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Old 06-16-2008, 09:55 AM   #1
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He was brought in to play OG not OC. Due to his flexibility and ability to learn multiple positions Tomlin stuck him at center. I think he would be a good pulling gaurd.
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Old 06-16-2008, 09:58 AM   #2
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Default Re: Cut Mahan some slack

I think that's where Mahan should be and also start at guard because of some people have said that he is twice the guard then he is a "Center"
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Old 06-16-2008, 10:02 AM   #3
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He was brought in to play OG not OC. .
He should be a better Guard...but he WAS signed to compete at Center

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Steelers add to center competition
Free-agent Mahan signs 5-year, $17 million deal
Sunday, March 11, 2007
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Steelers certainly did not take the retirement of two-time Pro Bowl center Jeff Hartings sitting down.

After signing free agent offensive lineman Sean Mahan, 26, to a five-year, $17 million contract yesterday, the team is awash in centers.

Mahan, who received a $4 million signing bonus as part of his deal, was told by the coaching staff that he will compete with six-year veteran Chukky Okobi and guard Kendall Simmons to replace Hartings. Marvin Philip, a sixth-round draft choice last year, also is on the roster......
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07070/768625-66.stm
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Default Re: Cut Mahan some slack

he sucked at center, so hopefully this season he can play at his rightful position of guard and kick butt.
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He was brought in to play OG not OC. Due to his flexibility and ability to learn multiple positions Tomlin stuck him at center. I think he would be a good pulling gaurd.
Not true. He was signed to be the Center. He was eaten alive by the bigger DT's that we played last season, which shows that he was either too light to play the position or that he's just not cut out for it.

Bottom line in this whole thing, if the Steelers did not agree with the assessment that Mahan was terrible, then why was Hartwig brought in? Hartwig was brought in to play Center. His desire to play Center was one of the reason that Carolina cut him and he made that clear before he visited us in FA.

Yes, Ben caused some of the problem with how long he kept the ball, but let's face it...there were plenty of snaps that he was running for his life the moment he got the ball.

Mahan needs to be replaced at Center. There is no other way to look at it. He's not the next Dermonti Dawson, Jeff Hartings, etc.
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I will cut him some slack when he stops sucking but thanks for the suggestion...

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Mahan was not a very good center, let's face it. However it is not his natural position so I am gonna give him a break.
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he sucks at center, but that's about it. guard, I'm hoping he becomes great. even if he's just a backup.

if kemo almost beat simmons out of the RG position last year, I don't think it's impossible mahan does, and at the same time kemo gets the LG.

whatever happens, I hope for the best
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Not true. He was signed to be the Center. He was eaten alive by the bigger DT's that we played last season, which shows that he was either too light to play the position or that he's just not cut out for it.

Bottom line in this whole thing, if the Steelers did not agree with the assessment that Mahan was terrible, then why was Hartwig brought in? Hartwig was brought in to play Center. His desire to play Center was one of the reason that Carolina cut him and he made that clear before he visited us in FA.

Yes, Ben caused some of the problem with how long he kept the ball, but let's face it...there were plenty of snaps that he was running for his life the moment he got the ball.

Mahan needs to be replaced at Center. There is no other way to look at it. He's not the next Dermonti Dawson, Jeff Hartings, etc.
If the Steelers felt Mahan was so "terrible" - why hasn't he been given the heave-ho? He basically proved last season that he isn't cut out to play C, but he was actually a pretty decent G with the Bucs. Hartwig was brought in to "compete" with Mahan for the C position, which Hartwig should win easily, just as Mahan was brought in to "compete" for the C position with Okobi and if nothing else, impressed Tomlin, Zierlein (as well as me and countless others) at TC and sent Okobi packing not just from Pittsburgh, but from Arizona as well.

I've said it a thousand times on this board and I'll say it again - give Mahan the opportunity to play at G where he is most comfortable and has had success in the past and if he doesn't cut it, then show him the door. I have a lot of faith in the guy and I believe if given the opportunity at G, he will do a good job for the Steelers.

Unfortunately, not only for Mahan but for Hartwig or whoever else plays the C position for the Steelers, they are never going to measure up to the 3 All Pro HOF centers who played before them. Iron Mike, Dirt and Hartings were 3 of the greatest C's to ever play the game and are legends in their own right(s). Whoever wins that position is going to be scrutinized under a microscope by Steelers fans, sadly.

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