Steelers Want New CB Coty Sensabaugh To Help Them Get Two Wins Better


The Pittsburgh Steelers signed free agent cornerback Coty Sensabaugh to a two-year contract on Monday and the team let him know right away what they’re looking for out of him now.

“They want me to come in here and compete and just help them get two wins better,” Sensabaugh said during his short session with the Steelers media. “This team made the AFC Championship last year and hopefully we can get over the hump this year. That’s the goal.”

Sensabaugh, who spent his first four seasons with the Tennessee Titans after being selected by them in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Clemson, thinks the final few seasons that he played for that organization will help him adjust quickly to the Steelers defense being as he played for Dick LeBeau and Ray Horton in 2014 and 2015.

“I was watching some film with Coach [Keith] Butler from my Tennessee days and the film is pretty much exactly the same, just different terminology,” Sensabaugh said. “And so I’m looking forward to being in this system that I’m comfortable and familiar with and hopefully it can bring out the best in me.”

As far as where exactly Sensabaugh will ultimately play in the Steelers defense, the 28-year-old cornerback believes he can help out wherever he’s needed.


“A lot of nickel and a little bit of outside my last couple of years,” Sensabaugh said. “So I’m comfortable doing both. Whatever this team, this organization, this city needs me to do, I’m here.”

One would think that Sensabaugh will more than likely get every opportunity to win the starting nickel job during training camp as we sit here in March and that means he’ll likely be competing against veteran William Gay and former second round draft Senquez Golson, who has yet to play in an NFL game in his first two seasons because of injuries. Additionally, Sensabaugh will likely be asked to play some on special teams as well.

Sensabaugh’s path to the Steelers is an interesting one for sure. Just over one full year ago, he signed a three-year free agent contract with the Los Angeles Rams and looked poised to be a main cog in their defense. That all changed very quickly, however, as Sensabaugh found himself on the Rams inactive list for the fourth game of the regular season and in Week 6 he found himself with the New York Giants after the Rams cut ties with him on October 8th.

Sensabaugh talked about his experience of being cut by the Rams last season after signing with the Steelers on Monday.

“Man, I would just say God works things out for certain reasons that we don’t understand when we go through it,” Sensabaugh said. “But after it’s all said and done it all makes sense and I’m happy I went through what I went through In L.A. It made me a better person, a better man and I feel I’m a better person from it and I’m just excited to be here with the Steelers now.

Sensabaugh, who already says he knows several of his new teammates such as Martavis Bryant, Justin Hunter and Zach Mettenberger, admitted Monday that while the Giants had some interest in re-signing him, his trip to Pittsburgh was his first free agent visit of the offseason.

“One and done, one and done,” Sensabaugh said.

The Steelers hope it’s two better and done for their newest cornerback.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    Lol yeah right. More likely to contribute to two wins less.

  • Michael James

    That’s the spirit Coty! Hopefully he can become a solid backup and quality special teamer.

  • FATCAT716

    Hater

  • capehouse

    I knew Colbert had a plan to beat the Pats this year. Might as well book a hotel room in Minneapolis after this signing.

  • Michael James

    I’m curious: How will a backup nickel CB, that is here to compete for a roster spot and provides depth, be the deciding factor why the team wins two games less? They’ll surely add one or two CBs via the draft, probably even high picks.
    This team is in a better shape then it was last year at this time and still people are complaining about everything.

  • AndyR34

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha! I’ll give him this…he is optimistic. And I hope he is correct, but it will be hard to do when you refuse to tackle the opposition.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    On the counter argument, how will a guy who was cut by the Rams after 4 games for how terrible he was playing, a guy who had 15 total tackles last year, a guy who is horrible at tackling in the first place, how is he going to be the difference in being two wins more?

  • AndyR34

    Not everyone agrees with the assessment that this team is in better shape than it was last year at this time. That is not a foregone conclusion.

  • PaeperCup

    He is a former Giant, just about the only team that has “them who shall not be named” number…relatively speaking

  • falconsaftey43

    How is it not? Dont think that can be argued much. Only loss is Timmons. Gains are Burns, Hargrave, Davis

  • Jeff Papiernik

    And it’s fairly easy to see how he could contribute to two wins less. He could get burnt on one long TD, and that could be the difference between winning and losing. And if you lose your first game in the playoffs, you don’t even get a chance at the second game. So that’s how he could directly contribute to two wins less. And I’d say that’s more likely than him balling out and getting us two additional wins.

  • WreckIess

    You understand that was somewhat of a slogan, right? The team is saying “We were two wins away from a Super Bowl victory. Do you want to be apart of this?” It was a sales pitch, but they aren’t saying that Coty Sensabaugh will literally be the reason we win a Super Bowl.

  • AndyR34

    Jury is still out on potential ‘sophmore slump’ from any of those three, ROLB is a problem as Deebo can’t play 1000 snaps, I believe Timmons is a big drop, Ben is fading, Gay is fading, don’t know about Foster yet, and can’t rely upon Green…still, don’t have D-Will…I can keep going.

  • Shane Mitchell

    A horrible signing no way to really sugar coat, if they looked at his 2014 season as a basis to sign him did they see his horrible tackling and playing like a pansy ass against the run, and say hey you will fit right in here?

  • Jeff Papiernik

    I understand that. It just sounds like a ridiculous sales pitch. This isn’t baseball where each player has a WAR value. About the only position that can be that drastic of a difference is the QB.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    I hope Golson stays healthy and beats this guy out

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    The Rams was a disaster. Hence the reason they fired Jeff Fisher and his how many ever years of not going nowhere.

  • Rick Eger

    Spot on!

  • Rick Eger

    And your assessment means what? Besides being an obvious frontrunner?

  • steeltown

    Kind of hoping he’s not contributing at all, except maybe on special teams. Hopefully he’s sitting behind a high draft and/or Golson on the depth chart

  • Rick Eger

    It’s not a make or break situation, it’s filling out the roster…..I’m sure you’re aware of that

  • falconsaftey43

    Yes, but at this point last year Burns, Davis Hargrave weren’t in the team, ROLB was also a problem, Green already had concussion issues. I’ll give you Gay getting older, Timmons gone, D.Will gone. Ben isnt fading from an ability standpoint. Still mobile, still strong arm (not his best year but nothing age related).

    So would you trade Burns, davis, hargrave for a one year younger Ben and Gay, plus D.Will and Timmons?

  • WreckIess

    I mean, a team that was in the title game really doesn’t need anyone huge differences and as a sales pitch, that’s kind of what you do. You don’t bring a guy in and say “You’re more than likely just depth and quite honestly you might even get cut after training camp. Wanna work here?” You get guys enthused to be on the team. No problem with that.

  • WreckIess

    A lot of negativity around here for a depth signing. I’m sorry to say, but you’re just not going to have 90 all-pros on your team.

  • Lambert58

    The FO better hit a home run in the draft.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Except on Madden!

  • NinjaMountie

    We can all make speculations based off of our personality. Some of us are cautious, some optimistic, and some pessimistic. None of us really know for certain, though. I’m cautiously optimistic.

    All in all I’d say this is how we stand before draft:
    Secondary: slightly better as it stands before draft based on B&D getting exp.
    DL: Better with getting Cam back and the experience gained by Hargrave
    OLB: Wash, we get Dupree all year but JH is a year older.
    WR: Much better with MB coming back
    OL: slightly better with AV getting another year
    RB: Wash….but still the best RB in league
    QB: Wash…same player so I have to say that. Though, I suspect he’ll have a better year with MB back.
    So, While we aren’t terribly better before the draft we are, imo, still better. Draft can really improve those rankings.
    Edit: forgot ILB….I think it’ll be a wash. but willing to say it’s a very slight downgrade at this point.
    forgot TE (lol): wash…better by exp but still a slight weakness. Green staying healthy could greatly increase this or a draft pick.

  • Dave Robesh

    2 wins better=AFCCG and Super Bowl. Every move they make is in service of that goal, not just Coty. Seems like a Steelers move. I’m rooting for him!

  • Cols714

    Comments on steelers boards always make me wonder what team they are following. Are they following the team with the best record in the NFL since 1992? The one that won two superbowls in the 2000s? The one that was withing one game of the Super Bowl last year?

    It’s confusing. Because reading much of the comments you’d think this team was horrible.

  • NinjaMountie

    and if you can’t trade for one….just create him.

  • NinjaMountie

    We’re spoiled. Some people just like to be contrary. Some people have unrealistic expectations. I think it boils down to we’ve been spoiled, though.

  • Cols714

    Yeah, but even then we are bringing back the entire offense intact and really only have one need at OLB and everything else is mostly depth.

    How can people see this and think this team sucks?

  • steeltown

    It is pretty funny, people freak out over low-priced FA signings and even undrafted players that are brought in, none of which are guaranteed to even make the roster.

  • Steelers12

    they wanna spend unrealistic money in free agency

  • steeltown

    I’d have to add slot CB as a need

  • NinjaMountie

    Well, we never know how the season will go. We could lose Ben to injury and that would flush the season. I’m with you though, I’m optimistic.

  • Cols714

    Really? Because we have Gay, Golson, and now Sensabaugh. I mean I think they are going to draft a CB somewhere, but it’s not a huge need.

  • NinjaMountie

    To be honest, I was hoping that we would have spent more to upgrade that position. It was the one I was really worried most about.

  • Cols714

    Well yeah, if Ben gets injured we are screwed, but that goes for every single NFL team.

  • Steelers12

    and most of the time they make the biggest differences (Farrior, Alexander, Washington, Von Oelhoffen and Clark)

  • steeltown

    I can’t put any faith in Golson or Sensabaugh yet, Gay yes but he’s no spring chicken. But we will be adding probably 2 DBs via the draft as well.

  • steeltown

    I truly think they still have faith in Golson

  • NinjaMountie

    Lol…well, I just don’t know what to say about that….I certainly don’t. I agree with you, though. We’ll add a couple of CB, one at least will be a day 1 or 2 selection.

  • Sean Mahoney

    Dave I think your spell check is broken.

  • capehouse

    lol he’s 0-2 against the Pats as a member of the Titans. Good try tho.

  • capehouse

    They probably signed him to Gay-type money to compete as the Slot starter.

  • PaeperCup

    RB, I’d say slightly worse. One one hand Bell should be available the whole season. On the other hand they probably will go a little easy on his use and rely on a backup. We don’t have that backup…DWill did great in that role, Fitz and Knile will not be as good imo.

    ILB definitely worse.

    TE is super iffy. We still don’t know where Green stands.

    I think all three of those positions can be addressed in the middle of the draft. (ILB early if they get someone like Reddick or Obi who isn’t a LB but will act as one at times)

    All in all, we are still looking pretty strong and better more so than worse.

  • PaeperCup

    😀 dang…

  • PaeperCup

    low risk.

    It’s not a bad signing….I do think a lot of people are upset that this is our only signing at the position, and I get it….but the price out there for mediocre talent just didn’t fit. There are very few players worth “going after” and seems that the Steelers did, but lost the bidding war.

  • NinjaMountie

    I see your point on RB. As far as ILB, I just don’t think we’ll see much of a difference if VW is there all year.
    I agree, we’re okay with the prospect of a good draft making us really solid at all positions.

  • Dan

    Depth/Competition for slot CB. A body in case Golson is a lost cause/Gay gets too old/draft pick is not ready.

  • PaeperCup

    I guess we just haven’t seen VW to play that role for an extended period of time. I’m too used to Timmons being automatic there. We will see. I’d still like to get some speed there….

  • Matthew Marczi

    Williams’ wheels were already falling off by the time Bell came back last year. I don’t have confidence in him anymore. I do have a high degree of confidence that they’re going to draft a running back this year, and this is a good year to do it. I think a rookie plus Davis will make up a nice stable behind Bell.

  • AndyR34

    The same as yours or anyone else’s. And you don’t need to try to prove your point by insulting people, it makes you look immature and unwilling to consider others opinions.

  • Matt Manzo

    Don’t forget to clear cap penalties!

  • John Pennington

    They all have to compete including the draft picks so I wouldnt get to worried now about any signings it will all work itself out in OTAS and in camp.Only the strong and smart will survive.

  • Zuami Montanez

    Get adoree Jackson with our first pick.

  • JohnB

    Don’t forget the internet is full of trolls. But youre right, some of these commenters act like theyre new here.

  • JohnB

    I agree with you with this but I don’t know if we can count on Shaziers health. I hate to wager on the future like that and I don’t think we need a high pick on it but it should be looked at.

  • LucasY59

    I agree that should be a better outcome, but at least they have someone for him to compete against

    kinda makes me worried that Will Gay is really declining fast (they wouldnt sign Sensabaugh unless they thought he was and equal or upgrade to him)

    Coty gives some overall depth to the CB position (inside and outside) but I think they still draft at least one CB (hopefully two, again inside and outside) and are banking on the young guys being the upgrades to the position

  • Mark

    What’s horrible is we use the same defense for every game. Then we get torched by New England and any team with a competent QB. We need to stop blaming the players and ask Butler what is he going to different with the defense. That’s the problem with our coaching staff, year over year and game over game adjustments are severely lacking.

  • LucasY59

    thats all I expect from him, but it does fill a need

  • Jason

    sorry all of those guys were gone 7 days ago

  • heath miller

    i’ll be happy if he only gets one win and its against the PATS in the AFCCG …. but if he can give us 2 i’ll take the afc championship game and the SB please.. kinda a lot ot ask for a guy that might not make the final 53. and if we get revis that should make us undefeated 17-0 i guess lmao

  • AndyR34

    Ninja – I understand your point, but as you know, I am a glass half empty guy. And I would say that as speculations differ with personality, so do memories.

    For the secondary, I remember that last year some were optimistic that Golson would improve our slot play, that Gay was still our best DB, that Cockrell would have a better season since he would have OTA’s, etc. and that there was a general feeling that Golden would be a big improvement over Will Allen at FS. We see how all that worked out.

    At OLB, Deebo wouldn’t even be veteran depth on any other team. I do expect big things from DPree, but ROLB is a major problem, IMHO.

    At WR, some thought Wheaton and Coates could make up for the loss of Bryant. Our expectation is that WR will be better with Bryant back, but GODell still needs to release him.

    I view OL as a wash…same folks, although AV has probably improved.

    RB -we were all sure were were set at this position…didn’t quite work out to projections.

    QB – I believe that Ben is regressing as I think his deep ball accuracy is drifting downwards and we better hope his road performance last year was a one-off aberration.

    And I disagree on ILB…there isvareason that they aren’t paying VW starter money.

  • heath miller

    colbert flat out said that its real hard to come back from being out of FB for 2 years so not sure they have much faith in him at this point …

  • heath miller

    lol … you’re kidding right ?

  • heath miller

    wiping the tears out of my eyes… now thats seriously funny … OMG

  • heath miller

    lol yeah the 2 ravens games

  • heath miller

    maybe he will fumble a few KO returns on the on yard line?

  • heath miller

    without a doubt.. only way he can get 2 wins is if he returns maybe 4 KO for TDs?

  • heath miller

    yep they talk about the rookies getting better and thats probably ttrue but what about the older guys getting worse.. seriously do we think deebo will match last years production.. probably NOT .. en didnt miss a lot last year.. my guess is he misses more this season than last.. as you said gay faded second half of the season …. thats a concern.. ben may have lost the spark…and green is a total question mark… AB missed no time last season .. will he this year .. the OL was pretty healthy .. chances they play as many snaps together this year is doubtful.. while we last cam and a few others i dont see where we had an exceptional injury plagued season .. id call it average and besides cam no main guys .. except bell in the pats game but i dont think that would have made a damn bit of difference …

  • heath miller

    jeff dont wqste your time with him ..

  • steelburg

    Im not saying he is Malcom Butler but don’t count the small guys out either. Butler made the INT that won the Patriots the Super Bowl. A few years back Antown Blake stripped the ball from A.J. Green to clinch us a playoff berth. He wasn’t signed to be a game changer more so for depth and hoping he can make some timely plays along the way. Blake made a number of big plays for the team and he is probably most notable for sa

  • Applebite

    Another typical low key signing that nobody expects much from…..6-8 months later, this board and others will be lit up with praises for the guy, lol.

  • SilverSteel

    We are following a team that has had it’s past glories but is really under achieving when the SB is so attainable. Every player, coach and fan will tell you that the SB was an attainable goal for the last 2 years and that is what they expected – nothing less. Had we been coached/managed differently, we could have won it all. We have the talent. We do not use it well. IMO

    Now, in the off season (and maybe Ben’s last), we fans expected the team to learn from their mistakes, patch the right holes and not make the same FA gaffes of the past and that was too much to ask for. We are signing players like Ben has 5 more years. We threw the kitchen sink at AB and then cheap out on quality CBs when they visit. We do not want to pay big money every year, but this was the year that a 10 Mil CB was needed – and who do we get? Another guy who wont tackle and another team’s cast off. We could have found the money but we try nothing creative to get there. It is upsetting to a real fan when your rivals are doing anything they can to improve their team and we settle for mediocrity. Frustrating…

  • J Jones

    More like a closet browns fan

  • 6 ring circus

    I’ll be happy with a triple off the wall.

  • SilverSteel

    We only have one need? Are you serious? CB, RB, OLB, ILB, QB We don’t suck…we just did not improve during the off season at all. We regressed and expect rookie draft picks to pick up the slack in their first year.

  • SilverSteel

    I hope so…but something tells me he’s actually serious. lol

  • Ni mo

    Not round 1 talent

  • Michael Conrad

    They were signed by when another coach was the man.

  • Brian Tollini

    According to the majority of comments on this story, the Steelers have just lost the 2017 season. It’s a depth signing. He isn’t our new starting quarterback. He wasn’t bough in to turn our franchise around. If he doesn’t pan out the 53 man roster, Heinz Field won’t self destruct. That is all.

  • SilverSteel

    Hey Burg. If the signing was only for depth as everyone is saying, how would a second string guy be expected to win us 2 more games. That does not sound like a depth signing to me.

  • VaDave

    VW started a significant number of games his rookie year. We have seen him, and while he wasn’t Timmons of a few years ago, pretty much, he is a wash as what Timmons was going to bring to the team this year. JMO.

  • SilverSteel

    I will be happy to eat some tasty crow. 🙂

  • SilverSteel

    It’s not about this story. It is what could have been had we been more creative and smart during the FA period. That is depressing… We all still love our team…that’s why were bummed. I can live with the Pats out coaching us every time we play, but do we have to lose to them in the off season too?

  • FATCAT716

    Easy create a fumble on special teams, bring competition to the room, show up when needed.. There is so many ways

  • FATCAT716

    Cam Heyward, possibly Bryant

  • J Jones

    Welcome to the sky is falling 101. Just wait til the draft, some of these guys wrote us off after we drafted Artie last yr.

  • VaDave

    The speculation here is getting to the point of being ridiculous. IE, these are all possibilities, Boswell could miss a few field goals, Ben a few inopportune interceptions, Cam Heyward could miss a tackle or two , Bell could break a leg, Bryant could celebrate his reinstatement by toking up in Goodell’s office, Ashley forces Ben to take brain scan, resulting in his retirement, Tomlin could have a stroke, the Rooney’s could sell the team to Rosie O’Donnell, lake Erie could spring a leak, flooding western Pennsylvainia forcing us to play our home games in Cleveland….Please, before somebody has a metal collapse over this stuff, let them play the friggin games first.

  • Gizmosteel

    Here’s what I took from his comments…Butler’s D is no different than LeBeau’s. No wonder Brady shreds it time and time again. I’d like Butler to move on. Doing the same thing over and over is the definition of…

  • J Jones

    Same guys that are still killing the organization for taking a chance on a “pricey” FA last yr are now pissed bc they didnt do it this yr…loyal haters lmao

  • mem359

    Or even: 1 more win in regular season (to get a top-2 seeding), then they only have to win 2 playoff games instead of 3.

  • mem359

    Ah, but they must be horrible.
    If you exclude all the teams that have a worse defense, then the Steelers would have the worst defense in the league!

  • SilverSteel

    I was looking for the sarcasm font….but you are serious! Good stuff… My point is they are bringing him in to take over the slot. This is NOT a depth signing. If you can shake two more wins out of backups…well sign me up! Lets get a few more! Then we get home field advantage and a buy. Instead of signing Ryan for 10 Mil, lets get 5 backups for 10 Mil. Makes much more sense.

  • steelburg

    Well said.

  • Steelers12

    Tomlin is great head coach

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    Good, not great.

  • Steelers12

    Agree

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    Exactly

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    If you are referring to green and ryan it’s night and day. He’s never missed a game.

  • steelburg

    Please don’t throw logic out the window on this. Everyone knows that the plan is for Golson to be the man in the slot and Coty Sensabaugh is here if Golson struggles and or gets injured again. Best case scenario is Golson takes the role in the slot and runs with it and Sensabaugh plays special teams and provides quality depth. Worse case scenario is Golson struggles and or gets hurt again and we have Gay and Sensabaugh for slot depth. If you think they are going to just hand this guy the slot job your crazy.

  • SilverSteel

    I know he will compete for it but Gay is done (depth) and Golson is essentially a rookie. Of course he will take the slot position. Just my opinion. I have serious doubts that Golson will stay healthy or hasn’t lost a step form injury.

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    This guy’s been in the league 5 years and doesn’t even have a highlight tape…sheesh

  • Steelers12

    I’ll take it

  • steelersfan

    Why are there so many people who don’t like this move? It’s not like this move makes us a worse team and it could make us better. Let’s hope for the best

  • steelburg

    I have every reason in the the world to think the same way as you about Golson but I really do believe he will show up this year and be big time in the slot. But I agree with you that Gay is likely done. All the more reason why the Sensabaugh move makes sense IMO. With Gay likely being done you don’t have a veteran player who can play the slot if Golson doesn’t get it together.

  • Consistent

    Lol Golson can’t be considered a rookie still can he?? He better had gathered SOME knowledge by now,he’s almost up for another contract.

  • Applebite

    Have you found one of Ryan Clark when he was with the Giants?

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    He wasn’t in the league 5 years when he was with the giants, nice try.

  • Rocksolid20

    The knowledge Golson has gathered is how to turn the hot tub off and on .

  • Applebite

    But you still can’t find one of Clark…? Obviously, you have not thought this question through. I didn’t ask about Clark being with the Giants for 5 years. I asked if you found one of Clark. Point being, everyone doesn’t have a highlight reel, but that doesn’t mean that player isn’t good.

  • AndyR34

    Please name those ‘guys’. I recall a lot of excitement about Green until it was revealed that he was going to be a no-show at the beginning of the year. That started some questioning, which morphed into criticism when it took so long for Green to get off the PUP. Please put up or quiet down about others.

  • RickM

    I thought it was a guarantee that they would be at least sign a mid-range player. Glad there wasn’t a betting pool.

  • AndyR34

    I guess the memories of Van Dyke, Boykin, McCain, Blake, preferring ‘Tez over Lewis, and all those failed mid-round draft picks has caused a crisis in confidence in the FO when it comes to DB’s. I think most nay-sayers think it wasted money on a guy who refuses to tackle the opposition.

  • AndyR34

    Oh…and if there is in any way, shape, or form that this makes us better…we are in worse shape than I thought. I didn’t think we were so bad as to have this guy make us better.

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    Yes I can, there are several. Obvviously you haven’t taken the time to look. It’s a good indication of their talent and impact on games they’ve played in.

  • AndyR34

    I would have lost big-time, lol!

  • Matthew Marczi

    Do you sincerely believe that the fact that nobody ever bothered to make a highlight video of a player is a sound argument against signing him?

  • RickM

    I disagree that we’re spoiled. Do you think New England fans expected their team to sit tight? Do you think fans of the other SB team Atlanta expected their team to do nothing. Both made some important signings.

    The window on Roethlisberger is closing. Wanting reasonable FA upgrades is logical, not spoiled. The passive approach by many fans is the one that makes the least football sense.

  • WreckIess

    You’re still mad that I ruined your dreams of a Pats/Steelers Super Bowl? Relax.

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    No, never said that, that would be irrational. I’m just saying.

  • Matthew Marczi

    I think the number of people calling a team that went to the AFC Championship Game ‘mediocre’ is the definition of a spoiled fan base.

    Who would have been a reasonable FA upgrade? $10M CBs are not reasonable upgrades.

  • steelersfan

    Better in the sense that if one of our starters goes down this guy may be a better option that shabazz and golson. Hence a depth move. Or do you think either of those two guys are definitely better than sensabaugh? If there’s any doubt than yeah I think there’s a possibility he could make us better.

  • J Jones

    Exactly my point dweeb, temper all expectations til we know what a guy will bring to this team. Stop pretending like u got some special insight. Wasnt even referring to u “Andy” so stay in ur lane til I call u out for being a grown man named Andy

  • RickM

    I have no idea who has called the team mediocre and I don’t agree with that. But the sentiment that a good football team doesn’t need to try and make itself better when its franchise QB is retiring in the near future makes no sense. N.E. and Atlanta got to the SB and both are still trying to improve themselves. Every football team should do that whenever the opportunity presents itself. It’s natural for any football fan of any team to want that. The last thing it is is “spoiled”.

  • AndyR34

    Oh…I see…rather than facts to support your statements, you need insults to cover up what you are saying. Classic…divert attention away from what you said.

  • AndyR34

    Well, at least we know Shabazz will tackle and this guy doesn’t very often. There may still be ‘upside’ to Shabazz, but not likely with Sensabaugh. Golson is a mystery and it seems as if Colbert has already written him off…or nearly so. I get your point, but we already know that if we have Shabazz starting, we are in deep doo-doo…and Sensabaugh is unlikely to change that any…based upon recent history.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Well, there were a couple of people just in this comment section, and I saw it in another comment section earlier today. Other than that, I just don’t agree with the notion that they’re not trying to make themselves better just because they haven’t signed a new starting player in free agency, which is something that they very rarely attempt, and typically comes after losing a significant starter. They did attempt to do that with Hightower, even though I’m glad that didn’t work out.

  • AndyR34

    Preach it, Rick! Somebody, I don’t remember who, did call us mediocre, and they rightfully got called out on it. But, I am with you totally! Your point about ATL and NE trying to get better is right on. We have not tried to do the same. I so much remember the long time in the eilderness between Terry and Ben. Two SB’s in the 2000’s is nice…5 in 15 years is better, especially compared to our 2in 35+years. Add to that the absolute ineptness shown in the period from the mid-50’s to the first SB and I have far more reason not to be spoiled.

  • J Jones

    U made my point a while ago. Guys want the team to pony up, team does. Guys are happy. Player has unforeseen circumstances(which happens all the time) guys are mad, and overly criticize. Very nxt season guys have no clue why team doesnt pony up again. Guys are mad and overly criticize. U literally just made my point.

  • RickM

    Frankly, some of the comments on here are disingenuous. Some of the people who applauded the Ladarius Green signing last year and said it would help the team, are now calling out those who wanted a similar reasonable free agent signed wrong and spoiled. You can’t applaud a team one year for such a signing, and then criticize fans the next year for hoping for the very same thing.

    It’s fair game to say there was no one out there of sufficient value. But calling out fans for something you supported a year ago? Come on. There’s just a difference of opinion. It has nothing to do with fans who are unappreciative.

  • ND_Steel

    Best of luck Coty, hopefully this is like a DHB signing on defense.

  • Matthew Marczi

    The issue is that people keep saying the Steelers aren’t TRYING to get better. That’s just a nonsense claim. They tried to go after a top cornerback. They had their name attached to several before their price tags spiraled out of control. They tried hard to sign Hightower. They’ve already brought in seven free agents, signing three of them, with an eighth coming tomorrow. Of course they’re trying to get better. You don’t just spend $5 million a year on a player just because you feel like you have to though.

  • AndyR34

    Matthew – you have a valid point that the Steelers rarely attempt to sign starting players in FA. But you refuse to acknowledge that the end of Ben’s years as a topflight QB might be a time to try something different in order to win another SB. You say they tried to go after a top CB, but all I heard was the Steelers were ‘interested’…no visit, nothing but a possible plant by some guy’s agent. We believe they at least made an offer to Hightower, but that fits the lost starter scenario, not the leap forward that some think would be useful to try. They have brought in…and signed, as is usual…some back of the roster FA’s that aren’t really going to make our starting 22 better…at least to the degree that NE and some other top teams are trying in order to get better. As in the past, some will make minor contributions, and some will be close to useless (Cam Thomas?). None will put us over the top. Please do remember that it looks like the Pats have improved somewhat and although everyone likes to crow about getting to the AFCCG, we weren’t competitive in that game…and we likely have a more difficult schedule this year.

  • RickM

    Any time they sign someone, of course they feel it may help their team. The quality of the signings is the issue. They showed that financially they were willing to go close to a double-digit salary. Once that fell through they went into the bargain-basement mode. Some just feel that is not sufficient. There’s nothing wrong with feeling that way. The last word, if needed, is yours. Thanks for the chat.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Who is even left in the mid-range? It seems like we’re simply in the bargain bin stage already.

  • Matthew Marczi

    We weren’t competitive in that game because of bad football, not bad talent. Play the game again and it’ll be more competitive, maybe they even win with Bell healthy.

    Here’s my thing about the championship window argument, which I’m sympathetic to. If you’re going to sell out and overpay for a player, make it somebody who makes a difference. Josh Norman would make a different. Logan Ryan wouldn’t. Dre Kirkpatrick wouldn’t. I really don’t think these guys take the Steelers from a conference championship team to a super bowl winner. Maybe a Norman does, and if so, back the truck up. Not for a Kirkpatrick type of player.

  • Zarbor

    Hopefully just a depth guy. Our defense is going to hinging on the health and play of Golson.

  • Applebite

    Impossible to look while at work…working.

    But now that I’m at home and able to take a look, I see you haven’t looked very hard yourself. I’ve seen many highlights of Sensabaugh, from college to the pros. I’m finding all sorts of stuff on Coty, including combine measurements.

    And from what I can tell, he’s quite the ball hawk in the right scheme. And he’s a quick player. I can see him in the slot for the Steelers. Not sure why exactly he didn’t hang on to the Giants, Titans and Rams, but he’s with the Steelers now. The best you, me, and everyone else can do as a fan is to at least let his play speak for him, rather than make empty assumptions.

    I’m going to go out on a limb and say, this signing is insurance for Golson, with potential to replace Cockrell as the #2. I’ll also go on to say that Gay’s time might just be done in Pittsburgh.

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    Yea, college. Not actual nfl games. I never made any assumptions, that’s what you’re doing

  • Conserv_58

    I came away impressed with his interview with Missy Matthews. He positioned himself as being very bright, grounded, well spoken and articulate. Those attributes will be a valuable asset to his being a solid contributor.

  • Conserv_58

    Watching Golson play after his return from injury was as cringe worthy and gut wretching as it gets. I can undertand your apprehension based on his history since coming into the league. However, I hold out a sliver of hope that Sensabaugh, being as bright and articulate as he is, may find being with the Steelers a stabilizing and confidence building factor.

  • Conserv_58

    I can’t agree more with this comment, especially the last sentence.

  • Conserv_58

    Really? After reading your comment it certainly looked like that was the premise of your argument.

  • Conserv_58

    I was of the same opinion, especially post AFCCG, but after learning that the reason why coach Butler chose not to go with man coverage on the back side was because of Ross Cockeral’s inability to play man coverage. I gained a better understanding and appreciation of the dilemma he was in. That is why Colbert has placed an emphasis on drafting an outside CB with elite man coverage skills. Don’t get me wrong about Cockerall because he is good in zone coverage.

  • Jim McCarley

    This is a free agent much like other free agents that the Steelers have signed in the past. Some have worked out well, some not so much. Only time will tell. I’m just happy to be in the company of people that know so much about football and players……it is indeed an honor.

  • Conserv_58

    You both make good points. There is no question that we all can agree on the fact that every year during the free agent signing period, there are fans that whine and cry about how the Steelers are losers because they don’t jump into the free agent frenzy and sign high priced free agents. Then, when they do decide to sign a free agent, especially one that’s injured, fans lose their minds again. J Jones is right in that those types of fans absolutely over react and it’s based on their limited understanding of how the NFL works.

    There is also a fact that we know and expect to see this type of over reaction from those types of fans this time of the year.

  • Zuami Montanez

    Neither was Artie.

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  • WB Tarleton

    Translation, “No, I am not saying that. I’m just saying that.”

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    Will you ever see a player with a 100 million dollar contract and no highlight tape?

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    When did I say you shouldn’t sign someone because they have no highlight tape? Show me.

  • Aj Gentile

    Butler’s hands were basically tied.

  • J Jones

    The ratio of w’s to l’s is pretty great

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    If he could beat the crappy teams consistently I would agree.

  • WB Tarleton

    Did we sign him to a 100 million dollar contract? If not, you have no point.

    We signed a guy to fight for a job in camp and hopefully provide some depth and insurance in the secondary. We signed a guy who did well enough to get a three year contract at $5 million per who was not really given the opportunity to earn it. We signed a guy who the team likely thinks was misused in his short stint in LA and who is much better as a slot guy than an outside guy. We signed a guy who the team thinks that if we can put him in the right situations can be a role player for us.

    RE: highlight reels

    Case in point, William Gay. Granted it was a quick look but I found exactly two for him. One from his senior year in college (2007) and another in 2016. That is ten years for a very competent NFL corner.

    Judging someone’s ability on “highlight reels” is silly.

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    All I said was he had no highlight reel. I never judged him or said we shouldn’t have signed him. Get out of your feelings Jesus Christ.

  • SilverSteel

    I know…crazy aint it…

  • WB Tarleton

    Nonsense. To now imply that it was just an observation is thoroughly dishonest. It was dripping with judgment.

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    That’s how you chose to interpret it. The only judgement came from you.