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Todd Haley: It’s “feasible” Mike Wallace can play Week One

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Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace is confident that he will be ready to play against the Broncos on Sept. 9, but the call won’t ultimately be up to him.

It will be up to the Steelers coaches to make that call. Coach Mike Tomlin said he wasn’t prepared to discuss Wallace’s status because “he hasn’t done anything other than show up.” Offensive coordinator Todd Haley had a bit more to say about the possibility of Wallace finding his way into the lineup for the opener.

“You’re talking about a guy who’s a wide receiver, a pass-catcher,” Haley said, via Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “It’s not a running back or someone who has to be in the action of the game. I think it’s feasible he’s ready to go when we start this thing up.”

Antonio Brown, who got a contract extension while Wallace, who is expected to return to split end after playing flanker down the stretch last season, was staying away from the team, explained that Wallace could help the offense right away because he can “take the top off” the defense and open things up underneath. Wallace will need to do that in order to land the kind of contract that he wants, but it isn’t the worst place to start for a Steelers offense that certainly looks better when Wallace is a part of it.

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31 Responses to “Todd Haley: It’s “feasible” Mike Wallace can play Week One”
  1. nflofficeadmin says: Aug 29, 2012 12:12 PM

    Wallace must be coming into camp completely deflated. This was a young man getting bad advice, but he’s the one that looks foolish now.

  2. holeinone09 says: Aug 29, 2012 12:14 PM

    If he isn’t in the good shape he says he is, then he has a problem. If he is, then he should be able to play. It’s not like he never took a hit in his life before. He may not be in 100% playing shape or play every play, but good enough to play.

  3. stoogy says: Aug 29, 2012 12:15 PM

    I see haley and wallace screaming at each other a few times this year. It doesnt matter how good a shape wallace is in Ben won’t have time or the accuracy to get wallace the ball. This team is going to loose a lot of games.

  4. 3yardsndust says: Aug 29, 2012 12:30 PM

    He doesn’t know the playbook. If they use him at all, it will be as a decoy.

  5. scotchrocks says: Aug 29, 2012 12:37 PM

    How does Wallace look foolish? He wasn’t holding out on a contract, so he didn’t accumulate any fines. He may not have gotten his extension, but it cost him little to nothing. If anything, he had a Farvian summer vacation.

  6. steelcity1983 says: Aug 29, 2012 12:48 PM

    stoogy says:
    Aug 29, 2012 12:15 PM
    I see haley and wallace screaming at each other a few times this year. It doesnt matter how good a shape wallace is in Ben won’t have time or the accuracy to get wallace the ball. This team is going to loose a lot of games.

    ________________________________

    If Ben won’t have the time or accuracy, how do you explain 171 receptions, 3,206 yards, and 24 TDs in 3 seasons where he has gotten sacked more than any QB in the league?

    Oh well, I guess I don’t mind the Steelers “loosing” games as long as they don’t lose many.

  7. abracadrab says: Aug 29, 2012 12:50 PM

    The probability of Wallace and Haley screaming at each other is really low. Ben is the only player on O that you can honestly see getting into it with Todd.

    Ever since this contract situation has consumed the Steelers’ offseason, people seem to think that Wallace must be a loud mouth, diva WR. That really can’t be much further from the truth. In three years in the league, he’s pretty quiet guy compared to a number of guys that we’ve grown accustomed to, and you all have grown to hate.

    Just a kid getting bad advice.

  8. vasteelerfan says: Aug 29, 2012 12:55 PM

    Just the fact he is on the field will require different coverage. He maybe a decoy he might not be and that is good for the steelers in the short run. By the second or third game his holdout will be old news whether they win or not. Defenses will have to be wary of his ability to get deep even if Ben has to hurry. Glad to have him back!

  9. DubZ480 says: Aug 29, 2012 1:02 PM

    How hard is it to get Wallace ready??

    I would imagine the conversation goes something like this,

    Todd H: Mike, line up on the left and run a go route.

    Mike W: No problem Coach.

    Todd H: Ben, heave it down 60 yards towards Mike.

    Result, 65 yd touchdown.

  10. wirelessguy22 says: Aug 29, 2012 1:13 PM

    Like all steeler transactions, the contract will take care of itself with Colbert and Khan at the helm. …move on, nothing to see here.

    This guy will get 15-20 snaps Sunday, and will get 3-6 targeted throws. Write it down. Being in shape has never been an issue with MW.

  11. steelerstom says: Aug 29, 2012 2:49 PM

    Those of you stating MW got bad advise are incorrect. His agent(Bus Cook)has told him from the start to report to camp and not hold out according to all accounts. This was all MW’s doing. Hopefully he has learned from this situation that he over estimated his value. I like MW and would very much enjoy continuing to watch him as a Steeler, but only if the Steelers don’t overpay. He has some exceptional abilities but yet limited at this point in his career. Deep threat obviously, route runner work in progress, consistency work in progress, blocking in running game work in progress. Each year can bring improvement during training camp unfortunately MW has not afforded himself this, this offseason. When he is a more complete player he may get the money he’s looking for but he has not given himself that opportunity this year to work on his game. The ability is there but proving you can do it consistently isn’t. Play MW learn to be a more complete consistent player and your payday will come. You should have taken the money before they gave it to AB now we don’t know for sure what will happen, but if the Steelers have it there way you will play for 2.7 mil this year and franchise you for about 10 mil next year = 12.7 mil / 2 years that’s 6.35 mil a year. Humm that’s what they were offering you. After those two years if you haven’t got anymore complete and you’ve slowed a step or two your gone anyhow, might as well have signed for the 5 year deal.

  12. stoogy says: Aug 29, 2012 2:55 PM

    steelcity1983
    So wallace avg 57 rec a year, 1068 yards a year, 8 td a year. That is subpar for most number 1 receiver in the lg. Ben numbers are below avg for QB’s in the LG. 21 Td last year with 14 int and 4077 yards, kinda bad stats for a supposedly elite QB. If wallace had a good QB throwing him the ball he would probably get fitz money after this year.

  13. ravenator says: Aug 29, 2012 3:38 PM

    The only thing this guy will contribute will be another addition to the everlasting injury report.

  14. fuzzynuts55 says: Aug 29, 2012 4:27 PM

    Run straight and fast!!

  15. originalsteelcurtain says: Aug 29, 2012 4:33 PM

    Hey stoogy, loose is what happens to your drawers when they get washed too many times.

    “Lose” is what happens to whatever the team you root for does….or do you “route”?

    You should limit your posting to subject matters where you have some knowledge.

    IF you knew anything about Mike Wallace, you would know he won’t be arguing with Haley on the sideline.

    Mike is the #1 deep threat in the league and his holdout won’t change that.

    ESPN pointed out today…nobody has more 20+yd TD’s in the past 3 years than MW.

    A career of 18.3 ypc for MW is sick.

    Only Moss and Jerry Rice have better stats than MW after 3 years.

  16. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Aug 29, 2012 5:13 PM

    Wallace, like any TE or WR, will know the passing tree – and variations of same. He’ll be fine with that.

    However, he will have to get into “football shape.” That is different than merely being “in shape” in the standard context.

    Also, he (and Ben) will have to fine tune the timing factor.

    Lastly, Wallace will need to get comfortable with the new terminology — but that should be easy for an X or a Z receiver. It’s much harder on the quarterback.

    Wallace should be fine.

  17. nickster31 says: Aug 29, 2012 5:15 PM

    FOR STARTERS…

    Wallace may not be in “game shape”, but for the first game or two, he could be used on 2nd and long and 3rd down, until he is in game shape.

    Wallace is one of the best deep threats in the NFL, so as long as he understands what Hailey calls a deep post, then he can learn the rest of the play book as he goes. He DID have a playbook while he was not in Pittsburgh.

    Wallace WILL NOT be getting into any arguments on the side lines, as he is not the type of player (Moss, TO, Ocho).

    For those of you thinking that there is no way the Steelers and Wallace have the time to work out the long term deal, the Steelers don’t negotiate contracts once the season starts, UNLESS they are close to working out the deal already when the season starts. It has happened in the past, with guys like Lavon Kirkland and others, that they were close when the season started, and got the agreement done within the first 2-3 weeks. They won’t START negotiations, but that does not mean they wont finish them.

    When the hold out started, the two sides were $5 million apart on a 5 year deal. If they can close that gap with say more guaranteed money, then this deal could get done once the season starts.

  18. freddieizzyb says: Aug 29, 2012 5:28 PM

    Aug 29, 2012 12:15 PM

    I see haley and wallace screaming at each other a few times this year. It doesnt matter how good a shape wallace is in Ben won’t have time or the accuracy to get wallace the ball. This team is going to loose a lot of games.
    ———————————————————-

    and this foolish comment is based on? Have you ever seen Ben play, he is pretty darn accurate. Just because you HOPE they are going to lose alot of games, logic says otherwise.

  19. yinzgotsix says: Aug 29, 2012 5:46 PM

    originalsteelcurtain: You must know Wallace personally to be so sure him and headcase Haley will not bump heads at all this year. Mike may be the #1 deep threat, but that’s all he’s good for. I would definately want my #1 receiver to be more than a one trick pony. What you’re saying is if MW catches 40 balls this year for an average of 20.0 yards it will be sick and fine with you? Do you think between ESPN and steeler fans talking about how great MW is will help the steelers get him at the right price? All you’re doing is swelling his head and running up the price when you remind him of the Moss/Rice stats, even though he’ll never come close to the careers they have and had.

  20. stlsteelerfan says: Aug 29, 2012 6:19 PM

    Stoogy:
    You enjoy calling Ben a horrible QB, but last time I checked only 2 active QBs have as many rings. Say what you want, but I can count on one hand the number of QBs I’d take in his place. (And believe me, Little Joe “I’m the Best QB in the league” isn’t on that list)

    PS: I already know your argument before you make it: “He didn’t win those rings. The defense did.” or… “It was the refs.”
    A. How have the Ravens done this past decade with an elite D but without a QB who could perform in crunch time?
    B. Refs are a lame fallback for people who don’t like the team who won and don’t want to admit they are better.

  21. yinzgotsix says: Aug 29, 2012 7:12 PM

    Why are all yinz stiller fans getting upset with stoogy for pointing out that Ben is just an average QB with a great defense? You telling me Ben is better than Rodgers, Brees, and Peyton? The only QB better than Ben is Brady cause he got 3 right? You cannot base a players greatness off the # of rings they have. Great QB’s such as Fouts, Marino and Kelly prove this. QB’s such as Hostetler, Brad Johnson, and Dilfer got rings, does that make them better QB’s during their career? Lastly, the Seahawks didn’t stand a chance against the refs in SB 40. Was Ben very clutch in that big game?

  22. freddieizzyb says: Aug 29, 2012 8:23 PM

    Why are all yinz stiller fans getting upset with stoogy for pointing out that Ben is just an average QB with a great defense? You telling me Ben is better than Rodgers, Brees, and Peyton? The only QB better than Ben is Brady cause he got 3 right? You cannot base a players greatness off the # of rings they have. Great QB’s such as Fouts, Marino and Kelly prove this. QB’s such as Hostetler, Brad Johnson, and Dilfer got rings, does that make them better QB’s during their career? Lastly, the Seahawks didn’t stand a chance against the refs in SB 40. Was Ben very clutch in that big game?

    ———————————————————-Because its only the people that hate the steelers that rip every player. Ben is always average, although his stats say different, when he wins SB’s, its always the refs fault. Look, i HATE the ravens, but i never say stupid crap like suggs stinks, lewis is average. Bid Ben is the best QB in the afc north. If people take off the colors and talk football, then they admit it. Troy stinks, our receivers are average, but we make the playoffs almost every year, why is that? WE HAVE GREAT PLAYERS!

  23. yinzgotsix says: Aug 29, 2012 9:04 PM

    Bens stats prove he’s average. Nobody’s saying your defense is overrated.

  24. dontstabmeray says: Aug 29, 2012 9:08 PM

    Steelers live rent free in ravenators tiny little gumdrop head

  25. stoogy says: Aug 30, 2012 12:04 AM

    originalsteelcurtain
    Sorry for the “loose” “lose” misspell I use a touch screen and accidently hit one to many o’s my bad. I think what you don’t understand is that Haley has yelled at other number 1 recievers for making mistakes so what makes you think he won’t have it out with Wallace. I do not rip on ever steeler player just the ones that are over hyped by steeler nation and the media. I believe you have talent on your team. Ben is just an average QB so get over it. Stop trying to make yourself believe he is better then what he is. Ben won two superbowls yes but look who he played. The seahawks they were a bad team that should of never been in the superbowl and randel el had more TD passes in that game then Baby Ben. Then they got lucky and played the cardinals who’s Defense was horrible all year. They were 9-7 getting into the playoffs. Wow you beat two teams in the SB from the horrible NFC west that hasn’t been a good division sense the rams in 99.

  26. birkicht12 says: Aug 30, 2012 9:06 AM

    stoogy says:
    Aug 29, 2012 12:15 PM
    I see haley and wallace screaming at each other a few times this year. It doesnt matter how good a shape wallace is in Ben won’t have time or the accuracy to get wallace the ball. This team is going to loose a lot of games.

    ________________________________________________

    I have seen plenty of dumb comments here, but this is just idiotic. I am a die hard steelers fan so my view may be biased, but at the same time I am not a big fan of big Ben. At the same time you have to realize the man knows how to play football and aside from the amount of time he holds the ball he is a great QB. As for Wallace, I don’t like the idea of his hold out but he has been working on route running and training with multiple trainers and should be as good as ever this season. The steelers as a whole have an explosive receiving core and a backfield with plenty of options. The defense will be as good as ever and they will probably be in the playoffs again.

    I’m not entirely sure which steelers you are looking at but it can’t be Pittsburgh

  27. stoogy says: Aug 30, 2012 10:09 AM

    What running backs on the steelers are good? I know your not talking about Dwyer, redman the small shrimp rainey and Mendenhall because not one of them are any good at all. So did they trade for MJD? There is 40 RB in the Lg better then any of those guys. Not one of them would be a starter on any other team. If the steelers do make the playoffs it will be thanks to dick lebeau defensive schemes, which has carried the team for years.

  28. blackgolddomination says: Aug 30, 2012 8:56 PM

    Funny, those that say the defense is the only thing getting the Steelers in the playoffs every year would point to a team with a poor defense and say that it’s because of the defense that they didn’t have a winning record. Winning teams are balanced. All defense does not win consistently, all offense does not win consistently. The Steelers ARE the most elite balanced NFL franchise – and they always will be. Pick ‘em apart all ya want. They will keep on winning and you’ll keep on crying like babies.

  29. psychosteeler says: Aug 31, 2012 7:11 PM

    sorry stoogy but ive seen rainey running away from the whole field every game so far?idiot.and 4000 yards a year passing isnt average.go stick your touch screen up your stupid ass and learn to type like any other human who isnt a lazy uneducated moron like you.

  30. rdubbz says: Sep 1, 2012 3:51 AM

    Are you guys all kidding me? The average life span of a pro football player is less than 3 years. These guys are mostly 20 year olds and have to plan for their futures after football. Wallace lights it up almost every game and if he doesn’t his presence is turning Brown or Saunders loose. The kid is looking out for his future and he deserves more money.

    And for the morons who are chastising the receiving corp, find one LEGITIMATE new crew that won’t tell you that this is one of the elite receiving corps in the league. Those that say the Steelers aren ‘t balance? R U KIDDING ME? How many times have you seen Ben throw more that 25 x’s a game? C’mon Brady and Manning are throwing 30-45 times a game. Give me a break.

  31. rdubbz says: Sep 1, 2012 3:54 AM

    And for you Ravens fans. C’mon, your quarterback can’t win the big one, haven’t you figured that out yet? Oh and congrats on the FIRST and most likely LAST time that you will beat the Steelers 3x’s in one season. What a joke, the Ravens have had their asses handed to them for over a decade and now they have one or two good seasons.

    GET OVER YOURSELVES. Flacco is a CHOKER

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