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08:11 AM ET 06.04 | Still in his 20s and with less than a year under his belt in Pittsburgh, Jerricho Cotchery isn't Steeltown's typical elder statesman. But with the retirement of Hines Ward, that is the role Cotchery finds himself in as the oldest and most-seasoned member of an otherwise precocious Steelers wide receiving corps that is long on talent but relatively short on NFL experience. If Antonio Brown, 24, and Emmanuel Sanders and Mike Wallace, both 25, form the "Young Money" trio, does that make Cotchery the old codger at 29? ... "He's definitely a leader of the [locker] room ... he's seen a lot, been through a lot. He's doing a great job of filling that void [from] Hines," Sanders said.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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June 4, 2012  08:56 AM ET

Wideouts are seldom thought of as leaders. Most of them are distractions in the locker room.

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June 4, 2012  09:11 AM ET

Wow, the Steelers are in trouble this year!!

June 4, 2012  09:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Wideouts are seldom thought of as leaders. Most of them are distractions in the locker room.

With Hines Ward, Pittsburgh is used to having the exception to the rule.

June 4, 2012  09:17 AM ET

Hines Ward's retirement cut the average age of the team down by 4 years.

June 4, 2012  09:18 AM ET

That's funny, I just assumed that their veteran quarterback would be the offensive leader. Now that I read this, it makes much more sense that a vanilla WR should fill that role.

June 4, 2012  09:18 AM ET
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Wideouts are seldom thought of as leaders. Most of them are distractions in the locker room.

So, using this writers theory on leadership, it follows that Randy Moss is the offensive leader of the 49ers because he is the oldest WR.

June 4, 2012  09:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

So, using this writers theory on leadership, it follows that Randy Moss is the offensive leader of the 49ers because he is the oldest WR.

We should be so lucky...

June 4, 2012  09:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

So, using this writers theory on leadership, it follows that Randy Moss is the offensive leader of the 49ers because he is the oldest WR.

Gotta love the theory of age makes a leader. Guess we know that Wheeden has the Browns covered then.

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June 4, 2012  09:39 AM ET

No Country for Old Men.

June 4, 2012  10:19 AM ET
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Gotta love the theory of age makes a leader. Guess we know that Wheeden has the Browns covered then.

If that's the case, Cleveland's going to win the Super Bowl this year. <holding breath>

June 4, 2012  10:26 AM ET
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"He's definitely a leader of the [locker] room ... he's seen a lot, been through a lot. He's doing a great job of filling that void [from] Hines," Sanders said.Sounds to me like the writer is listening to what the players are saying and reporting what they've told him. Read the article. He's reporting. Sort of his job, I'd say.http://preview.tinyurl.com/6ng4z38

In June everybody is a leader. The guy had 237 yards in 13 games last year for petes sake, about 18 yards a game. That would get most WR in his pay scale fired.
Glad he is a good locker room guy, that is what keeps him around. Leadership on the field would be helpful too. If he does not produce more, he is out of there next year.

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June 4, 2012  10:51 AM ET
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Agreed. Just pointing out that the author here is simply reporting. Cotchery may well emerge as a valuable contributor in a revamped Steelers attack. I can see him as a situational poor man's Joshua Cribbs. He'll certainly get a long look. He's got decent skills and looks to be just what the Steelers need in the slot. But we'll see. Leadership is more than being a good guy in the room.

it is all about big ben. period. And he is the leader. funny, people keep talking about the steelers getting old, it would appear they are mistaken.

June 4, 2012  11:29 AM ET
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Wow, the Steelers are in trouble this year!!

+1

June 4, 2012  11:33 AM ET

Steelers are in trouble every year, apparently. We're used to the jealousy by now. Whatever helps you sleep at night.

June 4, 2012  11:43 AM ET

Plax is still available!!!

June 4, 2012  11:55 AM ET

Jerrico Cotchery, the only good thing to come from the Jets...

 
June 4, 2012  12:56 PM ET
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Jerrico Cotchery, the only good thing to come from the Jets...

Well it was a good move since the jets had no one to throw to him

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