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Old 12-02-2006, 05:48 AM   #1
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Default Ed Bouchette's Daily Question: Sit Key Players?

Ed Bouchette's Daily Question
Saturday, December 02, 2006

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Question: Now that the Steelers have been effectively shut out of the post season, should they shut down some of their key players for the year. Ben Roethlisberger hasn't looked right most of the year and I doubt that he is 100% given what he has endured. Hines Ward had surgery and even Troy Polamalu has been dinged all year. Rather than play hurt, wouldn't the Steelers be better served to hold these guys out to make sure they are healthy for next year? - Chas Thorp, San Francisco, CA

BOUCHETTE: It would be difficult to go down any NFL roster at this time of the year and find half the starters who don't have some kind of injury or another. Ward won't play, probably for the next two games. Neither will Polamalu. Roethlisberger is healthy so there's no sense in resting him. I agree that in some cases it's better to make some players sit out when your team is hopelessly out of it. But you have to be careful because, as I said, many players are injured and they'll be looking at which ones you want to sit and which ones you want to play. What do you do with players such as Clark Haggans, Jeff Hartings, Dan Kreider, Joey Porter, Casey Hampton, etc.? They've played through injuries much of the season. Plus, some players just don't want to take a rest, they want to play.

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Default Re: Ed Bouchette's Daily Question: Sit Key Players?

Using pure logic, it make sense to sit these guys with the chances of progression to the postseason so unlikely.

However, I think the paying customers would be more than a little upset to see the Steelers so obviously throw the towel in on the season.

You know, even though the season is basically over, I still think another blowout by the Ravens and or another loss to the playoff chasing Bengals would hurt the fans.

It doesn't send out the right message to the players either - you never throw the towel in.

They've been great for a while now, three Super Bowls' worth of great. But only this season have the New England Patriots become The Show, the must-see team of stars, pretty boys and reformed bad boys. Suddenly, the Patriots are not simply great; they're compelling, fascinating, appearing to be almighty and a touch lawless.
The Patriots didn't bother with swagger to start this NFL season; they went straight to defiant. Either you're one of them or you're about to get crushed.
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