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Eric Steinbach calls it a career

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Eric Steinbach’s comeback attempt has come to an end.

Dolphins coach Joe Philbin opened up his Wednesday press conference by announcing that Steinbach has decided to retire after nine seasons in the NFL. The news likely doesn’t come as much surprise to Hard Knocks watchers since they saw the guard tell Philbin that he wasn’t playing as well as he used to during this week’s installment.

Steinbach missed all of last season with a back injury that still seemed to be affecting his play. Before the injury, Steinbach started 124 of the 125 games he played with the Bengals and Browns between 2003 and 2010. Steinbach, a third second-round pick in 2003, played for Philbin during his college days at Iowa and got a nice sendoff from the coach.

“I think a lot of him. I remember when he was 18 years old and it was like pulling teeth from him to get him to move from tight end,” Philbin said, via Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “He should have no regrets. He’s had an excellent career.”

Steinbach’s departure means that Richie Incognito and Artis Hicks will most likely remain as the starters at left and right guard for the Dolphins this season.

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17 Responses to “Eric Steinbach calls it a career”
  1. fin72 says: Aug 22, 2012 2:22 PM

    The Philbin connection is the only reason he got signed to Miami in the first place. Guy is so damaged and washed up he has no business playing anymore.

  2. mrcosio says: Aug 22, 2012 2:22 PM

    So that poor rookie guard got cut for no reason

  3. realitypolice says: Aug 22, 2012 2:31 PM

    I remember watching that scene and thinking that it appeared those guys knew each other very well, and I wondered why that would be since Philbin didn’t coach where Steinbach played in the NFL.

    Now, with the Iowa connection, it makes sense.

  4. samoanjungle says: Aug 22, 2012 2:38 PM

    He was a second round pick of the Bengals.
    He didn’t look to be the same guy. He was near Pro-Bowl level for a few years. That is, until he went to Cleveland and they killed his spirit haha.

  5. 1buckeye76 says: Aug 22, 2012 2:38 PM

    Good luck to you Steinbach. I hated when the Browns nabbed you from Cincy via free agency. Always seemed a classy guy.

  6. stubbyjones says: Aug 22, 2012 2:47 PM

    Congrats ! Incognito on the other hand, is a wingnut with certifiable psych issues. You want linemen a little nuts, but this guy is an absolute tool who will go off this year..

  7. nolahxc says: Aug 22, 2012 3:04 PM

    Thanks for spoiling next week’s episode!

  8. tree3383 says: Aug 22, 2012 3:05 PM

    Great player. Great person.

  9. hedphurst says: Aug 22, 2012 3:06 PM

    Best of luck to Steinbach in his post-NFL career. It was fun watching him team up with Joe Thomas to form one of the best left sides of any NFL O-line. I was sad to see the Browns let him go, and hope that he’s able to make a successful analysis or coaching career for himself now that his playing days are over.

  10. phinfan says: Aug 22, 2012 3:09 PM

    David Garrard.. Steinback… Ocho.

    Good pick ups IRELAND… our team is self destructing on its very own.

  11. rowdymon says: Aug 22, 2012 3:10 PM

    He was a stand-up guy during those interviews on Hard Knocks. He was battling but felt he wasn’t where he used to be and was honest with Philbin about it. When he wasn’t injured he was a solid player. Best of luck.

  12. theralph2012 says: Aug 22, 2012 3:19 PM

    You could tell this is coming during his chat with Philbin when he said “I don’t wanna say the word retirement but…”

  13. chesslungo says: Aug 22, 2012 3:25 PM

    I thought all he needed was a cold tub and a smoke?

  14. dolphincritic says: Aug 22, 2012 4:34 PM

    It’s nice to see a friend help a guy who was done go out on his own terms. Let’s unload some more sick, lame & lazy in preparation for the next wave of free agents hitting the market. We need safeties, wide receivers and offensive lineman. H

  15. suhdidntstompanyone says: Aug 22, 2012 5:55 PM

    I’m sorry but Richie Incognito sounds like a made up name. Like Guy Incognito, Homer’s English look alike from the Simpsons.

  16. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Aug 22, 2012 6:05 PM

    Um…..is Braylon Edwards still in the building?

  17. voyager6 says: Aug 22, 2012 7:58 PM

    Not a hall of famer, but good lineman. Hope Cleveland lets him retire on a one day contract.

    Not sure Cincy would offer it, the way he left and later made issues with Cincy while a Brown, the first couple of times they played.

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