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    Default Steelers release OLB Thaddeus Gibson

    Steelers sign DT Steve McLendon and release OLB Thaddeus Gibson to make room on the roster.

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    I'm assuming that this may be another "re-signing" come Monday, or do they plan to keep it this way do to Smith?
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    I'm assuming that this may be another "re-signing" come Monday, or do they plan to keep it this way do to Smith?
    may very well depend on if another team claims Gibson off the waiver wire.

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    may very well depend on if another team claims Gibson off the waiver wire.
    I'd hate to lose him... Should be interesting...
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    Default Re: Steelers release OLB Thaddeus Gibson

    I would hate to lose him too because he looks like he could be a good fit for the team.

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    I would hate to lose him too because he looks like he could be a good fit for the team.

    true, but LB is the Steelers' strongest and deepest position and like Tomlin said, "Gibson is the low man on the totem pole."


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    Gibson waived to add McLendon

    By Bob Labriola – Steelers Digest


    Most often, a player is waived during the season because he has failed to meet expectations in some way, either on the field or off the field. That was not the case with Thaddeus Gibson.

    Gibson, the team’s No. 4 draft pick from Ohio State, was waived in the back end of the move that added defensive lineman Steve McLendon to the roster. The Steelers announced the move today so that McLendon will be available for Sunday night’s game against the Saints in New Orleans.

    Adding McLendon was made necessary by the injury to Aaron Smith, and it became a move that was necessary immediately because Brett Keisel is not yet ready to return to the field after injuring a hamstring against the Cleveland Browns on Oct. 17. Smith had surgery on Oct. 25 to repair a partially torn triceps, and while he will be out for what Coach Mike Tomlin called “an extended period of time,” he is not being placed on injured reserve at this time.

    That meant McLendon had to be added to the 53-man roster this week, and that meant Tomlin had a difficult decision to make.

    Tomlin is not a coach prone to lavishing praise on rookies who haven’t done anything yet in the NFL, but a hint of what he thought of the team’s 2010 draft class was found in how many were kept on the 53-man roster coming out of the preseason.

    The Steelers made 10 draft picks last April. Eight were on that initial 53-man roster, and a ninth – Chris Scott – was on the physically unable to perform list after breaking his foot in late June. Doug Worthington, the defensive end from Ohio State picked on the seventh round, was the only draft pick waived.

    Of the eight rookies on the roster, only cornerback Crezdon Butler, running back Jonathan Dwyer and Gibson have not been active for a regular season game.

    Maurkice Pouncey has started every game at center and should be getting consideration as Offensive Rookie of the Year; Jason Worilds has one sack, four pressure and six tackles on special teams; Emmanuel Sanders is averaging 25.6 yards on eight kickoff returns and has three receptions for 55 yards, all of which converted third downs; Stevenson Sylvester is an important part of the team’s kick coverage, and he has six special teams tackles and a forced fumble; and Antonio Brown has two tackles on special teams and an 89-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

    Butler plays cornerback, and there is no such thing in the NFL as having too many cornerbacks. Dwyer came on late in the preseason and showed himself to be a running back with potential, and the Steelers are a team that believes in running the football.

    And finally, at this time in the NFL calendar, every player who is cut – even vested veterans – are subject to the league’s waiver system. That means if a player is cut and a team puts in a claim, that player must either go to that team or retire.

    Earlier in the season when the Steelers needed a player at a specific position for the upcoming game, they released veteran quarterback Byron Leftwichand then re-signed him the day after the game. This time, Tomlin was not about to risk one of his veteran players by exposing him to the waiver wire.

    “Linebacker is our deepest position,” said Tomlin, “and (Gibson) is the low man on the totem pole, so we had to make that necessary move. We were thin at defensive line. It’s just one of the casualties of this profession. It’s very much a reality, and that’s why we don’t take what we’re doing here for granted and we acknowledge that it’s precious.”

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    Why not Arnez Battle??

    Has he been lighting it up on ST?

    Why lose a young player when you can dump an older one who does not make regular contributions, especially when you have two rookie WRs, who likely can outplay him on O.

    I don't like this move because McLendon stays until a decision is made on Smith which gives teams a long time to decide if they want to pick up Gibson.

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    Why not Arnez Battle??

    Has he been lighting it up on ST?

    no, Battle has dressed for every game so far and has made TWO special teams tackles...

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    Why not Arnez Battle??

    Has he been lighting it up on ST?

    Why lose a young player when you can dump an older one who does not make regular contributions, especially when you have two rookie WRs, who likely can outplay him on O.

    I don't like this move because McLendon stays until a decision is made on Smith which gives teams a long time to decide if they want to pick up Gibson.
    That would make too much sense.

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    That would make too much sense.
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    Steelers Notebook: OLB Gibson is likely to be lost on waivers

    Monday, November 01, 2010
    By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette



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    Ike Taylor intercepts a pass in the first half against the Saints Sunday at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans.


    NEW ORLEANS -- The Steelers likely sacrificed their fourth-round draft choice on the altar of having defensive end Aaron Smith back -- maybe, possibly --for the playoffs.

    Linebacker Thaddeus Gibson, who was placed on waivers Saturday so the Steelers could add defensive lineman Steve McLendon to the roster for a third game this season, likely will be claimed by another team off waivers today. It is expected that, at the very least, Buffalo will put in a claim for him; Doug Whaley, the former Steelers pro personnel coordinator, is Buffalo's assistant general manager.

    Smith had surgery Monday to repair a torn triceps tendon in his left arm, and the Steelers hope he might be able to play by the end of the season or in the postseason.

    They knew when they placed Gibson on waivers that a team likely would claim him and there would be little chance to sneak him through and onto the practice squad. They had other choices but chose this route.

    "Linebacker is our deepest position," said coach Mike Tomlin on the team's website, "and [Gibson] is the low man on the totem pole, so we had to make that necessary move. We were thin at defensive line. It's just one of the casualties of this profession. It's very much a reality, and that's why we don't take what we're doing here for granted and we acknowledge that it's precious."

    Tomlin speaks his mind
    Tomlin continued to take a strong stance against what he termed the NFL's overreaction to some hits two weeks ago. Here are some things he said on Football Night in America on NBC Sunday night, as provided by the network:

    On last week's play where it appeared James Harrison changed his style of play and pulled up on Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown: "In that particular instance, they were painting a picture that they wanted to see. The way I viewed that play was that Ronnie Brown caught the ball clean and ducked out like a savvy veteran football player. He's the person that eliminated the contact as opposed to James pulling off. I took exception to using James in that way."

    On the NFL deciding to enforce greater discipline midseason: "When you start looking at things that you discussed in the offseason and adjusting during the season, you're doing it from an emotional standpoint. Usually emotional decisions aren't good ones. It was an overreaction to a couple of unfortunate incidents that occurred a few weeks ago."

    Tomlin on changes in quarterback Ben Roethlisberger: "As a player, I think he's enjoying the monotony more. That's natural. That's human nature. When something is taken away from you, you have a greater appreciation for it once you have an opportunity to get it back. As a person, more than anything, it's about taking an accounting of where he is and what's important to him. A lot of times in life, we all get off the mark a little bit especially when you experience the kind of success that he has. It can be trap door, if you will. He's really assessing and evaluating, not only what's important to him, but who he surrounds himself with and how he conducts himself."

    Tomlin on Super Bowl hangovers: "I don't know why people are surprised by that. It's tough to walk the journey and win it one time let alone two times back-to-back. Your offseason is shorter. There's more obligations in that offseason that happens to be shorter. There's a lot of things that can get you off track when you are defending Super Bowl champs."

    Roster updates
    New Orleans was without its two starting cornerbacks and top two running backs Sunday night as corners Jabari Greer and Tracy Porter were scratched along with running backs Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas.

    Rookie Patrick Robinson, the Saints' first-round draft pick, made his fourth start at left cornerback for Greer, and Leigh Torrence started for Porter. Undrafted rookie Chris Ivory, the Saints' leading rusher, started at halfback.

    The rest of the Saints' inactive players were offensive tackle Charles Brown, tight end Tory Humphrey and defensive end Junior Galette.

    The Steelers' inactives were Smith, No. 3 quarterback Charlie Batch, running back Jonathan Dwyer, cornerback Crezdon Butler, offensive tackle Tony Hills, offensive guard Ramon Foster, wide receiver Antonio Brown, and defensive end Brett Keisel.

    Primetime darlings
    This is the first of three consecutive primetime games for the Steelers.

    They play in Cincinnati against the Bengals next Monday night and return home for a Sunday night game against the New England Patriots Nov. 14. The Steelers have won five consecutive games and are 38-22 lifetime on Monday Night Football.

    The Bengals and Patriots -- division winners last season -- are headed in opposite directions.

    The Bengals have lost four games in a row after their 22-14 defeat Sunday against Miami, and the Patriots have won five games in a row after their 28-18 victory against Minnesota.

    Essex returns as starter
    After missing the past four games with an ankle injury, offensive guard Trai Essex returned to the starting lineup against the Saints.

    Essex had been replaced in the starting lineup by Doug Legursky, who struggled at times last Sunday against Miami.

    Sanders flashes form again
    Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, in competition each week with fellow rookie Antonio Brown for what Tomlin likes to call "a hat" and a spot in the lineup, continued to shine as a return man against the Saints. His 38-yard punt return late in the first quarter Sunday night set up a Jeff Reed field goal, the only Steelers points in the first half. Against Miami a week earlier, Sanders fumbled the opening kickoff but then had returns of 37, 27 and 48 yards. That last return set up Reed's winning field goal in the Steelers' 23-22 win.

    Hundred-yard drought
    The Steelers came into the game searching for their first 100-plus-yard rushing performance in more than a month. Rashard Mendenhall hadn't hit the century mark since his 143-yard afternoon Sept. 26 at Tampa.

    Odd deployment
    On New Orleans' first possession, defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau employed a little-used alignment completely devoid of defensive linemen in a three-point stance. Ziggy Hood, making his first NFL start at defensive end, stood upright in between an offensive guard and center.

    Even more unusual, LeBeau called that defense on first-and-10.

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    The 49ers claimed outside linebacker Thaddeus Gibson on Monday off waivers, according to a league source.

    Gibson was a fourth-round pick of Pittsburgh before the Steelers waived him. The Eagles also put in a claim for Gibson, but the 49ers had a higher priority.

    The Giants also claimed Alex Hall off waivers from the Cardinals. He's spent time with New York earlier this year.

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    F*** and Double F***!!

    Arnez made two ST tackles! Is that what makes him an "untouchable."

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    Well, good luck in SF, Thaddeus. That might be one of their smarter moves.
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