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Old 09-12-2011, 03:40 PM   #16
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Default Re: Farrior finds himself sidelined in favor of Foote

Originally Posted by SCMom View Post
Kind of sums up my feelings on this...


Farrior done wrong?

September 11th, 2011

BALTIMORE — Mike Tomlin is widely considered one of the better player’s coaches in the NFL.

Tomlin has a reputation of relating to his players in a fashion to get them to play hard because of his honesty, straight-forwardness and his no-nonsense approach — all attributes that players love.

Saying that, Tomlin is doing wrong with the most influential player on the Steelers’ defense.

Tomlin made the decision to remove veteran linebacker James Farrior for the final two series of the first half of Sunday’s 35-7 loss to the Ravens because what he said afterwards was because “we had made a commitment to play Larry Foote some.”


At any other position, I’d buy that as a logical reason. At cornerback, I’d buy that reason.

But when you are talking about the unquestioned leader of your defense; the eight-time defensive captain; and the all-around most-respected person on the Steelers’ roster, it’s hogwash.

Farrior deserves better.

“I’m healthy and everything is fine,” disappointed Farrior said afterward.

But obviously everything isn’t fine … or should I say won’t be fine.

For Tomlin to make a drastic decision to remove Farrior for series at a time, there’s a problem, and that problem may get worse before it gets better.

Foote has no way surpassed Farrior in quality of play on the field. Off the field, Farrior is invaluable.

Just think, a guy like Farrior is replaced because of his decline while William Gay and Bryant McFadden remain on the field.

I’d be shaking my head if I was Farrior.

The Steelers were trailing just 14-7 at the time of Farrior’s removal in the second quarter, and the Ravens quickly went on an 11-play drive that resulted in a touchdown. Foote missed a tackle and covered the wrong guy on a play, but that’s beside the point.

Well, maybe that is the point. Foote is a backup for a reason.

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I don't agree with any of that. Farrior is not the player he was 3 years ago and he'd be the first to admit that. Reducing his playing time is not the worst idea at this point. Foote was never as good as Farrior in his prime, but he is now. He's always been better than most Steeler fans give him credit for. Not everyone in the league can be a pro bowler, you have to have some serviceable players and Foote has always been exactly that. Capable and qualified has to be good enough for the majority of any football team. We have more than our share of high end talent.

No one is going to get upset because Larry Foote is getting some playing time, at least no one on the team, not Farrior or anyone else.
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