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Galax Steeler
02-19-2013, 05:34 PM
Scott: Without getting into sources, can you verify your conspiracy theory regarding departed Steeler coaches?

Ed Bouchette: It's not a conspiracy theory. I just think that perhaps with the change in coordinators, there might have been some philosophical differences among the offensive coaches last season.

Pahn711: Educated guess on who the Woodley "anonymous source" is?

Ed Bouchette: Since it wasn't my source, nor my story, I would not venture a guess.

Sam: Ed, Have you been invited to take part in any "Top Ten" episodes on the NFL Network this year?

Ed Bouchette: I have never done it for the NFL Network, I have done it for NFL Films, which you probably then see on the network. Yes, they interviewed me before the Super Bowl in New Orleans about several things they are working on.

DiamondSteel: Do you think the locker room is losing is cohesiveness?

Ed Bouchette: That's too hard for me to judge, since I'm only a visitor in there several times a week and then for not long periods. I do not think one anonymous comment, however, means a whole lot as to whether it is or is not.

mikeflores16: Are we looking at another mediocre season or two before things get better?

Ed Bouchette: As many know who follow the sport, that can depend on a whole bunch of circumstances. They have the quarterback and a lot of other pieces in place. I believe they were odds-on fourth or fifth among AFC teams to win the Super Bowl. All teams have their problems.

Phil: Ed, the label on Woodley bothers me. The proof is in the pudding as they say and look no further than early December, and you have a down and out Chager team coming into Heinz Field and...get in shape LaMarr!

Ed Bouchette: So you're going to blame their loss to San Diego on LaMarr Woodley? I think you could point plenty of fingers there. Woodley did not have a good 2012 season, I think he'll even tell you that.

mikeflores16: Who do you expect to step up like Lewis did this year?

Ed Bouchette: If Keenan Lewis leaves, they will need Cortez Allen to do so, for one, and I thought he played well in their pass defenses last season and that could bode well for him in 2013 as a starter if Lewis does not return.

mikeflores16: What do the coaches thing about the NT position behind McLendon?

Ed Bouchette: They did not keep Alameda Ta'amu on their roster after his South Side rampage for nothing.

dave: Which of their current RB's do you think will be on the roster next season?

Ed Bouchette: Isaac Redman and Baron Batch for sure and maybe Jonathan Dwyer.

Sam: Ed, Have you ever been influenced to research and write a story based on a reader's question other than your recent write-ups on the change over time in how you report?

Ed Bouchette: I'm sure I have, although I can't recall any specifics at the moment.

Pahn711: Based on what the media is saying, it seems to be a foregone conclusion that Willie Colon is done with the Steelers. But what about for the veteran minimum? Didn't he show potential as a pulling guard?

Ed Bouchette: There's always that chance, but I'm hearing there's not much of that chance.

Dale Klima: Do you ever keep the confidences of players who complain or do you report it?

Ed Bouchette: It depends. If they understand I may use what they're telling me, I'd report it. If it's told to me in confidence with the understanding it's just for my background information, I keep their confidence but am armed with knowledge that I can use in my future reporting.

mikeflores16: I think the Steelers should at least try to sign Jackson from STL, he would provide a workhorse RB to take some pressure off of Ben. Your thoughts ...

Ed Bouchette: My thoughts have been pretty plain on this based on my knowledge of how they operate, they will not sign Steven Jackson nor even make an attempt.

Scott: If reports are true and this is TP's last season, where do the starting safeties come from in 2014? Especially with Clark in the final year of his deal.

Ed Bouchette: Tune in to the 2013 draft in April for your answer.

Wexford Wag: Any talk of looking for a new punter next year? I know Butler was a rookie, but even with that in mind, he didn't meet NFL standards either on distance or hang time. It's an important but often overlooked aspect of the game -- it's field position.

Ed Bouchette: I'm sure if they can find someone better, they will.

Guest: Do you see the Steelers making a serious effort to sign Lewis?

Ed Bouchette: Yes, I do, but not until after he hits the market March 12 and only if another team does not offer him crazy money.

Dale Klima: Please tell me that Ziggy won't be here next year.

Ed Bouchette: If by next year, you mean 2014, that's possible because he is entering the final year of his contract. If by next year you mean next season, 2013, he will be right where he was in 2012.

Penman: Did the Steelers hire a special teams coach yet?

Ed Bouchette: Yes, quite a bit ago. Danny Smith, a Pittsburgh native who played at Central Catholic.

mikeflores16: Do you believe that Gilbert can be a good LT?

Ed Bouchette: I think he has a chance to be Marvel Smith's equal.

dsf: Do you personally think Woodley was out of shape and not working out or preparing at a level that is to be expected?

Ed Bouchette: Personally? I have no idea what his workout routine is or has been. Others have told me he needs to pay more attention to his workout routine in the off season.

John in Ohio: If there is a top OLB or WR available when Steelers pick, which do you think they choose?

Ed Bouchette: If they are rated equally, I would say the linebacker.

steveo: We now know that Ryan Clark and LaMarr Woodley read the PG columns. Are you sure Colbert doesn't?

Ed Bouchette: Kevin Colbert is well aware of what we write about the Steelers.

mikeflores16: By the way, Kugler coming to El Paso, although considered by some a step down, is being very well received here. He is the prodigal son returning, hopefully to build a respectable program, while at the same time raising his profile. Wishful thinking for my hometown school?

Ed Bouchette: Sean Kugler is an excellent coach and he could very well turn that program around.

weegie: Will Tomlin or Colbert be talking to reporters at the combine?

Ed Bouchette: Kevin Colbert annually talks to reporters at the combine.

John in Ohio: Art Rooney II said he would like to see players play earlier than 3 years after they are drafted. It is ridiculous that it takes 1-2 years just to learn the defense. Shouldn't some asst coaches or scouts be fired for not identifying correct players for the Steelers system?

Ed Bouchette: I guess I missed that comment, but he did tell me a few years ago that he thought the younger players needed to be developed more quickly. Keenan Lewis is a prime example. Cameron Heyward might be another. Jason Worilds enters his fourth season. You're seeing more young players play more quickly in the offensive line in recent years.

Scott: Is there a realistic chance the Steelers get a handle on their salary cap issues? Seems they have been up against it for a few years now and restructuring efforts will eventually create a lot of dead money hits.

Ed Bouchette: They are in the process of trying to get that under control, a process that began last season.

Pahn711: Amidst reports that Steelers Management want to keep Harrison, it seems like unless they draft an OLB early, they don't have much negotiating power to cut his salary. Can they wait until after the draft to negotiate or must it be done in March?

Ed Bouchette: Ideally, it would get done before March 12 with any player they are considering cutting or restructuring because they need to create salary cap room by that date.

mikeflores16: You seemed pretty pessimistic about Spence this morning? Your odds on him ever playing again and becoming the player we all hoped he would just last August.

Ed Bouchette: He's facing tough odds.

Bill L: Say for example Emmanuel Sanders walks into team hedquarters and wants to work on the field with Charlie Batch this month. Is that prohibited in the CBA?

Ed Bouchette: Yes, unless that field is at some high school, etc.

Guest: Do you think the combine is a relic? Maybe it was helpful when every college game wasn't on tv, but now you can find film on any player.

Ed Bouchette: I've been told so many times that the combine is best for getting height and weight and some injury reports, that they do not put that much stock in the cone drills, etc. If that's the case, why not just eliminate the cone drills, etc., is my argument? No, it's not a relic, but it's what Chuck Noll called it 30 years ago, football players in their underwear.

Dale Klima: Are you bored during the football off season like most of us are?

Ed Bouchette: No, I have other things of interest to me outside of my job. However, most of those things do not involve sports.

Guest: Will the Steelers make an effort to keep Mike Wallace?

Ed Bouchette: No, I think that's water over the dam, under the bridge and the glass is empty.

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steeltheone
02-19-2013, 06:29 PM
What the hell do they see in Baron Batch?

SteelersCanada
02-19-2013, 07:01 PM
What the hell do they see in Baron Batch?

He's our ST captain and hasn't really been given a chance to do anything yet. In my opinion, he should've been given carries over Dwyer and Redman.

Riddle_Of_Steel
02-19-2013, 07:06 PM
He's our ST captain and hasn't really been given a chance to do anything yet. In my opinion, he should've been given carries over Dwyer and Redman.

Based on what? Everytime they have given him the ball, it has been straight up the gut for....-1 yards. Except for a single 10-yard TD run, I don't think he has a run over 2 yards. I don't see what the coaches see in him either.

WokeUpWithaWoodley
02-19-2013, 07:28 PM
Based on what? Everytime they have given him the ball, it has been straight up the gut for....-1 yards. Except for a single 10-yard TD run, I don't think he has a run over 2 yards. I don't see what the coaches see in him either.

I'd have to agree I don't see much from batch.

Watch this gif, batch totally missed the huge hole to the left. http://www.steelersdepot.com/2012/10/looking-at-a-key-run-fail-late-in-the-steelers-loss-to-the-titans/

harrison'samonster
02-19-2013, 07:33 PM
just curious, but do others think we need both Redman and Dwyer back next year? I personally think Redman's the better option.

harrison'samonster
02-19-2013, 07:35 PM
I'd have to agree I don't see much from batch.

Watch this gif, batch totally missed the huge hole to the left. http://www.steelersdepot.com/2012/10/looking-at-a-key-run-fail-late-in-the-steelers-loss-to-the-titans/

thanks, but that hurts to watch.

teegre
02-19-2013, 07:35 PM
What the hell do they see in Baron Batch?

Special teams.

WokeUpWithaWoodley
02-19-2013, 07:36 PM
just curious, but do others think we need both Redman and Dwyer back next year? I personally think Redman's the better option.

One or the another. That's my opinion, same type of back keep one not both. But then again neither one stayed healthy for the full season soooo they might want the depth.

teegre
02-19-2013, 07:39 PM
RE-CAP:
The Colon is gone.

Wallace is gone.

Keenan Lewis to be resigned.

Draft could bring TWO safeties to the team.

The team is high on Ta'amu.

harrison'samonster
02-19-2013, 07:39 PM
Ed doesn't think the Steelers will even make an attempt to keep Wallace? I didn't know the situation between him and the team was that bad.

harrison'samonster
02-19-2013, 07:40 PM
RE-CAP:
The Colon is gone.

Wallace is gone.

Keenan Lewis to be resigned.

Draft could bring TWO safeties to the team.

The team is high on Ta'amu.

I still think signing Lewis is a big must for the Steelers this offseason.

teegre
02-19-2013, 07:41 PM
I still think signing Lewis is a big must for the Steelers this offseason.

I agree 100%.

SteelersCanada
02-19-2013, 07:52 PM
I think they're going to try to keep Wallace, but I think if we're going to keep Wallace around then guys like Troy, Harrison, Keisel, Colon, Foster, Foote and Starks all have to be released. On top of that, Ben and LT have to restructure their deals and, if we're confident in Woodley, then he has to as well. Look for AB to restructure his and in all likelihood, they'll be asking Ike to restructure his as well.

Now, I wouldn't be upset if all of that happened if I'm being honest. I'd rather have Lewis and Wallace than any combination of those guys that would be cut. Yes, that includes Troy.

tony hipchest
02-19-2013, 08:58 PM
the big thing i took from the chat is ed thinks gilbert has potential to be the next marvel smith. that would be HUGE.

steeltheone
02-19-2013, 08:58 PM
I think they're going to try to keep Wallace, but I think if we're going to keep Wallace around then guys like Troy, Harrison, Keisel, Colon, Foster, Foote and Starks all have to be released. On top of that, Ben and LT have to restructure their deals and, if we're confident in Woodley, then he has to as well. Look for AB to restructure his and in all likelihood, they'll be asking Ike to restructure his as well.

Now, I wouldn't be upset if all of that happened if I'm being honest. I'd rather have Lewis and Wallace than any combination of those guys that would be cut. Yes, that includes Troy.

Somebody will Wallace crazy like money...The Steelers have no chance.

teegre
02-19-2013, 09:03 PM
the big thing i took from the chat is ed thinks gilbert has potential to be the next marvel smith. that would be HUGE.

As I mentioned on another thread, I see Gilbert as Starks... and Adams as Smith.

austinfrench76
02-19-2013, 10:26 PM
All I really know about Ed is that he thinks all fans are idiots and he is more or less correct but I just don't like his attitude about doing his job. Other than that, he's right. The only UFA we need to focus on is Lewis and if we lose him that would be a HUGE loss. Even though I do like Allen. I hate Brown and Van Dyke and any other would-be DB's we have on the roster.

Riddle_Of_Steel
02-19-2013, 11:51 PM
All I really know about Ed is that he thinks all fans are idiots and he is more or less correct but I just don't like his attitude about doing his job. Other than that, he's right. The only UFA we need to focus on is Lewis and if we lose him that would be a HUGE loss. Even though I do like Allen. I hate Brown and Van Dyke and any other would-be DB's we have on the roster.

Hell yeah.

We need Keenan a LOT more than we need Wallace. The Steelers have written him off-- they are not even entertaining the possibility that Wallace stays in a Steelers uniform, based on the language we are hearing from recent reports.

tony hipchest
02-20-2013, 01:06 AM
As I mentioned on another thread, I see Gilbert as Starks... and Adams as Smith.

unfortunately i see Gilbert as Baby Huey (or Andrae Smith of the bungles) who lacks half the intelligence or maturity ofr Starks OR Smith.

Hope I'm wrong, but typically, successful high round OL drafted are 4 year graduates who have a decent head on their shoulders.

Fire Arians
02-20-2013, 01:37 AM
Based on what? Everytime they have given him the ball, it has been straight up the gut for....-1 yards. Except for a single 10-yard TD run, I don't think he has a run over 2 yards. I don't see what the coaches see in him either.

he's money as a pass blocker and is pretty good receiving. he probably has the talent to be a good 3rd down back.

he just came back last year from blowing out his knee the year before and running backs typically take until their 2nd year to be themselves again. i'd say he should get another shot, he may surprise

tony hipchest
02-20-2013, 01:48 AM
he just came back last year from blowing out his knee the year before and running backs typically take until their 2nd year to be themselves again. i'd say he should get another shot, he may surprise

but the bar has been set. every professional athelete (even 7th rounders) are supposed to be a once in a generation, freak of nature like adrian peterson, who recovers to be better than ever, in 6 months.

:rolleyes:

El-Gonzo Jackson
02-20-2013, 11:01 AM
Ed doesn't think the Steelers will even make an attempt to keep Wallace? I didn't know the situation between him and the team was that bad.

They will not pay $10million plus for Mike Wallace, so he is gone. Not that surprising.

the big thing i took from the chat is ed thinks gilbert has potential to be the next marvel smith. that would be HUGE.

I thought Gilbert should be starting LT last year going into camp and got thrashed upon by fellow Steeler fans when I said Adams should learn at RT before being trusted with Ben's blind side. Gilbert has really good movement skills and I think is more natural on the left side than he is on the right side.