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Keyplay1
01-30-2012, 10:44 AM
Just when I thought I had explored just about every one of the legion of Steeler Blogs etc. Up pops another one.

As of 9:30am Jan 30 however no action has been taken on the TC front. However, there are some new wrinkles mentioned here that I had not seen before. Specifically, the idea the Steelers may have interest in some of the coaches in the SB. This article was posted last Thursday and there is an update posted yesterday. Read on:

Tom Clements Stays in Green Bay, But ... We Have Another Candidate for Offensive Coordinator and an Idea to Help the Offensive Line
Word from Green Bay has it that Tom Clements has accepted the Packers' offer to become their next offensive coordinator.

The wise choice -- for this guy.
This is no surprise.

Clements, a Pittsburgh (McKees Rocks) native, attorney and former star quarterback at Canevin High School and Notre Dame, would have been a great choice for the Steelers, but look at it from his perspective:

* If you were Tom Clements and offered the job as Green Bay's offensive coordinator -- would you move from the Packers to the Steelers?
* Working with Aaron Rogers instead of Ben Roethlisbeger?
* Working in a system and with players you already know very well?
* Working with a coach you know already?
* On a team that is absolutely loaded with talent and appears to be a contender for years to come, vs. Pittsburgh, which has an unsettled offensive line, a reportedly disgruntled quarterback and an aging defense full of question marks and holes to fill.

Clements would have been great for the Steelers, one would think -- if he had wanted the job. It's not like he would have gotten a promotion by moving to Pittsburgh. He must've figured he didn't need the aggravation. And, it's not like Clements would be leaving a lousy team, or a crummy quarterback.


Some of the folks in the mainstream media seem to think it's a foregone conclusion the Steelers' job will go to Randy Fichtner, the QB coach with whom Roethlisberger supposedly has a close relationship -- Big Ben reportedly took Arians, Fichtner and their wives to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl. With Fichtner, presumably, the offense would receive the "tweaks" Art Rooney II suggested it needs.

Joey Porter's Pit Bulls are not so sure about hiring from within. Fichtner may be great; or we might end up with another 21st-rated offense that scores as many touchdowns as the Denver Broncos, just as the Arians-led 2011 offense did. It makes sense to at least consider somebody from the outside.

Here's an idea: Let's at least interview the QB coach of the New York Giants.


On the lookout for a new offensive coordinator
His name is Mike Sullivan and, outside of what is in his bio, we know absolutely nothing about him, but pundits, media types and other observers are marveling at the progress, maturation and development of Eli Manning this year. Presumably,the Giants' QB coach might have had something to do with that.


Also, New York seems to have a pretty good run-pass balance with their thunder-lightning combo of running backs, plus the guy is clearly on a good staff, under Tom Coughlan, so Sullivan must have learned something working with Coughlin all these years (with the Jaguars before the Giants) and also under Jim Tressel at Youngstown State.

Oh, and then there is this tidbit in Sullivan's bio, just for fun:

"Sullivan is a graduate of the U.S. Army Airborne, Ranger and Air Assault schools. Sullivan recently earned his Blue Belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu from Professor Louis Vintaloro at Perfomance Jiu-Jitsu Academy."

By the way, remember how awful the Steelers' offense was with Kevin Gilbride as offensive coordinator, back around 1999-2000? He's New York's offensive coordinator, and they seem to be doing pretty well. Go figure.

A Helpful Suggestion for the Offensive Line

On another topic, the offensive line: It needs help. No secret there.

Here's a thought: Aggressively pursue Ben Grubbs, the 27-year-old Pro Bowl left guard for the Ravens. He is an unrestricted free agent and a proven commodity.

With Grubbs (as opposed to a draft choice), at least you know what you're getting, plus it would hurt the Ravens. That way, too, you could spend the first-round choice on another position (left tackle, nose tackle, etc.) to fill another hole.

While we're at it, the Steelers might also take a look at Baltimore linebacker Jarret Johnson, another unrestricted free agent (to replace the Farrior/Foote combo), and cornerback Lardarius Webb, a restricted free agent.

Anyway, those are two things Joey Porter's Pit Bulls would explore: Sign Ben Grubbs to play guard, and at least bring in Mike Sullivan for an interview.
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Posted by Joey Porterís Pit Bulls at Thursday, January 26, 2012

Hmm! This guy has some good ideas. Maybe impractical or not possible but interesting to consider. Webb not a bad idea. Is he an Unrestricted FA?

RuthlessBurgher
01-30-2012, 11:06 AM
All of the potential free agents suggested will cost money that we don't have. Since we are more than $20 over the cap already, we have to do some serious cost cutting just to get down to cap level. Add to the fact that we typically aren't big free agent spenders when this isn't the case.

flippy
01-30-2012, 12:23 PM
Sully sounds interesting. And maybe that is why we seem to be taking our time.

Mister Pittsburgh
01-30-2012, 12:56 PM
I hope we look at Joe Lombardi, the Saints QB coach. The Saints were balanced and use a lot of different personel so hopefully he would know how to use all the resources we have available for him to use.

Lebsteel
01-30-2012, 01:49 PM
I like the Grubbs idea. If we "bite the bullet" and cut/retire Smith, Hoke (done), Hampton, Farrior, Foote, Ward, Kemoeatu, McFadden and then restructure Ben, I think we could sign Grubbs.

If not, I'd look at James Harrison next. He may have two or three years left, but, I'd rather give him up and have Grubbs at LG, Hightower at ILB, Ta'amu at NT, 3rd round OL, 4th round FS etc...it might not make us better next year, but...in the long run I think it would definitely make us much better.

NW Steeler
01-30-2012, 02:02 PM
I like the Grubbs idea. If we "bite the bullet" and cut/retire Smith, Hoke (done), Hampton, Farrior, Foote, Ward, Kemoeatu, McFadden and then restructure Ben, I think we could sign Grubbs.

If not, I'd look at James Harrison next. He may have two or three years left, but, I'd rather give him up and have Grubbs at LG, Hightower at ILB, Ta'amu at NT, 3rd round OL, 4th round FS etc...it might not make us better next year, but...in the long run I think it would definitely make us much better.

I think there is a pretty good chance that Hampton will be back IF he re-structures his contract. Without Hampton we don't have jack-squat at NT. One of either Farrior or Foote will be back, but not both. I think Ward comes back too, unless he decides to retire, which doesn't sound likely.

phillyesq
01-30-2012, 02:13 PM
I think there is a pretty good chance that Hampton will be back IF he re-structures his contract. Without Hampton we don't have jack-squat at NT. One of either Farrior or Foote will be back, but not both. I think Ward comes back too, unless he decides to retire, which doesn't sound likely.

I think this is the likely and prudent course of action. One of Foote/Farrior will likely take a cut and stick around, and Ward has already indicated a willingness to take a pay cut.

With Hampton, he couldn't be released until healthy (absent an injury settlement) so an extension of one more year seems likely to spread his cap hit.

steelblood
01-30-2012, 03:41 PM
Some of this article is just plain crazy.

Keyplay1
01-30-2012, 06:05 PM
Some of this article is just plain crazy.

Maybe so, in the players or coaches he mentions. But, the idea is good and not really a new one. Unfortunately, the player of interest to me was Webb and he is not a UFA. He is an RFA. This negates the idea of sort of getting the equivalent of 3 draft choices for nothing. The one we don't have to make, the one they must make to replace a quality player, and the one we do make to get another star. And all it would cost was money.

In regards to what RB reminded us about the cap. Don't teams always seem to find a way around that cap. Then it keeps going up too.

When everyone is talking about the Steelers aging they seem to overlook the fact that 3 or our 4 starting secondary players are in their early thirties. They are all such well conditioned athletes that they look like 2nd or 3rd year players, but that is not the reality.

Chadman
01-30-2012, 07:58 PM
Raiders HC Dennis Allen is yet to decide if he wants to retain Al Saunders as OC....


If Saunders is let go...