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.

48 responses to “Steelers cut Zoltan Mesko, sign Mat McBriar

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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…

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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?

  9. 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

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

  11. 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.

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

  13. notice how this kind of stuff only happens in Pittsburgh

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

  14. 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.

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

  16. 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!

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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?

  20. 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. 😀

    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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