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Shining Among The Elite: Pouncey, Brown and Timmons

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Maurkice Pouncey, Lawrence Timmons and Antonio Brown were the Pittsburgh Steelers’ participants in the 2014 Pro Bowl (Ben Roethlisberger and Le’Veon Bell chose not to play). In a game that was full of big offensive plays and some joking around, the Steelers’ participants shined.

Brown led team Carter with 9 catches for 96 yards. Brown hands and excellent quickness were on display once again.  His biggest play of the game came on a 30 yard reception. If anything Brown proved he could have a above average game with different quarterbacks. For Pouncey it was a joy for him to play alongside his brother Mike Pouncey.  Pouncey agility and strength was on display once again,proving why he is multi time pro bowler.

Middle linebacker Timmons recorded 9 tackles which led team Carter. Timmons had to show his speed with so many passes being thrown. Timmons has been deserving of a pro bowl Invitation for the past couple of seasons. With his performance he will definitely be on the radar for another visit if he has a stellar 2015-2016 regular season.The 2015 pro bowl was not the best pro bowl, but for sure was not the worst.  With Brown and Timmons leading their team in their respective categories, it shows that they came to play the game with serious effort which is definitely the Steeler way. It it also a major plus that none of the Steeler players were injured.  With this game being a game to have some fun hopefully Pouncey, Brown, and Timmons will carry that energy into the off-season and beyond.

2 Comments

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  1. Denise

    January 27, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    Great Article Robert!

  2. DrGeorge

    January 28, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    Fans should read the Yahoo article (Cork Gaines for Business Insider) today about “The Seahawks Biggest Advantage” over the over NFL teams, an advantage which is about to go away. Mr. Gaines’ point is that Seattle drafted Russell Wilson in Round #3, paid him scale, and has had a bargain for three years. His contract is coming up for renewal, and he will want and deserves a big pay hike. But how big is reasonable?

    Seattle currently spends 1.9% of their total salaries on their QBs (all of them). The rest of payroll is used to buy better talent elsewhere, and they have been winning. When they re-negotiate with Wilson, they are likely to join the Giants and Steelers in devoting 15.9% of payroll to their QBs. Mr. Gaines correctly concludes that this will make it harder for Seattle to compensate other talented players (leading to a talent drain) and hamstring them in the free agent market, closing the “championship window.” Sound familiar? He’s talking about Seattle, but describing the present reality of the Giants and Steelers. This topic is acute in Pittsburgh, because Ben’s contract is up this year.

    Now look at those Pro Bowl selections above. What’s wrong with our five selections? Only one is from the defense, that’s what. We need better defensive talent in 2015, but we can’t afford to attract and pay that talent if we continue to devote 16% of total payroll to one position. It isn’t a sexy topic for fans, but the present salary imbalance is the key to understanding why the Steelers have gone from Super Bowl winners (when Ben was cheap) to mediocre wanna-bes so fast. Teams that figure out how to keep QB salaries at 10% or less of total payroll are more likely to succeed than those who pay 16%. And the only prudent way to do that is to replace older personnel (including QBs) with younger and cheaper personnel of equal ability, which puts a premium on personnel decisions, including maximizing the total number of draft picks a team has on hand each year. And guess who plays the personnel game as well as anybody? That’s right — the New England Patriots. Which explains why cutting ties with Tom Brady isn’t unthinkable in Boston, and why cutting ties with Ben ought not be beyond conjecture in Pittsburgh, either.

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