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Steelers cut Zoltan Mesko, sign Mat McBriar

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The Steelers have made yet another change.

This one’s not nearly as dramatic as some of the others, as the team announced they had waived punter Zoltan Mesko, and replaced him with veteran Mat McBriar.

The Steelers signed Mesko on Sept. 2 after the Patriots cut him, but coach Mike Tomlin pointed to his inconsistency (and having one blocked Sunday at Oakland couldn’t have helped).

“The punting has been very similar to how it’s been the previous weeks and really how I kind of characterize it, he’s had his moments, positively and negatively,” Tomlin said in quotes distributed by the team. “He’s been inconsistent and that’s not good enough. He needs to perform better.

“But along with the obvious negativity in the game, I thought he rebounded well and really finished the game strong with some quality punts, particularly a couple that were downed, one was downed inside the one or two-yard line. It was a leg-up in the waning moments of the game as we tried to work our way back into it.”

McBriar was last with the Eagles, and spent eight years with the Cowboys.

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48 Responses to “Steelers cut Zoltan Mesko, sign Mat McBriar”
  1. z06vision says: Oct 29, 2013 4:22 PM

    Now we are making some drastic moves. Watch out NE :(

  2. matt14gg says: Oct 29, 2013 4:24 PM

    No surprise here. Mesko was a popular player in New England (he does a LOT of charity work), but he was not a very good punter.

  3. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Oct 29, 2013 4:25 PM

    Isn’t that the fortune-telling machine at the carnival in “Big”?

  4. daysend564 says: Oct 29, 2013 4:26 PM

    Almost as exciting as the fat guy to NE.

  5. Joemontanaflacco says: Oct 29, 2013 4:27 PM

    He’ll be the hardest working man on that team.

  6. ravanator says: Oct 29, 2013 4:28 PM

    And the steel city continues to melt into oblivion. Don’t worry all you band wagon Steeler fans (bobzilla and deb) the Broncos are doing good this year, you can jump on their bandwagon!

    #ravensownthesteelers
    #ravens2ringsbetterthentheallrest
    #ravensdynasty

  7. surfinbird1 says: Oct 29, 2013 4:29 PM

    Scapegoat.

  8. citizenstrange says: Oct 29, 2013 4:32 PM

    The kid from “30 Rock?”

  9. calhounlambeau says: Oct 29, 2013 4:33 PM

    Mike Tomlin doesn’ have a lot to work with, the roster has eroded. I don’t like how he’s bailing himself out by putting down players publicly. He doesn’t know how to handle this situation with the media.

  10. borisbulldog says: Oct 29, 2013 4:33 PM

    Zoltan Mesko?

    Wasn’t that the guy that was on the TV series Taxi?

  11. borisbulldog says: Oct 29, 2013 4:36 PM

    Ravanator?

    HaHa. Along with the Squealer’s wishy washy fans, get ready for Rat fans to sell their Stabbin’ RayRay jersey’s when your team finishes with 6 wins!

  12. isphet71 says: Oct 29, 2013 4:40 PM

    I thought he was the guy on the third bar stool in from Phil on Cheers.

  13. dachozen1 says: Oct 29, 2013 4:41 PM

    Wake me up win they fire Haley and get rid of his elementary playbook. This is not your GrandPa’s NFL, teams are not doing the 2 yds and cloud of dust thing. The run, run and pass era may be over…

  14. jiveturkeygobbler says: Oct 29, 2013 4:45 PM

    You don’t mess with the Zoltan.

  15. deejayehn says: Oct 29, 2013 4:46 PM

    Zoltan doesn’t open the sky anymoar?

  16. bordner says: Oct 29, 2013 4:49 PM

    This team’s a mess.

  17. steelerfanjo says: Oct 29, 2013 4:55 PM

    Tomlin has become clueless.

  18. joewilliesshnoz says: Oct 29, 2013 4:57 PM

    They should of had a fire sale today, starting with their quarterback, Big Bum. He woulda looked good in a Jaguars uniform on Sunday.

  19. pskotte says: Oct 29, 2013 4:59 PM

    Super Bowl, here we come!

  20. getyourownname says: Oct 29, 2013 5:11 PM

    Interesting. I always thought a player must have had access to the playbook (either offense or defense) of his former team in order to be a source of information about an opponent. But maybe the Steelers are angling for advantage from rare inside info about the upcoming opponent’s special teams.

  21. steelersaregodsteam says: Oct 29, 2013 5:24 PM

    On the march to 7.

    The rest of the league stands in awe.

  22. steelcurtainn says: Oct 29, 2013 5:29 PM

    McBriar will be the difference maker in sweeping the Ravens…..

  23. cheffyglenn says: Oct 29, 2013 5:30 PM

    @ravanator: How do the Ratbirds own us when we just beat you back to back times idiot. Death to ravanator.

  24. teal379 says: Oct 29, 2013 5:37 PM

    steelersaregodsteam says: Oct 29, 2013 5:24 PM

    On the march to 7.

    The rest of the league stands in awe.

    The march to what, 7 losses?

  25. pittsburghfan71 says: Oct 29, 2013 5:38 PM

    ravanator says:
    Oct 29, 2013 4:28 PM
    And the steel city continues to melt into oblivion. Don’t worry all you band wagon Steeler fans (bobzilla and deb) the Broncos are doing good this year, you can jump on their bandwagon!

    #ravensownthesteelers
    #ravens2ringsbetterthentheallrest
    #ravensdynasty

    ___________________
    We may not be very good but we beat your team… So I guess what you are trying to say is that your team sucks worse…

    #SteelerNation
    #SteelersBeatTheRavens
    #RatherLoseAllTheRestOfOurGamesIfWeBeatRavensTwice

  26. td40 says: Oct 29, 2013 5:51 PM

    Changed punters?

    SUPER BOWL!

  27. db105 says: Oct 29, 2013 5:59 PM

    steelerfanjo says:
    Tomlin has become clueless.
    ———————————————————————————–
    Tomlin has been clueless since day one. He’s just another George Seifert and Barry Switzer.

  28. steel2372 says: Oct 29, 2013 6:42 PM

    ravanator says: Oct 29, 2013 4:28 PM

    And the steel city continues to melt into oblivion. Don’t worry all you band wagon Steeler fans (bobzilla and deb) the Broncos are doing good this year, you can jump on their bandwagon!

    #ravensownthesteelers

    —————————————————
    You dont own the Steelers in anything.

  29. pens5829 says: Oct 29, 2013 6:44 PM

    More Raven trolls out. You do realize you lost to a pathetic Steeler team. Right???

  30. pens5829 says: Oct 29, 2013 6:47 PM

    Joemontanaflacco??? Flacco’s not even qualified to carry Montana’s jock strap. What an idiot you are!?!?

  31. 32assassin says: Oct 29, 2013 6:59 PM

    notice how this kind of stuff only happens in Pittsburgh

    any unemployed player is better than what’s on their current roster.

  32. kjoseph2009 says: Oct 29, 2013 7:13 PM

    ZOLTAN can become the Pirates official ZOLTAN POWER & bat boy next spring.
    It’s all good

  33. kjoseph2009 says: Oct 29, 2013 7:15 PM

    Help the ship is sinking fast.

  34. lanman11 says: Oct 29, 2013 7:18 PM

    This is a prime example of what happens when you try and placate the media Coach….

    The move was made now because they figure the Pats know his weaknesses and would take advantage. He was actually pretty solid as a rookie but fell off from there.

  35. der6495 says: Oct 29, 2013 7:19 PM

    Zoltan! (Makes Z with hands)

  36. kjoseph2009 says: Oct 29, 2013 7:20 PM

    ZOLTAN can find a new gig next spring w/ the MLB Pirates club , as their official ZOLTAN POWER mascot & assistant bat boy.

  37. 700levelvet says: Oct 29, 2013 7:22 PM

    This is a team where the Punter has a chance to be team MVP…

  38. junglerat524 says: Oct 29, 2013 7:24 PM

    Next week:

    TEBOW!!!!!!

  39. quittsburghstoolers says: Oct 29, 2013 7:37 PM

    Pittsburgh fans should be happy that the Steelers finally fixed their team’s only problem. Nothing can stop them now.

    11-5 here they come!

  40. bobzilla1001 says: Oct 29, 2013 8:17 PM

    Tomlin made those comments about Mesko at his weekly presser on Tuesday. While Tomlin was critical of Mesko, he gave zero indication that he would be released.
    But changing punters is nothing out of norm for Tomlin, who once upon a time wasted a fourth-round draft pick on a punter, who punted so much for Bruce Arians’ powerhouse offense, he wound up requiring two surgeries.

  41. youcallthatreporting says: Oct 29, 2013 8:30 PM

    Wow. No snarky comment required. This one just speaks for itself…ok maybe one snarky comment:

    How about you fix the rest of the team so you don’t have to punt so much!!!!

  42. cannonballdookie says: Oct 29, 2013 8:54 PM

    They only signed him because of the novelty of his name and how it went with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and now that their season is over, no point in keeping around a mediocre punter.

  43. aljack88 says: Oct 29, 2013 8:54 PM

    steelersaregodsteam says:
    Oct 29, 2013 5:24 PM
    On the march to 7.

    ———————————————

    The Combine starts March 7 in Indy? Steelers looking to pick in the top 5 next draft?

  44. mrlaloosh says: Oct 29, 2013 9:14 PM

    Tomlin. The poster boy for the Rooney Rule gone bad.

  45. orlandodawg says: Oct 29, 2013 9:21 PM

    Zoltan??? What is he doing in the NFL? I thought Zoltan was one of the Cobra Commanders henchmen in GI JOE???

  46. Joemontanaflacco says: Oct 29, 2013 10:28 PM

    Love how Ravanator is making fools of you all. Doesn’t take much, obviously.

  47. olcap says: Oct 30, 2013 10:57 AM

    I guess Mike Tomlin’s giant brain couldn’t tell that he was inconsistent before signing him, huh?

  48. CKL says: Oct 30, 2013 12:29 PM

    I’ve never thought Tomlin was a good hire and it’s nice to see that more Steelers fans are able to criticize the guy. People HATE BB but he wouldn’t even dream of downtalking a player to the media. No coach should. It’s bush league. The defense slips just a tiny bit and Tomlin can’t right the ship. I’ve always said let’s see how he does as a HC once LeBeau retires. That will be the true test of how good he is.

    One thing is for sure, any Steelers fans who doesn’t like the guy probably has a long long loooooonnnnnnggggg wait until they get another HC.

    As aPats fan I admit that I thouhgt BB kept Allen over Mesko mainly for financial reasons (the performances didn’t merit paying Mesko so much over Allen, I mean). But it loooks like BB was right all along. Imagine that, he knows more thana fan. :D

    It’s a shame though because Mesko is a good dude. He will be one player who may make more money outside the NFL than inside. He’s a brilliant guy.

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