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Steelers bid farewell to Jeff Reed in less than 50 words

The Pittsburgh Steelers officially have cut long-time kicker Jeff Reed.  They did so with less than 50 words, in an oh-by-the-way addition to the press release announcing the arrival of new kicker Shaun Suisham.

“To make room for Suisham, the Steelers released kicker Jeff Reed,” the team said in a press release.  “Reed was in his ninth year with the team in 2010, but was just 15 of 22 on field goal attempts this season.  Reed ranks second in team history with 919 career points (307 PATs, 204 FGs).”

Sheesh.  If he were the third leading scorer in team history, would they have even mentioned the move at all?

The terse treatment that Reed received confirms that the team had simply had enough of him.  As if the Steelers needed him to shank a 26-yard field goal on Sunday night in a game they were going to lose anyway to convince them that the man who plays one of the most fungible positions in football was more trouble than he’s worth.

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45 Responses to “Steelers bid farewell to Jeff Reed in less than 50 words”
  1. spudzzzz says: Nov 16, 2010 1:35 PM

    Wow….that is about as unprofessional as it gets. Regardless what they think of the guy, he was there for 9 years! Yeesh!

  2. alewatcher says: Nov 16, 2010 1:37 PM

    Talk about two-faced. The Steelers put up with Reed’s crap as long as he produced, even to the point of franchising him. As soon as his production falls off, they cut him. The Steelers talk about “character” but it’s exactly that – talk. Thugs and idiots are fine as long as they produce.

  3. PFTiswhatitis says: Nov 16, 2010 1:38 PM

    fungible!

  4. 4sacroc says: Nov 16, 2010 1:40 PM

    Love it.

    Just get out, pal.

  5. onewinningdrive says: Nov 16, 2010 1:42 PM

    Suisham is not the answer. The stadium is absolutely horrible to kick in. Check visiting kickers success rate.

  6. khblurkin says: Nov 16, 2010 1:51 PM

    Let’s not pretend Reed didn’t miss some KEY field goals in games the Steelers could have won. He wasn’ t worth keeping.

  7. murraysons says: Nov 16, 2010 1:58 PM

    dolphins can their ST coach after losing to the pats. now the steelers can their longtime kicker after losing to the pats. seems like NE does a good job exposing weaknesses. also wordpress sucks, pale face lives!

  8. luvthatdirtywatah says: Nov 16, 2010 2:00 PM

    Florio needs a hug…always looking for the personal attack in everything.

  9. jackhall00 says: Nov 16, 2010 2:07 PM

    “Character and Class” only matter to the Steelers if you are a scrub. Then they cut you.

  10. bdrunk says: Nov 16, 2010 2:09 PM

    alewatcher says:
    Nov 16, 2010 1:37 PM
    Talk about two-faced. The Steelers put up with Reed’s crap as long as he produced, even to the point of franchising him. As soon as his production falls off, they cut him. The Steelers talk about “character” but it’s exactly that – talk. Thugs and idiots are fine as long as they produce.
    ——————————
    ALL he has to do is kick. When he’s not doing that anymore, buh-bye. Should the Steelers have kept him? Name a team that would’ve kept him after missing 7 fg’s in 9 games.
    Imagine that. A player whose production drops getting cut. Who’da thunk it. The mighty P*triots parted ways with Randy F’n Moss this season under similar circumstances. Did you mount your high horse for that too?

  11. mcnutty25 says: Nov 16, 2010 2:10 PM

    It’s a results based business and he didn’t produce. Even without his history of absurd antics, Reed would’ve been shown the door.

  12. nickster2k says: Nov 16, 2010 2:12 PM

    Reed was in a huge slump (although a lot of his misses were from over 45), but I sure don’t think Suissham is the answer. They should have held on to him for a little while more to see if he could regain his form.

    Arians should have been the one let go. The real problem is their horrible red zone productivity.

  13. andyprough says: Nov 16, 2010 2:16 PM

    He lost a couple of games for them last year, including the Chicago game, that would have put the Steelers in the playoffs. He should not have been kept this past off-season. He should thank the organization for the additional 9-games and all that gravy franchise tag money this season

  14. Deb says: Nov 16, 2010 2:18 PM

    If Florio posted “Steelers donate $5 billion to charity,” you clowns would complain that it wasn’t a good charity and say “Yeah but they have thugs on their team.” Can you spell predictable? LOL

    spudzzz, you must not work for a living. In most corporations, you can be a dedicated worker for 25 years, be fired, and get nothing for your trouble but a security escort from the building. Reed made millions of dollars to do a relatively simple job that he’s botched for two years while letting himself get out of shape, causing repeated trouble off field, whining about the ownership to the the press, and complaining about the fans. Since neither he nor his agent was smart enough to know better, he’s now learned a valuable lesson in workplace etiquette.

    alewatcher, apparently you’re just stupid. Yes, most companies keep employees as long as they continue to produce. When they no longer produce, they get fired. This is especially true when they cost millions of dollars. Every team in the league has at least one player who’s had a domestic incident or run-in with the law. Whether a team chooses to keep those players depends on the seriousness of the run-in and the value of the player. Business 101. We currently have no players with felony records. The evidence shows Roethlisberger was falsely accused, which is why he was never even arrested. How about telling us your team? I’ll look up the scoop on your players?

    @murraysons …

    Having trouble with your posting name in WordPress? I can tell you have to fix it.

  15. Fiori says: Nov 16, 2010 2:41 PM

    Getting rid of Jeff Reed was a good start. He is mediocre, and a goof. That said, this should be the start of a housekeeping process ending with Bruce Arians being told that “we wish him well in his future endeavors”.

    Pittsburgh came out flat against New England. The Patriots were energized while the Steelers were confused. They appeared to lack confidence, and it all starts with coaching.

    Showing Jeff Reed out the front gate will not solve their problems against the better teams. They play reasonably well against teams in the lower tier, but when they go up against the “big boys” the weaknesses become more apparent.

    Not hater…a lifelong Steeler fan!

  16. kirkandhanh says: Nov 16, 2010 2:43 PM

    terse treatment?? Reed was a cancer to the team on and off the field. If he was more mature he would have kept all his comments and actions to himself.

  17. kisstherings says: Nov 16, 2010 2:46 PM

    what else were they supposed to say about him??

  18. alewatcher says: Nov 16, 2010 2:48 PM

    #
    bdrunk says: Nov 16, 2010 2:09 PM

    alewatcher says:
    Nov 16, 2010 1:37 PM
    Talk about two-faced. The Steelers put up with Reed’s crap as long as he produced, even to the point of franchising him. As soon as his production falls off, they cut him. The Steelers talk about “character” but it’s exactly that – talk. Thugs and idiots are fine as long as they produce.
    ——————————
    ALL he has to do is kick. When he’s not doing that anymore, buh-bye. Should the Steelers have kept him? Name a team that would’ve kept him after missing 7 fg’s in 9 games.
    Imagine that. A player whose production drops getting cut. Who’da thunk it. The mighty P*triots parted ways with Randy F’n Moss this season under similar circumstances. Did you mount your high horse for that too?
    —————-

    My point was that they should have cut him last year. Between his off-field misadventures, on-field screwups (like watching as kick returners blow past him), he really wasn’t worth keeping anyway. Guess I wasn’t clear on that part.

  19. gridironman says: Nov 16, 2010 3:07 PM

    It a press release, not an obituary. Short and sweet is the right way to go. The newspapers and internet pot-stirrers will have plenty for everyone to read if they need more.

  20. gridironman says: Nov 16, 2010 3:07 PM

    It’s a press release, not an obituary. Short and sweet is the right way to go. The newspapers and internet pot-stirrers will have plenty for everyone to read if they need more.

  21. stuartscottslefteye says: Nov 16, 2010 3:13 PM

    Perhaps the Jets will sign “Beer Muscles.”

  22. gooboy6 says: Nov 16, 2010 3:14 PM

    kisstherings has it right…what else do you say? the guy is gone and he should keep his pie-hole shut at his next gig if he is lucky enough to get one

  23. jimmy1smith says: Nov 16, 2010 3:17 PM

    He’s a kicker, its not like he is a real football player.

  24. pervyoccam says: Nov 16, 2010 3:35 PM

    alewatcher says: Nov 16, 2010 1:37 PM

    “Talk about two-faced. The Steelers put up with Reed’s crap as long as he produced…..As soon as his production falls off, they cut him.”

    So, basically, they did what every other professional sports team does?

    Oh, the horror.

  25. buckeye044 says: Nov 16, 2010 3:37 PM

    Deb is my hero

  26. dcbassguy says: Nov 16, 2010 3:37 PM

    His comments/actions were as class-less as the organizations. The Steelers should have been more professional about his release, but after his actions, he didn’t deserve it. How long before the Jets sign him? He’s a blessing compared to Folk.

  27. billygoat21 says: Nov 16, 2010 3:37 PM

    @ Deb

    How did you fix it? I used to have billygoat as my name. now it won’t recognize my password or email.

  28. pastabelly says: Nov 16, 2010 3:43 PM

    I’d take him over Shayne Graham. Maybe Belichick should give him a look.

  29. steelers6pack says: Nov 16, 2010 3:53 PM

    Reed sucked and kickers are a dime a dozen. Steelers will draft a kicker in round 4 or 5 in the draft.

  30. ibikedmtwashington says: Nov 16, 2010 3:57 PM

    In 2010, Jeff Reed was 15 for 22 (68%) on FGs. His opponents, same fields, same conditions, were 17 for 21 (81%) FGs. No one can kick at Heinz Field except JR? Wrong. This year, opponents at Heinz have hit 7 out of 9 (78%) whereas JR hit 4 for 9 (44%). But we’re not making any excuses. Also, his ability to drive the ball deep has always always been questioned. This year on 40 kickoffs by the opponents to the Steelers, 13 have made the end zone (33%) and seven have stayed there (18%) for touchbacks. Of Reed’s 45 kickoffs, nine have reached the end zone (20%) and four have stayed there (9%) for touchbacks. But for his career, he is one for one (100%) in busting up paper towel dispensers. I wish him luck and thank him for nine years (I said it in 10 words).

  31. mean13 says: Nov 16, 2010 3:59 PM

    The Rooneys are the turd owners of the NFL. Badmouth the NFL (Polamalu) – no problem. Rape chicks and feed alcohol to minors – okay by them. Filthiest cheap shot artists in the game (Ward, Harrison) – ignore it. But badmouth their organization and you are gone.

  32. trollaikman8 says: Nov 16, 2010 4:00 PM

    They know Steeler nation doesn’t read beyond 50 words.

  33. 8dollarbeer says: Nov 16, 2010 4:20 PM

    Did Ben rape him on the way out the door?When it comes out in the civil trial that Ben did in fact rape Jeff Reed; Deb will find a way to explain it to everyone so we understand he didnt mean to, its just that Ben and all of “Steeler-Nation” are misunderstood. :)

  34. somesome says: Nov 16, 2010 4:21 PM

    billygoat21 says:
    Nov 16, 2010 3:37 PM
    @ Deb

    How did you fix it? I used to have billygoat as my name. now it won’t recognize my password or email.
    ———————————-

    you still have to log in with billygoat21 but you can change your display name, top bar, my account, edit my profile …..

  35. help me says: Nov 16, 2010 4:21 PM

    After Reed destroyed the bathroom hands dryer, dude was on a short leash. Then he ran his mouth. A huge ho-no. I can’t believe people are making excuses for the guy.

  36. Deb says: Nov 16, 2010 4:26 PM

    @mean13 …

    Ah yes … the moral authority speaks … pure garbage.

    The first chick who accused Roethlisberger also sent texts saying she wanted to see him again. A year later she sued for $3 million. Hell hath no fury like a one-niter who didn’t get a callback. The medical exam showed the Milledgeville accuser didn’t even have intercourse. That’s why the prosecutor said he couldn’t prove penetration. Witnesses working in at least three clubs said she was buying her own drinks and chasing after the guy all night, inviting him back to her place. She was a 20-year-old woman, not a minor. The Vegas chick was older than Ben.

    Defenses hate Ward because he’s the only receiver with the nerve to hit back. And even Emperor Goodell said Harrison’s not a cheap-shot artist.

    You must be honored, though. Joan Jett once wrote a song for you. It’s called “Hey, Little Liar.”

  37. ejtowne says: Nov 16, 2010 4:34 PM

    What an organization!! Reed may have pave his own way out of the door, but c’mon…
    Second in scoring of all time and this is how you send him off? I’ve seen my team send off the 25th in scoring in better fashion than Pittsburgh did with Reed. If you are a Steelers fan, paper or plastic? P.S. By the way, paper is easier to breathe with.

  38. Deb says: Nov 16, 2010 4:36 PM

    @billygoat21 …

    You mean the new PFT wouldn’t recognize your old account info? That’s because they switched to WordPress so you had to re-register. Now that you’ve done that, look at the top left of the PFT screen to the WordPress toolbar. Click on My Account. Then from the drop-down menu, click Edit My Profile. On that page, you’ll see your username–that’s the name you log in with. But if you scroll down, you’ll see a line that says “Display Name Publicly As” and you can write your old PFT name in there just the way you had it with spaces, capital letters, etc. Then save the profile and you’re all set.

  39. Deb says: Nov 16, 2010 4:37 PM

    @buckeye044 …

    Thanks :)

  40. steeelfann says: Nov 16, 2010 5:34 PM

    Somewhere, some place, Percy Harvin is relieved that the brutal Jeff Reed has been tossed overboard. Wheeeewwwwwwwww.

  41. steeelfann says: Nov 16, 2010 5:37 PM

    Also, those who are whining that the Steelers did not give him a BJ upon his firing, please look into Mr. Reed’s background extensively. They stuck with him and then as a thank-you, he ran his big mouth about his money situation, etc. Karma man, karma.

    Check it out.

  42. genxlogic says: Nov 16, 2010 6:07 PM

    He’s missed 7 field goals already. He isn’t the Jeff Reed we’ve come to know. The money issue was in his head, and it wasn’t getting out. He wasn’t elected Captain this year. Something ‘s wrong. The change needed to be made. He’s had 8 games to get out of his slump. How many more do you want to give him? He most likely would’ve cost us a playoff spot if he kept going as he was. It was time. Suisham? We’ll see. Florio, 50 words is plenty:)

  43. tobiasjodter says: Nov 16, 2010 6:44 PM

    Ummm… the press release was not the only comment given by the Steelers organization… I heard Mike Tomlin say a few nice things about Reed this afternoon when he was talking to the media at his press conference.

    The Jeff Reed of 2002-2008 is going to be hard to replace. The Jeff Reed of the last 1 and 1/2 years… how do they say… “not so much”.

    I know I sure won’t miss those kick-offs or his hand wave tackling on returns.

    Whether Suisham works out or not I can’t blame the Steelers for letting Reed go.

  44. slammer69 says: Nov 16, 2010 8:41 PM

    “BYE!!!!”

  45. dylang22 says: Nov 29, 2010 4:58 PM

    No matter what everyone thinks i think Jeff Reed was a good kicker for the 9 years. He did a lot for Pittsburgh and no one can forget that.

    I like Jeff Reed but if we play him at where ever he goes we will HURT him BAD!!!!!!!!!!!

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