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09-23-2006, 12:11 AM
Staley optimistic he'll play this season

By Scott Brown
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Saturday, September 23, 2006


Ask Duce Staley about the passion that has become a job, and his eyes light up and a smile creases his face.
As it turns out, the running back's need for speed goes beyond the football field.

Staley is the owner of the Catch 22 Motorsports team, and it will enter two cars in the National Hot Rod Association's Drag Racing Series in 2007.

When asked if he sees himself getting behind the wheel of one of his cars, Staley laughed.

"I don't know yet," he said. "Let's save that for later."

For now, Staley is squarely focused on a different kind of running. The right knee that has hobbled him for more than a year is feeling stronger every day, Staley said.

That is why he is optimistic he will contribute this season, even though he has yet to get a carry and has become a forgotten man in the Steelers' backfield.

Staley was inactive for Monday night's game in Jacksonville and could be again Sunday when the Cincinnati Bengals visit Heinz Field.

"It's been frustrating, but it's also been a learning process, too," Staley said Friday after practice at the Steelers' South Side facility. "Just know that you can't jump back out there when you think you feel good, because you've got to be 100 percent."

The 31-year-old Staley hasn't been 100 percent since his first season with the Steelers in 2004.

Last year, he had surgery during training camp to repair a meniscus tear, and he ended up playing in just five games and rushing for 148 yards and a touchdown.

Staley entered camp this year as the front-runner to replace Jerome Bettis as the team's short-yardage back. After averaging just 2.2 yards a carry during the preseason, the 10th-year pro finds himself behind Willie Parker, Verron Haynes and Najeh Davenport, if coach Bill Cowher's decision to dress Davenport for the Jaguars game is any indication.

"Two-a-days are rough on anybody with a bad knee," said Staley, who played for the Eagles from 1997-2003 before signing with the Steelers. "And I'm starting to feel better."

It apparently shows.

"It's a different Duce," said Parker, who supplanted Staley as the starting running back last season. "He's running really well, and I go up to him and tell him all the time 'Duce, you look really good.' "

Staley had three 1,000-yard seasons for Philadelphia and showed his versatility by twice catching more than 50 passes.

He's had to accept a reduced role since starting his first seven games with the Steelers in 2004 - probably more reduced than he ever imagined.

Not that Staley, who took a $1 million pay cut to return to the Steelers, is resigned to watching the rest of the season in street clothes.

"It's all about continuing to build strength in my knee and continue to get that burst, and I think now it's starting to come back," Staley said. "I think (getting back on the field) will come."

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_471844.html

Atlanta Dan
09-23-2006, 08:18 AM
For now, Staley is squarely focused on a different kind of running. The right knee that has hobbled him for more than a year is feeling stronger every day, Staley said.

"Two-a-days are rough on anybody with a bad knee," said Staley, who played for the Eagles from 1997-2003 before signing with the Steelers. "And I'm starting to feel better."

Duce had what was described as minor knee surgery in 2005 training camp and still has not come back. Of course, two a days (and the Steelers had how many of those this past camp?) are going to be tough on anyone who spends the off season going on a 5 month tour of all you can eat buffets.

This guy is done and appears to have done very little to try to get back in shape - surprised teh Trib-Review decided to waste newsprint on yet another story on Duce's "comeback."

BlackNGold203
09-23-2006, 10:23 AM
Staley optimistic he'll play this season

Question is...with what team?????

19ward86
09-23-2006, 10:47 AM
i believe he will be released after this season and be like Kordell who never played afterward.(kordell did play but not like he did at pitt...he signed with ravens)

lamberts-lost-tooth
09-23-2006, 11:04 AM
Staley optimistic he'll play this season

Question is...with what team?????

one good felony and he is guaranteed a contract with the Bengals...or he can activate the "out of shape slow running back" clause and sign with the Broncos ala Maurice Clarrett

lamberts-lost-tooth
09-23-2006, 11:07 AM
i believe he will be released after this season and be like Kordell who never played afterward.(kordell did play but not like he did at pitt...he signed with ravens)

I know what your saying..but lets not forget that Kordell was also one of the 127 quarterbacks that have started for the Bears in the last 10 years ...

....makes you wonder where he would be if he would have just accepted the fact that as a QB he made a great WR.:dang:

jaysta
09-23-2006, 11:08 AM
I'm not going to hold my breath. LOL:smile:

Infamix
09-23-2006, 12:15 PM
He's going to step up this season. Watch

bigbensgirl7
09-23-2006, 12:40 PM
I'm really not sure that he will

jaysta
09-23-2006, 01:53 PM
He's going to step up this season. Watch

He may. But it would be nice to see him on the sidelines in a Black and Gold uniform instead of a sweatshirt and a ballcap. Hut one Hut two.....:helmet:

Elvis
09-24-2006, 09:01 AM
Staley and Tyron Carter need to find the door out of Pittsburgh together...

steelrain58
09-24-2006, 09:53 AM
Should have done a search before posting a new thread....duh.

Being a Steeler fan since...1978, at the age of 7-8...but living in the state of "America's Team":rolleyes: where the hatred of the Steelers, well, at least journalistic bias still festers from SB's X and XIII...not too much news here and not any free news on the internet.

Anyhoo...after reading some things here...

Cowher needs to get in Staley's face...make that Porter needs to get in Staley's face and ask him if he's gonna man up and be a team member, or collect a few more million and be half a has been in NFL history.

The Steelers need some weight and anger to go along with Parker's speedy and occasionally, too much east and west feet...

Santonio Holmes...another Burress...or make that a Michael "Pimp Daddy" Irvin instead of a decent back? :shake01:

Hines0wnz
09-24-2006, 01:30 PM
Typical, Steelers rarely get a free agent pick that works out. Jerome was a major exception but that was years ago.

Elvis
09-28-2006, 06:27 PM
Staley should be cut... period

Infamix
09-29-2006, 09:51 AM
Typical, Steelers rarely get a free agent pick that works out. Jerome was a major exception but that was years ago.

Ryan Clark is working out so far

DACEB
09-29-2006, 10:41 AM
Call me crazy but I think it's possible at some point this season Duce just might help us out. Parker has been carrying the ball ALOT so far. Can he last all year with 25+ carries a game? I hope so.

Da Question
09-29-2006, 11:12 AM
a healthy duce , parker and davenport would be great for our team, so many mixes of runnin styles. but i doubt staley will ever be 100% hope davenport works out.

Btrice
09-29-2006, 01:53 PM
I've always hated Duce, especially back in college when half of my close group of drunks... I mean friends... were die hard Eagles fans. I wasn't happy when we signed them and I am sure as not happy now. Bettis was a great back, doubt we will have somebody like him soon, but how hard is it to find another back who is just a big strong bulldozer to use on short yardage plays up the middle. He doesn't need to have Bettis's abnormal lateral movement ability (for a guy his size), all he needs is Bettis's strength on the "2nd pushes" (like when Bettis would spin around and drive backwards for the extra yard or two.) Staley is not the man for that job, knees are way too important in the lower-back to feet strength chain, if they are even slightly damaged, strength and ability to focus power becomes a futile endeavor.

wadester47
09-29-2006, 05:52 PM
This former Game**** has to buck up and play this season, he needs some kind of rebirth......any ideas????

sumo
09-29-2006, 06:14 PM
This former Game**** has to buck up and play this season, he needs some kind of rebirth......any ideas????

Duce "Barry Foster" Staley needs to either suit up and play or move on -- he looked really good in his one start last year -- since then -- the only other time we've seen him is in preseason when he was moving in slow motion and now we're supposed to believe it's still the knee?? -- free up the cash and get somebody else

steeler-dude
09-30-2006, 05:10 PM
If Duce was going to do anything we wouldn't have had to sign Najeah Davenport. Duce is just collecting a check, CUT HIM!

NV STEELERS 723
09-30-2006, 10:42 PM
Duce might be the sleeper RB we need this season..Don't count him out....

DACEB
11-01-2006, 07:13 AM
Call me crazy but I think it's possible at some point this season Duce just might help us out. Parker has been carrying the ball ALOT so far. Can he last all year with 25+ carries a game? I hope so.

I think Duce would be our best option for a third down back, good blocker

Da Question
11-02-2006, 08:29 PM
we need a power back for short yrd situation, get him in there if he healthy. specaily last week on the one :(

steelcity58
11-04-2006, 12:18 AM
I'm surprised Duce is still even in the city of Pittsburgh...much less on the Steelers...

When the Steelers grabbed him...I was talking to my dad from work...and my dad thought the Steelers had made a great score getting him...

I said.."Who?"

"Oh you mean that guy that gets 986 or 1,003 yards...most of his yardgage after the game is meaningless?"

Yeah...Great Call...

The rest is history...

Infamix
11-04-2006, 12:52 AM
Duce is a sleeeeeper

IamTheSteelGod
11-04-2006, 05:56 AM
Duce is sh*te! Well he's not shite but, but ever since we have signed him he has produced f*ck all. He's been on our books for about 3 years and he has been injured all that time. The only season we got anything out of him was when he played about half the season, and suprise suprise he got injured. He's not a bad RB, but he's not reliable. The Bus has gone and we arn't half noticing it this season, Davenport needs the O line to step up and bang out those gaps so he can dart through. The O line is playing shi*te too.

Blitzburgh
11-04-2006, 04:56 PM
Duce Ambercombie is done .... some of you need to get out of your state of denial.

MACH1
11-04-2006, 05:27 PM
He's a sleeper- asleep on the sidelines