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Will the Steelers put Jeff Reed on a short leash?

The Steelers have demonstrated a clear double standard of late as to players who get in trouble off the field.  When receiver Cedrick Wilson allegedly roughed up his girlfriend, he was cut.  When linebacker James Harrison allegedly did the same thing, excuses were made on Harrison’s behalf.

It’s a common dynamic in sports.  Teams make examples out of guys they deem replaceable.  A separate set of rules applies to the stars.

And there’s where kicker Jeff Reed comes in.  He arguably blew the game for the Steelers in Soldier Field on Sunday, missing twice in the fourth quarter.  In the offseason, he was arrested for beating up a paper towel dispenser.

At the time, the Steelers gave him a pass.  If he keeps missing key kicks, the incident could resurface as partial justification for giving him boot.

“Of course this is uncharacteristic of him,” coach Mike Tomlin
said. “He just kicked the game-winner in overtime last week, and that’s
what we’re used to.  We aren’t used to what happened with him today.”

Though it’s highly unlikely that the Steelers will dump Reed after only one bad game, we’ll be interested to see whether they fire a shot across the bow by bringing a couple of free agents to the practice facility on Tuesday to see how they swing their legs.

And if Reed doesn’t turn it around quickly, he likely won’t be around for his seven-year anniversary with the team in November, when he got a chance in 2002 due in part to the fact that the guy who had the job at the time wasn’t very good at it.

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47 Responses to “Will the Steelers put Jeff Reed on a short leash?”
  1. VoxVeritas says: Sep 21, 2009 10:48 AM

    Roethlisberger better get his act together before Tomlin gets canned and the new guy wants his own QB. Talk about overrated, at least Romo has more TDs than INTs this season.

  2. redsysu says: Sep 21, 2009 10:52 AM

    Heinz Field is a tough place to kick, so if they bring in another kicker they need to make sure that he is clutch at home down the stretch…. Hopefully he just had an off game and he returns to normal form this week. Either way, bring in some people to push him this week. A little competition never hurt anyone.

  3. The Jimmy says: Sep 21, 2009 10:54 AM

    At the time, the Steelers gave him a pass. If he keeps missing key kicks, the incident could resurface as partial justification for giving him boot.
    _____________________-
    If he keeps missing key kicks, he’ll be let go because he keeps missing key kicks.

  4. smo05d says: Sep 21, 2009 10:58 AM

    one bad game and you’re ready to throw him to the curb?
    beating up a towel dispenser vs. beating up a girlfriend.
    yes, i can see how you’d equate the two….
    Florio, you’re more than outta left field on this one.

  5. copes cabana says: Sep 21, 2009 10:59 AM

    One bad game is a little soon to be making these kinds of statements. “Oh no big ben threw a pic. Will the Steelers cut him?” stupid comments. This is Pittsburgh, not Philly. It takes more than one bad game to start making those statements. Now, two bad games…….. that’s a different story.
    ha. Skippy will get it back together.

  6. Robe of Steel says: Sep 21, 2009 10:59 AM

    Mabye Jeff should have taken the Steelers tender before the season started?
    He was due a bad game and has always been clutch. The real story is all the dropped passes and the pourous pass coverage.

  7. ShruggingGalt says: Sep 21, 2009 11:00 AM

    Is the Gramatica sister still playing?

  8. SmackMyVickUp says: Sep 21, 2009 11:01 AM

    Roughing up a woman and a paper towel dispenser are two different things.
    If he made the two field goals Cutler would have just drove in for a TD on the final drive. Bears got close and ran the ball three times to set up the field goal.
    Cutler carved up the D when he needed to, could easily do it again.

  9. steelermikey says: Sep 21, 2009 11:01 AM

    Mike Mike Mike Mike….get a grip

  10. Steeler4life says: Sep 21, 2009 11:05 AM

    This article is gay.

  11. dcfan-1212450 says: Sep 21, 2009 11:06 AM

    Jeff Reed kicks at Heinz Field, the hardest place to kick in the NFL and he does well. He isn’t going anywhere after 1 bad game. He needs to personally lose around 5 or 6 games to lose his job.

  12. dethdude420 says: Sep 21, 2009 11:09 AM

    it would be funny if they bring in Matt Stover

  13. Twiz says: Sep 21, 2009 11:22 AM

    Speaking of Steelers……..
    I was jus watchin SportsCenter and saw a replay of Big Ben’s block. What was different about that block and the one that Favre got fined for?

  14. TJ says: Sep 21, 2009 11:30 AM

    Overreact Much?

  15. Garbanzo says: Sep 21, 2009 11:34 AM

    The turf was terrible in Chicago. Reed gets every benefit of the doubt.

  16. Darth_Bonham says: Sep 21, 2009 11:36 AM

    With new sod just put in over the weekend and the rain/wind, nothing is a lock in kicking field goals in Chicago.
    This article is a reach!

  17. Steeler4life says: Sep 21, 2009 11:40 AM

    @twiz
    It was further down field

  18. ronmexico says: Sep 21, 2009 11:43 AM

    That paper towel machine had it coming.

  19. DonTerrelli says: Sep 21, 2009 11:45 AM

    What makes it worse is that this is Reed’s contract year, and he already turned down the first extension offer because it was too low. I’m interested to see what happens now.

  20. danlinker says: Sep 21, 2009 11:45 AM

    For the second week, the league saw to it that here in AZ we got a second dose of a pats game, steelers game, cowboys game. Thank you. It was hilarious yesterday. They all lost and I LOVE IT. And the cards won decisively. Of course, florio and other haters will down play that and say it was only the jags. But prior to the game they were going to steamroll the cards remember? I notice no florio articles saying how well the cards did, and that makes it even sweeter. Must have really frosted him yesterday.
    Hey, Favre won, Pack lost too, just a PERFECT sunday.

  21. sparks says: Sep 21, 2009 11:54 AM

    REACH. Nice try douche.

  22. ZombieRevolution says: Sep 21, 2009 11:57 AM

    Twiz says:
    “I was jus watchin SportsCenter and saw a replay of Big Ben’s block. What was different about that block and the one that Favre got fined for?”
    For PFT the difference is that Florio does not hate Big Ben, or any of the other players that had illegal blocks on Sunday. Had Favre done anything questionable Florio would be demanding an apology. Another PFT double standard.
    Darth_Bonham says:
    “With new sod just put in over the weekend and the rain/wind, nothing is a lock in kicking field goals in Chicago.
    This article is a reach!”
    Since this is Florio’s new full time day job he can now crank out an amazing volume of posts. And since many are cranked out with limited research, relevant information is often omitted. Interestingly this fits in the PFT speculation category, which is neither latest news nor rumor….

  23. 69ers says: Sep 21, 2009 12:02 PM

    Florio is the master at stirring the pot. This is a non-article/post if I’ve ever seen one.

  24. redsquare says: Sep 21, 2009 12:13 PM

    The Steelers don’t have a kicking problem, they have a relying-way-too-much-on-the-kicker-to-win problem. Reed hasn’t performed well, but the Steelers, if they’re truly the elite team they’re supposed to be, shouldn’t be in these situations week in and week out.
    Just like T.O. being more the canary in the coal mine than the actual root problem in his recent teams, Reed is just helping to expose the deeper issues in this team.
    As for Harrison–dirty on and off the field. Strong, athletic, and fairly despicable. That they’re enabling and covering for him helps explain why they also considered Vick–morality takes second place to the desperate hunt for any edge in today’s NFL.
    The Steelers are suddenly in a dead heat with the Eagles for the ugliest team in the league. It’s too bad.

  25. missy says: Sep 21, 2009 12:18 PM

    @ vox Roethlisberger better get his act together before Tomlin gets canned and the new guy wants his own QB. Talk about overrated, at least Romo has more TDs than INTs this season.
    Where did Ben lose the game, I think Homo better worry about his job, at least ben gets it done in the big game, Ben will go nowhere, but i think teh moon will fall out of the sky before that happens, Homo it a choke artist him and witten ought to stick to packing fudge they are obviously better at that than football

  26. m1k3- says: Sep 21, 2009 12:26 PM

    yet another classic by the one and only mike ‘perez hilton of football’ florio

  27. KaiserSoze says: Sep 21, 2009 12:35 PM

    Hey Vox.
    How many playoff games has Romo won again?
    I forget.

  28. 69ers says: Sep 21, 2009 12:58 PM

    Comparing Romo to Roethlisberger is like comparing a waterhead to a Harvard grad..Romo sux

  29. eam147 says: Sep 21, 2009 1:05 PM

    Take this “stat” Ben has more Super Bowl rings than romo. A cowboys fan needs to stay in the corner until they can find a way to win a “playoff game” so pipe down!!

  30. roadkill says: Sep 21, 2009 1:17 PM

    Reed hasn’t missed a kick in the playoffs since 2002. That’s 10 games including 2 Super Bowls.
    His leash is longer than the transatlantic cable.

  31. footballisking says: Sep 21, 2009 1:20 PM

    Come on Reed isnt going anywhere!!!!!!!! As far as VoxVeritas comment I am going to give him the benefit of the doubt because there is no way that was meant serious……

  32. footballisking says: Sep 21, 2009 1:25 PM

    Reed isnt going anywhere!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. hines86 says: Sep 21, 2009 1:27 PM

    Somebody told me about this site 2 years ago, and I at one point and time it was really good. But all of these off the wall opinionated reaches are just stupid. #1, you get a longer leash as a better player just as you get a longer leash if you are a better employee at a company. #2, Jeff Reed is in no danger of losing his job during this season. He has pretty much made every clutch kick he has tried since joining the Steelers. The guy he replaced in 02 was Todd Peterson who was just awful. It’s a big time stretch to even consider that Reed would just implode and reach the Peterson level. He made 2 bad kicks in less than ideal conditions. I hope that smart football people know how to sift through your awful hypotheticals.

  34. mborz says: Sep 21, 2009 1:38 PM

    Last week it was Willie Parker, now it’s Jeff Reed. Pretty soon, you’ll have the entire first string benched or cut. That would be an awesome way to run a football team: One bad game, and you’re benched or cut. Whatever you’ve done in the past, or no matter how consistently you’ve produced — it doesn’t matter. One bad game and Florio’s going to bring the hammer down on you.

  35. fellasheowed says: Sep 21, 2009 1:40 PM

    florio is in anti-steeler fantasy land on this one as per usual. yes, if jeff reed or any kicker misses a bunch of kicks he will be gone. the towel dispenser is not germaine, and your employing it to claim a double standard vis a vis ced wilson and james harrison is typical of your intentionally shallow understanding of the details…
    ced wilson hit a woman in public, who had previous held a gun and refused to answer the door when the police showed up after a domestic argument. a woman, some say was “well known” in the steeler locker room predating, so to speak wilson’s arrival. compare this to an alledged incident where the charges were dropped, taking place in private, one where james harrison took full responsibility for the argument, if not the reported altercation, again the charges were dropped.
    wilson, didn’t after the woman sent him running from his own house, get his priorities in order, james harrison, by all accounts has. therein lies the real difference. though i guess that does not matter to a carnival barker like florio.

  36. mborz says: Sep 21, 2009 1:42 PM

    VoxVeritas said: “Roethlisberger better get his act together before Tomlin gets canned and the new guy wants his own QB. Talk about overrated, at least Romo has more TDs than INTs this season.”
    Vox was salivating so bad to get his dig in on Roethlisberger that he did it on a story about the kicker.

  37. Child Please! says: Sep 21, 2009 1:55 PM

    Jeff Reed sucks and should be put out to pasture…just like a bovine women of Pittsburgh.

  38. steeler-hater says: Sep 21, 2009 1:57 PM

    What???? The Steelers practicing a double standard?
    I don’t believe that for a minute {eyes rolling}… :P

  39. i'm president charlie! says: Sep 21, 2009 1:57 PM

    Hines and Reed made mistakes early in the season. Both of these guys have been more than reliable over the years, so getting their snafus out of the way early isnt that bad of a thing.
    Nothing is won in week 2. This is only the beginning of the marathon.

  40. cfuska says: Sep 21, 2009 2:04 PM

    One game people. One game.

  41. The Jimmy says: Sep 21, 2009 3:06 PM

    ZombieRevolution says:
    September 21, 2009 11:57 AM
    Twiz says:
    “I was jus watchin SportsCenter and saw a replay of Big Ben’s block. What was different about that block and the one that Favre got fined for?”
    For PFT the difference is that Florio does not hate Big Ben, or any of the other players that had illegal blocks on Sunday. Had Favre done anything questionable Florio would be demanding an apology. Another PFT double standard
    _______________________
    Or it could be that Roethlisberger’s block was legal because it was downfield.

  42. Ravens Fan says: Sep 21, 2009 3:47 PM

    Squeelers a bunch of criminals.
    Reed fits right in.
    Hey Squeeler fans 1-1. No playoffs for the SB chumps this year.

  43. cfuska says: Sep 21, 2009 5:20 PM

    @Ravens Fan
    I’m glad you have the ability to know a team is not going to make the playoffs because they start off 1-1.
    I forget, how many times did your team lose to those “chumps” last year? What does that make your team? Yeah, enough said.

  44. davis1281 says: Sep 21, 2009 6:39 PM

    Ravens Fan says:
    September 21, 2009 3:47 PM
    Squeelers a bunch of criminals.
    Reed fits right in.
    Hey Squeeler fans 1-1. No playoffs for the SB chumps this year
    *******************************************
    Are you realy that stupid? what a dumbass!!!
    Yeah sorry Pittsburg and New England fans your team’s are 1-1 the season is over. I guess if the colts get beat by Miami 2nt there season will be over also.
    another dumbass posting by another dumbass!!!!

  45. missy says: Sep 21, 2009 7:50 PM

    Hey Squeeler fans 1-1. No playoffs for the SB chumps this year
    REPEAT AFTER ME IT WAS ONLY ONE GAME

  46. i'm president charlie! says: Sep 21, 2009 8:18 PM

    Steelers started 2-1 last year. Its easy to argue now that the Steelers offense is better than last year, but the defense has not been doing as well so far this year. 1 sack vs bears, 0 turnovers…how often will that happen this year? my guess is not that often.
    steelers have trouble w/ nfc teams during the season, but not in the post season! lol

  47. PghGurl says: Sep 22, 2009 10:20 AM

    This is the biggest load of nonsense that I have seen written about the Steelers since “maybe they’ll cut Casey Hampton before the season”…oh wait, that was on here too. Florio, stick to ACTUAL football news and rumors and stop posting things you make up in your own little head.

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