The Arizona Cardinals continued their lame attempt to emulate the most successful franchise in the NFL by signing free agent cornerback Bryant McFadden to a 2 year $10 million contract on Sunday. This is yet another name added to the long list of players they have acquired who once played for the Pittsburgh Steelers or lived in our fair city. No wonder everybody calls them Pittsburgh West. And if the current mock drafts are correct, it’s only going to get worse when they draft Pitt’s star running back Shady McCoy come April.
B-Mac will be the only member of the Steelers’ top rated defense not returning next season. The Steelers had expected big things from him but he could never manage to crack the starting line up until this year. Even then, he missed several games due to injury continuing a career pattern of being injury prone and inconsistent. In fact, his heir apparent, William Gay, rotated with him on about 1/3 of the series toward the end of the year and into the playoffs. I liked McFadden and wish we could’ve kept him but this is far from a crippling loss. Face Me Ike Taylor was the man who matched up against the other team’s top WR and he’s our clear cut shutdown corner. Gay, Anthony Madison, and wily veteran Deshea Townshend should be plenty of depth at the position, not even factoring what we might add through the draft.
The big news of the weekend was the Dallas Cowboys also finally realizing the Steeler Way was the only correct way to run a team by cutting ties with WR Terrell Owens. This marks a change in philosophy for the ineptly run Cowboys as their jackass owner Jerry Jones has long valued “star power” over little things like character or hustle. That’s probably why the Steelers have two trophies over the past five years while Dallas hasn’t won a playoff game in over a decade. To their credit, they’ve now removed both malcontent Owens and stripper beater Pacman Jones this off-season in an attempt to rid the team of cancerous troublemakers. Better late than never I guess.
Owens then promptly signed with the Buffalo Bills because lord knows Trent Edwards will be able to command his respect. I would laugh at this move but it’s the Bills. Laughing at them is like making fun of the kids who ride the short bus to school. They’re not going to win with him but considering they’re about one bad case of pneumonia away from being moved out of the podunk backwater city of Buffalo to a real modern metropolis like Los Angeles or Toronto, they might as well do something to create some excitement out there.
Here in Pittsburgh, we’ll reserve our excitement for when our teams win championships.
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