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Old 06-21-2008, 07:34 PM   #1
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Default Interesting: Bettis on the end of Kordell

I read this in Jerome Bettis' My Life In and Out of a Helmet. He made some points about the Kordell situation that I had never thought of before. We're very lucky Ben's contract worked out the way it did and didn't end up the way Bettis describes Kordell's situation.

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Nothing against Tommy, but I always had my doubts that he won the job fair and sqaure. Kordell was coming off a Pro Bowl year and was going into the last year of his contract. The Steelers wanted to renegotiate his contract before he became a free agent, but Kordell was probably going to be too rich for their blood.
Anybody who tells you money isn't a factor in personnel decisions doesn't know the NFL. I can't prove it, but in my heart I really believe that Kordell was set up for failure that season. You've got a guy who just took you to the AFC Championship, had one of his best years ever...and you're going to give him the quick hook three games into the season? You bench your Pro Bowl quarterback for a guy who had been out of football for years, who hadn't started an NFL game in ten seasons? That just doesn't happen by accident.
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Old 06-21-2008, 07:43 PM   #2
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You bench your Pro Bowl quarterback for a guy who had been out of football for years, who hadn't started an NFL game in ten seasons?
I love ya Jerome, but take off the buddy glasses and put down the Kordell kool-aid and get it through your cranium that Kordumbell's own play and attitude caused him to be benched in favor of Tommy. Don't forget that it was the QB "who had been out of football for years" who led the team to the 2nd round of the playoffs that season and probably would have led them into the AFCC had it not been for the Oscar winning performance of Nedney.
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I love ya Jerome, but take off the buddy glasses and put down the Kordell kool-aid and get it through your cranium that Kordumbell's own play and attitude caused him to be benched in favor of Tommy.
Couldn't agree more. It was also his (subpar) play in big games that effectively cost us two Super Bowl trips. Kordell was an incredible athlete, but he sucked as a QB, bottom line.
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Old 06-21-2008, 08:09 PM   #4
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Default Re: Interesting: Bettis on the end of Kordell

I was irritated his benching didn't come long before. He had some success for sure, but I always felt he would never be able to take us the whole way.
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Default Re: Interesting: Bettis on the end of Kordell

its no secret biographies loaded with scandal theories, sell better than ones without. way to throw the organization that treated you so well ,under the "bus" (no pun intended) for $$$.
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Old 06-21-2008, 09:34 PM   #6
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The only game he should have ever started @ QB was the Super Bowl vs. Dallas.
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Perhaps Jerome was thinking more about the Post Game Meal when all of these things were going on during the game and didn't notice what was going on. I believe his quotes about Kordell as much as I believe that Jerome played at his listed weight of 255 his entire career.
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I was irritated his benching didn't come long before. He had some success for sure, but I always felt he would never be able to take us the whole way.
The only Steelers QB's that I felt was worse than Kordell since Bradshaw retired were Mark Malone and Kent Graham.

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Old 06-21-2008, 10:50 PM   #9
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Default Re: Interesting: Bettis on the end of Kordell

i remember those days when kordell was qb when we had famous amous at rb w/ jerome
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I don't know....

I have always had a bit more patience with Kordell then most Steelers fans.
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