<b>LATROBE - </b> Kevin Spencer was voted special teams coach of the year by his peers last season. I sat down with Spencer and talked about a number of issues with him. <br><br> <i> How much did the hip injury affect what Jeff did last year?</i> <br><br> <b> KS: </b> I don't think it affected anything. I think it's something that goes back to college and he had probably gotten used to kicking with it.
August 5, 2004
<b>PITTSBURGH - </b> The Steelers put a full-court press on free-agent linebacker Marcus Washington, but it wasn't enough to compete with the deep pockets of Dan Snyder.<br><br> The owner of the Washington Redskins didn't even meet with Washington, a 26-year-old outside linebacker, but signed him to a 6-year, $24 million contract after he left Pittsburgh. The deal includes a signing bonus of $7 million and total bonuses of $10 million over the first three seasons, according to ESPN.com.<br><br>
March 4, 2004
"Coach Cowher always says special teams win two or three games a year; if that's true, I like to think all of us on the special teams are worth what they're paying us." A quote from punter Josh Miller, who'd have thunk it. Truth is, the Steelers special teams haven't been worth a plumb nickel for several years and if they've won any games, it's been for the opposition. <br><br> <b>Fourth Quarter: Special Ops</b>
July 15, 2003
If his latest hunch is right, Steve Hoffman will be remembered as a key player in the Steelers' punting game over the next few years. <br><br> Then again, if undrafted rookie punter Mike Hayes fades into the September sunset, as expected, no one will remember that Hoffman swung and missed on his latest recommendation to Steelers special teams coach Kevin Spencer.
June 26, 2003