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Lyn
08-09-2006, 02:37 PM
With Jeff's ailing legs make it almost doubtful that he will complete the season without injury. We have no depth at the center position. Is anyone available? I know we are
painfully thin at Center but Hartings "seems" to be OK so far. And after reading this I dd feel much better, but if he gets hurt who is behind him? and behind him?


These 3 articles are good on that topic:

http://steelers.scout.com/2/554774.html
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06221/712132-66.stm
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_465271.html

lamberts-lost-tooth
08-09-2006, 02:43 PM
[QUOTE=Lyn]With Jeff's ailing legs make it almost doubtful that he will complete the season without injury. We have no depth at the center position. Is anyone available? I know we are
painfully thin at Center but Hartings "seems" to be OK so far. And after reading this I dd feel much better, but if he gets hurt who is behind him? and behind him?


These 3 articles are good on that topic:
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There is of course the obvious...with Phillips. We also have Grayling Love who I think will make the roster because of his versatility at playing G/C..and as I stated in a previous post...Harting is a converted Guard from the Lions. Which brings up the question as to if we have anyone on the roster who is versatile enough to make the transition.

j-dawg
08-09-2006, 02:46 PM
you're worried about depth at center? man... the browns are in a world of hurt in that department right now... http://browns.scout.com/2/555026.html

TasmanianTroy271
08-09-2006, 02:59 PM
Yea, I'm not bitching about our depth especially with the Browns in the same division as us. They've just lost their starter AND their back-up. I'm content with Hartings, Phillip, Love, and maybe someone like Simmons converting.

GoFor6
08-09-2006, 03:21 PM
Don't forget about our Long Snapper Greg Warren. He also had 4 tackles on Special teams, as a center - this dude can play.

SteelerFanInCA
08-09-2006, 06:04 PM
3 centers in 32 years is a pretty amazing stat. Talk about stability in the middle.

Lyn
08-09-2006, 08:07 PM
That is a great trivia question. I did not know that stat. thanks:)

section514
08-09-2006, 09:00 PM
you're worried about depth at center? man... the browns are in a world of hurt in that department right now... http://browns.scout.com/2/555026.html
is there anywhere the browns aren't in a world of hurt?

lilyoder6
08-09-2006, 09:09 PM
chukky is a very good center

19ward86
08-09-2006, 10:28 PM
dont forget chucki, well the second half he should be healthy

Haiku_Dirtt
08-10-2006, 12:46 AM
At least Jim Everett is not our QB. If Hartings goes down then the rest of the boys have to pick it up. Ben's ability to operate outside of the pocket is uncanny. But yes it is a concern if Philips can't be there.

I-Want-Troy's-Hair
08-10-2006, 12:48 AM
They were interviewing Kendell Simmons and he said he's been taking snaps at center.

j-dawg
08-10-2006, 02:28 AM
is there anywhere the browns aren't in a world of hurt?


:couch:


.... they've got an excellent place kicker in phil dawson. :sadpace:

yeah... that's right... phil dawson :flex:

MattsMe
08-10-2006, 03:18 AM
:couch:


.... they've got an excellent place kicker in phil dawson. :sadpace:

yeah... that's right... phil dawson :flex:

:sofunny: :sofunny: :sofunny:

I admire your loyalty.

AZ_Steeler
08-10-2006, 12:47 PM
It looks like Simmons is going to be one of the backups for center. A recent article says he was taking snaps as center as a precationary. This wouldn't be a bad fit, I would rather have someone with some NFL experience lining up as center!

http://www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=17038405&BRD=1282&PAG=461&dept_id=182120&rfi=6

Kendall Simmons has never played center in a game and has practiced at the position only a handful of times.

But with Chukky Okobi's recent neck surgery, Jeff Hartings' ever-aching knees and the rookie status of Marvin Phillip, Steelers coach Bill Cowher had his starting right guard delivering snaps on the sideline before practice.

"It is just precautionary," Cowher said.

tony hipchest
08-10-2006, 04:25 PM
hartings and hampton are impressed with the rookie:

http://www.heraldstandard.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=17035900&BRD=2280&PAG=461&dept_id=468632&rfi=6

In 2004 Philip was All-Pac 10 first-team. In 2005 he was an Associated Press first-team All-American. He was also the team MVP and helped the Bears average 235.3 rushing yards per game, ninth in the nation. In the regular-season finale, Philip handled his cousin, Haloti Ngata, of Oregon, but the massive Ngata was drafted in the first round by the Baltimore Ravens. Philip was drafted in the sixth round. Perhaps the chip on his shoulder is understandable.

"Haloti is definitely a big guy, 350 pounds plus," said Philip. "I figure I did well against him, so I can do well against other big players as well."

AZ_Steeler
08-10-2006, 04:36 PM
hartings and hampton are impressed with the rookie:

http://www.heraldstandard.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=17035900&BRD=2280&PAG=461&dept_id=468632&rfi=6

In 2004 Philip was All-Pac 10 first-team. In 2005 he was an Associated Press first-team All-American. He was also the team MVP and helped the Bears average 235.3 rushing yards per game, ninth in the nation. In the regular-season finale, Philip handled his cousin, Haloti Ngata, of Oregon, but the massive Ngata was drafted in the first round by the Baltimore Ravens. Philip was drafted in the sixth round. Perhaps the chip on his shoulder is understandable.

"Haloti is definitely a big guy, 350 pounds plus," said Philip. "I figure I did well against him, so I can do well against other big players as well."

That's good to hear those comments from both Hartings and Hampton. I find those two to be reliable considering one has been a cetner for ever and the other one has lined up acrossed from several other centers in the league. It's really promising and I hope this rook comes along and can become a valuable backup, especially if Okobi can't return this year.