Walk softly, knowing you carry the biggest stick.
Whichever metaphor you want to put to the phrase or however your mind wraps around the concept understand this.
The short little Irish Catholic man that runs the Steelers has no problems with letting it dangle, he just doesn't talk about it.
There's no denying that the trade of Santonio Holmes was a non-verbal, non-physical slap upside the head of the Steelers' locker room. If the Jets had not offered up a 5th round pick for 'Smokey' Holmes he would have been cut, plain and simple.
The message is an easy read. It's time to start doing things the Rooney way or you will all be finding new homes.
It's about damn time IMO.
I've listened to some people spout off about how a 5th round pick was inadequate compared to Santonio's value, and it's hard to disagree. However if you put it in the context of zero return or little return it makes a great deal of difference. If Holmes was released he could of signed anywhere with no return on the Steelers investment of drafting, training, educating and preparing Santonio to be a NFL caliber receiver. A fifth round pick is a decent return on a player that you would have otherwised gained nothing from in releasing. Remember, the Jets will be without Homes for the first 4 games of the season so a higher draft pick would have been out of the question. Add to this the proximity to the draft and how little time there was for negotiating and the Steelers made out very well for a player they wanted rid of.
I agree with the trade 100%.
The question now will be whether or not the rest of the club understands the message.
With a quarterback that is as dumb as he is gifted the clock is ticking on his tenure in the 'Burgh'. If Ben Roethlisberger doesn't keep his nose out of the 'pile' there won't be anyone left to wash his face.
In Ben's first podium speech pleading his innocence in a sexual assault incident, yeah there's more than one, Kevin Colbert and Mike Tomlin stood by his side in a show of support. This time he stood all alone.
That shows exactly what the front office and coaching staff think of Ben's behavior.
Tick, Tick, Tick...
I find it hard to believe that Mr. Rooney won't suspend Ben for a minimum of 2 games. 4 is the number that comes to mind, but will Roethlisberger continue to behave in a juvenile manor? IMO it's only a matter of time until he strays from the straight and narrow and finds himself on a bus out of town. Believe it or not there is a possibility of Ben being moved on draft day, it's been reported (Ed Bouchette 1250AM) that the Rooney's, after hearing the Georgia D.A.'s press conference, are so disgusted that the talk of moving Ben began immediately after.
So what if Ben was to be traded? Would you have a problem with it? If he came to your favorite team, would you cheer for him?
I guess Ben should have looked the history of the Steelers over a little better.
Maybe he could have kept his stick from dangling in public, then he wouldn't have to talk at all.
Posted on: April 14, 2010 4:13 pm