do have Zeirline as OLC. :roll:

Talk about your people who need to show me something...that would be Larry Zierlein, in my case. He was on nearly everyone's hot seat last season and will need to do a lot more to stay out of the Steeler Universe dog house this season.

I think Capizzi being around might have been a big reason the Steelers didn't grip over drafting for the OL. That was certainly a gamble, but if it pays off, so be it.

Capizzi seems to be pretty mobile for his size and having a guy that big at LT is a definite plus. I'll be rooting for the guy in training camp.

AngryAsian
05-31-2008, 07:39 PM
Awesome read. At 330.... what a mountain of a man. If his footwork doesn't suffer and he makes this team, why not give this guy a shot. How can opposing defenses even hope to move a man of that size. We need depth on the line and someone of his stature surely would merit consideration. I'm not holding my breath.... after all we do have Zeirline as OLC. :roll:

Talk about your people who need to show me something...that would be Larry Zierlein, in my case. He was on nearly everyone's hot seat last season and will need to do a lot more to stay out of the Steeler Universe dog house this season.

I think Capizzi being around might have been a big reason the Steelers didn't grip over drafting for the OL. That was certainly a gamble, but if it pays off, so be it.

Capizzi seems to be pretty mobile for his size and having a guy that big at LT is a definite plus. I'll be rooting for the guy in training camp.


This guy (Zeirlein) should be receiving mrore of the ire from the Steeler faithful than Arians. I agree with you BH.... this guy needs to really bring something to the table this year or find employment elsewhere.

kennyes
06-01-2008, 12:24 AM
Awesome read. At 330.... what a mountain of a man. If his footwork doesn't suffer and he makes this team, why not give this guy a shot. How can opposing defenses even hope to move a man of that size. We need depth on the line and someone of his stature surely would merit consideration. I'm not holding my breath.... after all we do have Zeirline as OLC. :roll:

Talk about your people who need to show me something...that would be Larry Zierlein, in my case. He was on nearly everyone's hot seat last season and will need to do a lot more to stay out of the Steeler Universe dog house this season.

I think Capizzi being around might have been a big reason the Steelers didn't grip over drafting for the OL. That was certainly a gamble, but if it pays off, so be it.

Capizzi seems to be pretty mobile for his size and having a guy that big at LT is a definite plus. I'll be rooting for the guy in training camp.


This guy (Zeirlein) should be receiving mrore of the ire from the Steeler faithful than Arians. I agree with you BH.... this guy needs to really bring something to the table this year or find employment elsewhere.


Agreed, I can understand the concept Tomlin has about continuity an all, and I agree, but If little or no improvement take form this season OL and Special Teams should have coaching vacancies the next. I'm not a Arians hater, I think he brings more to the table than a lot guys here or the other MB give credit, But the same applies to him as well.

All I know is I can't wait for Steeler Football, and as much as I don't want to wish away summer. I need my fix!!!

AngryAsian
06-01-2008, 03:10 AM
Awesome read. At 330.... what a mountain of a man. If his footwork doesn't suffer and he makes this team, why not give this guy a shot. How can opposing defenses even hope to move a man of that size. We need depth on the line and someone of his stature surely would merit consideration. I'm not holding my breath.... after all we do have Zeirline as OLC. :roll:

Talk about your people who need to show me something...that would be Larry Zierlein, in my case. He was on nearly everyone's hot seat last season and will need to do a lot more to stay out of the Steeler Universe dog house this season.

I think Capizzi being around might have been a big reason the Steelers didn't grip over drafting for the OL. That was certainly a gamble, but if it pays off, so be it.

Capizzi seems to be pretty mobile for his size and having a guy that big at LT is a definite plus. I'll be rooting for the guy in training camp.


This guy (Zeirlein) should be receiving mrore of the ire from the Steeler faithful than Arians. I agree with you BH.... this guy needs to really bring something to the table this year or find employment elsewhere.


Agreed, I can understand the concept Tomlin has about continuity an all, and I agree, but If little or no improvement take form this season OL and Special Teams should have coaching vacancies the next. I'm not a Arians hater, I think he brings more to the table than a lot guys here or the other MB give credit, But the same applies to him as well.

All I know is I can't wait for Steeler Football, and as much as I don't want to wish away summer. I need my fix!!!


This sophomore year for our new coordinators and our HC will be the true test... and what a test. I keep noting in various posts about how daunting our upcoming schedule is this season. A rush of adrenaline just shoots through me just thinking about the games we'll be watching. I better not here any of this "vanilla schedule" BS that I had to digest all of last year. It seems that some on the Trib board, relished in misery. They couldn't even give credit to our wins. There shouldn't be any talk like that this season. What I like about our challenge is that each week will be an opportunity for our team to learn and grow... together. Whether they win or lose, it will be a learning opportunities for our team to gel and find cohesion as one single entity.... an entity that I hope will yield fruit in the area of mental toughness... something we sorely lacked at the tail end of last year.

kennyes
06-01-2008, 04:23 AM
Have I yet mentioned how refreshing this board is?!

Chavezz
06-01-2008, 09:39 AM
Awesome read. At 330.... what a mountain of a man. If his footwork doesn't suffer and he makes this team, why not give this guy a shot. How can opposing defenses even hope to move a man of that size. We need depth on the line and someone of his stature surely would merit consideration. I'm not holding my breath.... after all we do have Zeirline as OLC. :roll:

Moving the guy isn't the issue, the issue is if the guy is able to kick out and get the speed rusher coming off the edge.

There was a lot of talk last year that Capizzi was very close to making the team and it's backed up by Pitt picking him back up as soon as they could from KC. I think this year it comes down to him or Essex. I like Essex but he must not be a good practice player because when he's in the game he looks OK.

It's going to be an interesting training camp to say the least.

Oviedo
06-01-2008, 10:14 AM
I think Capizzi makes it this year and is groomed as a starter as early as 2009. He seems to have all the physical tools--he just needs experience.

steelz09
06-01-2008, 03:33 PM
I hope Capizzi makes it and turns into a starter or at least a legitimate backup. However, this is the Steelers always looking for the diamond in the rough...

Let's hope they nail this one as well, but I'm not holding by breath.

RuthlessBurgher
06-02-2008, 01:57 PM
Awesome read. At 330.... what a mountain of a man. If his footwork doesn't suffer and he makes this team, why not give this guy a shot. How can opposing defenses even hope to move a man of that size. We need depth on the line and someone of his stature surely would merit consideration. I'm not holding my breath.... after all we do have Zeirline as OLC. :roll:

Talk about your people who need to show me something...that would be Larry Zierlein, in my case. He was on nearly everyone's hot seat last season and will need to do a lot more to stay out of the Steeler Universe dog house this season.

I think Capizzi being around might have been a big reason the Steelers didn't grip over drafting for the OL. That was certainly a gamble, but if it pays off, so be it.

Capizzi seems to be pretty mobile for his size and having a guy that big at LT is a definite plus. I'll be rooting for the guy in training camp.


This guy (Zeirlein) should be receiving mrore of the ire from the Steeler faithful than Arians. I agree with you BH.... this guy needs to really bring something to the table this year or find employment elsewhere.


Agreed, I can understand the concept Tomlin has about continuity an all, and I agree, but If little or no improvement take form this season OL and Special Teams should have coaching vacancies the next. I'm not a Arians hater, I think he brings more to the table than a lot guys here or the other MB give credit, But the same applies to him as well.

All I know is I can't wait for Steeler Football, and as much as I don't want to wish away summer. I need my fix!!!


This sophomore year for our new coordinators and our HC will be the true test... and what a test. I keep noting in various posts about how daunting our upcoming schedule is this season. A rush of adrenaline just shoots through me just thinking about the games we'll be watching. I better not here any of this "vanilla schedule" BS that I had to digest all of last year. It seems that some on the Trib board, relished in misery. They couldn't even give credit to our wins. There shouldn't be any talk like that this season. What I like about our challenge is that each week will be an opportunity for our team to learn and grow... together. Whether they win or lose, it will be a learning opportunities for our team to gel and find cohesion as one single entity.... an entity that I hope will yield fruit in the area of mental toughness... something we sorely lacked at the tail end of last year.

If last year's schedule was vanilla, this year's schedule is more like:

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