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Old 08-27-2010, 01:20 PM   #1
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As Pouncey emerges, Hartwig's role with Steelers in question

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With Pittsburgh Steelers rookie center Maurkice Pouncey practicing with the first unit this week, veteran Justin Hartwig is concerned about his future with the team, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


"Absolutely. Those are the things you think about when you're starting and, all of sudden, you got another guy playing in front of you. Obviously, you think about your future. That's the nature of this business," Hartwig said after Thursday's practice.

Hartwig, the Steelers starting center since 2008, has not been told that Pouncey will start, but he's been through this before -- most notably when he outplayed and replaced Sean Mahan for the Steelers starting center spot before the start of the 2008 regular season.

"I've had the upper hand in these situations and I've had the lower hand. You kind of take things in stride," he said.

Hartwig, who signed a four-year contract extension in 2009, is scheduled to earn $2,080,000 this season.

"I don't have any control or say over anything," Hartwig said. "To my knowledge, no final decisions have been made. But I'm not worrying about things I can't control. I'm battling my butt off. I want to be a starter. I'm very capable of being a starter. That's how I prepare every day, regardless if I'm with the (first-team offense) or the (second).

"At the end of the day, I want to be a Steeler. That's my goal -- to be here and contribute however I can."

Pouncey, the No. 18 overall pick in the draft, began training camp projected as the starting right guard until Steelers coach Mike Tomlin thrust him into competition at center.
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Old 08-27-2010, 01:28 PM   #2
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adios justin ....
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Old 08-27-2010, 01:30 PM   #3
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Default Re: Hartwig concerned about future with Steelers

I hate this for Hartwig. He seems like a good guy. The rest of the guys on the line seem to like him too, with how they all meet at his house to study film and all. But, we have a huge chance at making what has been a glaring weakness on our line become a strength for the next decade.

Pouncey is younger, stronger, and much more athletic. $2mm + is a bit much to pay for a backup center and I don't think Hartwig would be happy doing it anyway. He'll be cut as long as Pouncey stays healthy through the preseason.
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Old 08-27-2010, 02:07 PM   #4
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Default Re: Hartwig concerned about future with Steelers

They say its a business, but i would hate to see him go. But if Pouncey can bring better protection then he's our guy. One of the main topics on this message board is always about the OL, i say if this switch makes improvements then great.
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hopefully we keep him as a backup
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Old 08-27-2010, 03:22 PM   #6
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Default Re: Hartwig concerned about future with Steelers

While I like Hartwig I really think having someone pushing you for you starting position is great for the team. It keeps players from getting relaxed at the fact they have the starting role locked up. Do I think we should let him go! Not just yet maybe he can contribute as a starting on the line as a guard as some have suggested but I am a fan and not the coach.


If Pouncey is going to be the starter then this kid must be a great one in the making. The Steelers very rarely start rookies and especially at center.
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I like Justin, but BYE!
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I agree that even if Pouncey takes the starting spot, we should keep Hartwig, if possible and economically feasible. He is an able-bodied Olineman that could provide some much needed roster depth (something we are seeing the value in this offseason).

If I were Hartwig, I wouldn't be too angry-- getting paid a couple million this year, just to sit on the bench is not too bad!
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i wouldn't want to keep hartwig at the cost of losing legursky or foster. hartwig has already hit his ceiling, and it ain't very high, legursky and foster, being younger ,still have a chance of elevating their game.
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Not to mention that keeping Hartwig could cost us re-signing one of our premiere veterans at the end of their current deal. His $2 million would make a nice signing bonus for Woodley, for example.
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