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Old 09-14-2006, 10:47 AM   #11
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We've all seen what Duce can bring when he's given the chance...I don't see how he's gettin bashed because he's being a good team player.
My point of view.....

It's not so much his lack of productivity that has turned me off these last two weeks. It's the fact that he came into camp completely out of shape. To me, that shows a complete lack of discipline from a supposed "veteran". Ask anybody here, I was more than willing to give Duce the benefit of the doubt (give him time, it's only preseason, give him time) until I heard about him coming to training camp completely out of shape. There is NO excuse for those actions. Duce was a "good team player" last year when he stepped to the side for Bettis. Right now he's getting paid $1.5 million to sit on the sidelines because he came to camp looking like Jabba the Hut and it showed on the field.

Now we went out and found somebody who is willing to take this game seriously. Staley has no choice but to keep his mouth shut. He's in no position to not be a "team player". We can sit here and talk about what he did two years ago until we are blue in the face. Let's talk about what he has done since the start of training camp. That's all that matters.

Obviously the fans are not the only ones who are tired and fed up with Staley. The FO was scrambling for HB's (first Cobbs, now Davenport). What does that tell you? It tell's me one thing, that they (the people who know better than us) are not very happy with Duce Staley.
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Old 09-14-2006, 10:50 AM   #12
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He definitely had the opportunity to come in and fill Jerome's shoes. Like you said 83, his work ethic and laziness is all to blame. I think the FO surely knows what's going on.
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Old 09-14-2006, 10:52 AM   #13
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I am here to bash Duce, and deservingly so. The man is commiting highway robbery by playing the "oh golly gosh, I just want to help my team" card. He's getting $1.5 mil. this year for coming into camp out of shape and now, once again, he's religated to the role of sideline cheerleader modeling new NFL sweat shirt apparell.

Sorry to you Duce apologists, but he's a worthless POS IMO ....
A lot of back-ups are making good money and haven't proven themselves in the league. I bet Duce wasn't a POS 2 years ago...I don't see how he can be one now.
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I'm not here to bash Duce, but I saw what he brought in the pre-season when given the chance. A 2.2 average on 42 carries - not good. He cannot expect to come into camp overweight, underachieve and be handed a position. He has to earn it and thus far, I haven't seen any indication of that. I've always liked Duce and maybe - just maybe - if given another opportunity he will step up his play, but I think Najeh Davenport's signing is the writing on the wall.
At $1.5 mil..I can PROMISE you that I would be willing to show up for work unprepared, be told that I can stay home next week with pay..........and be a good sport!!!
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My point of view.....

It's not so much his lack of productivity that has turned me off these last two weeks. It's the fact that he came into camp completely out of shape. To me, that shows a complete lack of discipline from a supposed "veteran". Ask anybody here, I was more than willing to give Duce the benefit of the doubt (give him time, it's only preseason, give him time) until I heard about him coming to training camp completely out of shape. There is NO excuse for those actions. Duce was a "good team player" last year when he stepped to the side for Bettis. Right now he's getting paid $1.5 million to sit on the sidelines because he came to camp looking like Jabba the Hut and it showed on the field. Now we went out and found somebody who is willing to take this game seriously. Staley has no choice but to keep his mouth shut. He's in no position to not be a "team player".

Obviously the fans are not the only ones who are tired and fed up with Staley. The FO was scrambling for HB's (first Cobbs, now Davenport). What does that tell you? It tell's me one thing, that they (the people who know better than us) are not very happy with Duce Staley.
I hear you and I'm not sayin that the FO doesn't know better than I do. I'm just sayin that Duce, when given the chance, has proved to be a good RB.
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I hear you and I'm not sayin that the FO doesn't know better than I do. I'm just sayin that Duce, when given the chance, has proved to be a good RB.
When? When he was with Philly?
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I hear you and I'm not sayin that the FO doesn't know better than I do. I'm just sayin that Duce, when given the chance, has proved to be a good RB.
Right, but that was two years ago. No doubt he looked good when he first arrived in Pittsburgh. What was it? Over 700 yards in 7 games or something like that. That's great, but what he did two years ago has nothing to do with coming to camp this year out of shape and it showing on the field.
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A lot of back-ups are making good money and haven't proven themselves in the league. I bet Duce wasn't a POS 2 years ago...I don't see how he can be one now.
Duce wasn't an out of shape underachiever 2 years ago, Steel12. He showed a lot of promise in the first 7 games that he wore the black and gold. As 83 said - the job was his for the taking if he had put forth even a little effort in getting into shape and busting his ass in camp. Cowher has repeatedly said that he wasn't pleased with his camp effort - I think that says it all.
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Right, but that was two years ago. No doubt he looked good when he first arrived in Pittsburgh. What was it? Over 700 yards in 7 games or something like that. That's great, but what he did two years ago has nothing to do with coming to camp this year out of shape and it showing on the field.
Pretty much sums it up. Does your employer pay you today based soley on your performance from 2 years ago, if you're not prepared to do it today? If so, I need a new job.
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A lot of back-ups are making good money and haven't proven themselves in the league. I bet Duce wasn't a POS 2 years ago...I don't see how he can be one now.


Personally, I don't give a damn what Duce or any other player did 2 years ago. It's yesterdays paper man, not doing us any good now.

As far as his conditioning is concerned, ANY aging back on the back side of their career will tell that 2 years means everything. It's not like Duce is a 24 year old kid. He's got to work for everything at this juncture of his career just to MAINTAIN, if he doesn't .... and he didn't ..... he will fail. Hence the vote of "No Confidence" from the Stillers front offices.
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