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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.

Category: NFL

Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: April 12, 2010 9:42 am

Jets Remind Me Of The Raiders Of Old

I think the Jets are going to be a lot like the Raiders of the 70s.  They have their brash, trash-talking coach to play the villain role that Al Davis did.  They are collecting the renegades and misfits from other teams to assemble a squad that looks great on paper if they can control the egos and off-field issues.  Their defense is hard-hitting and aggressive.  I think NFL fans across the country are going to hate the Jets.  But...I also think that they are going to be pretty good.  If I were a New Yorker, I'd love these guys.  But, I'm I'll probably get in the hater line instead. Wink

Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: April 12, 2010 9:39 am

Rooney's Rule

It is tough to give up on Holmes, but I am glad they took a stand to stop this crap. This should be a wake up call to Ben... Holmes paid someone to say they threw the drink! He and his lawyer are shady. Holmes should do well in NY! He will be smoking some of the best stuff all hours of the night. Enjoy him while he lasts NY, he is not mature enough to do it for too long with out getting in trouble again. Maybe he can make "the catch" for you too before he implodes in the big city. He couldn't make it in Columbus and Pittsburgh, he surly will be a disaster in NY. A bengal.... I mean Zebra does not change its stripes easily, and he won't.

Since: Dec 30, 2007
Posted on: April 12, 2010 9:27 am

Rooney's Rule

Let's be honest here, Holmes has been inconsistent his entire career, has been a problem off the field, and will want premium money next year while not being a top tier WR. He shows flashes of brilliance at best.

As for who is the best WR on the team...Hines Ward proved again last year he is clutch, is a great charachter guy, and still will sell his soul to make a block for a teammate. Potential and reality are two seperate things, having highlight catches doesn't mean much if you drop routine balls consistently or run piss poor routes.

Since: Mar 1, 2010
Posted on: April 12, 2010 9:24 am

Rooney's Rule

Doesn't being a moron count for anything? The motorcycle, the Arizona mishap, and now the one down in Georgia. No matter if he is guilty or innocent, he's still being an idiot and not acting the way a superbowl quarterback should be acting. He needs to get his stuff together or have someone else get it together for him.

Since: Sep 9, 2008
Posted on: April 12, 2010 8:54 am

Jets to Sign Plaxico Next?

Is Al Davis running things in Gotham?  Trips Wide Left: Santonio, Braylon & Plex, a perfect fit.

Mo Clarett may soon be avail as well to replace T Jones- 

This was strike 3 for Holmes in Pittsburgh:

  • Domestic/girl friend abuse before his rookie season began
  • Cruising around Pittsburgh while enjoying some Panama Red (2 months before "the catch" in the Superbowl)
  • Foodfight (galssware battle) with semi-crazed bar patron

Big Ben is now at 3 as well (Cycle stunt, Nevada concierge, Georgia Peach)- Perhaps the return of "Tommy Gun" to the Steelers is imminent..

Since: Apr 15, 2007
Posted on: April 12, 2010 8:43 am

Rooney's Rule

Are you actually going to sit here with a straight face and try to pretend that the guy who led your team with 1248 rec. yds. last year (and had 79 receptions) is your "third best receiver?"  It reeks of either dis-ingenuity or tell me which.

Since: Jun 20, 2008
Posted on: April 12, 2010 8:42 am

Rooney's Rule

My comment was for

Since: Jun 20, 2008
Posted on: April 12, 2010 8:40 am

Rooney's Rule

The Jets have 2 in the 5th, neither one their own original pick which they traded away.  They have 5th round picks from the Eagles and the Browns.  Do YOUR homework.

Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: April 12, 2010 8:32 am

Rooney's Rule

The Steelers blew it.  Bad decision.  Holmes is a great player, not a problem.  What are they going to do with Ben?  Throw him under the bus, too?

Since: Sep 14, 2008
Posted on: April 12, 2010 7:54 am

The New York Jets don't have a 5th rounder!!

How can they trade a 2010 5th round pick when they don't have one? All the news outlets got it wrong....great reporting. Is it a 4th rounder?

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