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Old 02-09-2014, 10:12 AM   #1
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Pittsburgh Steelers Ryan Clark gets quite a bit of flak from some of us here at Nice Pick Cowher. The decline in his performance, and his preference to “gossip with the girls” on ESPN’s First Take or SportsCenter rather than stay focused on getting better (what a novel idea) has certainly soured my disposition towards Clark and his future stake with the Steelers. His mouth has become the centerpiece of his career, and he is primed to show the world that he’s ready to take a seat at the round table of former players turned commentators/’analysts.’ That’s probably about to happen sooner than later after his comments made this past Thursday.

We all knew that someday Clark would reach the end of his career soon. I figured it would be that no team would want him due to his age and deterioration of performance after being released by the Steelers this offseason. But, it may turn out that no team will want him based on what he said off the field rather than what he’s done on the field. Clark makes stupid controversial remarks constantly throughout the year, but his comments on Thursday about alleged marijuana usage throughout the NFL and even on his own Steelers squad are sure to place the cross on the grave that has become his football career.

As Clark sat there with Skippy & Co. on First Take and dove into the drug usage in the NFL, specifically marijuana, I couldn’t help but chuckle. But, as Clark continued to speak and said, “I know guys on my team who smoke,” the scene quickly turned into one of those gruesome car wrecks on the highway… and I couldn’t help but look. This wasn’t going to be pretty in the aftermath.

If this were the MLB, Bud Selig would have been standing at the exit door with an unmarked black SUV to escort Clark to some interrogation room for names and dates as soon as ESPN went to commercial. Alas, Clark only has to deal with Rodger Goodell who has his head so far up his butt in trying to make an absurd amount of money deal with player safety that he appears lax on enforcing drug policies. Or, at least stricter policies – somehow testing ONLY during OTA’s and training camp just isn’t enough, no? Having to deal with drugs only distracts from having to deal with helmet to helmet hits – the true scourge in the NFL. No witch hunts will come from this. Come on – we’re talking about a league and a commissioner who’s willing to let Ray Lewis take some deer antler juice so that he can return from injury sooner and electrify spectators with his mediocre play and run his bible thumpin’ mouth. I can tell you they aren’t honestly fretting over some weed.

Regardless of current policy and no backlash from NFL officials from Clark’s remarks, there is no team in this league that will now want Ryan Clark on their roster. None. Clark damned himself and his future as a veteran football player when he just about called out his teammates by name for smoking pot. Being a loud mouth is one thing. Being a loud mouth who is borderline snitch is something different entirely. Teams will view him as dangerous in the locker room. What other team secrets could he reveal? What Clark did was a big no no. And, now you can say bye bye.

What I can’t seem to figure out at this point is whether Clark is that dumb to say something like that, or if he is brilliant. By putting himself out there with a bit of a stance on pot and stating that players (including current teammates) smoke pot during the football season, Clark not only killed his career but from that he’s set up a resurrection as being a hard knocks football analyst. An insider. ”Pssst, hey guys, I know stuff.” ESPN will eat that crap up (I mean, come on, the let Mark Brunell on that netword for cripes sake). Clark may figure that if there was a strong chance that he wouldn’t get signed by the Steelers or another team, he might as well go down in a blaze of glory, and from the ashes arise as the Phoenix of being a know-it-all pundit for ESPN. If that was his intentions… well…. Well done, sir. :slow applause:

Just gives me one more reason to steer away from the Bristol network when it comes to football.

http://nicepickcowher.com/2014/02/08...rs-ryan-clark/
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Old 02-09-2014, 11:20 AM   #2
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Default Re: Adios To Pittsburgh Steelers Ryan Clark

Me personally? I think you are over-reacting.

The guys have a right to begin grooming themselves for their careers after the NFL. We criticize NFL players for their poor impulse control and for having no sellable skills outside of football. Clark is just setting himself up for after the NFL. I don't see anything wrong with it.

Also, he is simply stating the obvious. The obsession today's youth has with not being labeled a "snitch" borders on obsessional. Criminal investigations would never move forward without lots of "snitches" to provide law enforcement with key information.
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Me personally? I think you are over-reacting.

The guys have a right to begin grooming themselves for their careers after the NFL. We criticize NFL players for their poor impulse control and for having no sellable skills outside of football. Clark is just setting himself up for after the NFL. I don't see anything wrong with it.

Also, he is simply stating the obvious. The obsession today's youth has with not being labeled a "snitch" borders on obsessional. Criminal investigations would never move forward without lots of "snitches" to provide law enforcement with key information.
I see a lot of things wrong with it because, ya know, how he played this year.
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He played like he lost a step due to age and like he was trying not to draw penalties. People being pissed off at Clark reminds me of how people seemed to think of Hampton during the last offseason.
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Old 02-09-2014, 11:58 AM   #5
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He played like he lost a step due to age and like he was trying not to draw penalties. People being pissed off at Clark reminds me of how people seemed to think of Hampton during the last offseason.
I wouldn't care one iota if Clark was on ESPN every single afternoon if his play hadn't taken a sharp decline. It was like he cared more about his job after this season rather than this past season. I'm sorely disappointed, honestly. He used to be one of my favorites but now, he's going to leave on a pretty shitty note for Steelers fans.
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I actually applaud players who speak the truth and their minds.
Why does it always have to be a horse and pony shoe with the same spiel all the time.
Ryan knows he's done with the NFL and it's his time to move on.
I don't believe Ryan was one to ever hold back on his comments even while he was playing in the past.
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Old 02-09-2014, 06:43 PM   #7
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The mgmt and staff of the NFL already knows the extent of weed and other drug use across the league. No telling the level of drug use that NFL mgmt themselves practice ? Wouldn't be surprised if Goodell had some kind of prescription drug dependency, at the very least, bec. it's an epidemic (so is weed use).
I personally have no problem with Clark. He's been the epitome of what a classic Steeler defender is: tough and not afraid to speak his mind (I don't think anyone else on the team was a harder hitter and put more fear in receivers catching a pass over the middle). But just with like the 70's Steelers defense, the league passed rules that shut his style of play down. However, when you reach a certain age and/or your performance declines, it's time to step aside; that's the law of the jungle. All players go through that. it's never a smooth process. Clark has been a player rep. for a while and he's a known 'talker' across the league. He's alright in my book...
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Ryan Clark was the only player who had the balls to call out Big Ben for crappy play during the first 1/2 of the season. Big Ben stepped up over the final 8. Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not. We will be lucky if we find another Ryan Clark as this team has few locker room leaders.
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Ryan Clark was the only player who had the balls to call out Big Ben for crappy play during the first 1/2 of the season. Big Ben stepped up over the final 8. Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not. We will be lucky if we find another Ryan Clark as this team has few locker room leaders.
You mean Ryan Clark was the only one selfish enough to be playing like a steaming piece of shit himself and publicly blame someone else for the teams shortcomings. Don't make this out to be some motivational thing or show of leadership. The way he acted and played is exactly what you don't do if you're a leader.

The comments some of you guys make are hilarious. Have you ever been in a locker room? Players are supposed to have each others backs. There is a code of conduct and a brotherhood....even players who hate each other don't throw the other guy under the bus in the media. What's worse is that he didn't make Ben a better player. The team gradually got better as the year went along, and Ben showed why he is a special player. It had nothing to do with Ryan Clark.

I contend that Ryan Clark is precisely why the team was in disarray early in the year. His leadership and captainship was a complete disaster. My contention is that Ben's teammates rallied around him, and Clark was not held in the same esteem he had previous to his public comments. Ben emerged as a greater leader, and the team responded to Ben primarily because of the void in leadership caused by Clark's ridiculous claims and open ass kissing for an analyst position.

Harmony in the locker room has a lot to do with performance on the field. You don't have to love or like everybody, but you do have to respect them. That's what good teammates do. Ryan Clark has not been a good teammate, player, or leader this year. It's that simple. This team will be better when he is gone.
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Ryan Clark was the only player who had the balls to call out Big Ben for crappy play during the first 1/2 of the season. Big Ben stepped up over the final 8. Coincidence? Maybe, maybe not. We will be lucky if we find another Ryan Clark as this team has few locker room leaders.
Ben has never stepped up (that I know of) to be the vocal leader of this team that he 'could' have been. It's always been Hines Ward, Joey Porter, etc... outside of Hines Ward, always someone on the defense. But Ben is just the type of player that leads by example with his play on the field. I still wait to see him pitch a beotch like Brady does when things go bad...
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