The Steelers (Coal Miners) were one team that voted against ratification of the new CBA. This snippet from the short article is very telling:
"Why did the Steelers go against the grain? Many players are not thrilled with the way discipline issues will be handled. Some are a little apprehensive about new testing for HGH."
With the placing of Aaron Smith on IR and of course his replacement by an afflete, the Rooney Rulers now have just 8 Whites on their 53 man roster, an all-time low for an NFL team. Previously, 9 had been reached by Jacksonville and Miami, and 10 a number of times by different teams, but Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert have now boldly gone where no team had gone before.
Congratulations to the Steelers, and their "lucky 8."
QB Ben Roethlisberger
DT Chris Hoke
DE Brett Keisel
C Doug Legursky
TE Heath Miller
P Daniel Sepulveda
K Shaun Suisham
LS Greg Warren
Of the five non-kicking game related players left on the team, Hoke is 35, Keisel is 33, and Miller and Roethlisberger are both 29. Legursky is not a great lineman, so it's entirely possible that in a few seasons Pittsburgh could have an all-black roster outside of the kickers and long snapper. Congratulations again to the Rooneys and their virulently anti-White organization!
From a pure "affletic" standpoint, the Steelers' decline is inevitable. But you can never underestimate the value of coaching. Some people, notably Gregg Easterbrook of "TMQ" fame places little value of coaching saying that coaching is only 10%, the rest being "talent", even though as a "coach" for his kid's youth teams has an exemplary record as a result of his penchant for a non-customary game approach. Dick Lebeau does amazing things with the talent he has, whatever is given him, so the Steeler's defense is almost always an amazing thing to watch, as long as they aren't facing all of those New England white boys.On the other hand it is quite possible that the entertainment factor of this team's downslope being an African comedy as they begin to really suck and team discipline breaks down and they go full blacktard. I think as of now they are not a badly composed team in the criminal stupidity column, but that can change in a thug's heartbeat, and god I wish it.
Here's an interesting link someone sent today that was written right after the 2010 draft. Since the Steelers have gotten noticeably blacker since Tomlin's hiring -- and they were already a long-standing black team during the Cowher era -- it makes sense that Tomlin is more behind the team's refusal to draft and develop White players than Kevin Colbert.
Tomlin says no to Lee, Overrules War Room on Second Rounder
April 30th, 2010 9:01am | The Show | Category: Steelers
Did anyone read the article in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette this morning? I did and now I have even more questions about the Steelersâ€™ wretched second day.
The Steelers drafted Jason Worilds in the second round. We all know that already, and many of us are underwhelmed by it. But what we didnâ€™t know was that the Steelers War Room had a first round grade on Sean Lee ILB Penn Statewho just happened to be available with our selection. The room was sold on Lee as the pick and were ready to draft him but were told no at the last moment by Mike Tomlin. He preferred Worilds, who I said before had no better then fourth round grade on my board.
Even if the Steelers had a second round grade on Worilds, he was still not playing a position of need. James Farrior is on his last leg. Lee could have spent this year learning behind Farrior, one of the best MLBs we have ever had, on how to play the position. Some people may not agree with my opinion of Farrior. But when you consider Farriorâ€™sâ€™ size (225 on a good day after a heavy lunch) in todayâ€™s game, his ability to shed blocks, get in the hole, and make as many tackles as he does makes him one of the best MLBs to ever put on the pads in Pittsburgh.
This makes zero sense to me. I donâ€™t care who else was on your board if you have a guy in the second half of the second round with a first round grade: YOU TAKE HIM. PERIOD!Especially at a position of need. Worilds may turn out to be great, but he may not play for another 3 or so years whereas Lee would be starting in 2011. If someone would like to explain the logic in that to me please do, because I donâ€™t get it. This is not the first time we have heard of this either. I realize Mike Tomlin is the coach and he gets a say, but when you are outnumbered by the whole room, something is wrong. Sometimes, you need to get off your high horse and let the scouts decide. That is why they were hired.
This does not surprise me at all. I think Sean Lee even commented leading up to the draft that the Steelers seemed really interested in him, although the racist, Mike Tomlin, most certainly was not. Tomlin couldn't wait to run off the white third-rounders drafted during his time in Kraig Urbik and Matt Spaeth. Urbik is nothing great to be sure, but he's good enough to START for the Bills the last two years, when healthy. Are we to believe that he wasn't good enough to be even a backup G for the Steelers, a team with plenty of O-line troubles under Tomlin? Spaeth did not overwhelm with his play in Pgh., to be fair, but he sure as hell is a better player than the two backup blacks they are using this year. But he just had to be sent packing. And the Tyler Grisham story has been talked about plenty here, no reason to rehash it.
The Tomlin refusal to draft Lee to play LB reminds me of how he disposed of Patrick Bailey a couple years ago. Bailey made the team as an UDFA-of course he wasn't drafted by the team-and was the team's rookie of the year. He did an excellent job as a special teamer for two seasons. But then Tomlin just had to draft Stevenson Sylvester late and make him the guy for Bailey's roster spot. Bailey has since done a solid job for the Titans as a special teamer.
What has Jason Worilds done for the Steelers? What has Stevenson Sylvester done for the Steelers?
Tomlin is probably planning how to get rid of Big Ben in a few years, if the talent-challenged sumos up front don't get him killed first. My guess is that someone like WVU QB Geno Smith will be drafted as the heir apparent to Big Ben, if the Steelers get a chance to pick him. If it's not Smith, Tomlin will find another black QB. (If they finally let loser Dennis Dixon go in the offseason, they may very well pick a black QB next April. )
Farrior could be out until December: Steelers ILB James Farrior, the defensive captain whose 93-game streak of regular-season starts ended Sunday against the Patriots, has a torn calf muscle that could prevent him from playing until December, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported