My Take on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ $61.5 Million “Mistake”

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Where do the Steelers Go?/Conclusion:

I know that I should accept the fact that Woodley’s contract has been signed and nothing can change what has already happened.  Yet I feel that there were so many reasons why the team should not have signed Woodley to a massive contract that it incenses me to no end that nobody criticized the move at the time or even criticizes it now!

To think that the $61.5 million (or $51.5 if they had franchised LaMarr) should not have been invested in the protection of the franchise’s $100 million investment that is Big Ben is downright ludicrous, plain and simple.  QB is the most important position on the field in the N.F.L., and it does the Steelers absolutely no good to have Big Ben protected by below average players and lying on his back after every pass play.  $61.5 ($51.5) million is logically not meant to be spent on a 2nd rate “one-trick pony” Rush-Only OLB which displays poor skills in pass coverage, can’t shed blocks, and for whatever reason cannot get to the opposing QB even when faced with one-on-one matchups against supposedly weaker competition.

I personally have this horrible feeling that this contract will undoubtedly come back to haunt the Steelers in one or both of the following scenarios.  Either Ben is going to find himself hurt because no money was spent on the Offensive Line, or Woodley is going to flame out and evolve into an even more unreliable and replaceable defender than he currently is and the Steelers will have to eat the contract.  I earnestly hope that I am wrong and that Woodley has a fire lit under his ass and he begins to revert back to his 2008 form as soon as possible.  I just wanted to illustrate to you the readers the “double-edged sword” nature of a such an expensive contract being awarded to a player like Woodley and what sorts of effects it can have (and has had) on the Steelers.

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed my article and I await your positive/negative feedback.

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  • NiyiDelano

    I could not agree more with your post. I will even go one further and say Timmons should not have been given his contract, or at least not at that price.

  • NiyiDelano

    I could not agree more with your post. I will even go one further and say Timmons should not have been given his contract, or at least not at that price.

  • DomDiTolla

    I appreciate the kind words. The reason I didn’t rag on Timmons and his new deal is that he is far more versatile than Woodley and he plays a much bigger role in the Defense’s success. Plus he’s only scratching the surface of his potential and prime because he just turned 25 this year and is still learning the nuances of the ILB position.

  • DomDiTolla

    I appreciate the kind words. The reason I didn’t rag on Timmons and his new deal is that he is far more versatile than Woodley and he plays a much bigger role in the Defense’s success. Plus he’s only scratching the surface of his potential and prime because he just turned 25 this year and is still learning the nuances of the ILB position.

  • Lenroy_Stevens

    just finished chewing through that article and I appreciate the time and analysis you clearly put into this article. I am not a Steelers fan but it is certainly curious as to why a great franchise has not fixed what has been a major problem for so long.

  • Lenroy_Stevens

    just finished chewing through that article and I appreciate the time and analysis you clearly put into this article. I am not a Steelers fan but it is certainly curious as to why a great franchise has not fixed what has been a major problem for so long.

  • DomDiTolla

    Well thanks for the kind words. I’m glad you appreciate my writing style and the effort I put into it. I do articles every Wednesday and Saturday if you would like to keep reading.

  • DomDiTolla

    Well thanks for the kind words. I’m glad you appreciate my writing style and the effort I put into it. I do articles every Wednesday and Saturday if you would like to keep reading.

  • http://joeyporterspitbulls.blogspot.com/ Joey Porter’s Pit Bulls

    Holy cow, this is quite a thorough, detailed analysis. So, where was this article BEFORE they signed Woodley? Huh? You should have called Omar Khan or whatever his name is. This contract really puts the Steelers in a bind. Woodley was invisible all during the Houston game — except when he over-ran Arian Foster before flailing on a futile attempt to tackle him on the 42-yard TD run that clinched the game. And you’re right about his pass-coverage skills. Tight ends will continue to be a problem, and unless he’s getting to the QB, he does nothing for the team.

    All of a sudden, the Steelers’ vaunted linebacking corps looks mortal. Woodley will continue to play, but maybe it’s time for Stevenson Sylvester to get some snaps at inside linebacker. It was painful watching James Farrior and Larry Foote futilely chasing Texans yesterday..

    As for the offensive line, it’s a shambles, but it was a mess before the season even began. Bring back Shar Pourdanesh! … the Shar of Iran!

  • http://joeyporterspitbulls.blogspot.com/ Joey Porter’s Pit Bulls

    Holy cow, this is quite a thorough, detailed analysis. So, where was this article BEFORE they signed Woodley? Huh? You should have called Omar Khan or whatever his name is. This contract really puts the Steelers in a bind. Woodley was invisible all during the Houston game — except when he over-ran Arian Foster before flailing on a futile attempt to tackle him on the 42-yard TD run that clinched the game. And you’re right about his pass-coverage skills. Tight ends will continue to be a problem, and unless he’s getting to the QB, he does nothing for the team.

    All of a sudden, the Steelers’ vaunted linebacking corps looks mortal. Woodley will continue to play, but maybe it’s time for Stevenson Sylvester to get some snaps at inside linebacker. It was painful watching James Farrior and Larry Foote futilely chasing Texans yesterday..

    As for the offensive line, it’s a shambles, but it was a mess before the season even began. Bring back Shar Pourdanesh! … the Shar of Iran!

  • AdamMeckler

    Sorry I missed this when it was first posted. I’ve been talking about this exact thing with some friends I watch the games with here in MN. You’re absolutely right. Woodley should have never been paid like that with so many glaring holes. Wish I had seen it myself sooner. This is a wonderful article and I’m glad I took the time to read the whole thing, I hope others do as well.

  • AdamMeckler

    Sorry I missed this when it was first posted. I’ve been talking about this exact thing with some friends I watch the games with here in MN. You’re absolutely right. Woodley should have never been paid like that with so many glaring holes. Wish I had seen it myself sooner. This is a wonderful article and I’m glad I took the time to read the whole thing, I hope others do as well.

  • DomDiTolla

    @AdamMeckler Thanks for the kind words Adam. I’m glad there are others that at least questioned the wasteful economic and football move made by the Front Office with regards to Woodley this offseason.

  • DomDiTolla

    @AdamMeckler Thanks for the kind words Adam. I’m glad there are others that at least questioned the wasteful economic and football move made by the Front Office with regards to Woodley this offseason.

  • DomDiTolla

    @Joey Porter’s Pit Bulls Tip of the cap on the Pourdanesh reference! Top notch sir in terms of humor and camp value. Anyways, thank you for the kudos on my article. I also like your take on giving Sylvester some reps.. For me it’s a tad cringing to see him and the other Special Teams demon Worilds rot on the bench. Thanks again and I appreciate you taking the time to read my ramblings.

  • DomDiTolla

    @Joey Porter’s Pit Bulls Tip of the cap on the Pourdanesh reference! Top notch sir in terms of humor and camp value. Anyways, thank you for the kudos on my article. I also like your take on giving Sylvester some reps.. For me it’s a tad cringing to see him and the other Special Teams demon Worilds rot on the bench. Thanks again and I appreciate you taking the time to read my ramblings.

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