Honestly, Larry Foote should have been done in Pittsburgh for good when he left for Detroit, where he was paid $1.5 million (on the open market!!!) and ended up a 2-down player for them by year's end.
Instead we bring him back, give him a 100% raise, turn over the reigns of the defense to him (despite his 15 wonderlic score) and make him into a 3-down player that plays close to 100% of all snaps (despite being a glaring liability in coverage).
Aren't those facts a complete indictment on this organizations (Colbert/Tomlin/Lebeau) ability to home grow talent? Isn't the quarterback of your defense WORTH investing in?
And don't bull**** me with Sean Spence and his bad luck injury. That guy was undersized and a long shot to begin with. I love how people think he was a guaranteed starter when the fact is he was overdrafted and doesn't belong anywhere close to a 3-4 defense.
This team used to let 3rd contract player walk a year to soon rather than a year too late because we kept the pipeline full of potential starters. That cupboard is bare right now. Even our backups to backups are scrubs being brought in off the street (Plaxico). It's a paradigm shift and it is/will catch up to us.
A "realistic" fan would know this.
Tomlin's never had a losing season and now he's on the hot seat? LOL
If Foote is getting 2.5 million in the first year of his 3 year deal, it's completely unacceptable...
- Overpaying for a vet that isn't worth 2.5
- Not developing ANYBODY in all of these years that can unseat him
We went from Foote and Timmons sharing time and Farrior, to....
Timmons and Farrior, to ...
Timmons and Foote ...
We are getting progressively worse as a team....
Ike Taylor will be 33.5 by the start of the season.
Larry Foote will be almost 33.5 by the start of the season.
Ryan Clark will be 34 in October
Keisel will be 35 in September
Polamalu is the veteran youngin' and he will be 32 in April
Larry represents some stability, we didn't have too may options other than a FA who can't be guaranteed to be any better than Larry.
Overall Foote played well last season so I can't understand why fans would want him to leave.
The Steelers are doing what they can to be a competitive team under the circumstances they are dealing with, keep in mind they are limited to a degree.
If you want to complain about the FO and coaching staff then complain because the Steelers have to let go of the best player at 2 positions and the 2nd best player at three others, not because they sign a good steady performer to a 2.5 million dollar contract for the first year of a three year deal. Geesh guys and gals, I know 8-8 sucks but we're going into hyper meltdown here.
1.17 - Jarvis Jones, OLB
2.48 - Le'Veon Bell, RB
3.79 - Marcus Wheaton, WR
4.111 - Shamarko Thomas, S
4.115 - Landry Jones, QB
5.150 - Terry Hawthorne, CB
6.186 - Justin Brown, WR
6.206 - Vince Williams, ILB
7.223 - Nick Williams, DT