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hawaiiansteel
02-11-2011, 12:14 AM
Cardinals hire former Steeler Townsend as coach

By Scott Brown, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Thursday, February 10, 2011

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Deshea Townsend
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review


The Arizona Cardinals added more Steelers flavor to their coaching staff Thursday when they hired Deshea Townsend.

Townsend, who played cornerback for the Steelers from 1998-09, will coach the Cardinals' secondary. Townsend joined the Cardinals' staff a day after Ray Horton, his former position coach, was hired as Arizona's defensive coordinator.

Horton coached the Steelers' defensive backs for seven seasons before leaving for Arizona.

The Cardinals have six coaches on their staff with Steelers ties, starting with head coach Ken Whisenhunt.

This is Townsend's first coaching job. He played as recently as last season, appearing in eight games for the Indianapolis Colts before getting waived in November. In 12 seasons with the Steelers, Townsend intercepted 21 passes.

He returned to the Pittsburgh area after the Colts released him, and Townsend had been working as a guest host for Trib LIVE, a sport-driven Internet radio show that launched last month.

TALKS BREAK DOWN

Negotiations to prevent an NFL lockout took a grim turn Thursday with the cancellation of the second day of a planned two-day bargaining session.

"We wish we were negotiating today," NFL Players Association spokesman George Atallah said. "That's all I can say."

There are just three weeks to go before the collective bargaining agreement expires on March 3.

The NFL confirmed that commissioner Roger Goodell has canceled an owners' meeting scheduled for next Tuesday in Philadelphia, where labor was expected to be a topic.

"Despite the inaccurate characterizations of (Wednesday's) meeting, out of respect to the collective bargaining process and our negotiating partner, we are going to continue to conduct negotiations with the union in private," league spokesman Greg Aiello told The Associated Press via e-mail, "and not engage in a point-counterpoint on the specifics of either side's proposals or the meeting process. Instead, we will work as hard as possible to reach a fair agreement by March 4. We are fully focused on that goal."

BRONCOS SUFFER LOSS

The Denver Broncos' deep wide receiver corps has taken another hit with word that last year's top pick, Demaryius Thomas, tore an Achilles' tendon during an offseason workout in Atlanta.

Thomas, the first receiver selected in last year's draft, was working out at his offseason home when he was injured, according to CBS4 in Denver. The extent wasn't known, but if it's a full tear, his entire 2011 season would be in jeopardy.

Last week, slot receiver Eddie Royal had hip surgery that could sideline him for up to six months, although the Broncos are hopeful he'll be back by late May.

Neither Thomas nor his agent, Todd France, responded to messages from The Associated Press.

METRODOME ROOF TO BE REPLACED

The landlords of the Metrodome voted unanimously to replace the snow-damaged roof of the venerable stadium, opting for a more time-consuming fix that could disrupt the Minnesota Vikings preseason schedule.

The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission approved a recommendation from engineers who said they worried that simply repairing several torn panels of the stadium's Teflon roof wouldn't be enough to prevent another failure.

Commissioners said they hoped the job would be done by Aug. 1 at an estimated cost of $18.3 million, with almost all of it expected to be covered by insurance.

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LordVile
02-11-2011, 02:00 AM
Kudos to DeShea. 8)

jj28west
02-11-2011, 06:44 AM
He wasnt the most athleticaly gifted DB but he was rarely burned or out of place. I am the biggest Steeler homer but Deshea was notorious with the tug in the 1st 5-10 yards that he rarely got called for.

Regardless, he was solid IMO

good luck Deshea!

SidSmythe
02-11-2011, 09:34 AM
Deshea didn't have the STATS or NUMBERS scouts and the media drool over.

BUT he's one of my all time favorite Steelers

Oviedo
02-11-2011, 09:38 AM
Whisenhunt continues to leach off the Steelers. Too bad all these ex-Steelers will be unemployed when Whis gets canned in the next couple of years.

I would have liked Townsend considered to replace Horton for us.

ramblinjim
02-11-2011, 10:12 AM
I saw Deshea interviewed once and he seemed like an awfully smart guy. I think he'll be a great assistant coach.

steelerkeylargo
02-11-2011, 11:10 AM
I would take 4 DT's anyday.

SidSmythe
02-11-2011, 11:30 AM
I would take 4 DT's anyday.

x's 26

NC Steeler Fan
02-11-2011, 01:06 PM
I've said it here before...every year I went up for Women's Camp Deshea was always one of the most friendly and engaging players on the field. Everyone seemed to gravitate around him. I'm sure it was hard to cut him as he was a good player, but I don't think he was speedy enough for us.

Good luck Deshea! May you find some way back to the land of black and gold one day soon!

ScoreKeeper
02-11-2011, 03:14 PM
I always loved DT. He wasn't the fastest or the biggest, but he just flat out played and managed to make plays. Will always love him.

Good luck DT.

RuthlessBurgher
02-12-2011, 09:22 PM
I would take 4 DT's anyday.

x's 26

104 Deshea Townsends would be overkill. Disney doesn't even have that many dalmations! :wink:

Starlifter
02-12-2011, 10:00 PM
no matter how hard the cardinals try to emulate the Steelers - the fundamental difference that dooms them to failure is: their owner is Bill Bidwell.