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Old 09-27-2007, 11:07 PM   #1
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Default Okobi: 'Ridiculous' he got cut

Okobi: 'Ridiculous' he got cut
Arizona center believes he should still be Steeler

Friday, September 28, 2007
By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Former center Chukky Okobi said it is "ridiculous" he wasn't included on the Steelers' 53-man roster and that he would have made the team if Bill Cowher were still the head coach.

Okobi also said he didn't think there was a fair competition for the starting center position, saying it was predetermined Sean Mahan would replace retired Jeff Hartings when Mahan was signed in free agency.

Nonetheless, he said he has no animosity toward his former team or coach Mike Tomlin and understands why the decision was made to cut him after six years.

"To think I wasn't good enough to be on that team is ridiculous," said Okobi, a backup center with the Arizona Cardinals, where he has been reunited with head coach Ken Whisenhunt and offensive line coach Russ Grimm. "But I know how this business works. I've been in this league a long time. Part of it is money, and they're doing what they feel they need to do. It's their team now. It's not Bill Cowher's team."

Okobi was signed by the Cardinals when starting center Al Johnson injured his knee in the season-opening loss in San Francisco. Johnson, though, participated in a full practice yesterday and likely will start against the Steelers.

Arizona probably will be without rookie right tackle Levi Brown (ankle), their No. 1 draft choice from Penn State. Brown practiced on only a limited basis yesterday.

Okobi, a fifth-round choice in 2001, had three years remaining on a contract that was scheduled to pay him $2 million annually. But he and second-year center Marvin Phillip were cut in favor of rookie free agent Darnell Stapleton, even though Okobi came to training camp as the starter.

"I really don't feel it was a competition; I feel it was predetermined," Okobi said. "Sean is more than capable. I got nothing against him. It's that he doesn't deserve to be the starter. It just is what it is.

"If Bill was still there, I'd still be there. I will say this, if Bill Cowher, in the 15 years he's been in league, believed I was the guy, that has to count for something because he obviously knew what he was doing."

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Old 09-27-2007, 11:12 PM   #2
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Default Re: Okobi: 'Ridiculous' he got cut

I guess this article answered my question in this thread......

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Old 09-27-2007, 11:16 PM   #3
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Default Re: Okobi: 'Ridiculous' he got cut



Yesterday to the Trib-Review - "I don't think the people that are here are angry. I'm not angry,"

Despite the disclaimer, he sure sounds angry in this story.

I agree Cowher would not have cut him - Cowher was an excellent coach but I do not miss his mindset of slavish loyalty to high-paid career back-ups.
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Default Re: Okobi: 'Ridiculous' he got cut

The fact that he's still a backup makes me think he's wrong, Mahan was more suited for the job, you lost it Chuky now cool it.

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"If Bill was still there, I'd still be there. I will say this, if Bill Cowher, in the 15 years he's been in league, believed I was the guy, that has to count for something because he obviously knew what he was doing."
Is he taking a shot at Tomlin with that.maybe not, but if he is then I can't believe was rooting for him to be the new center....
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Old 09-27-2007, 11:33 PM   #5
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"I really don't feel it was a competition; I feel it was predetermined," Okobi said. "Sean is more than capable. I got nothing against him. It's that he doesn't deserve to be the starter. It just is what it is.
Yeah, I'm sure it had nothing to do with the fact that he sat out 10 days of camp with an injury (2 different injuries total during camp) and the fact that he really didn't look all that great when he was healthy?

Chucki, get over it. It's in the past. Move on buddy. Your not the only player who should take that advice at this point in time.
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Default Re: Okobi: 'Ridiculous' he got cut

And if we kept him but he backed up Sean Mahan, would he be happy? No, he'd probally be the distraction that Alan Faneca is NOT being.

Cowher liked you, but Cowher is no longer the Steelers HC, Mike Tomlin is. Tomlin obviously was right about starting Mahan since our o-line has been pretty damn outstanding so far this season.

Maybe next year when Cowher is in Cleveland ...he can trade for Okobi and he can be in that rotating door they have in Cleveland called the center position.
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Know what's ridiculous?

Taking up a roster spot for so many years on the Steelers, never seizing the opportunity to take the job from Hartings, and blowing your shot to finally win the starting job even when Hartings left. You sucked, Now you're cut, and now you're on another team. Shut up, Chukky. You should be thankful you even have a job. You are a career backup at best.
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boo hoo, chucky. get over it it the nfl and the last i recalled you were a back up for a few years so obivously they saw something in you that they cringed about.
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boo hoo, chucky. get over it it the nfl and the last i recalled you were a back up for a few years so obivously they saw something in you that they cringed about.

Injuries anyone?
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Default Re: Okobi: 'Ridiculous' he got cut

Chukky Just Venting . He Loved Pittsburgh .

Right he Should move on, but damn he saying the Same thing Porter Said. " If Cower was here so would I" And im not mad At him EIther. They Both said its just Buisness. I wish him all the best . Thanks for the memories
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