If they really think that, neither is as smart as I've given them credit for.
It's obvious Staley is no longer hitting the hole like he once did.
Heck, he's not even
hitting the hole like Jerome Bettis once did and Bettis was never
exactly quick into the
What Bettis did have, was that wiggle to go along with the power to
do something even if
he didn't exactly get to the hole that was there.
We did see a little bit of power running out of Staley against the
Panthers. More often than
not, he drove forward through the tackle. But there were times when a
faster running back
would have taken the ball for a nice gain and Staley rumbled forward
for a two-yard gain.
The question is, can the Steelers live with that in their backup
The thinking here is yes, unless a better option comes along.
John Kuhn didn't help distinguish himself by fumbling for the second
time in this
preseason, while Cedric Humes just hasn't shown enough to be a better
option than Staley.
Carolina's Eric Shelton is rumored to be on his way out and ran well
against the Steelers,
but he was a second-round pick last year. The Steelers would likely
have to work out some
kind of trade to get him since they probably wouldn't get a shot at
him in waivers.
Nehemiah Broughton is another guy the Steelers liked last year when
he was coming out of
college who may not have a spot on Washington's roster this season
with the team's trade
for T.J. Duckett.
© Arnold Harrison may have won himself a job on this team with his
Harrison had played well during this preseason and put the
exclamation point on that by
recording eight tackles and two sacks – along with a special teams
tackle – against the
It may help matters that Richard Seigler, who was also pushing for a
spot, was in a walking
boot after the game. That injury may allow the Steelers to sneak
Seigler through waivers or
even put him on injured reserve if they so choose.
© Harrison wasn't the only young linebacker who did good things
Thursday night. The
team's four leading tacklers in the game were Rian Wallace (9),
Harrison and Andre Frazier
(8) and Seigler (6).
Not bad for a team who was questioned for not taking a linebacker in
© Chris Kemoeatu continues to impress with his aggressiveness, but
sometimes his nature
gets the best of him.
His offensive facemask penalty on a play on which Kuhn fumbled got
him a good tongue
lashing from Cowher.
© I don't think it matters who Cowher names the starter at free
safety. They are only
keeping the position warm for Anthony Smith, who continued to show
off his skills as a
big hitter against the Panthers.
When will that move come? Maybe as soon as the bye week.
© Did Omar Jacobs win a spot on the 53-man roster with his
It's more likely the team will still try to sneak him onto the
practice squad, but Jacobs'
performance may have made that move a little more difficult. Before
Thursday's game, the
Steelers could have put Jacobs on the practice squad and not worried
about him getting
picked up by anyone else. Now, who knows?
At the very least, Jacobs threw his name into the mix to stay on the
53-man roster. He
also probably saved himself a phone call at least until Saturday. He
won't be among
© I like the signing of Willie Parker to what should turn out to be a
Parker is going to have a big season both running with and catching
the ball and would
have cost the Steelers much more than what they paid him after this
It's too bad cornerback Ike Taylor didn't realize he would have saved
himself a lot of
sleepless nights by taking a similar deal. Taylor has to realize he
is in a similar situation to
No matter how good they were last season, they have still only done
it for one year. Sure,
he's confident in his ability to play well again.
But if he does indeed like Pittsburgh as much as he says, he has to
realize the team wasn't
going to break the bank to sign him – not with the bank-breaking
contracts the team is
going to have to pay safety Troy Polamalu and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the near
Dale Lolley appears courtesy of the Observer-Reporter
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