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    Good article on Plax, coaching, etc

    http://www.timesonline.com/columnist...eb6bd4048.html

    Imagine that, Plax contributing to win

    The Times/Sylvester Washington Jr.
    Plaxico Burress celebrates his game-clinging touchdown with Leonard Pope in the fourth quarter








    Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2012 8:39 pm | Updated: 11:48 pm, Sun Dec 30, 2012.
    By Mike Bires mbires@timesonline.com | 0 comments



    PITTSBURGH -- Let the record show that the Steelers’ final touchdown of a madcap season was scored by Plaxico Burress.
    How bizarre is that?
    There was Plax, taking a couple bows in the end zone with 3:20 left to play after clinching a win that allowed the Steelers to finish a ho-hum 8-8.
    The whole Burress dilemma was one of many mysteries in a season of hope that ended in failure.
    After re-acquiring Burress on Nov. 20, the Steelers never knew quite what to do with him. It wasn’t until the season finale, Sunday's 24-10 win over the Browns, that coach Mike Tomlin and offensive coordinator Todd Haley finally put him to good use.
    In a game in which no Steelers’ receiver was targeted more than three times or caught more than two passes, Burress proved that at age 35 he could still make significant plays.
    He caught two passes, each for 12 yards. He also accounted for 12 penalty yards by drawing a pass interference flag against Cleveland star cornerback Joe Haden.
    The touchdown was classic Burress, a high ball from Ben Roethlisberger thrown where only a big man could get it.
    It was a classic red zone mismatch: Burress, at 6-foot-5, matched up man-to-man against the 5-11 Haden.
    Touchdown, Steelers.
    Take a bow, Plax.
    “It was nice, it was fun,” Roethlisberger said of his first TD pass to Burress since 2004. “He’s got a big body down there and he made a great catch.”
    So the question begs to be asked: Where was Burress last week when the Steelers needed to beat the Bengals?
    Why did Tomlin choose not to even dress him in a game the Steelers needed to win in order to keep their playoff hopes alive?
    Instead, Tomlin dressed five running backs: Jonathan Dwyer, Isaac Redman, Rashard Mendenhall, Chris Rainey and Baron Batch.
    Baron Batch?
    Are you kidding?
    In a game they really had to win, the Steelers dressed Baron Batch instead of Burress, a former first-round draft pick who caught a winning TD for the Giants in the Super Bowl a few years ago.
    Unbelievable.
    Batch had zero carries and zero catches in last week's 13-10 loss before breaking his arm covering a kickoff late in the first half.
    Even dressing Rainey over Burress was a mistake. Granted, Rainey returns kickoffs but it’s not that he’s a game-breaking specialist. In a game the Steelers had to win, Emmanuel Sanders could have returned kickoffs. As it turns out, Rainey didn’t have any carries or any receptions and only returned two kickoffs for 33 and 34 yards.
    What a waste of manpower.
    Ever since returning to Pittsburgh, Burress was used sparingly. Out of 195 offensive snaps in his first three games, he was on the field for only 19 of them. He didn’t dress in the loss in Dallas. He didn’t dress in the home loss to the Bengals.
    In the locker room after Sunday’ win over the Browns, Burress chose not to criticize the coaches for the way he’s been used.
    “You know, all I can do is prepare,” he said.
    But Burress looked good enough against the Browns that Roethlisberger envisioned him back in a Steelers uniform next year.
    “He has plenty of game left,” Roethlisberger said.
    Too bad the Steelers didn’t put Burress to work sooner. Like last week.
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    It's hard not to agree with that article. It would be nice to see Plax back in uniform next year. Seems the most cost affordable way to keep Ben happy and give him a red zone weapon while letting Wallace go.

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    FWIW, I wouldn't have dressed Burress against the Bengals either. In the past, we've been able to run on them and had a compliment of receivers to do the job. It can't be proven one way or the other, but I highly doubt that not having Burress was the difference between winning and losing against Cincinnati. Against the Browns, Wallace and Heath were out so it made sense to get the old guy back out there.

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    I would of dressed Plaxico no questions asked.....I would sign him for next year and he would be my 3rd WR.

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    I'm still a little shocked we didn't dress him too. We can't score in the RedZone. He's a big target. Even as a decoy, he can help open things up in the RedZone. You've gotta cover him and he's always gonna be a mismatch for anyone one on one.

    We have a solution to our biggest problem on offense. And we decided not to use him. I hope we bring him back and use him lots.

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    Beyond the red zone, why wouldn't he be valuable on every down as a mismatch. If we are facing 3rd & 7 and need someone to separate and make a catch in traffic I would trust throwing it to Plax over Sanders or even Wallace.
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    Plax scored eight TD's last season with the Jets and YPC average 13.6 or something, not bad for mid thirties guy.
    He can still play and help us win some games, they'll work something out I believe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by supersteeler View Post
    Plax scored eight TD's last season with the Jets and YPC average 13.6 or something, not bad for mid thirties guy.
    He can still play and help us win some games, they'll work something out I believe.
    I wouldn't bet on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Pittsburgh View Post
    I wouldn't bet on it.
    Agreed. I think Gilreath gets a spot. And I think a draft pick or a different FA. Plax is old slow. Same reason people want rid of other old productive players.

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    I wouldn't bet on it either, then again I wouldn't bet against it. http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-think005.gif

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