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    Reed release made sense
    By Joe Starkey, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
    Thursday, November 18, 2010

    Jeff Reed might have been the worst kicker in the NFL this season.

    As such, it really doesn't matter if his silly postgame comments Sunday got him fired. Doesn't matter how much his off-field antics might have prompted the move. His lousy on-field performance justified it and the situation appeared to be going from bad to hideous.

    No doubt, the man affectionately known as "Skippy" could regain his form of the previous three seasons when he was the NFL's most accurate kicker with a new team. He also might have returned to form in a Steelers uniform next season, had he re-signed.

    But how, exactly, would that have helped Steelers coach Mike Tomlin this Sunday, in a critical conference game against the Oakland Raiders?

    Tomlin needed the old Reed right now, a prospect that seemed highly unlikely.

    The coach wouldn't say precisely why Reed was fired. We don't know how much director of football operations Kevin Colbert and/or team president Art Rooney II might have pushed for the change. We know this much, though: Steelers management believed that whatever risk they took in signing new kicker Shaun Suisham and there is plenty did not compare to the risk of keeping Reed and hoping he would suddenly rise from rock bottom.

    Consider the facts, and keep in mind that kickers, like closers in baseball, sometimes fall off the cliff for a season.

    Reed was in mid-freefall. He was ranked 32nd in field-goal percentage, which would be fine in a 64-team league; not so much in a 32-team league. He was 0 for 4 from 40-49 yards, while the rest of the NFL's kickers are connecting from that range at a rate of 73.6 percent (106 for 144).

    Reed's malfunctions easily could have contributed to the Steelers sitting at 4-5 instead of 6-3. He missed a potential game-winning, 40-yarder with 38 seconds left in regulation of the season-opener before the Steelers bailed him out in overtime. He missed two field goals (49 and 45 yards) in a three-point loss to division rival Baltimore. He missed a 46-yarder two weeks ago that could have clinched the Bengals game but instead forced the Steelers to hold on with a late defensive stand.

    And Sunday night against the Patriots, Reed, who had been perfect from inside 40 yards, botched a 26-yard attempt.

    One defense of Reed is that most of his misses were from 45 yards or longer. Well, guess what? Kickers are making those fairly regularly these days. Shoot, they're hitting from beyond 50 yards at a rate of nearly 55 percent this season. Reed's kickoffs, while slightly improved, didn't help his case.

    Meanwhile, his bitter postgame comments Sunday, a virtual flash flood of excuses, did not exactly hint of a man ready to reverse his troubles. If anything, the outburst gave Steelers brass another reason to wonder if Reed was mentally salvageable this season.

    It's too bad, really, because Reed was a great kicker for most of his career here. He always struck me as a decent person, as well. Suisham attested to that Wednesday, remembering how well Reed treated him at Steelers training camp in 2005.

    "I hold Jeff in very high regard," Suisham said.

    Two weeks ago, Reed admitted he was struggling to cope with his misses.

    "I'm trying to bring a more positive attitude, because I get really down on myself," he said. "These guys help me with it. Tomlin does, too. Nobody's like, 'Oh, Jeff's going out there, he's going to miss.' "

    Used to be Reed hardly ever missed. That changed, dramatically, this season. We'll see if Suisham provides an upgrade.

    The hard truth is that he couldn't do much worse

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    Reed's agent stated that Reed was going to take the week off after clearing waivers and then getting an offer from Cincy but not signing.

    Don't blame him, he's gettin paid anyways.

    Probably waiting to see in a week or so who may need a kicker..on a team in contention...or someplace where he thinks he can get a several year contract.

    Maybe he is hoping chipped ham (SS) will kick so poorly that MT will give him a call.

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    I'm hoping he signs with an NFC team in contention, goes on a tear, and beats the Steelers in the final seconds in the Superbowl on a 54 yarder.

    Then in the postgame victory celebration gets drunk on champagne, and kicks the **** out of a paper towel dispenser.

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    Quote Originally Posted by foslrock View Post
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    I'm hoping he signs with an NFC team in contention, goes on a tear, and beats the Steelers in the final seconds in the Superbowl on a 54 yarder.

    Then in the postgame victory celebration gets drunk on champagne, and kicks the **** out of a paper towel dispenser.
    You know what, fosl - **** you.

    **** you and all of the other *******s who think that their Steeler fandome is superior to everyone elses.

    I'm pretty ****ing sick of listening to this bull****. It just shows you and some other sports forum poster aren't mature enough to handle a rational debate about a team without going drama queen.

    Like someone having an opinion that differs from yours is some ****ing attack on your manhood.

    Grow the **** up - or find another hobby, because you can't handle this one.

    I'll go on record by apologizing to the forum - to Kip and NKY for this little outburst, and to everyone else who can carry on a ****ing conversation without ****ting the bed.

    My apologies.
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    Just consider it a little KARMA for all the drunken yinzers out there that wanted another drunk off their team.

    Either that, or Santonio catching a last minute hail mary in the final play in the AFC Championship allowing the Jets to advance in front of all of the classy fans at Heinz.

    Either scenario would be great.

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    Quote Originally Posted by foslrock View Post
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    Just consider it a little KARMA for all the drunken yinzers out there that wanted another drunk off their team.

    Either that, or Santonio catching a last minute hail mary in the final play in the AFC Championship allowing the Jets to advance in front of all of the classy fans at Heinz.

    Either scenario would be great.

    sorry, but I don't understand your reasoning behind this line of thinking...

    you're a Steelers fan yet you would derive enjoyment from watching a player on another team make a play to deprive us of our 7th Lombardi Trophy?

    personally, I don't see anything great at all from either of your above mentioned scenarios.

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    Quote Originally Posted by foslrock View Post
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    Just consider it a little KARMA for all the drunken yinzers out there that wanted another drunk off their team.

    Either that, or Santonio catching a last minute hail mary in the final play in the AFC Championship allowing the Jets to advance in front of all of the classy fans at Heinz.

    Either scenario would be great.
    By proof of your posting like this, you have become what you don't like; negative and rendundant. Please stop, go for a long walk outside in the mountains and clear you head and heart of this nonsense friend.

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    I am personally growing very weary of this continued, personal battling. Fosl I have never had any kind of beef with you, but it seems if you have made a turn into "Trolldom" or are just ****ed off and trying to be disruptive, whatever Its tired and unnecessary. A plea for sanity, please stop hijacking threads and turning them into battles not related to the original topic.


    Now back to Original thread: You know I forgot he missed two against Baltimore and the one against Atlanta....it was becoming all too common. Reed, who I have liked, seemed to have taken his ball and went home after not getting a long term contract this summer.
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    sorry, but I don't understand your reasoning behind this line of thinking...
    Consider the source.

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    Wait a second... I thought one had to be negative, hateful, and critical of the Steelers to be a fan? I'm just trying to fit in.

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    Now back to Original thread: You know I forgot he missed two against Baltimore and the one against Atlanta....it was becoming all too common. Reed, who I have liked, seemed to have taken his ball and went home after not getting a long term contract this summer.
    Reed's off field **** just added points on why to cut him, but all in all the writer makes sense in most likely could have been the staff's thoughts, he missed some important ones, an easy one, and some that most kickers make...and who knows if he was in a funk, if he would come out of it or not. Kickers are strange...I do remember seeing our recent kicker with Dallas and the Skins....I am not afraid to say it...I"M SCARED....hopefully he will relieve me of that feeling.

    Reed makes those 2 against the Ravens...who knows how that game turns out...but those were important.

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