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Rooney's Rule

Posted on: April 12, 2010 12:21 am
Edited on: April 13, 2010 11:19 am
Don't cross the Rooneys in Pittsburgh.

That's the message sent loud and clear by the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday night when they traded receiver Santonio Holmes to the New York Jets for a fifth-round pick.

Holmes has had his share of troubles with the Steelers, the latest a club incident in which he is accused of throwing a glass at a woman's face. He is also facing a four-game suspension by the league, according to a report by Pro Football Talk.

The Steelers hate that kind of behavior, which is why Holmes was probably traded. Let's face it -- he's their best receiver. So give the Rooney family, which owns the Steelers, credit for sticking with their ideals that character matters.

But does it matter when the quarterback is the guy in trouble? We shall see. Even though reports say Ben Roethlisberger will not be charged for the recent Georgia incident involving a woman and a potential assault charge, he is guilty of stupidity for putting himself in that position. How do the Rooneys handle that one?

As for this trade, the Jets now have a second receiver to go with Braylon Edwards and they got him at a cheap price. Holmes isn't a major problem, so this could be a good deal for the Jets.

The Steelers are left with Hines Ward and Mike Wallace as starters and veterans Arnaz Battle and Antwaan Randle El as backups. Losing Holmes hurts, which is why this seems like a Rooney-mandated deal.

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Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: April 12, 2010 12:39 pm

Rooney's Rule


Did you honestly write that Cotchery has some of the greatest hands in football?

Since: Apr 12, 2010
Posted on: April 12, 2010 12:37 pm

Rooney's Rule

Well put.  Nice to see someone who understands.

Since: Feb 20, 2007
Posted on: April 12, 2010 12:32 pm

Rooney's Rule

It 's not rocket science, where have you been...under a rock? I really didn't think this needed to be explained but you obviously don't understand. Holmes is in a contract year, will be suspended for the 1st 4 games due to either a missed or failed drug test. The idiot twitters about getting high! It is not yet known if he will face additional time due to the throwing a drink incident. So at best he plays 12 games, then you are in a position to empty the bank on a guy who is one failed test or one idiotic decision away from a lenghty suspension. Do you think they had better offers but decided to only take a 5th rounder? I'm not even sure if  he is worth a 5th in this position! The jets will most likely let him walk and become someone elses problem, unless he stays out of trouble but he couldn't do that in Pit...what chance does he have in NY?

Since: Apr 12, 2010
Posted on: April 12, 2010 12:31 pm

Rooney's Rule

Just a few points:  Holmes was not and never was the Steelers best receiver.  Not even close.  Ward gets constant double coverage, which can free up others.  Holmes also has a tendency to give up on routes, causing at least a couple of interceptions a year.  He was also gone as a free agent next year.  And he was not hiding his marihuana use, which doesn't look good.

Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: April 12, 2010 12:24 pm

Rooney's Rule

Why trade him to an AFC team that is already dangerous?  To h_ll with the "Rooney Rule", how about the "Davis Rule", as in Al Davis?  Back in the 90's, Davis traded Steve Beuerlein to the Dallas Cowboys, who had young superstar Troy Aikman.  Trading Beuerlein to the Cowboys at that point in time guaranteed that Beuerlein would be holding a clipboard, not burning the Raiders on the field. 

Want to trade Holmes (or Donovan McNabb, for that matter)?  Trade 'em to the Bucs, the Lions or the 49ers.  Send them to a team that cannot conceivably hurt you directly (like someone on your schedule) or even indirectly (in the case of a wild card slot up for grabs).

Since: Aug 22, 2008
Posted on: April 12, 2010 11:51 am

Rooney's Rule

I like that the Steelers don't put up with garbage from their players. It's a hard pill to swallow for the fans, but the Rooney's are great owners and they did what they felt was best for thier long term plans. They knew they were not going to re-sign him, so better to get something for him. If I were the Steelers, I would worry more about trading him in the conference, and making a playoff team better. It seems to me at that price there had to be more than one team interested, even if it was just renting him for 12 games. 
Now if they trade Big Ben away like that there may be rioting in the streets.

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: April 12, 2010 11:47 am

Rooney's Rule

"If the Rooney's follow their own code of personal conduct for each team member, then they will suspend, trade, or fine Big Ben. If they don't it's a typical case of the all star player gets the less severe punishment; not to say that Holmes is not an all star, but Big Ben is a better player times one million."

Okay, Ben Roethlisberger is a good quarterback.  I'll admit, he's a great one.  I am a Steelers fan, but not a Ben fan.  I like what he does on the field, but he's always seemed arrogant off the field.  People who I know that work at places in the city where Ben goes have always said that he is a prick.  So yeah, I'll reluctantly admit he's a great player, but a better player than Santonio Holmes times a million? Come on.  Holmes is a really good receiver.

Holmest was a first round pick.  We traded up to get him.  And he more than lived up to it.  He was a steal in the late first round (I believe 26th pick or somewhere around there).  Ben was good in the Super Bowl, the defense was good, but Holmes' catch was THE catch of all time if you ask me.  If not of all time, still easily one of the best.  And he's blossomed into a top receiver in the NFL.  He's not going to be Jerry Rice or Randy Moss or Cris Carter, but he's certainly worth more than a FIFTH round pick.  If I saw Holmes for a second round pick, I wouldn't have minded AS much, but for a 5th? That's a joke.  And he's 26, in his prime, knows our offense well.

We don't even need to state the obvious here.  It's clear the Rooneys, even with their "Rooney Rule" are racist.  Look at their track record.  Cedric Wilson (black guy) had that domestic problem with his wife, they cut him immediately.  Santonio Holmes (black guy) had a run-in at a club, which a witness took repsonsibility for, and they trade him for WAY below his true value.  But Ben Roethlisberger (white guy) had two accused rapes, Jeff Reed (white guy) several run-ins with police, and I think Matt Spaeth even had a disorderly conduct (white guy), all 3 of them are still on the team and no punishments.  Hmmm....

I've always been a fan of the Rooneys, but this is very inconsistent.  I hate when people make things a racial issue, but the black players seem to get cut/traded while the white guys are fine.  I don't get it.  And even more upsetting is the fact that Holmes wasn't even guilty of anything.  Someone else admitted to doing it.

The only positive thing is that I do like Mike Wallace a lot.  I like Arnaz Battle and Antwaan Randle-El as 3rd and 4th receivers.  It's still a good receiving group.  The only problem is that they are all old, with the exception of Wallace.  Hines Ward is still good, but getting older.  Age will not be an issue this season, but will next year and beyond.  It would have been nice to have a younger Holmes still there when Ward retires.

Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: April 12, 2010 11:44 am

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How is he being an idiot if he's inocent???  That makes absolutely no sense.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: April 12, 2010 11:30 am

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You do realize the jets have no quarterback.  They didn't get eliminated because of anyone other then Mark Sanchez.  He is a joke the only reason you guys got into the playoffs last year is because you played two teams that had no reason to play the last two weeks and took the game off.  Seriously don't let your Pseudo success fool you.

Since: Mar 1, 2010
Posted on: April 12, 2010 11:25 am

As football fans in general

I'm going to give the Steelers credit for knowing what they are doing  On the surface, looks like they got rooked, but I'll have faith that the organization knows more than I do, and I won't ask questions.  It may turn out to be a horrible deal for them, but it could also be another Plaxico situation, time will tell.  I do like the statement being made:  Character Matters.

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