NFL  > Pittsburgh Steelers  > Harrison; GONE!
March 9, 2013, 12:40 PM
"The Pittsburgh Steelers had been asking James Harrison to take a pay cut for a while now. When the team spoke to his agent on Friday and no progress was made, it seemed only a matter of time before he'd be cut.

Harrison tweeted Saturday morning that time has come.

"It's been a great run but all good things must come to a end," Harrison wrote. "Thank you Steelers Nation I will miss you all!"

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/2013/03/09/james -harrison-cut-pittsburgh-steelers/1975223/
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March 9, 2013  07:23 PM ET
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You know ... maybe draft DBs earlier and pass rushers later for a few years?

The last 2 DB's the Steelers drafted in the first two rounds where...McFadden & Ricardo Colclough.

They didn't turn out so great.

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March 10, 2013  01:23 AM ET

The Steelers had the number 1 pass D in the league last year so their DBs must not be covering receivers that poorly!

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March 10, 2013  06:16 AM ET
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If it wasn't from poor coverage, then tell me why they gave up so many leads and lost games on the last drive of games over the past few years?Did they forget to tell the opposing QB and the other team's receivers that they were the "number 1 pass D" in the league?Well?Answer that question won't you?Waiting ...I just knew somebody would be stupid enough to use that "number 1 pass D" stat on me!

Jesus, take a pill. That was pretty much uncalled for.

March 10, 2013  06:27 AM ET
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Exactly! That 2006 third-round pick Anthony Smith (and his guarantees) didn't pan out too well either.That's why they need to do more than just strike gold on their first round picks. They need to strike at least silver now on many other positions all over their roster - not only in this upcoming draft, but in the next few drafts as well.And if they're smart, they'd start putting a premium on guys who can cover so if (and now more likely, WHEN) their pass rushers have an off-day and can't get to the quarterback, the defense won't be giving up 3 to 7 points per drive largely through the air.That's why Ben can throw for over 400 yards ... but throw just ONE interception ... and it costs them the game - because he has zero room for error thanks to that porous-at-the-worst-of-times secondary.The amount of times I've seen that secondary fold like a lawn chair under pressure and snatch defeat from the jaws of victory at the end of a game is absolutely pathetic.

You've had your needle stuck about the secondary for years now. The Steelers dwouldn't put up the numbers they do with the secondary being as bad as you claim it is. It couldn't be.

To suggest that the secondary alone has been solely responsible for the many fouurth quarter collapses of the last couple of years is hogwash. Their defensive philosophy is dependent on the pass rush. So what? Is that design now suddenly invalid?

It's speculation, at best, as to how the pass rush will fare next season.

March 10, 2013  06:30 AM ET
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And if Polamalu gets hurt this year (which history shows he probably will), the Steelers might as well just forfeit the games and stay home.

History shows no such thing. It shows only that he was injured in the past and has absolutely no bearing on the future. It's not as though he's had some recurring injury, like Dirt Dawson and that damned hamstring.

March 10, 2013  06:47 AM ET
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they'll again ... do it the "Steelers Way" ... and just take whoever nobody else wanted in rounds six and seven for that secondary!

In the last 20 drafts, the Steelers have selected five defensive backs in the sixth or seventh round.

March 10, 2013  08:29 AM ET
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You've had your needle stuck about the secondary for years now. The Steelers dwouldn't put up the numbers they do with the secondary being as bad as you claim it is. It couldn't be. To suggest that the secondary alone has been solely responsible for the many fouurth quarter collapses of the last couple of years is hogwash. Their defensive philosophy is dependent on the pass rush. So what? Is that design now suddenly invalid?It's speculation, at best, as to how the pass rush will fare next season.

Exactly!

March 10, 2013  08:40 AM ET

It's a team game, Zeke. How about putting some blame for late 4th quarter collapses on the Offense and it's inability to establish an effective and consistent running game last season. It's hard to run out the clock when you can't run the ball. Keep giving the ball back to the opposing team with time on the clock in the fourth quarter and bad things are bound to happen!

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March 10, 2013  03:14 PM ET
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That's why Ben can throw for over 400 yards ... but throw just ONE interception ... and it costs them the game - because he has zero room for error thanks to that porous-at-the-worst-of-times secondary.

Ben's problem (at least last year) was the timing of that one interception. If at the end of the 4'th quarter, Ben he had played as well as he had in the past, the Steelers would have 11-12 wins last year.

When your team is 8-8 there is plenty of blame to go around.

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March 10, 2013  05:16 PM ET
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That's an incredibly fair statement ...But part of that blame then also falls on that "number 1 pass D" for giving up the lead that Ben just gave them before he walked off the field.

Ezekiel,
Whats even more interesting is how many Vets stay on there, seems some players are cut cuz they won't rehash something that was signed years ago, and I don't blame them.

Pittsburgh has a 'money problem' same as the Ravens so ya gotta excuse me ifn i'm not weeping about it ,being a Bengals fan. The question is ,how many of both end up in Cleveland?

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March 10, 2013  05:54 PM ET
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The Steelers have a good sense of when to release once-great players that are on the downside of their careers (see Porter and Faneca) but Harrison is one guy they would have wanted to keep around for at least another year in the hopes that one of the guys behind him would show them a bit more.Right now they're not that comfortable with either Carter or Worilds being able to plug-in and play yet.Hopefully one of them (or even better ...BOTH) step it up a notch or two and it's not too much of a drop off, but we'll all just have to wait, hope for the best, and see what happens once the games count again.

Ezekiel,

Yep, they normaly do, but these aren't normal times for Pittsburgh and the Ravens with money issues, [and age]so both teams have no choice but too draft great and get some cheap FA's too keep any kind of edge they can get.

 
March 10, 2013  06:38 PM ET
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You know ... maybe draft DBs earlier and pass rushers later for a few years?

Ezekiel,

Case in point,Cincy drafted Dre Kirkpatrick at #17 and traded down Decastro[which Pittsburgh gobbled up as their impact G and Cincy took K.Zietler ,so how did that work out for you?

Too Cincy? Dre's abig question mark I would call 'damaged goods' and won't call him a bust cuz he hasn't played enough too tell.

But I can tell you Zimmers 4 front line will be mostly intact and every bodies teams knows they're coming for the QB.

So,yeah ,they need another S-DB and LBKR not too mention RB and another OT and I think they'll draft a QB as well.

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