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Hawaii 5-0
03-24-2013, 07:51 PM
Curtis Brown entering pivotal third year with 2013 Steelers

By SteelCityRoller on Mar 24 2013

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If recent Steelers trends continue, the 2013 season will either make or break the third-year player's career in Pittsburgh.

Evidently, the Pittsburgh Steelers make up their minds on retaining their own draft picks by Season 3.

Recently departed Mike Wallace had posted three respectable seasons before becoming a restricted free-agent in his fourth - 2012. Wallace expected the team to offer him a long-term contract worthy of his services, based on his production so far. Whether or not the team actually offered him such a deal regardless of size has never been confirmed.

In the end, he was offered an RFA tender compliant with the terms of the CBA, which would require a first-round draft pick as compensation should another team attempt to sign Wallace away. The tender was worth $2.742 million for one season. His 2013 base salary is significantly less, although technically his new deal matched early projections.

Judging by the fact no confirmed offers were made by Pittsburgh once Wallace became a unrestricted free-agent, the team had already made up its mind before 2012 ever happened.

Keenan Lewis also recently signed with a new team after becoming a starter in his fourth and final season in Pittsburgh. If reports of the situation are accurate, the Steelers made no attempt to re-sign the cornerback, even after the Saints placed their winning bid. Perhaps the team made up its mind on Lewis in his third season, where he was inconsistent at times as a nickelback.

Even though Lewis was a starter in his fourth season, the team had already decided they needed to keep looking in Lewis' third year, when they drafted both Cortez Allen and Curtis Brown. When Ike Taylor broke his ankle late in 2012, Allen was promoted from his nickel duties to interim starter opposite of Lewis. The team created more takeaways with Allen in the lineup than they had all year without. This is how the team expects their players to earn their place.

Lewis did not make such an impact in his third year, but he did play well enough to at least have a chance to start in year-four. However, when second-year player Allen out-performed fourth-year Lewis, the team had no reason to prolong the Lewis experiment.

With Allen entering his third-year as a starter, he will be playing to retain his new role while establishing his next contract's value. His fellow draftee cornerback Brown is playing for much, much more.

Brown, because of Lewis' departure, would have become the team's nickel back by default. Unfortunately, he had the same opportunity to prove himself as Allen over the past two years, since the pair was drafted in 2011 - especially over the course of the end of last season. While Allen's performance left the team feeling comfortable in parting ways with Lewis, all Brown's performance inspired was the signing of William Gay.

In only his third year, Brown will have to not only beat out his teammates Josh Victorian and DeMarcus Van Dyke for regular defensive snaps, but also a season veteran in Gay, who spent the past two seasons with the Arizona Cardinals after beginning his career in Pittsburgh. Because of his experience with the team, Gay won't still be learning the system like Brown.

If Brown can continue to learn and perform at the same time, he can earn the right to be the team's primary nickel back. If he can lock down the nickel job, he can get sufficient snaps to prove to the organization he is capable of taking over for Taylor when his contract expires.

If Brown disappoints in his third-year exam, he will most likely remain a special team-er until his contract expires following the 2014 season; when he will probably be searching for a new team as an unrestricted free-agent.

http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2013/3/24/4138986/curtis-brown-entering-pivotal-third-year-with-2013-steelers

Millers the sh!t
03-24-2013, 11:18 PM
Nice article. I guess I'm not the only one who didn't see the love affair or the hyper demand for Keenen. I hope that Cortez' few games and mega production he made for us wasnt just a fluke. I hope this kids too legit to quit and becomes the next bad to the motherfucking bone corner of the NFL. They brought back Gay so they must not be 100% sold on Allen quite just yet but let's all pray that he wins the starting job by a wide margin and helps revive the turnover production that this defense has been missing for the last 3 years.

Allen, McClendon, healthy o line that creates holes, and BALL CONTROL ON OFFENSE... What I'm looking forward to seeing this season. Let's go Tomlin. Unleash hell this fall.......

Steeldude
03-25-2013, 04:47 AM
Well I hope he improves a lot this coming season. Last season he was slow moving and slow to react.

Steel_Bus_24
03-25-2013, 05:58 AM
Curtis Brown was pretty freaking terrible......He looked lost against Pre-Season back-ups

He made William Gay look like Revis

At this point I have more hope of DVD turning around

Buddha Bus
03-25-2013, 06:45 AM
Nice article. I guess I'm not the only one who didn't see the love affair or the hyper demand for Keenen. I hope that Cortez' few games and mega production he made for us wasnt just a fluke. I hope this kids too legit to quit and becomes the next bad to the motherfucking bone corner of the NFL. They brought back Gay so they must not be 100% sold on Allen quite just yet but let's all pray that he wins the starting job by a wide margin and helps revive the turnover production that this defense has been missing for the last 3 years.

Did you just drop some MC Hammer lyrics on us? Good lord. :heh:

I don't think they brought Gay back because they were unsure of Allen. If they weren't sold on him, they would have minimally made an offer to Lewis, but it appears they didn't. Gay was brought back for depth and to play nickel, where he excelled when he was last here.

I can't see a scenario beyond injury that has Gay starting opposite Ike to start the season. They need to see what Allen has early and often now that Lewis is gone and the transition phase has begun.

Brown I'm not too sure about yet. He hasn't done well thus far, but keep in mind that Keenan Lewis and William Gay both struggled early for the Steelers as well and he could very well begin to get it this year under Lake. I'm not ready to toss him to the curb just yet, but this year will be huge for him in terms of solidifying a spot with this team for the future. I'd like nothing more than for him to emerge this season and be the heir apparent once Ike goes out to pasture, which will be sooner rather than later.

wwhickok
03-25-2013, 07:36 AM
Honestly I truly believe that if he doesn't have a break out year, he won't be on the 2014 roster.

Hawaii 5-0
03-25-2013, 01:48 PM
Curtis Brown was pretty freaking terrible......He looked lost against Pre-Season back-ups



I thought the same exact thing about Keenan Lewis before he had his breakout year this past season.

Steelers>NFL
03-25-2013, 02:20 PM
Isn't Brown from Texas? What is it with these Texas players tend to stink in the NFL. They dominate or play very well in college ball - Big12. But can not do well in the NFL!

Steel_Bus_24
03-25-2013, 02:22 PM
Isn't Brown from Texas? What is it with these Texas players tend to stink in the NFL. They dominate or play very well in college ball - Big12. But can not do well in the NFL!

earl thomas is doing ok

Steelers>NFL
03-25-2013, 02:38 PM
earl thomas is doing ok

You found one!
But Im thinking Limas Sweed, Michael Huff, Sergio guy the Ravens drafted couple of years ago just for starters. Colt McCoy, I think he can be a decent backup QB. But not a starter.
Best Texas player ever: Earl Campbell! This man was a BEAST!!!

Hawaii 5-0
03-25-2013, 03:13 PM
Isn't Brown from Texas? What is it with these Texas players tend to stink in the NFL. They dominate or play very well in college ball - Big12. But can not do well in the NFL!

Casey Hampton ended up having a pretty good NFL career...

Grizza
03-25-2013, 03:13 PM
You found one!
But Im thinking Limas Sweed, Michael Huff, Sergio guy the Ravens drafted couple of years ago just for starters. Colt McCoy, I think he can be a decent backup QB. But not a starter.
Best Texas player ever: Earl Campbell! This man was a BEAST!!!

I am more of a lurker and never post, but I just couldn't hold my tongue on this one ---


----What about...

Big Snack
Roy Williams
Justin Tucker (just won a Ring w/the rat birds)
Cory Redding
Jamaal Charles
Cedrick Benson
The Acho brothers
Justin Blalock
Chykie Brown (also just won a Ring w/rat birds)
Tarell Brown (lost in the Super Bowl to the rat birds)
Priest Holmes
Quentin Jammer
Derrick Johnson
Brian Arakpo
Phil Dawson
Ricky Williams
Leonard Davis (also lost in the Super Bowl to the rat birds)
Aaron Ross
Jermichael Finley
Herny Melton


That is just off the top of my head. :wink02:

Sergio Kindle (sp) had some freak (shady) accident before he even stepped foot on the field and don't think it's really fair to lump him in the same group as Sweed and Brown. So we had a bust with Limas Sweed---- GET OVER IT!!! I am sure that there are tons of busts from every "big time" college out there. Did Curtis Brown suck when he was playing CB - yes, in fact he got benched, but he is still a great addition to the Special Teams.

Look at USC - Matt Leinart - BUST and the same could be said about Reggie Bush, but we got Troy, and look how that turned out.

Steelers>NFL
03-25-2013, 03:42 PM
I am more of a lurker and never post, but I just couldn't hold my tongue on this one ---


----What about...

Big Snack
Roy Williams
Justin Tucker (just won a Ring w/the rat birds)
Cory Redding
Jamaal Charles
Cedrick Benson
The Acho brothers
Justin Blalock
Chykie Brown (also just won a Ring w/rat birds)
Tarell Brown (lost in the Super Bowl to the rat birds)
Priest Holmes
Quentin Jammer
Derrick Johnson
Brian Arakpo
Phil Dawson
Ricky Williams
Leonard Davis (also lost in the Super Bowl to the rat birds)
Aaron Ross
Jermichael Finley
Herny Melton


That is just off the top of my head. :wink02:

Sergio Kindle (sp) had some freak (shady) accident before he even stepped foot on the field and don't think it's really fair to lump him in the same group as Sweed and Brown. So we had a bust with Limas Sweed---- GET OVER IT!!! I am sure that there are tons of busts from every "big time" college out there. Did Curtis Brown suck when he was playing CB - yes, in fact he got benched, but he is still a great addition to the Special Teams.

Look at USC - Matt Leinart - BUST and the same could be said about Reggie Bush, but we got Troy, and look how that turned out.

Nice post Grizza.
Thank you.

Steeldude
03-25-2013, 04:24 PM
I thought the same exact thing about Keenan Lewis before he had his breakout year this past season.

The difference is Lewis didn't look like he was running in mud