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Hawaii 5-0
01-01-2013, 12:45 PM
Imagine that, Plax contributing to win

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Plaxico Burress celebrates his game-clinging touchdown with Leonard Pope in the fourth quarter.

Sunday, December 30, 2012
By Mike Bires

PITTSBURGH -- Let the record show that the Steelers’ final touchdown of a madcap season was scored by Plaxico Burress.

How bizarre is that?

There was Plax, taking a couple bows in the end zone with 3:20 left to play after clinching a win that allowed the Steelers to finish a ho-hum 8-8.

The whole Burress dilemma was one of many mysteries in a season of hope that ended in failure.

After re-acquiring Burress on Nov. 20, the Steelers never knew quite what to do with him. It wasn’t until the season finale, Sunday's 24-10 win over the Browns, that coach Mike Tomlin and offensive coordinator Todd Haley finally put him to good use.

In a game in which no Steelers’ receiver was targeted more than three times or caught more than two passes, Burress proved that at age 35 he could still make significant plays.

He caught two passes, each for 12 yards. He also accounted for 12 penalty yards by drawing a pass interference flag against Cleveland star cornerback Joe Haden.

The touchdown was classic Burress, a high ball from Ben Roethlisberger thrown where only a big man could get it.

It was a classic red zone mismatch: Burress, at 6-foot-5, matched up man-to-man against the 5-11 Haden.

Touchdown, Steelers.

Take a bow, Plax.

“It was nice, it was fun,” Roethlisberger said of his first TD pass to Burress since 2004. “He’s got a big body down there and he made a great catch.”

So the question begs to be asked: Where was Burress last week when the Steelers needed to beat the Bengals?

Why did Tomlin choose not to even dress him in a game the Steelers needed to win in order to keep their playoff hopes alive?

Instead, Tomlin dressed five running backs: Jonathan Dwyer, Isaac Redman, Rashard Mendenhall, Chris Rainey and Baron Batch.

Baron Batch?

Are you kidding?

In a game they really had to win, the Steelers dressed Baron Batch instead of Burress, a former first-round draft pick who caught a winning TD for the Giants in the Super Bowl a few years ago.

Unbelievable.

Batch had zero carries and zero catches in last week's 13-10 loss before breaking his arm covering a kickoff late in the first half.

Even dressing Rainey over Burress was a mistake. Granted, Rainey returns kickoffs but it’s not that he’s a game-breaking specialist. In a game the Steelers had to win, Emmanuel Sanders could have returned kickoffs. As it turns out, Rainey didn’t have any carries or any receptions and only returned two kickoffs for 33 and 34 yards.

What a waste of manpower.

Ever since returning to Pittsburgh, Burress was used sparingly. Out of 195 offensive snaps in his first three games, he was on the field for only 19 of them. He didn’t dress in the loss in Dallas. He didn’t dress in the home loss to the Bengals.

In the locker room after Sunday’ win over the Browns, Burress chose not to criticize the coaches for the way he’s been used.

“You know, all I can do is prepare,” he said.

But Burress looked good enough against the Browns that Roethlisberger envisioned him back in a Steelers uniform next year.

“He has plenty of game left,” Roethlisberger said.

Too bad the Steelers didn’t put Burress to work sooner. Like last week.

http://www.timesonline.com/columnists/sports/mike_bires/imagine-that-plax-contributing-to-win/article_ac20d76c-bb11-5653-bc35-5cfeb6bd4048.html

fer522
01-01-2013, 01:03 PM
I asked my self the same question where the F... is Plax? another great call by our genius coach:doh:

SteelersCanada
01-01-2013, 01:03 PM
This guy calls himself a Steelers writer but doesn't know the first thing about this team. Chris Rainey dressed over Plaxico because he's the primary KR guy. Kickers have to kick away from him or ensure touchbacks because they're afraid of his speed and breakaway ability. Baron Batch dressed over him because he's our Special Teams captain and deserved to dress. We have too many Running Backs for Baron to get any significant carries, so he's our ST captain until we get rid of the dead weight we have at Running Back.

Does this guy know what he's talking about?

ZoneBlitzer
01-01-2013, 01:30 PM
This misuse of personnel is on the coaching staff. They needed to be bold and creative to get Plax in the game. His size and experience makes him a difference maker and Ben has been calling for a receiver of his stature ever since he left.

I thought that had they used Plax more he would've provided the shot in the arm that Ben needed to get him out of his late season funk.

But the coach chose to continue to bash his head against the wall by opting for the status quo.

Sometimes a line-up change can provide the spark that's needed.

tanda10506
01-01-2013, 02:29 PM
It's a no brainer and I don't see how Tomlin/Haley missed THAT TOO. Seems like this team is held back by no brainer decisions. Things like starting the correct RB, the correct WR's, punting to top punt returners, playing players that are too hurt to play, playing star players in pointless games like Week 17, etc. Stupid decisions hurt our team this year. Plax should have flew up the depth chart, not due to him being some Top 10 WR, but because our's can't catch shit and fumble when they do.

I'm not saying Plax is a long term solution, obviously he is not, but I'd be pretty nervous if he and Cotchery were gone and we only had the young money crew. The young money crew doesn't get open for Ben, they can't catch shit (except Brown) and they fumble constantly. So if the choice is between a fast guy who fumbles and drops it all the time or a 6'5 big target veteran WR with SB experience and great route running, isn't the decision obvious? The counter argument is that we need to develop our young WR's, but by the time Plax got here this year, Wallace had already proven he wasn't a #1 (if even a starter). He stunk it up all year and showed us nothing during the last half of last year. I would have even been in favor of starting Sanders over Wallace to see if Brown and Sanders could be a truly good #1/#2 combo, but he shit the bed too.

Let Wallace walk, let Sanders walk if he's looking for much money, and keep the vets around another year or two until we can draft a real #1 WR to play with A. Brown, who is already signed on as our #2 for the next 4 years.

defence
01-01-2013, 02:44 PM
It's a no brainer and I don't see how Tomlin/Haley missed THAT TOO. Seems like this team is held back by no brainer decisions. Things like starting the correct RB, the correct WR's, punting to top punt returners, playing players that are too hurt to play, playing star players in pointless games like Week 17, etc. Stupid decisions hurt our team this year. Plax should have flew up the depth chart, not due to him being some Top 10 WR, but because our's can't catch shit and fumble when they do.

I'm not saying Plax is a long term solution, obviously he is not, but I'd be pretty nervous if he and Cotchery were gone and we only had the young money crew. The young money crew doesn't get open for Ben, they can't catch shit (except Brown) and they fumble constantly. So if the choice is between a fast guy who fumbles and drops it all the time or a 6'5 big target veteran WR with SB experience and great route running, isn't the decision obvious? The counter argument is that we need to develop our young WR's, but by the time Plax got here this year, Wallace had already proven he wasn't a #1 (if even a starter). He stunk it up all year and showed us nothing during the last half of last year. I would have even been in favor of starting Sanders over Wallace to see if Brown and Sanders could be a truly good #1/#2 combo, but he shit the bed too.

Let Wallace walk, let Sanders walk if he's looking for much money, and keep the vets around another year or two until we can draft a real #1 WR to play with A. Brown, who is already signed on as our #2 for the next 4 years.

Very well said. I've been telling all my steeler friends that the wr position was a big problem this year and to let Plax walk would be a huge mistake. You are bang on regarding Wallace and Sanders. I wouldn't be surprised if the steelers took a wr in the high rounds or even look at a free agent. Honestly; I expect them to address this position.

ETL
01-01-2013, 02:48 PM
It is simply amazing how smart you sound with 20:20 hindsight!

Neil-Still-Rules-14
01-01-2013, 03:42 PM
It isn't 20/20 hindsight. There is no doubt Burress should have at least been in uniform against the Cowboys and Bengals. I knew that the second I read the inactives list.

ETL
01-01-2013, 03:53 PM
It isn't 20/20 hindsight. There is no doubt Burress should have at least been in uniform against the Cowboys and Bengals. I knew that the second I read the inactives list.

I find it very hard to believe that Plexico held the key to victory and to be so focused on a has-been WR is just .... so childish

Twentyvalve
01-01-2013, 04:13 PM
I don't think he is the key to victory. He is an ingredient to a formula - an ingredient the Steelers sorely miss. I don't think the issue is that it is Plex, just the fact that he is a huge receiver who can make catches, especially in the end zone. The last game proved he could contribute, and guess what, they won!

What does this team need with yet another speedy, stone-handed 5' 11" 195 lb. receiver anyway? We have enough of those. We need a large, physical WR and another TE to complement Miller.


I find it very hard to believe that Plexico held the key to victory and to be so focused on a has-been WR is just .... so childish

SteelersCanada
01-01-2013, 05:01 PM
Yeah, Plaxico Burress is the key to victory. It's not a legitimate rush attack or the offensive line staying healthy enough to give Ben a legitimate pocket, or the defense creating turnovers and winning field position - it's a 35 year old receiver that's passed his prime.

That makes sense.

zcoop
01-01-2013, 05:19 PM
Yeah, Plaxico Burress is the key to victory. It's not a legitimate rush attack or the offensive line staying healthy enough to give Ben a legitimate pocket, or the defense creating turnovers and winning field position - it's a 35 year old receiver that's passed his prime.

That makes sense.

Good points in your last posts. Some folks will type anything on these boards. I liked Plax when he was here the first time. Unlike some, I was not one who wanted him to be let go but I digress. Now they're on his jock because they have a beef with our best receiver on roster. Who will they bitch about next season? Oh, I know, they'll call for Tomlin's head because our receiving corps will be so weak that we may repeat this year's performance.

They might just get what they're asking for but I don't think it would be a good move for the team in the immediate future.

kan_t
01-01-2013, 09:12 PM
He's not a WR that the Steelers can't let go. But I surely want the Steelers to keep him for one more year. He has shown enough to me that he can contribute and his game is what the Steelers are lacking, especially after Heath Miller's injury.

torpedoshell31
01-02-2013, 04:48 PM
He's not a WR that the Steelers can't let go. But I surely want the Steelers to keep him for one more year. He has shown enough to me that he can contribute and his game is what the Steelers are lacking, especially after Heath Miller's injury.

I agree, he's not the long term solution, but all we needed against the Bengals was a one game solution and we would have been in the playoffs. His first game against the Browns he drew a PI call in the end zone for our only TD, he made a great catch in traffic on a 3rd and forever for a first down against the Cowboys, and he caught our last TD of the year. He should have been dressed against the Bengals.

Neil-Still-Rules-14
01-03-2013, 02:36 PM
I find it very hard to believe that Plexico held the key to victory and to be so focused on a has-been WR is just .... so childish

That's not what I said...watch with the name-calling. I don't think it's that crazy to say that he gave the Steelers a better chance to win than say Robert Golden or one of the other guys who got dressed over him.

steelfury02
01-03-2013, 02:53 PM
he should have been given more looks, along with Cotchery, the way the Loose Change Gang was performing.

Brown, Sanders, Cotchery, Plax

I'll take something different than the constant drops. The shame is, that 2 of the 4 on the alternate lineup couldn't hold on to a freakin ball either.

ugh - ANOTHER POSITION PROBLEM, ALONG WITH RB

Hawaii 5-0
01-13-2013, 01:26 PM
Pittsburgh Steelers 2013 Free Agents Analysis: WR Plaxico Burress – Unrestricted

Saturday, January 12th, 2013 by Dave Bryan

We continue on now with our offseason look at Pittsburgh Steelers free agents. We will continue to knock these out over the course of the next few weeks as we move closer towards the start of free agency. Our analysis and breakdown of unrestricted free agents started has so far included quarterback Charlie Batch and nose tackle Casey Hampton, and will now move forward today with a look at veteran wide receiver Plaxico Burress.

Player: Plaxico Burress

Position: Wide Receiver

Experience: 11 Years

Free Agent Status: Unrestricted

2012 Salary Cap Hit: $326,471 (6 Games)

2012 Season Breakdown: Burress sat at home waiting for the phone to ring most of the season. When Antonio Brown went down with his ankle injury in the game against the New York Giants the Steelers wide receiver unit got thin. When Jerricho Cotchery went down with his rib injury in the first meeting against the Baltimore Ravens the Steelers called Burress and signed him to a one year deal for the veteran minimum.

Burress made his debut in the Week 12 game against the Cleveland Browns and even started in a three wide receiver set. He was targeted twice by quarterback Charlie Batch late in the first half and drew a pass interference penalty on Browns defensive back Sheldon Brown on the second of the two throws in his direction which led to the Steelers second, and last touchdown of the game. The next throw to Burress midway through the third quarter was intercepted by Brown. On the play it appeared as if Burress rounded off the top of his out route lazily which gave Brown the opportunity to break on the pass.

The following week in the second game against the Ravens Burress played just one snap as he came in to spell Mike Wallace who had to leave the game briefly after jamming his knee. Burress finally recorded his first reception of the season in the Week 14 game against the San Diego Chargers when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threaded a pass through heavy traffic to Burress across the middle to convert a third down and long late in the first quarter. The reception was good for 18 yards. He was unsuccessfully targeted once more late in the loss.

When both Brown and Cotchery returned to health it resulted in Burress being inactive for the games against the Dallas Cowboys and the Cincinnati Bengals. He would, however, suit up for the meaningless season finale against the Browns and caught 2 passes from Roethlisberger for 24 yards, the second of which was a touchdown from 12 yards out with 3:25 left in the game. It would wind up being the Steelers last touchdown of the 2012 season as well.

Free Agency Outlook: Burress will turn 36 in August and you have to think that this might be the end of the line for him. He is no longer an every down player and is considered nothing more than a red zone threat thanks to his size. The Steelers former first round draft pick also has a history of back issues that will always be a concern moving forward. He doesn't block and doesn't play on special teams in addition to all of the above.

While the return of Burress to Pittsburgh was certainly great to see, any fan that is holding out hope that he will be with the team once training camp rolls around will more than likely be disappointed. If by some miracle he does sign back, it will be very late in the offseason and it will be a one-year veteran qualifying contract that comes with a discounted salary cap hit.

The potential loss of Wallace in the upcoming free agency period will result in the Steelers turning to the draft to reload. Keep in mind that Cotchery is currently under contract for next season as well and he is 5 years younger than Burress. The Steelers must get younger at the position, not older.

http://network.yardbarker.com/nfl/article_external/pittsburgh_steelers_2013_free_agents_analysis_wr_p laxico_burress_unrestricted/12640795

steeltheone
01-13-2013, 01:57 PM
I don't think he is the key to victory. He is an ingredient to a formula - an ingredient the Steelers sorely miss. I don't think the issue is that it is Plex, just the fact that he is a huge receiver who can make catches, especially in the end zone. The last game proved he could contribute, and guess what, they won!

What does this team need with yet another speedy, stone-handed 5' 11" 195 lb. receiver anyway? We have enough of those. We need a large, physical WR and another TE to complement Miller.

I'm guessing none of you remember Plax playing in Pittsburgh the first time around. He had all the talent then too. He was known for stopping in the middle of routes, lazy at times and other than 1 season was pretty average.

The Steelers decided to sign Hines Ward big and let Plax walk away.

Fast forward to 2012......8 years older, a convicted felon and had not played in over a year. I just don't grasp how people on this board could possibly think this guy could be a key piece to a Winning team.

DanRooney
01-13-2013, 10:34 PM
Coaching is bad. There is no doubt about that.

AndyWitmyer
01-13-2013, 11:55 PM
Seeing Plax back on the field in a Steelers uniform was like a dream come true. And seeing how little playtime he was given? A nightmare. As someone who usually at least tries to come up with some sort of logic behind the decisions made by Tomlin (right on up to the Rooneys themselves), this was yet another one of those times where the Steelers Organization left me scratching my head - I mean, seriously - why did they even bother? What was the point, exactly?

If it was to have him score the final TD of the season (as well as his one and only) in an utterly meaningless game, then I guess in that regards, they succeeded!

:doh:

kan_t
01-14-2013, 12:58 AM
I'm guessing none of you remember Plax playing in Pittsburgh the first time around. He had all the talent then too. He was known for stopping in the middle of routes, lazy at times and other than 1 season was pretty average.

The Steelers decided to sign Hines Ward big and let Plax walk away.

Fast forward to 2012......8 years older, a convicted felon and had not played in over a year. I just don't grasp how people on this board could possibly think this guy could be a key piece to a Winning team.
Is he a key piece to a winning team? No, even Plax himself knows it. However, after all those years, maybe now he realizes that he couldn't be lazy and couldn't give up plays? It doesn't make him a better player than before. He's 36. But we are not saying he should be a No.1/No.2 either. What he brings to the Steelers is something that the Steelers don't have, especially when you take Heath Miller's injury into account.

TheVet
01-15-2013, 02:04 AM
I'm guessing none of you remember Plax playing in Pittsburgh the first time around. He had all the talent then too. He was known for stopping in the middle of routes, lazy at times and other than 1 season was pretty average.

The Steelers decided to sign Hines Ward big and let Plax walk away.

Fast forward to 2012......8 years older, a convicted felon and had not played in over a year. I just don't grasp how people on this board could possibly think this guy could be a key piece to a Winning team.

That's how I remember it. Plus, lots of drops on easy catches, offset by the occasional spectacular catch. A maddening underachiever.

Still, I kind of like having him around for depth for another year as long as it's cheap. Also, it seemed that he matured a bit after his prison time, and maybe some of that might rub off on our young guys.

wwhickok
01-15-2013, 07:08 AM
There is plenty of reason to doubt the Coaching Staff right now. This season wasn't just plagued by injuries it was also plagued by bad decision making. Speifically on the part of Tomlin. From personnel to failed 4th down attempts.

jtbsteeler
01-15-2013, 11:51 AM
There's no doubt that Tomlin exposed some stupidity that I thought he left behind in the 2009 season.