It's my opinion, I have no idea if it's Mike Tomlin's ego, stubbornness or some other reason that Max wasn't a thought to be brought back. You have to admit, there's something there though, otherwise why do you sign last year's lowest rated tackle and then ensure that he doesn't play by not preparing him?
I guess it could be Bicknell as well and maybe Tomlin doesn't have anything to say about it.
Something wasn't right during these years. Maybe Tomlin thought they shoulda kept Faneca. We were doing all kinds of things that don't make sense in retrospect. Extending Simmons. Bringing in Mahan. Losing Faneca. Paying a fortune for a guy that Tomlin tried to turn into a backup.
Then years later they tried to move on without Max only to bring him back to save the line. And even again this year, doing the same thing and handing the position over to Gilby/Adams without any competition and look how that's turned out. The line has been such a cluster fudge thoughout Tomlin's entire run here, something has to be wrong. And to Max's credit, he went for huge stretches against really good pass rushers without giving up sacks. He was the most consistent linemen during Tomlin's time, but for some reason Tomlin always seemed to want to keep him off the field. We'll never know what the issue was, but there had to be one given the way this all played out since 2007. It's just not logical.
Not signing Max Starks was not the problem.
Not replacing him sure as heck is.
NDIANAPOLIS -- The Steelers have placed the franchise tag on offensive tackle Max Starks, a move that will keep him from becoming an unrestricted free agent and guarantee him $8.451 million in salary -- the average of the NFL's top five offensive linemen -- in the 2009 season.The Steelers will try to work out a long-term deal with Starks, a No. 3 draft choice in 2004 who started 11 games last season at left tackle.
Uh! Colbert exploded on his agent when he refused to sign the offered longer term contract.
I used to listen to a podcast on ESPN in 2008. Starks was the weekly MVP or O lineman of the week or something at least 3 times.
Where the idea he was not a very very good player comes from I have no idea. Sometimes I think some Steeler fans have rocks in their heads.
If Guy Whimper makes it to the next game I really have to question the coaching staff and FO about their decision making. How do you take a roster spot if you aren't going to put him in the game in an emergency?
If another lineman had been lost to injury, I'm sure Whimper would have been trotted out there because the Steelers had no better alternative on the roster...
Adams, who got whupped for 4 quarters, was still considered a better alternative by the coaches than Whimper, apparently...