Re: Purge salaries, build for 2014
I agree with the OP. I do not agree with the word "purge" but I agree that the Steelers do not trust their young players enough or give them a chance to develop.
I remember Keisel being terrible against the run in his first year as a starter and teams constantly running to his side to take advantage. He improved a lot with the playing time and has now become a very solid performer.
Who thought James Harrison would have been able to do a better job than Joey Porter? Well he didn't in his first season as a starter recording only 8.5 sacks- he was DPOY the following season.
Could Keenan Lewis have been better than William Gay last year? Probably and Lewis would have been even better this year with a season under his belt.
That is one knock against the Steelers I agree with- they are too conservative at playing new personnel.