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Old 11-06-2009, 11:30 PM   #1
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Default Steelers CB Gay fitting right in as starter

Steelers CB Gay fitting right in as starter
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Posted Nov. 06, 2009 @ 11:13 a.m.
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Steelers CB William Gay may be most remembered for being on the wrong end of a collision with Vikings RB Adrian Peterson in Week Seven. However, the way we hear it, Gay has had a fine season otherwise. A willing tackler who notched a career-high nine tackles vs. Minnesota, Gay has been a capable replacement for the departed Bryant McFadden, who signed with Arizona in the offseason. Neither Gay nor LCB Ike Taylor (whose hands have long been panned) had made an interception entering Week Nine, but the Steelers' pass defense had help up well all the same, even with SS Troy Polamalu missing four games early in the season and teams attempting 37 passes per game in Pittsburgh's first seven games. "They just get solid ballplayers on the back end who don't make mistakes," said one evaluator, speaking on condition of anonymity, of Pittsburgh's cornerbacks.
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Old 11-07-2009, 12:30 AM   #2
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Gay hasnt been spectacular, but pretty steady. I think it gets him a 4 year contract offer in the $15 mil range this offseason and he is gonna be pushed by Keenan Lewis and Joe Burnett for a starting job in the next couple seasons.

Been basically a perfect situation for the Steelers. If he had a breakout season, he would be gone in FA. At this rate, he is gonna be a Steeler for a few more seasons.
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Old 11-07-2009, 07:04 AM   #3
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Gay hasnt been spectacular, but pretty steady. I think it gets him a 4 year contract offer in the $15 mil range this offseason and he is gonna be pushed by Keenan Lewis and Joe Burnett for a starting job in the next couple seasons.

Been basically a perfect situation for the Steelers. If he had a breakout season, he would be gone in FA. At this rate, he is gonna be a Steeler for a few more seasons.
Good assessment Gonz and I agree with you. I'll take Gay's steady play for now, as I believe he is only going to get better down the road as he adjusts to that starter role.
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Default Re: Steelers CB Gay fitting right in as starter

Getting plowed by AP is nothing to be ashamed of. Peterson has the strength of Earl Campbell. He'll do it again to someone else. I like Gay and I still say I thought he had a better game against the Vikings than Ike did. I also think there's no drop off between him and Mcfadden.
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letting Favre throw for a season high 334 yards, o rly . I'm hoping to see the Willie Gay AND Ike Taylor of last season. Those were the good old days. Those two are capable of far more than what they've shown. Saying that Gay has been doing well is being too generous. He's better than this. Both have been inconsistent. The pass rush looks like its back, so maybe our pass defense is going to start look better
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I still miss Bryant McFadden. While William Gay has been steady, he is still learning how to be a full time starter for this defense. He will continue to get better with each game.
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Gay hasnt been spectacular, but pretty steady. I think it gets him a 4 year contract offer in the $15 mil range this offseason and he is gonna be pushed by Keenan Lewis and Joe Burnett for a starting job in the next couple seasons.

Been basically a perfect situation for the Steelers. If he had a breakout season, he would be gone in FA. At this rate, he is gonna be a Steeler for a few more seasons.
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We're lucky he's not becoming a ballhawk that would get him a big contract in FA

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I still miss Bryant McFadden. While William Gay has been steady, he is still learning how to be a full time starter for this defense. He will continue to get better with each game.
I love watching Arizona games!. BMac always seems to be out of position
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I love watching Arizona games!. BMac always seems to be out of position
Don't get me wrong because I think William Gay can become a very solid CB for us, but IMO McFadden was better. I don't catch a lot of the Cardinal games, but I don't buy that McFadden is ALWAYS out of position like you stated.
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Didnt see any problems with Will Gay tonight. I think he played well, but I think the majority of Steeler fans have NO IDEA how good a draft this year was with Keenan Lewis and Joe Burnett.
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Default Re: Steelers CB Gay fitting right in as starter

I'll agree with what others before me said. Gay has been steady but not spectacular. The ESPN guys quoted a stat part way into the game. They said up till that point in the season 39 pass attempts have been thrown Gay's direction with 27 completions (over 69%) He's keeping people from getting past him and usually tackles well, but his coverage seems overly soft to this point. Hopefully as he improves he will develop some greater shut-down skills.
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