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Drama in Steel City?
Sounds like the New York Jets are not the only team having some in-house dysfunction and problems with anonymous sources. According to Pro Football Talk (I just puked in my mouth a little, sorry ’bout that), the Pittsburgh Steelers have also been having some trouble in errr, paradise.
PFT explains that Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Gazette was able to get an anonymous (uh oh!) Steelers player to share a not-so-nice assessment of Pro Bowl LB LaMarr Woodley, who has struggled to stay on the field the past two seasons due in large part to a handful of injuries.
“He was awful,” the source told Cook.”He tells us he works out, but we didn’t see it. He wasn’t in shape. That has to be a reason why he was always hurt.”
Steelers safety Ryan Clark was not to pleased with the anonymous critique, suggesting it shows a “fracture” within the team. (Clark did not specifically comment on Woodley’s performance or his conditioning).
“We all have arguments with our brothers, sisters, cousins, but that stays in-house. What you talk about then stays there and it doesn’t get out to the public. So that is the problem,” Clark said on NFL Network. “That shows that this team that is normally close, you had the Joey Porters, the Alan Fanecas, just down the line, leader after leader, this team was close-knit. It shows there is a fracture in that. I think that is the most disappointing thing about that coming out.”
While unnamed players going public with criticisms for their teammates is never acceptable behavior, it’s worth noting that Steelers fans have been questioning Woodley’s commitment to staying in shape for some time, per Emily Miklasevich of Aerys Sports’ Steel City Blitz.
Woodley has yet to publicly comment on the story.
- In an interview with NFL Network’s Andrew Kremer, Jets star cornerback Darrelle Revis revealed his frustration with the team’s front office and new general manager, John Idzik , saying he was “speechless” when he heard the rumors that he might be traded last month. A visibly frustrated Revis explained to Kremer that he needs “answers” and that he suspects the discussions between him and the team over any trade or contract “start at the top” with owner Woody Johnson (when asked, Revis agreed with Kremer that Johnson may not be willing to pay him what he is worth).
Revis, who is working with the network on a documentary following his rehabilitation from ACL surgery called”Health of the Game,” spoke to Kremer in an interview that aired on “NFL Total Access” Monday night.
- According to NBC New York, Tampa Bay Bucs defensive end Da’Quan Bowers was arrested at LaGuardia Airport on Monday morning and charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon after it was discovered he was traveling with a loaded .40 caliber firearm in his carry-on bag. Clearly Mr.Bowers’ college education has served him well — obviously a loaded weapon is not going to fly under the radar when normal everyday citizens cannot simply bring more than four ounces of liquid foundation on to an airplane. AmIrite?
- The Green Bay Packers have released center Jeff Saturday after one season with the team. Saturday’s release is widely considered to be a formality, as the Pro Bowl center has already announced that he plans to retire from the NFL after 14 seasons. According to NFL.com, Saturday and Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay have been hatching a plan to re-sign Saturday to the team and retire as a Colt.The Packers have already released several players in an effort to dump salaries and get under the projected 121.8 million salary cap in 2013, including cornerback Charles Woodson.
- Detroit Lions wide receiver (and one of the best dressed players in the NFL) Nate Burleson wants to make Lions games even more enjoyable next year: Burleson made headlines on Monday after he essentially recruited free agent running back Reggie Bush on NFL Network’s “NFL AM.” Burleson is likely not privy to the Lions not-so-enviable cap situation — they are currently just $2 million under the salary cap.PFT also notes that Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford started following Bush on Twitter, so perhaps Burleson is not the only one doing a little recruiting.