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William Gay Quiets The Chorus For Another Week


By Matthew Marczi

It seemed as though last week’s brutal 55-point defensive effort against the New England Patriots was just what the doctor ordered for those whose fandom comes paired with a complementary agenda. One of the house favorites over the past five years has been that infamous chorus, “William Gay sucks!”

The choir was bereft of its muse for a season, as Gay spent 2012 vacationing in Arizona, where so many Steelers go to retire. Suddenly the choir was lost, each voice singing the hazes of a different player in a cacophony of vitriol.

Imagine their relief when their spritely inspiration came home to them, allowing the chorus to begin again, with renewed fervor. Every slight, whether illusory or actual, gave birth to a new hymn of discontent during the preseason.

But then the regular season rolled around, and Gay was placed in the starting lineup over Cortez Allen, and Mike Tomlin looked upon it and saw that it was good. The chorus fell silent, perplexed. What had happened? Gay was playing well.

All that came crashing to a halt when in walked the jolly blue giant, Rob Gronkowski, who took advantage of soft coverage for a career-high nine receptions for 143 yards and a touchdown. Aaron Dobson himself got the better of Gay for four receptions and a touchdown. Up rose the chorus once again. “William Gay sucks!”

Caesura!

Enter the Buffalo Bills and their top-five rushing attack led by Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller.

Enter William Gay guarding the edge and repeatedly felling the backs seeking refuge around the perimeter of the defensive line.

Diminuendo.

Enter Gay blowing up wide receivers after a two-yard gain on third and long.

Exeunt.

The chorus falls silent again. At least for another week.

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About Matthew Marczi

Passionate Steelers fan with a bit of writing ability. Connoisseur of loud music. Follow me on Twitter @mmarczi.
  • JAMESH

    I enjoyed watching Vince Williams in these GIFs. Always in position, executes his assignment. I am confused about one thing, though…… if Ziggy is the strongest man on the team, why is he so weak?

  • Anthony Renzelli

    Because weight room strength doesn’t necessarily equal football field strength

  • JAMESH

    It was a rhetorical question and meant to convey humor. Guess it missed.

  • JAMESH

    I was watching Ziggy in the last GIF and he seemed to get no penetration while Keisel is eating the double team and that led to my first post. Looking at some of the other GIFs in some of the other articles this morning, I saw Heyward putting more pressure on the pocket while being double teamed than Ziggy was getting one-on-one. And then I noticed Heyward not geting any pressure from that side. The one constant? Kraig Urbik at RG. Sure, not a ProBowler, but he seemed to win the battle against whoever we sent at him. I wonder why we didn’t stick with him longer.

  • cencalsteeler

    Look at the last gif on Ziggy. His technique takes his own strength away from him. He stands erect and uses his tippy toes to drive, thus only getting strength from his arms and calves. Shouldn’t he lower his hips more which would result in more leg drive, creating more strength?

  • charles

    The difference between William Gay then and William Gay now: Carnell Lake.

  • dgh57

    It’s nice to see Gay playing the way he is being that Troy, Ryan, and Cortez all got off too slow starts.

  • dgh57

    I agree, and he also had help from Rod Woodson back in the preseason.

  • dgh57

    Another problem is his pass rush is to plain Jane! If he would of faked his guy to his left then give his defender a spin move the results could’ve been much better. I’ve seen Heyward display that move and commented he’ll be hard to stop if he incorporates that move.

  • Josh Knepshield

    The problem is that William Gay only stands out against below-average Quarterbacks. Put him up against a Brady, Brees, P. Manning, or Rodgers and he gets dominated and embarrassed.

  • Alan Felicia

    Going into the 2010 season, Urbik was behind Foster, Essex, Legursky, and Kemoeatu. The team had no choice but to waive him at the end of preseason hoping no other team would have interest so that they can put him back on the practice squad.

  • Matthew Marczi

    A lot of people get embarrassed by elite quarterbacks. It’s what makes them elite.

  • JAMESH

    I get embarrassed by very average mirrors.

  • Josh Knepshield

    When a QB can come into a game knowing who they are going to attack, its bad for the opposing team. Are you telling me you wouldn’t of felt more confident in the Patriots game with Keenan Lewis, Cortez Allen, & Ike covering? Thats a different story though. Gay is just a HUGE liability in big games against above average QBs.

  • Eric

    Willie G has played better than expected this season. He did a great job of lowering our expectations by getting torched in every preseason game. The rest of the DB’s except Shamarko have played below expectations and in 2 notable cases below pay grades.

  • SteelersDepot

    you should probably be told that Shamarko hasn’t played all that great either.

  • SteelersDepot

    Please, I love Lake, but to give him credit here is foolish.

  • Eric

    Please read my post. I said Shamarko played above expectations. I did not say he played great.

  • charles

    How do you account for his improved play? Carnell streses preparation. Gay shows symptoms of that.

  • charles

    Who did Brady dominate on his way to 55 points. I don’t think that it was Gay.

  • charles

    Seems that Shamarko lacks speed. He was being outrun when he covered Gronk. He was so busy chasing that he was never in any position to make a play on the ball. The antidote to lack of speed is to know the enemy, Troy has so aptly shown that over the years.

  • Lucus Rodriguez

    All the DBs have under performing? Ike Taylor held Torrey smith to 3 catches 61 years (41 of which came on a play smith obviously grabs Taylor to get the advantage.) Held AJ Green to 6 catches 41 yards (long of 10) and Brandon Marshall to 5 catches 52 yards (41 of those came on an a great throw from Cutler that was just a great offensive play) all that shows Ike Taylor is def under performing.

  • Lucus Rodriguez

    I think he has pretty good speed. ran a 4.3 forty at the combine and he fell down at the end. not a speed problem. maybe a technique thing.

  • alex

    it was sad to hear the negative energy about him when he returned…yes, he has his issues, but a football team includes 53 players and not all will be stars every sunday…you might have 10 studs on a team, but you better have 20 lunch pail/fighter/intelligent/system (insert football adjective here) players, or your going nowhere!

  • JAMESH

    It was LeBeau.

  • Josh Knepshield

    There were many plays in the Patriots game against Gay, even though everyone was getting beat. I guess I may still be upset because of his super bowl performance against the Packers.

  • CrazyTerry

    I dont remember Gay getting much blame this year. I personaly have found him a nice surprise in one on one coverage so far. Even the nE game, I blamed more on the lack of disrupting pass lanes by the front 7 than Gay himself .

  • CrazyTerry

    Didn’t Brady kill our other DBs too? Troy looked a lot worse.

  • CrazyTerry

    Again, just like the NE game, it wAS Troy who had the worse SB game than even Gay. You had GB WRs dropping a few balls or all our DBs look bad in that game.

  • CrazyTerry

    Ike doesnt get thrown at as much. And he does not get any interceptions. The lack of INTs will make a QB much more relaxed when taking risks downfield.

  • Matthew Marczi

    For what it’s worth, Ike’s numbers from PFF: 34-53 (64.2%), 479 yards, 137 yards after the catch, 1TD, 5 PD, 99.5 QBR.

  • TheBurgh805

    Good no more “gay bashing ”

  • Josh Knepshield

    Troy had a partially torn Achilles in that packers game. Gay was just horrible, he can not play man to man effectively, which is key to slowing down big time QBs.

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