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mesaSteeler
12-02-2009, 04:35 PM
Steelers re-sign former special teams ace
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Steelers today signed their former special teams ace and cornerback Anthony Madison, who was released by the Indianapolis Colts on Tuesday.

They released Corey Ivy, who they signed last week to play special teams.

Madison was a special teams dynamo for the Steelers the past three seasons, but they still waived him on the final cut before this season. He played for Cleveland and later Indianapolis this season.

Ivy was active for Sunday's game in Baltimore.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09336/1018019-100.stm#ixzz0YZcaY1Hk

Psyychoward86
12-02-2009, 04:37 PM
ABOUT TIME


We welcome back your much needed expertise Anthony! :tt:

tony hipchest
12-02-2009, 04:42 PM
great news (imo).

though i still cant figure why he couldnt stick with either the browns or the colts (2 of the best and worst teams in the league).

i would guess its because he has no upside as a starter and doent fit the niche that the steelers have for him.

he's in and ratliff is out as a failed experiment and poor coaches decision (maybe colts will sign ratliff). how bout mike mckenzie signing back with the saints and making a huge impact w/in a week.?

SteelGhost
12-02-2009, 04:44 PM
I hope Tony helps a lot in the ST squad, we need a boost ! :thumbsup:

mesaSteeler
12-02-2009, 04:47 PM
I'm glad he's back to however the more interesting question is who bears the blame for letting him go?

Was it the front office, the coaches, or a combination of both?

Our special teams have been pathetic and it is apparent that Tomlin believes that is not a coaching issue but rather it is a personnel issue. Else he would have fired the special teams coach rather than replace the special teams players.

The coaching staff must assume some of responsibility for not having the right players out there at the beginning of the season.

Sharkissle29
12-02-2009, 04:48 PM
YEEEEEEEEEESSS

BlastFurnace
12-02-2009, 04:50 PM
Great move front office, coaching staff, etc.

Dino 6 Rings
12-02-2009, 04:54 PM
I kind of liked Corey Ivy actually...but ok, I like Anthony too.

Angus Burgher
12-02-2009, 04:56 PM
Cue up the Hallelujah chorus.

Bit surprised they released Ivy though. I don't doubt that he could have given us some insights on the next Baltimore game.

stillers4me
12-02-2009, 05:04 PM
Yippee!

HometownGal
12-02-2009, 05:07 PM
Hallelujah!!! :banana: This is one guy who will be welcomed back to the fold with open arms! :thumbsup:

stillers4me
12-02-2009, 05:10 PM
I just got the text seconds ago. I could never figure out why they released him in the first place.

MasterOfPuppets
12-02-2009, 05:10 PM
so ummmmm... who do we rip if it doesn't fix the problem....:scratchchin:

stillers4me
12-02-2009, 05:13 PM
so ummmmm... who do we rip if it doesn't fix the problem....:scratchchin:

We will unleash HELL! :chuckle:

Indo
12-02-2009, 05:17 PM
great news (imo).

though i still cant figure why he couldnt stick with either the browns or the colts (2 of the best and worst teams in the league).

i would guess its because he has no upside as a starter and doent fit the niche that the steelers have for him.

he's in and ratliff is out as a failed experiment and poor coaches decision (maybe colts will sign ratliff). how bout mike mckenzie signing back with the saints and making a huge impact w/in a week.?

Had a feeling we'd be hearing this sometime this week

As for McKenzie---I used to love going to the Saints games (lived in New Orleans for ~20 years until Katrina forced my relocation) and watching him play
he seemed like he lost a step and had 2 very mediocre seasons before they let him go, but something must have re-ignited on Monday 'cause he was PLAYIN'!

tony hipchest
12-02-2009, 05:30 PM
I'm glad he's back to however the more interesting question is who bears the blame for letting him go?

Was it the front office, the coaches, or a combination of both?
.

neither. blame lies on the players for not executing.... :doh:

everyone knows that! :rolleyes:

tony hipchest
12-02-2009, 05:36 PM
Had a feeling we'd be hearing this sometime this week

As for McKenzie---I used to love going to the Saints games (lived in New Orleans for ~20 years until Katrina forced my relocation) and watching him play
he seemed like he lost a step and had 2 very mediocre seasons before they let him go, but something must have re-ignited on Monday 'cause he was PLAYIN'!several teams have needed cb help here in the past few weeks (most notably the colts) however none of these teams contacted mckenzie.

he finally reached out to sean payton last week and asked for a try-out just saying he was finally healthy and ready to go.

nobody even gave him a call. :noidea: good for the saints. they get him for much cheaper than what he was scheduled to earn before being injured.

i think the colts musta signed madison hoping there was some potential upside, and then realized there was none. he is morey or iwouma. nothing more... nothing less. career ST guy.

Burghfan58
12-02-2009, 05:44 PM
I guess better late than never. You don't know what you got till it's gone. Welcome back and unleash some hell.:tt03:

GeneralRobinson
12-02-2009, 06:44 PM
I am no ST expert, but I can understand the rationale for releasing him before the season. To me, it's not worth paying a ST specialist $1M when I should be able to coach a young backup to play coverage and return teams and who can also play effective offense or defense.

LVSteelersfan
12-02-2009, 06:58 PM
I am no ST expert, but I can understand the rationale for releasing him before the season. To me, it's not worth paying a ST specialist $1M when I should be able to coach a young backup to play coverage and return teams and who can also play effective offense or defense.

Unfortunately we see what happens when you do that. People not staying in their gaps. Sloppy tackling. You need a spark plug out there like Madison or Chidi. It really sucks when you have to resort to putting your starting All Pro LB on special teams because the bench players can't handle it.

Christian Snyder
12-02-2009, 07:10 PM
Yesss! I liked Corey Ivy but I'll take Madison also.

KeiselPower99
12-02-2009, 07:11 PM
I say he was cut because they had Ratliff who could actually play CB. Remember what Tomlin said....Being good at 2 things counts. Turns out Ratliff wasnt that good on ST. Welcome back Madison.

StainlessStill
12-02-2009, 07:27 PM
Anthony Madison is possibly the most popular man in Pittsburgh right now. HUGE NEWS! Been waiting for this long enough, should of NEVER gotten rid of him in the first place.

devilsdancefloor
12-02-2009, 07:32 PM
:tt04::tt04::tt04::tt04::tt04:

BigBen'sSwagger
12-02-2009, 07:42 PM
Wow just read that he was released by the colts now he is signed back with the good guys.

Not really surprised but if he doesn't make a difference maybe we need to look at the S.T. coach legashky. Sorry trying not to be negative on my 1st day but gotta tell you how I feel.

StainlessStill
12-02-2009, 07:48 PM
Wow just read that he was released by the colts now he is signed back with the good guys.

Not really surprised but if he doesn't make a difference maybe we need to look at the S.T. coach legashky. Sorry trying not to be negative on my 1st day but gotta tell you how I feel.

Swagger, a coach can only be dealt with the talent that he has. Our ST coach was the coach of the ST last season. You know where the kick coverage ranked?


1st.

I noticed Harrison back playing on Special Teams last week, and now with the addition of Madison, those are ALREADY two pieces of the puzzle that made up that first ranked unit.

I'm not going to be quick to harp on Legashesky only because Special Teams is straight forward. Round up the 11 craziest MF'ers you can find on the team, line them up in a parallel line, and tell them to run down the field at full speed, full of anger, and crush the guy with the football. The harder, the better. And oh yes, stay in your lanes! Boom, done.

NEPAsteeler
12-02-2009, 08:34 PM
Glad to see Madison's back. I think we really missed him. Hopefully he can help us out.

fansince'76
12-02-2009, 08:58 PM
so ummmmm... who do we rip if it doesn't fix the problem....:scratchchin:

Arians! :thumbsup:

tony hipchest
12-02-2009, 11:41 PM
I'm not going to be quick to harp on Legashesky only because Special Teams is straight forward. Round up the 11 craziest MF'ers you can find on the team, line them up in a parallel line, and tell them to run down the field at full speed, full of anger, and crush the guy with the football.

that would include ben and hines.

youre not suggesting they should play special teams, are you? :tap:

Galax Steeler
12-03-2009, 03:43 AM
It is good to get Madison back but one thing I don't understand is did Corey Ivy play that bad last week to get rid of him or is it just because Madison got released and we needed to make the room for him.

mesaSteeler
12-03-2009, 06:03 AM
Anthony Madison back as Steelers special teams shakeup continues
December 3, 1:51 AMPittsburgh Sports ExaminerMatt Pawlikowski
http://www.examiner.com/x-2703-Pittsburgh-Sports-Examiner~y2009m12d3-Anthony-Madison-as-Steelers-special-teams-shakeup-continues

Obla dee, Obla da or is it 'Here we go... Steelers... here we go?

For a third consecutive week, the Steelers have tweaked the special teams unit, but this time could it be a cure?

On Wednesday, the Steelers re-signed cornerback Anthony Madison to their active roster. The Steelers released veteran cornerback Corey Ivy who was just signed last week to the unit.

Madison was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2006. He spent the first 4 weeks of the 2006 season on the practice squad before he was added to the active roster to fill a hole in the lineup left by the injury of CB Ricardo Colclough.

He became a leader on the special teams and last season played in all 19 games for the Steelers including the Super Bowl where he had two tackles. Not only was he the special teams captain in 2008 but he was well liked in the lockers. He led the unit with a career high 25 special teams tackles.

Madison was released on Sept. 5 as part of their final roster cuts in favor of keeping veteran cornerback Keiwan Ratliff. It was also thought of at the time as a money saving move as Madison was due to make more than $1 million. Ironically, Ratliff was released last week to make room for Ivy.

Having a hard time keeping track of personnel moves? Then here are a few more made by the team on Wednesday. The team re-signed defensive tackle Steve McLendon to the practice squad along with running back Justin Vincent. The released Isaac Redman, the promising rookie from Bowie State.

Last week on Thursday the team brought in two quarterbacks for a workout. Tomlin said he was happy with the three he currently has on the roster during his press conference on Tuesday, but also added that could change, meaning could yet another roster move be on the horizon.

That may depend on the condition of Charlie Batch. Asked about it, Tomlin had this to say as to how long he will be out.

“A maximum of four weeks, I think, is what we’ve been told with regards to him being able to participate with a soft cast on of some kind,” Tomlin said. “ That’s a conservative estimate, so we’re hopeful that he’ll return sooner than that.”

(I wonder what all of these roster moves have done to our cap. I'm not a capologist but I am surprised that we had this much room to make this many changes. - mesa)

BigBen'sSwagger
12-03-2009, 06:50 AM
Swagger, a coach can only be dealt with the talent that he has. Our ST coach was the coach of the ST last season. You know where the kick coverage ranked?


1st.

I noticed Harrison back playing on Special Teams last week, and now with the addition of Madison, those are ALREADY two pieces of the puzzle that made up that first ranked unit.

I'm not going to be quick to harp on Legashesky only because Special Teams is straight forward. Round up the 11 craziest MF'ers you can find on the team, line them up in a parallel line, and tell them to run down the field at full speed, full of anger, and crush the guy with the football. The harder, the better. And oh yes, stay in your lanes! Boom, done.

Very good points, but I want to know what happened.to cause such a dramatic drop from last year. Why would it take more than 2 run backs let alone 4 before you put the pieces back together. Yes I know Madison was gone but Harrison wasn't. This is why I blame coaching, they make those decisions who stays who goes and who plays.

I will concede that last year Bailey was a force and this year he is not much of factor at all, so I do see your point.

Also last year we had a much worse punter but the turnovers he created were phenomenal, this year we aint gettin those breaks but we have a much better punter go figure.

Fire Haley
12-03-2009, 11:36 AM
Our season is saved!

He is coming like the glory of the morning on the wave,
He is wisdom to the mighty, He is honor to the brave;
Glory! Glory! Hallelujah! Glory! Glory! Hallelujah!

SteelerFanInStl
12-03-2009, 12:02 PM
Welcome back Anthony! :tt: I don't know why they didn't sign him after the Browns released him.

The_WARDen
12-03-2009, 12:03 PM
Great move front office, coaching staff, etc.

how so? they were the ones that let him go in the first place.

steelreserve
12-03-2009, 12:06 PM
Well, one thing's for sure: I bet he's not making $1 million anymore.

I wonder if that asshole I got in a fight with who was claiming to be Madison's close personal friend will show up again?