I’m sure that I’m not alone, but I believe that Mike Wallace needs to kindly shut his ignorant cake-hole. As many of you have noticed over the last couple of months, “Butterfingers” has had plenty to say about his former franchise. After these two negative gems (here and here) this spring, Mike uttered the following over the weekend:
These statements kind of make me wonder what Wallace was doing last season in Pittsburgh. You know, because he was “soooo hungry to succeed and get better.” You remember Mike Wallace, right “Steeler Nation?” He was the same jagoff who sat out the entirety of the preseason and offseason activities because he refused to sign his RFA tender, had issues holding onto passes and publicly complained about his role in the team’s new offense. And that was just last season!
Furthermore, what’s with Wallace’s fabricated notion that nobody is “hungry” or wants to “get better” in Pittsburgh?
I hate to do this Mikey, but the Steelers have produced the following over the last ten seasons:
- Four division titles
- Six postseason appearances
- Three A.F.C. titles
- Two super bowl titles
- One sub-.500 season (2003, 6-10)
Call me crazy, but I would say that a majority of the organization during those years would be committed to winning football games and hungry to do so on a weekly basis. The Dolphins on the other hand have made the postseason only once since the 2003 season, and the franchise has won a total of ZERO playoff games over that span as well.
I should also add that the “college” mentality could backfire on his team if they don’t come out of the gate hot to start the season. Miami plays Indianapolis, Atlanta, New Orleans and Baltimore in weeks 2-5 after opening the year up at Cleveland. I wonder how farther immature/”college” mentality take the Dolphins if they begin the year 2-3, 1-4 or 0-5? Their fans can crow about how much of a “splash” that their favorite team made in free agency, but lets see how much team chemistry exists in Miami once things get particularly tough.
Moreover, what I might ask will happen if the offense doesn’t revolve around you, Mr. Wallace? What will your play take a dive when you play in frigid conditions like New York, Foxborough and Buffalo? And what will happen if you fail to get in sync with Ryan Tannehill? Will you piss, moan and grouse publicly like you did last year? Will you lolleygag it with your route-running like you did at times in Pittsburgh? Will your run-blocking become non-existent? Will you call out your offensive coordinator if things don’t go your way? Will you “alligator-arm” balls across the middle if you don’t want to get hit?
Look, plenty of wide receivers have left Pittsburgh over the years for “greener” pastures through the free agency process. But none of them have tried their hardest to disparage the franchise’s commitment to putting a winning football team out on the field on a year-in-year-out basis. Then again, it’s probably for the best that the Steelers no longer have #17 and his attitude around to poison the locker room and influence younger pass-catchers like Markus Wheaton and Justin Brown.
In fact, it wouldn’t shock me at all if Wheaton made us all forget about him by the time his second year is finished. He’s already a better route-runner than Wallace is, has a better set of hands, can stretch the field vertically and I am sure that Colbert & Co. are confident that he can step in and help the offense immediately. Wheaton aside, Wallace’s recent unprofessional words and antics have not surprised me in the least, especially when one considers how he handled himself before the 2012 season began.
Luckily for Wallace, he will get his chance to prove the Steelers wrong on December 8th of this year. Unfortunately for him, I’m sure that many members of Pittsburgh’s secondary are less than thrilled with his passive-aggressive offseason comments about the franchise.