Artie Burns’ Sunday Performance Considered ‘Spotty’


It was a rough game for the entire Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense so it’s unfair to point out any singular player but Mike Tomlin was asked specifically about Artie Burns’ performance. Tomlin called it “spotty,” a rare moment of some non-praise for a player.

“I thought it was spotty,” he said at Tuesday’s press conference. “It needs to be more consistent but I think that could be said for a lot of guys, particularly the young ones. Whether it’s crack/replacing in run support or keeping the ball in front of us, those two big plays we gave up in the first half I thought was a significant element of the game from a defensive standpoint in the first half of the game.”

Dave Bryan did a great job breaking down both plays, a 39 yard completion to Jarvis Landry and a 53 yard reception to MarQueis Gray, each putting Miami inside the five yard line. Check out his article here for the recap and GIFs.

Tomlin, in another relatively rare moment, got into specifics of what happened on each play.

“One of them was a scramble play that could or should’ve been a sack where the tight end got behind Will Gay and another was a third and seven we were very capable of winning. They ran a switch release and Artie was in deep defense and should, and is very capable, of keeping the ball inside and in front of him. We didn’t in those two instances.”


His explanation basically echoes what Dave wrote about. We also broke down some of the problems with the Steelers’ run game Monday morning, referring to the crack/replace issues Burns and Ross Cockrell had from an assignment and execution standpoint. You can check out that article here. 

Burns was basically getting the start, usurping Sean Davis, and playing as the first team nickel. It’ll be interesting to see if Burns retains his role this week against one of the league’s best offenses and coach, who highlights a defense’s weaknesses better than anyone else in the game.

With their tight ends, a big chunk of the secondary will see work – there will probably be lots of dime defense and 4 CB looks – but perhaps Justin Gilbert will get the nod.

Regardless, the secondary is going to have to play a lot better across the board to slow down Tom Brady and the gang. So far, no one in the league has.

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  • Rusted Out

    This kid is often out of position, he often bites on routes, and misses his fair share of tackles. He size and makeup speed do go a long way though. I think one big pick and a lot can be forgiven. Growing pains.

  • TheGURU

    Entire defense has been spotty I wouldn’t get to worked up over it if I was him. Smh

  • DirtDawg1964

    Here’s a free tip for the secondary. Cover Gronk.

  • WilliamSekinger

    +1

  • Zarbor

    Growing pains is right. Personally think he is playing too many minutes. We went from one extreme to the next with the rookies.

  • budabar

    Only way to learn is on the field playing and learning from their mistakes

  • Brendon Glad

    He’s not good. And there is never any reason why we, as fans, should trust a Steelers draft pick in the secondary until there is overwhelming evidence to the contrary on the field.
    The exact opposite of how we should feel when a WR is drafted.
    During Colbert’s tenure, only Troy P., Ike Taylor, and Wil Gay are even worthy of mention. 2 of those never made a pro-bowl. Many, MANY failed picks there. And I’m talking about dudes who are out of the league almost immediately following their Steelers failure. That’s the exclamation point to the problem. This is not AQ Shipley, or the Okie-state D-end who went on to start many years for Denver 8-9 years back. This is outright FAILURE.
    They are awful at it…it needs to be addressed…and I’ve already said on here 30 times the simple way I would change about how they evaluate secondary for the draft. I’m not going to say it again.

  • Don2727

    People tend to forget that he missed practically the entire offseason. They need to stay the course with Burns. It will end up paying off in the long run.

  • PaeperCup

    unlike last time.

  • Don2727

    The Dolphins loss is on are Dline and LB’s..Not on the secondary..

  • Brendon Glad

    The “why” of how they are great at drafting WR’s and horrible at drafting DB’s…is a mystery. The scouts who are putting their approval on a WR have a DB attached to that film every time. You’d think you’d be either great at both…average at both…or poor at both, by logic.
    I have zero explanation for that, other than a guess. MAYBE scouts specialize in positions at times? I do not know this. But if so, then they need to flip the assignments for a few years and see how that goes.

  • Matt Manzo

    The second to last paragraph got me excited! The game was so bad, and with Ben out, I am not looking forward to the Patriots. But considering that we might see some different packages in the secondary, I’m excited to see more of Gilbert, Davis, Burns and Dangerfield! They have a lot of developing to do, and they are going to have their hands full with that offense.
    Are we thinking that Davis won’t be in the slot? I was wanting to see him against Gronk. We wouldn’t ask Dangerfield to cover one of the TEs, right?

  • Brendon Glad

    Every loss is always on the secondary, to some extent. Because they are garbage. Cockrell may be the only guy who has any upside there. That the secondary is garbage is known by all (Steelers included)…and game plans by BOTH sides are formulated with that in mind.
    Ryan Tannehill would have probably folded, as he’s known to do, if Wil Gay catches a ball right in his chest and houses it. But apparently the disease of Steelers secondary not being able to catch has finally been contracted by Wil Gay too. If Wil Gay can’t catch, then he is nothing. He’s not a great cover-corner. The fact that he would occasionally jump a route and take it to the house was his calling-card.
    But yes, of course the D-Line and LB’s were bad too.
    They are an awful defense. But I would argue it all starts with how bad the secondary is.
    If I was an OC for a Steelers opponent I’d tell my QB…
    1) When “we”(Steelers Opponent) are 4 or 5 wide…when in doubt, don’t take sacks. The Steelers secondary has no ball-skills so don’t worry about interceptions.
    2) When “we” are in max protect…wait as long as possible. The Steelers secondary will eventually let someone come open (even if only 2 or 3 players are in the route)…and you can throw it into tight spaces because none of them have ball skills.
    The Steelers ENTIRE defense revolves around Cam Hayward and S. Tuitt. at this point. When they can disrupt things from a 3 man line, then Butler can flood the secondary with bodies and QB’s will tend to panic and make errant throws that leads to incompletions (never interceptions, since our DB’s can’t catch…but still, you can win that way sometimes)
    Obviously Cam was gone…and Tuitt got dinged-up. NIGHTMARE.

  • Andy Wright

    I think Keenan Lewis would have made the pro bowl in our system had we kept him. Either way he deserves mention as a success under Colbert.

  • Brendon Glad

    He had 1 good year as a Steeler. And a flop in NO. Released 3 years into a 5 year deal with NO. 7 career interceptions. Try again.

  • Brendon Glad

    It almost makes me mad when fans try to defend this garbage DB scouting. Especially when it is with guys like “Keenan Lewis”. Yeah he was a better pick than Ricardo Colcleigh. Whoop-de-do.
    In the last 12 years here is the list of DB’s drafted
    2004: 2(38) Ricardo Colclough
    2005: 2(62) Bryant McFadden
    2006: 3(83) Anthony Smith
    2007: 5(170) William Gay
    2008: 6(194) Ryan Mundy
    2009: 3(96) Keenan Lewis
    2009: 5(168) Joe Burnett
    2010: 5(164) Crezdon Butler
    2011: 3(95) Curtis Brown
    2011: 4(128) Cortez Allen
    2012: 7(246) Terrence Frederick
    2013: 4(111) Shamarko Thomas
    2013: 5(150) Terry Hawthorne
    2014: 5(157) Shaquille Richardson
    2015: 2(56) Senquez Golson
    2015: 4(121) Doran Grant
    2015: 7(239) Gerod Holliman

    I’m not even going to look at the stats to see what the career GS and Int/Fumble recoveries are for these dudes. William Gay has ELEVEN career ints…yep, even I thought it was more. And that’s our best pick of the last 12 years at DB.

  • Brendon Glad

    You may say, oh of course you left out Chris Hope, Troy P. and Ike Taylor. Those were Colbert picks….ok…yes, I did.
    Obviously, drafting Troy P. and Ike in 2003 were great picks. And they made it hard to crack the lineup.
    But, what happened? Why didn’t guys they drafted who couldn’t beat out Troy or Ike go flourish elsewhere? Because they all were awful picks.
    I have 2 guesses (based on what has transpired since then)
    1) Blind luck in 2003.
    2) Someone left the scouting department around that time who was really good at evaluating college DB’s. (maybe Modrak or Modrak and others…?) That’s just the first name that came to mind, that I’m aware of leaving within the last 10 years.

  • Nolrog

    Covering the TE is so over rated. It’s much better to let him run free.

  • JB Burgess

    I agree with you. This “keep it in house” defensive coaching philosophy is the real issue. How do you hire a DC from within, from a trash defense? Butler’s defense’s have been exposed by mediocre qbs

  • Nolrog

    Interesting that you started with 2004 and not 2003 when they drafted Try and Ike.

  • Nolrog

    Everyone contributed to the loss. No one is exempt from that steaming pile of dung!

  • Brendon Glad

    I did not like that one bit either. They were “stale” for the last 2-3 years. I did not like the Butler hire one bit, and I DID think Lebeau needed to go. But not for his understudy. I think LeBeau is one of the greatest DC’s of all-time. So God-Bless Dick LeBeau and all he did.
    But he ain’t Chuck Noll…and when they parted ways with Chuck Noll it was the right time. And when they did NOT choose Joe Greene (his understudy)…that was correct too.

  • Brendon Glad

    See below. I acknowledge that in a later post

  • Kevin artis

    I totally agree. I had the same rant on another website. That is a horrible list. These guys don’t even get out of training camp on the roster before they are dismissed. And if you remember it took Gay on a second stint to become respectable. I think whoever evaluates DBs should be fired 10 years ago.

  • Thomas

    Like Mitchell, he was too busy getting into fights after the play rather than doing his job. Secondary needs to wake the hell up.

  • Brendon Glad

    I would not be surprised if Belichick DELIBERATELY sabotages this game-plan.
    Rodney Harrison has been quoted that Belichick does these kinds of things. If he feels that he may face the Steelers again in the PS…but winning this game is not critical…then don’t be surprised if the Steelers look A LOT better than they actually are.
    Because why WOULD you, if you were NE? The Patriots NEVER have to worry about the AFC East. And they don’t this year either.
    Everything that happens positively for the Steelers in this game will be a direct result of Belichick not wanting to play his Aces…now. With Landry Jones at QB, he should be able to use Preseason game 2 game plan and still win the game. And if the Steelers somehow beat him with that….well that will just help with the “Patriots-against-the-world” mantra later if the Steelers see them in the playoffs.

  • Kevin artis

    IMO Even if you add Ike and Troy that still doesn’t absolve the putrid drafting of DBs over the last 13 years.

  • Kevin artis

    I would even go a step further and say, “Have you seen a worst group of OLBs in the league?” I mean I haven’t seen Pittsburgh field a worst group of OLBs in 35 plus years I’ve been a Steeler fan.
    I do believe if we had any resemblance of a pass rush it would help Cockrell and Gay.

  • Jeff Burton

    I would say ‘spotty’ is an overly kind assessment of the entire Steeler performance against the ‘Phins. They love to play down to the level of the competition.

  • mem359

    If NE had beaten Buffalo in their home game. you’d have a point.
    If the Bills can do it again in Buffalo, that would put the Patriots in a real bad spot.
    NE will have to stay sharp, until the Rex Ryan team goes into a tailspin later in the season.

  • Jeff Burton

    I’m not impressed with Butler at all. His analysis is shaky, thinking Sean Davis could man cover in the NFL when ALL of college film says otherwise. I can’t stand how conservative his play calling is. The Tampa 2 is OVER. That defense was decoded by Tom Brady and the rest of league 5 years ago. Butler also fails to make significant strategy adjustments during the game. The Steelers made a BIG mistake when they forced Coach LeBeau out. I can’t help but think he could have pulled something out of all this mess that would WORK!!!!

  • Brendon Glad

    Mitchell is my least favorite Steeler of all time.
    To have him compared to Ryan Clark at times makes me sick. Ryan Clark didn’t play the ball very well either (far better than Mitchell, but Clark was not a ball-hawk).
    But on the “enforcer” side…there is a BIG BIG difference between coming up in the hole 3 yards deep and punishing a RB’s intestines in space…vs blasting a RB (with sideline as Mitchell’s friend) out of bounds after he pops off a 15 yard gain. Then rubbing up on him like he did something.

    I hate Mike Mitchell as a player. If Tomlin can’t see it, then all I have left is to root for injury (non-life-or-future-health-threatening of course). But He ain’t my friend, so all he is to me is an aggravation in my football weekend. And he can’t lose his paycheck getting hurt.
    I just want him off the field in the black-and-gold. That’s all. I shouldn’t have to think that way. The fact that Tomlin swears by him tells me more about Tomlin and poor drafting in the secondary, than it makes me wonder about me. Because I ain’t wrong on this one. No way, no how. Special teams DB AT BEST…is what he is.
    What I’d hope…is that somehow someway he became a Bengal. He’d be like Reggie Nelson without talent. But he’d fit in well there, in most other ways.

  • Jeff Burton

    If you are saying Artie Burns is no good I couldn’t disagree more. Burns has shown great potential. Ike Taylor barely played until his 3rd year. Burns is already in contention to get a starting spot and the only thing holding him back is the coaches trying to protect him. Burns’ instincts are great. His analysis is way above what you should expect from a rookie. His game speed and makeup speed are definitely NFL stater quality level. I didn’t like the pick but he’s made me a believer. I see nothing so far that says Burns won’t develop into a #1 caliber cornerback.

  • Brendon Glad

    It is, Kevin, it is…and it really flummoxes me.
    As I always understood it…scouts are kind of done by region. So that has me even more confused.
    As in, whoever was watching Antonio Brown play…or Mike Wallace, or Martavis Bryant, or Emmanuel Sanders…or Sammie Coates…or even down to Nate Washington…or Eli Rogers….HOW do you NAIL THOSE…as you isolate your eyes on them vs DB’s…but utterly FAIL on the DB part. I do not understand. I do not understand…

    But it’s not OUR JOB to understand. It IS their’s. We are trying to figure it out as a hobby.
    So when I thought they shouldn’t pick a RB so high like L. Bell. Well, I was wrong. Yeah, they should be right. Just like when I take my car into the shop. I don’t even know where the transmission is. So yeah, when I say, “My car has a catch in it when I hit the gas…” then I assume that my 40$/hr mechanic will be able to diagnose and solve the problem far better than me doing a little research on google.
    With the Steelers…there’s no one involved making 40$/hr. And this engine known as the Steelers Secondary is stalled in the middle of the street.

  • Brendon Glad

    No, Kevin, I haven’t. JH is still their best OLB. And while JH is one of my favorite Steelers of all-time, COME ON! He himself knows he shouldn’t be their best OLB in 2016. It probably aggravates him that he still is. Because he’s a WINNER! He probably tries to teach those guys how to pick up the load that he can’t carry anymore.
    Our OLB’s are an extreme disappointment. And I’m not a big fan of the ILB’s either. I have belief in Shazier…but I had belief in Bell too back in the day. If you can’t handle the pounding, then at some point you become a “what-if”.

  • John Mazza

    Agreeing about the terrible drafting but not about the new kids not having the upside. you know everyone sits for a while. these kids arent. they are getting playing time and theres going to be growing pains. at least they are winning for the most part as we find out what they have. until last season they didnt put a premium on DBs. they just draft LBs high but they missed on Jones and Dupree is still raw. heres to hoping

  • John Mazza

    they knew he was going to be a project coming in. im just happy hes playing some and learning

  • nd fan

    I couldn’t agree more with everything you just said about 23. If we as fans can see these things it boggles my mind how the coaches cannot. He is the most overpayed player of all time. He makes no plays. Had more penalties last weekend than he has had int. in his steeler tenure. But when the time comes he will be signed by us again and retire in Pittsburgh no doubt about it no one else is going to sign this guy. Give me Clark wherever he is today guaranteed he would make as many plays this weekend as 23 does, although he’ll get up and dance after that 15 yard pass completion to Gronk, but at least he made a tackle, if he doesn’t take the wrong angle.

  • Brendon Glad

    Point taken…personally I hope New England throws everything they have at the Steelers and wins by 40 as they should.
    Belichick ain’t gonna do that. Preseason game plan #2 will win this game for NE. And anything KEY as a weakness for the Steelers will not be exploited unless they get off script. (Like AB returns a punt for a TD…combined with LB taking a simple 38 Boss to the house).

  • Brendon Glad

    All I’m saying is that I have no reason to trust a Steelers DB pick until he seriously jumps off the screen.
    And on the flip-side, I have no reason to DISTRUST a Steelers WR pick until he is cut, and out of the league for over a year.
    I’m rooting for Burns just like the rest of Steelers Nation. But tiny Gif’s that actually explain why he is not as bad as it appears ain’t gonna do it for me.
    The list I put above of Steelers DB picks in the last 12 years speaks for itself.

  • Rusted Out

    Isn’t that a double edged sword though? The best way to learn is by playing. I’d prefer the baptism by fire and live with the growing pains. Just hoping he makes a play here soon.

  • Brendon Glad

    I hope you are correct. You are fighting against history.
    Steelers Nation said the same stuff about McFadden, as a whole. And Keenan Allen…and Curtis Brown…and Cortez Allen….and Shamarko at Safety.
    I want to see him MAKE PLAYS…not have GIF’s of bad plays try to explain why he might not have made the play. Right or not…my trust is broken on Steeler DB selections.
    I will watch Gif’s ALL-DAY talking about what Martavis Bryant did or did not do…or Sammie Coates….because they’ve MADE PLAYS. And the Steelers draft history shows that on WR picks…TRUST IS WARRANTED!
    It’s in all of our best interests to call them out on the bad. Us who hate our DB drafting and express it…we don’t love the Steelers any less than the rest of the Steelers Nation.
    Personally, as a writer of scripts…I often get the most improvement out of the harshest critics. Of course, going in, I’m hoping every person who reads my script says it’s the most brilliant thing ever. But is it? Have you ever heard of me? No.
    I’m not comparing myself to the Steelers on accomplishments, by any means…but it was to express a point. SOMETHING or things is causing them to have not advanced past the Divisional Playoffs for 5 years running. The DB draft list ain’t pretty.
    And even when they won 3 AFC titles and 2 SB titles from 2005-2010…it wasn’t pretty. (less addressed, but still not pretty).

  • Zarbor

    I would agree if the team wasn’t a contender and if we did not have anyone else.

    Let him play but not as much as they have. He is getting exposed by giving him too much time.

    Not sure what it does to his confidence over time. Bring him along rather than dump him in head first no different than any other job.

  • Brendon Glad

    Oh yeah…agreed fully!. he ENFORCES after the 15 yard gain like no other. Maybe even get a taunting penalty in the process. I can’t express how much me, and every single person in my close group of close friends who are Steelers fans DESPISE watching Mitchell.
    And hate when anyone compares him to Ryan Clark. Ryan Clark was the most vicious violent deathly hitter I’ve ever seen. And ALL of Ryan Clark’s hits that you remember…they saved games.
    Henry over the middle in a huge win against Bengals….Welker over middle…big win against Pats…McGahee in the Raven AFC champ game.
    And that said, I could see the writing on the wall that the NFL was making Ryan Clark-style Safety play obsolete. So now we get the lesser version.
    The guy whose biggest hits are after huge gains by the opponent. Who taunts and acts like the bully many of us hated as kids. Ryan Clark never did that. He just nearly killed you, won the game, and might kneel at your side to pray that you were ok.
    Get him out of my sight. There is nothing he could do to make me like him as a Steeler. I pray for him to go to the Bengals….so he can be another cog in wrecking them.

  • Brendon Glad

    Agreed. They’ve managed to make me feel twice in one season how I felt in 1989….as an 18 year old I switched allegiances to the Eagles for a week. After the 51-0 and 41-7 opening 2 games.
    I learned my lesson to not ever do that again….but wow…it’s amazing how much more interesting fantasy football becomes when the Steelers are the way they are.
    For those of us who truly enjoyed Pittsburgh defense as “havoc-wreaker”…in all its forms (be it the Steel-Curtain, or the Rod Woodson early Blitzburgh days, or the James Harrison, Troy P. led group of the mid-late 2000’s….
    This thing of 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 was stale… THEN it felt like 2015 had some new juice….but 2016 is awful to watch.
    They can barely make a play. They really can’t . What is it…8 sacks and 5 forced TO’s in 6 games? AND huge yardage and horrible 3rd down ratio…Keeping a great offense off the field and out of rhythm. I’m close, if I’m not exact. Good lord that’s hard to watch, as a 45 yr old Steeler fan.

  • J Jones

    Mcfadden played well for us. Vince young made a pro bowl. Not really a true standard of production, or importance to a team.

  • J Jones

    But its not like these guys were 1st rd picks…at some point every team struggles at hitting on 5th and 6th rounders. And i missed robert golden, is he anywhere on the list? He looks like a pretty nice find so far

  • Rotten Sircus

    First observation is that Artie arm tackles & that worked at Miami but not in the NFL. I like his cover skills & recovery speed but it appears to me that Artie is no hitter !!! ( IMO )

  • RSteelerz

    Wow!!! You can’t be serious! Not any good?! The kid has made several plays this season so far!

    He’s a rookie! Has he been inconsistent in tackling? Yeah but tell me who on the team hasn’t. Did he make an error in moving to Mitchell’s man instead of staying on his? Yes, money says he won’t do it again.

    Does he struggle in coverage skills? No! Does he display ball skills? Yes!

    Mind you we are talking about a rookie that also has no pass rush support that you can think of! Would you rather have Blake? Many of you are saying he is playing too much. Really?! The kid needs to stay out there.

    Name me a corner on the team that is outplaying him! This kid is a probowler in the making! You all will see! He has all the tools. Your mention of Troy is laughable! Did you see his rookie season? He sucked! Did you rag on him too?

    Maybe it’s just me but I didn’t know that a rookie is supposed to perform like Deion Sanders in just his first season.

  • mem359

    Okay, I can see your point that NE can go to plan B or C (whatever they are) and probably still run up the score.

    But Belichick is still the guy who risks keeping Brady in the 4th quarter to run up the score even further in a blow-out. With his ego, I don’t see him holding back any tricks.

  • steelersfan

    I think I’ll pass out from shock the day the secondary records an int.

  • Rusted Out

    He’s a #1 draft pick in a weak secondary. The Steelers do not have the luxury of bringing him along slowly.

  • Rusted Out

    There is so much wrong with this defense…

  • Zarbor

    There is a huge difference between slower and slowly. Nobody said anything about slowly. Why don’t they have the luxury? He isn’t making the defense any better. The other guys are better at this point so what’s the rush?

  • Zarbor

    I would never defend those picks but if you understood the Steelers philosophy on defense, you clearly understand that list of your. You don’t have to agree with it but, they went to several Suberbowls during your time listing.

  • John Phillips

    Sign Lewis

  • Rusted Out

    Who do you play there if not Burns?

  • Jeff Burton

    Ryan Clark was an excellent Free Safety. He was a prototypical ‘center-fielder’. If he hadn’t been Troy would never have got to be Troy. Look at the mess it became when Mitchell joined the team. He even admitted it was harder to play when Troy was on the field ‘because you never no where he’ll be’. Ryan played his entire career with the Steelers as if he was the ONLY Safety because Troy was never really any one position. He was a ‘Defense of One’, as I think, Coach Lebeau said. I agree Mitchell is liability. He is too much of a head hunter and a bit of hot head. His analysis is piss poor. I’m on the bandwagon now of letting Shazier take over the Troy spot and drafting or trading for a true Free Safety.

  • Jeff Burton

    Well, there’s no denying that the Steelers have been horrible at evaluating secondary talent. That means drafting, trading for and recognizing what they’ve got on the field. I think there was an idiotic attitude for so long that the secondary didn’t matter because the pass rush was so good, just like the equally idiotic notion that it didn’t matter how many hits Ben took because he was so big.

  • Jeff Burton

    Keenan Lewis was a decent #2 with New Orleans. He’d probably still be starting today if he hadn’t injured his hip. That Steelers were idiots to let him go and they probably did it because he was getting burned by Wallace in practice. Nobody could handle Wallace’s speed at that time. And their solution was to give 26 million to Cortez Allen before he’d even shown he deserved to be in the league. (He didn’t)

  • Jeff Burton

    Bryant McFadden and Deshea Townsend both were good for the Steelers. Townsend could have been a starter for a lot of teams.

  • Rusted Out

    Old and injured. No thx.

  • Brendon Glad

    He has stated that he plays people in the 4th qtr and doesn’t hold guys out when they are healthy because he believes that the players deserve to play…it’s like a reward.
    They want to play.
    That’s totally different from SAVING things that you know will work, because you know you might see them again.
    Now SINCE Landry Jones is playing…it gets skewed.
    But think about it…let’s say you have this special fake-punt…and you see something in the special teams that makes it seem like this 1 fake-punt will work especially well on them.
    If you think you will see them again? Why would you waste it?
    You forget, the Patriots ALWAYS know they will win their division. The Steelers have 2 teams in their division who consistently make them less likely to have the luxury to “save things for later.”

  • Brendon Glad

    They did, Zarbor… Yes, they did.
    And so when a director wins an Academy Award for a movie, then no director of photography, actor or actress, editor, or producer should ever question a choice?
    Maybe they don’t…and those are probably the directors who make a bunch of mediocre movies after their masterpiece, most likely.
    I understand the philosophy. That same philosophy goes to the DL and the LB’s.
    And it doesn’t take a Guru to observe that out of all the Draft picks of the Colbert era…the biggest RED FLAG comes on the DB draft picks.
    I like Colbert. He BLOWS ME AWAY with his WR selections. And his DL selections are quite good too.
    But please don’t use “They’ve won SB’s” as a reason to diminish a VERY FAIR criticism. We all know it.
    I mean, if Jesus can choose Judas, then Colbert can be criticized too.

  • Brendon Glad

    I don’t think Townsend was a Colbert pick. I liked D. Townsend a lot. But still, think about it. Look how far back you are digging. That was 1998.
    Bryant McFadden had 9 career int. and 58PD in 96 career games.
    Think about all the excellent DB”s out there in the last 15 years.
    And I gave Troy P. Ike, and Gay as the only ones worthy of mention.
    And you tried to bring Townsend from 1998 and McFadden. That oughta speak for itself.

    They suck at drafting and developing DB’s. No way around it.

  • Brendon Glad

    Keenan Lewis was not good. But Cortez Allen was worse. So, Yes, gun to my head, I of course would have chosen Keenan Lewis. And I’d ask (with the gun to my head)…”If they both suck, it’s still about who sucks less…right?”

  • Jeff Burton

    You seem to think interceptions are the measure of a CB’s worth. They’re really not. Cornerback is one of the more difficult positions to evaluate because the best player could have horrible stats because the QB is scared sh!tless to throw in his direction or he’s on his receiver like a blanket. You really have to watch game film to get a bead on it. Ike Taylor had a very low amount of interceptions and he was one of the best cover corners in the NFL for years. (With hands of stone, I’ll admit) Nobody is contending the Steelers suck at getting CB talent. I just think you’ve been pissed about it for so long you not really evaluating clearly. I was the same way about the O-line for years, so I know the feeling.

  • Brendon Glad

    No, I just have a belief in what I want DB’s to do.
    At DB, I want them to have ball skills…AND EVEN MORESO now that the rules have changed so much.
    Ryan Clark had his place in that time…and I LOVED what he brought.
    Ike Taylor…at CB same thing.
    Ryan blew up people’s brains…Ike “molested” WR’s. So even though I still prefered the ball-hawk even then…there was a positive to outweigh my preferences back then.
    Not now.