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mesaSteeler
11-18-2010, 06:11 AM
Steelers react to Reed's dismissal
http://www.timesonline.com/sports/sports_details/article/1501/2010/november/17/steelers-react-to-reeds-dismissal.html
By: Mike Bires
Beaver County Times

Wednesday November 17, 2010 11:35 PM

PITTSBURGH — For many Steelers, it was a sad Wednesday. They no longer had Jeff Reed as a teammate.

One day after Reed’s nine-year run as the team’s kicker ended, the mood in the locker room was obviously melancholy.

“He’s a guy who always kept a smile on everybody’s face,” safety Ryan Clark said. “When you lose a friend, a guy who’s gotten you through so many clutch moments, it’s upsetting. Jeff was a guy who lifted our spirits every day. So we’re going to miss him. “

Reed, the kicker for two Super Bowl teams and the second-leading scorer in team history, was cut after making only 15-of-22 field goal attempts in nine games. Among full-time NFL kickers, he ranked last with a 68.2 percent success rate.

“When I talked to Jeff, I told him I couldn’t believe it,” quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said.

“This is a performance based business, and when you don’t perform, things like this happen,” linebacker James Farrior said.

“That’s the stark reality of this business,” added punter Daniel Sepulveda, who was Reed’s holder.
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Before and after the Steelers practiced Wednesday with their new kicker Shaun Suisham, the No. 1 topic of the day was Reed. His release has also been the No. 1 topic on radio talk shows in Pittsburgh.

“Jeff had a great run here,” wide receiver Hines Ward said. “We won a lot of games with Jeff. He was a close to a lot of guys on the team. When you lose a guy like that, it always hurts.

“But in this case, Coach (Mike) Tomlin was doing what he felt was best for the team. As a player, all you can do is respect his decision and move on.”

In the off-season, the Steelers placed a franchise tag on Reed, which meant he got a one-year contract worth $2.8 million. That’s the average of the top five salaries for kickers last year.

Reed has been paid $1.6 million. Because he cleared waivers Wednesday, the Steelers must pay him the remaining $1.2 million of his contract.

He is now eligible to sign with any other team.

Fire Haley
11-18-2010, 09:15 AM
So now we have a depressed team with Ben screaming at them.

nice call coach

Atlanta Dan
11-18-2010, 09:27 AM
So now we have a depressed team with Ben screaming at them.

nice call coach

Scott Brown's article in the Trib-Review today that mesa put in a separate thread (mesa - thanks for taking the time on a daily basis to get the articles up - it is greatly appreciated by me) has what seems to pass for a logical explanation for Reed's demise (assuming the real story is not something along the lines of Reed getting drunk and cussing out Tomlin's wife when he called Tomlin's house at 4 a.m. Monday morning to chew out Tomlin for not supporting his request for a new contract)

I guess if Tomlin decided Reed's increasing problems that made him perhaps the least dependable kicker in the league at the moment were not going to get fixed this year, Reed was not coming back next year under any circumstances, and the window for this current team to compete is closing fast thenReed had to go now. If that makes the locker room sad Tomlin figures they will deal with - it's nothing personal, it's strictly business

The vibe coming from the coaches and players this week is pure panic .

fer522
11-18-2010, 02:52 PM
“This is a performance based business, and when you don’t perform, things like this happen,” linebacker James Farrior said

did you hear that Arians :chuckle:

Fire Arians
11-18-2010, 05:33 PM
So now we have a depressed team with Ben screaming at them.

nice call coach

i guess ben is yelling at the team cause the coach isn't . everytime something goes wrong, tomlin just stares off into space with a deer in headlights look that reminds me of kordell stewart