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3-1 Start Means Little to Selfish Mike Wallace


Although the Miami Dolphins are 3-1 and the Pittsburgh Steelers are 0-4 at the moment, the “grass” is not as necessarily “green” as Mike Wallace had hoped it would be in his new surroundings.

In fact, “Butterfingers” is apparently more “worried” about the lack of deep balls which have gone in his direction than the fact that his team is in the thick of the AFC playoff chase after the first quarter of the 2013 regular season according to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald:


I’m definitely worried about it [deep targets] because it’s game four, … I’m not paranoid or anything but in Week Four it’s not the way I imagined my first four weeks going. Definitely not. I’m pretty sure it’s not the way anybody imagined it going. So for myself, and starting with myself, [quarterback] Ryan and coaches, we all got to do a better job and find a way to make it work.


As asinine as they are, I cannot say that Wallace’s “me-first” comments surprise me.

Everybody in “Steeler Nation” saw Wallace’s true colors last summer when he sat for the entirety of the preseason and tried to do his best Mike Merriweather-impression. Then we saw the drops and constant pissing and moaning about his role in Pittsburgh’s offense throughout the 2012 campaign.

While the wide receiver’s stats have not “eye-popping” (15 catches, 176 yards, one touchdown) this fall, maybe the coaching staff doesn’t want to hang their quarterback out to dry by throwing constant deep balls behind an offensive line which has allowed the most sacks in the league through the first four games (18 is tied with Jacksonville).

Although Bruce Arians didn’t take his quarterback’s health and well-being into account while Wallace was in Pittsburgh, that doesn’t mean that other offensive coordinators like Todd Haley and Mike Sherman want to risk their signal-callers being constantly obliterated on seven-step drops and long-developing pass plays.

Of course, instead of being a team player and celebrating the 3-1 start and asking what he could do to help the offense, Wallace simply seems more content to grouse about his role like he did during his final days in Pittsburgh.

I am sure that if Wallace asked some of his former teammates whether they would rather have “stats” or “wins” right now, they’d probably all answer with “wins.”

Then again, if Wallace was receiving more touches for the 0-4 Steelers, he’d probably crawl back to town in a heartbeat with his attitude.




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  • Craig

    Essentially, he’s admitting that he likes being a one trick pony.

    • Dom DiTolla

      Lol, I know right? Like I wrote in the post, those comments didn’t surprise me.

  • Chris Logel

    I am a Miami fan and I have been very disappointed in him so far. He acts like he is afraid to get hit and takes his eyes off the ball before he catches it. Last week he let a perfectly thrown deep ball slide through his fingers. I can see how you gave him the nickname butterfingers.

    • Dom DiTolla

      While “Butterfingers” is apt, “Alligator Arms” is the best way to describe him. As talented as he is as a deep threat, I can’t tell you how many balls he “alligator armed” across the middle during his four years in Pittsburgh.

      While his “ypc” would not have been as impressive as in years past, he would have been downright lethal had he embraced Haley’s offense last fall as well.

    • Milliken Steeler

      Chris, first of all Cheers to your dolphins and their 3-1 start. The D looks good and except for some O line issues (Something we Steeler fans are qualified to talk about) your team is looking good. Its good to see the rise of the Dolphins and the Browns at least battling and winning some now. Its good for the league period.

      I will say that I’m very glad Mike is gone from here and I was disgusted what he pulled to start off last season and was part of the problem and not the answer. I watched him on your sidelines with the Dolphins winning and he is mad? smh

      He has a bad attitude and he is a one trick pony. What puzzles me is that I think he knows that and doesnt work on getting better. He would rather blame others and be upset instead of working with his QB and improving.

      That is why even Steeler fans will admit that Jerry Rice was the GOAT, If he needed work on his route running he would work on it non stop and he made himself into the best ever. The opposite of Jerry Rice is Mike Wallace.

  • Fraziel

    I don’t think he is being selfish in the slightest. As a Dolphins fan i am delighted he is disappointed and feels frustrated as things are not going right so far. He also talks about working hard to put it right which i also w ant to hear. He has been disappointing so far but with an O line that could not pass protect if its life depended on it , RB’s which have been poor at pass protection and TE’s which are the same it is no surprise to see he hasnt been catching any deep balls as Tannehill isn’t getting the time to throw them. Wallace has not become a bad player overnight. There are clearly teething problems and an issue of chemistry with Tannehill who loves to throw to Hartline but only a fool would be in a panic about it 4 games into the season. If it still hasnt clicked 12 games in then i will start to get worried.I get the distinct impression you are being less than objective here.