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BlitzburghRockCity
10-16-2005, 11:55 PM
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/tribune-review/sports/steelerslive/s_384864.html

Steelers fans let quarterback Tommy Maddox have it during Sunday's 23-17 loss to Jacksonville at Heinz Field.

The Steelers' fill-in starter for Ben Roethlisberger answered back afterward.

"I was disappointed in that," Maddox said of getting booed at home. "I'd be lying if I said no. I think that, sometimes, it's to be expected. When you have a track record in a city like I do here, I was disappointed."

Maddox has been with the Steelers since the 2001 season, compiling a 15-14-1 record as a starter prior to Sunday's setback.


Maddox came in against Jacksonville, having completed 59 percent of his passes with the Steelers (569 of 965), for 6,733 yards, with 40 touchdown passes and 36 interceptions.

Yesterday, he was 11 of 28 for 154 yards with one touchdown, three interceptions and a passer rating of 30.1 against the Jaguars.

Maddox also lost a fumble at the Jacksonville 27-yard line in overtime.

His third interception was returned 41 yards by Rashean Mathis for the game-winning touchdown.

The start was Maddox's first since the 2004 regular-season finale at Buffalo.

The boos started early, after Maddox one-hopped a slant to wide receiver Cedrick Wilson on the Steelers' third possession.

Maddox noticed.

"Everybody always says they don't hear it, but if they say that, they're lying," Maddox said. "You feel it; you feel the energy in the stadium. It's the exact same as if things are going good and the fans are going crazy. You feed off that as well."

Maddox maintained yesterday's expressions of disapproval were misdirected on at least a couple of occasions.

"I got booed twice for throwing the ball away," he said. "I just thought I was making a pretty smart play, I threw it away on a screen (when) they held (tight end) Heath (Miller), and I threw it away when I was about to get sacked.

"It gets to a point where it's almost kind of comical a little bit, because you're making right plays and getting booed. If you throw an interception and get booed, you can deal with that. But it didn't have any effect on the game, and it won't have any effect on how I play the next time I get out there."

BlitzburghRockCity
10-16-2005, 11:56 PM
Well what the hell did u expect !! 3 int's, a fumble, taking sacks, not seeing the field... If I was Tommy I'd have been surprised if they didnt boo me, not that they did !

Koopa
10-16-2005, 11:56 PM
damn i loved those boo birds i wish they got louder, and i hope they come out again the next time he walks out the tunnel, worthless turd

Prosdo
10-17-2005, 12:05 AM
I'm very curious what smart plays he was making? I watched the entire game and I didn't see many. I saw 3 interceptions and about another 3 or 4 almost. I saw a fumble. Balls being underthrown. Balls being thrown to a receiver that has 2,3, and at one point 4 guys around him. I would have respected him more if he would have owned up to it. You weren't making smart calls and you definitely weren't seeing the field well.

BB2W
10-17-2005, 12:08 AM
What an idiot... he calls getting booed comical. In the press-conference he goes on to blame the wind...

BlitzburghRockCity
10-17-2005, 12:14 AM
You've got to be a REAL optimist to find the positives in this game and think that they should bear worth noting in the conversation. There were far more negative plays for Tommy than positives in this one.

ironcitychef
10-17-2005, 01:32 AM
But it didn't have any effect on the game, and it won't have any effect on how I play the next time I get out there."

I smell BS Tommy, you will still have those in your head.

Ambridge
10-17-2005, 06:23 AM
I was at the game and the Boos and Jeers were coming after Tommy's first INT and needless to say the boos and profanities directed towards Maddox after the game was very loud and resounding.

Hey Tommy!! How about some accountability?? You stunk-up the field, you cost the Steelers the game plain and simple and you just need to admit it. :upyours:

SteelrsRck
10-17-2005, 07:40 AM
Isnt it funny how the Same people on these boards were the same ones rooting for tommy to be in the game before and now are knocking him for playing in it

Do not get me wrong it was an awfull display that he put on he was nervous and has not played in awhile doesnt mean he lost his mojo

i really do not think batch would have done any better who has less exp playing for the steelers than maddox does

So you really have to go with what we have and that was maddox who blew the game for us and ward was not in the game to make the acrobactic catches that he always does cause more than half of his throws were behind over or low to our recievers

But what is done is done time to concentrate on the cincy game will be our first divisional game and thats where we need to make a stand

Steel - X
10-17-2005, 08:00 AM
I agree with steelrsRck to a point here.

Lets get over Tommy and his wounded gun, he is an over paid back up QB that thinks he should be out there starting. Obviously he proved that hs should not be the starter with that terrible performance he showed on Sunday. To me he looked lost most of the game.

For me I am blaming this loss mainly on the coaching staff and the Running game.

1. They should have been pounding the ball more against a JAXville team that gives up on average 130+ yards a game.

2. Was Bettis injured? Why the hell did he only get 4 carries?

3. If Bettis was injured why dont we get Veron in the game to power the ball in the middle?

4. A QB that has not seen the field should not be throwing 28 times a game.

5. We get the ball down inside the 40 on Morgans return and then bring in Willie to run sweeps? Get the big men in there and run it up the middle like we always have.

We are a running team that opens up the pass. To me this game was bad coaching and thats why we lost. Or maybe it was a Vegas game....

Koopa
10-17-2005, 11:01 AM
well i was trying to think postive about maddox playing, i was hopeing the fluke maddox came out to play yesterday but we ended up seeing the real maddox.

rowedf
10-17-2005, 11:19 AM
gesh, give him a break, he had a bad game, they all do. Everyone was all up on Maddox when he had a great season, ben comes in, takes over the team, and maddox hasn't played. His first "real" start and he flopped, he'll get over it, just like we all need to!

Koopa
10-17-2005, 11:27 AM
did you not watch 2004? and the first two games of last season? cause he sucked pretty bad. we was lucky to beat the raiders last year and we lost to the ravens cause maddox was the starter. he is garbage, he's barely a number 2 qb

Tim
10-17-2005, 11:32 AM
Maddox for his career is what, 15-16? Or maybe 16-15? Either way, he's mediocre at best. He's no different really than Neil O'Donnell or Kordell Stewart. Just another average Steeler QB that has just as much chance to lose as he does to win, and that's some sucky odds to have for a starting QB.

BlitzburghRockCity
10-17-2005, 04:18 PM
I'd have taken odonnel over maddox in a heartbeat ... :rofl:

I.C. Lights
10-17-2005, 05:22 PM
Yeah, it looks like Maddox just had six really good games in his life... They all just happened to be in such a short period of time that a lot of folks, including myself, thought he was the real deal...but I think it's the other way around, unfortunately.

Atlanta Dan
10-17-2005, 05:51 PM
Maddox was horrible but consider the possibility that the plan was to run and the plan failed (e.g. - Bettis goes for 4 yards on 4 carries). Even prior to Ben's injury, the OL has not been playing to last year's level, with both Simmons and Starks having problems.

Jax was at the lower end of the stats on run D, which makes yesterday's inability to run depressing. If the Steelers are going to win Sunday, they need to run, which may involve the anticipated switch from Parker to either Bettis or Staley as the starting RB.

Koopa
10-17-2005, 07:44 PM
but at least big ben can move the ball when the running game is shut down. maddox can't, he was trying to kill the wrs by throwing into triple coverage and makin heath stretch out for his passes. but we better stop talkin about maddox casue rowedoff or wtf ever is gonna start questioning our loyalty to the team

I.C. Lights
10-17-2005, 07:49 PM
Maddox was horrible but consider the possibility that the plan was to run and the plan failed (e.g. - Bettis goes for 4 yards on 4 carries). Even prior to Ben's injury, the OL has not been playing to last year's level, with both Simmons and Starks having problems.

Jax was at the lower end of the stats on run D, which makes yesterday's inability to run depressing. If the Steelers are going to win Sunday, they need to run, which may involve the anticipated switch from Parker to either Bettis or Staley as the starting RB.


Yeah, you're definitely right about the OL...I've been concerned about them since preseason and not feeling too much better these days, but we can still survive when they aren't up to snuff. We can't survive with Maddox starting. But, we'll get Ben, Hines and maybe even Duce back soon, so it's probably best just to write this game off and move on with our SB season! GO STEELERS!!!

(Btw, Atlanta Dan, welcome aboard!)

I.C. Lights
10-17-2005, 08:03 PM
but at least big ben can move the ball when the running game is shut down. maddox can't, he was trying to kill the wrs by throwing into triple coverage and makin heath stretch out for his passes. but we better stop talkin about maddox casue rowedoff or wtf ever is gonna start questioning our loyalty to the team

Well the Maddox situation is easy to confuse with loyalty, because he was hot for a short period of time and its hard to see that those games were the fluke as opposed to the norm. If you still believe that he's a good QB, you're not gonna agree with people like us because it sounds like we've turned on him. But I don't think these are just bad games, it seems more like significant underperformance, and after the way he played on Sunday I think it is completely fair to demote him to third string. Besides, where's the loyalty to the Steelers if you don't even want to give our other QBs a chance to prove themselves?!

melroseplace
10-17-2005, 11:19 PM
I agree that Tommy had a bad game. he made a lot of mistakes that were his fault. but it isn't his fault that he played the whole game...why the heck didn't Cowher put Batch in, at least at the end? if your quarterback isn't getting his job done, you put in another one. I don't see what's so difficult about that.

this girl who lives in my dorm told me earlier that Tommy lives in her neighborhood and his house got egged last night. I felt bad about that. it's not only his house, his wife and daughters live there too

Koopa
10-17-2005, 11:32 PM
lol that's kinda funny and messed up. i can see you throw eggs at him but don't mess up his property, that's pretty jacked up.

BlitzburghRockCity
10-17-2005, 11:54 PM
I agree that Tommy had a bad game. he made a lot of mistakes that were his fault. but it isn't his fault that he played the whole game...why the heck didn't Cowher put Batch in, at least at the end? if your quarterback isn't getting his job done, you put in another one. I don't see what's so difficult about that.

this girl who lives in my dorm told me earlier that Tommy lives in her neighborhood and his house got egged last night. I felt bad about that. it's not only his house, his wife and daughters live there too

Im surprised he didnt get any nasty letters in the mail yet either....

he's a competitor, u cant fault him for that..but he just wasnt gettin it done, plain and simple.

docsteel
10-18-2005, 07:13 PM
ive always thought maddox should be a 3rd striger. batch has some bad numbers but folks he played in detroit. he's got one hell of a arm and im shure is more a team player than maddox the whining asshole he is. he never started in denver for a reason .if he was any good wouldnt have he have been somewhere but the xfl.he bitched and whinned cause he lost his job cause he is only out for himself.famous cause he got knocked the fuck out and came back just in time to lose in the playoffs. wow what a hero.

Motley Nate
10-18-2005, 08:14 PM
Maddox was hot when first with the Steelers. Well, it was the Browns they were playing but still. Goes to show, if you suck, the fans don't have an issue with telling you.

Motley Nate
10-18-2005, 08:15 PM
Im surprised he didnt get any nasty letters in the mail yet either....

he's a competitor, u cant fault him for that..but he just wasnt gettin it done, plain and simple.
We know alllll about nasty letters. Ask Ryan Hamby of Ohio State. Drops one pass against Texas, gets 25 death threats by sunrise the next morning. Like Figg on the bengals message board.