View Full Version : List Of Ex-Steelers Seeking Revenge On Sunday

Atlanta Dan
10-20-2011, 10:19 AM
According to Ed. B. of the P-G its looks as if this Sunday is the game a number of ex-Steelers now with the Cardinals have circled on the schedule as their must win this year

- Joey Porter was released shortly after Mike Tomlin took office. Tomlin looked at tape and gave his approval to release Porter, who was due a $5 million salary on the final year of his contract. It began the James Harrison era. Porter, 34, starts at right outside linebacker for Arizona.

- Russ Grimm. He believes he was told by Art Rooney that the job was his after Bill Cowher quit. He even had a party to celebrate. Later, he was told that it wasn't a done deal and then that Mike Tomlin was hired. Bitter doesn't describe it. He is the Cardinals line coach and assistant head coach, just as he was in Pittsburgh.

-- Ken Whisenhhunt too was among the finalist for the Steelers job and he turned down a chance for the Atlanta job because he wanted the one in Pittsburgh. But he pursued the job in Arizona because he was told that the Steelers had not yet made up their mind and, I always suspected, that someone slipped him the word that if anyone on that staff were going to succeed Cowher, it would be Grimm.

- Kevin Spencer. Mike Tomlin kept most of Bill Cowher's staff when he came aboard in 2007. The special teams coach wasn't among them.

- Mike Miller. He's the Cardinals' offensive coordinator, a Plum native who worked for the Steelers form 1999 through 2003, when he joined Mike Mularkey's staff in Buffalo. He wanted to join Mike Tomlin's staff but there never was any interest.

More from Bouchette on Grimm's shot to be Steelers HC in 2007 (the Trib-Review actually reported Grimm had been chosen)

Steelers management and ownership genuinely liked both Whisenhunt and Grimm but Grimm was their choice over those two and when Whisenhunt finally realized that, he took the job in Arizona. Grimm believed all along the job was his because, in my opinion, they led him to believe it. Now it comes down to specifics. Those close to Grimm say Art Rooney told him "Congratulations, you are the new Steelers coach" and Grimm and his friends and family celebrated. However, the Rooneys insist that he was never told that and what he was told he misinterpreted. It was a close call, with much debate. There are suspicions that NFL executives got involved to remind Dan Rooney that the rule was named after him and he had a chance to show why it was named after him, to back up his own rule. Also, Mike Tomlin blew them away in interviews and really pulled an upset because Grimm had the looks of coach-in-waiting for awhile. A Lombardi Trophy along with two AFC titles and three playoffs in four years says it was not the wrong choice.


Given the spotty play of the Steelers on the road this season I am developing a bad feeling about Sunday's game - a loss here and 2011 may be a re-run of 2006 and 2009

10-20-2011, 11:16 AM
Yes, but how many of those same people were with the Cards when we beat them for the title? As important as this game is for us to win- that one was a bit bigger.

Fire Arians
10-20-2011, 11:48 AM
grimm is a douche bag

Atlanta Dan
10-20-2011, 12:21 PM
Yes, but how many of those same people were with the Cards when we beat them for the title? As important as this game is for us to win- that one was a bit bigger.

No question - but everyone gets up for the Super Bowl - in this case an Arizona team that will not be playing after week 17 may be jacked up more than would be the case for an out of conference regular season game since there are no real statement games on the schedule for the Cards

10-20-2011, 06:34 PM
under Dan Rooney the Steelers hire 30s something headcoaches the rest is just here say.

10-20-2011, 07:12 PM
Spencer wasn't let go, or not resigned...he chose to leave at the last second.

10-20-2011, 11:43 PM
I don't miss any of them-- except the Whiz (our team would be much better if he were still our OC, instead of dumb-dumb) and..........Peezy. Some small part of me dies everytime I see Joey Porter in any uniform other than Steelers black and gold.

Lots of fellow Steelers fans did not like Peezy, but I always was greatly entertained by the pre-game mid-field show, the big talk (he always backed it up), and the time he spit on William Green and the two of them got ejected from the game before it even started. For the time he was in the 'Burgh, he was the heart and soul of our defense....and I will never forget the way he and Polamalu terrorized Peyton Manning in the 2005 playoffs.

As Steelers fans, we have been lucky to have been blessed with a string of some of the meanest and most talented ROLB's. Since the 1980's we have enjoyed some dominating presences at ROLB, and that has held true til today with the mostly quiet, but no less frightening Silverback.

10-21-2011, 12:24 AM
If Russ is still bitter, he needs to realize 3 years later noone is knocking at his door for a head coaching job! The Rooneys probably told him he was in the running and he went and told the gazztte and anyone that would listen to him that he had the job. What a sour puss!