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Steelers cut erratic kicker Jeff Reed

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by wrbanwal, Nov 16, 2010.

  1. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    DO IT AJ!!!



    Pittsburgh Steelers cut erratic kicker Jeff Reed, sign Shaun Suisham - ESPN


    PITTSBURGH -- For eight years, the Steelers tolerated Jeff Reed's off-field incidents and had no issues with his platinum-dyed hair and quirkiness. What they couldn't forgive were his misses.

    Reed, who began the season as one of the 10 most accurate kickers in NFL history but has been erratic all season, was cut Tuesday and replaced by former Redskins and Cowboys kicker Shaun Suisham.

    Suisham was signed immediately after working out at Heinz Field, where Reed blamed the slippery, unstable turf for his 26-yard miss Sunday against the Patriots.

    "It's unlike other positions where you can simply bench someone and go to their backup," coach Mike Tomlin said. "There's only one kicker on a football team, so you don't make a decision lightly when you have to make a move. We're very respectful of the cumulative body of work by Jeff here, but at this time we felt it was appropriate to make a change."

    The Steelers won two Super Bowls with Reed, who was 8 for 8 during the 2005 and 2008 playoffs. He had one of his best seasons last year, going 27 of 31, but has struggled since, missing twice during a 15-9, season-opening overtime victory over Atlanta.

    Reed has missed seven of 22 attempts overall, including all four between the 40- and 49-yard lines. He was 4 of 9 at Heinz Field, where swirling winds and mushy grass make kicking difficult.

    Reed's biggest misses came from 49 and 45 yards when the Steelers (6-3) lost 17-14 to rival Baltimore (6-3) in a potentially pivotal AFC North game Oct. 3.

    The 31-year-old Reed already has nearly as many misses this season as he did in 2008 and 2009 combined.

    "Some big kicks, I've missed some important kicks," Reed said following the Steelers' 39-26 loss to New England. "It's sports. It's not an excuse, but it's life. You can't sit back and say, man, you've been an 85 percent [kicker] and now you're whatever percentage. I've lost track. It hurts me that I don't help this team get points."

    Rather than giving Reed the multiyear contract he wanted, the Steelers designated Reed as their franchise player last offseason and signed him to a $2.8 million, one-year contract -- the average salary for the top five players at his position.

    Following his chip-shot miss against the Patriots, Reed partly blamed Heinz Field's unstable grass for his erratic season. Stadium workers were seen after the game tromping down pieces of turf that had come loose.

    "If you've played in any kind of sports in your life, you realize that what we play on is not very good turf," said Reed, who signed with Pittsburgh following a midseason tryout in 2002.

    Reed also criticized some fans for being overly critical.

    The Canadian-born Suisham, 28, kicked at Bowling Green before beginning his NFL career with Dallas in 2005. He became the Redskins' kicker late in the 2006 season and held the job throughout 2007 and 2008.

    Suisham was a combined 20 of 24 in 2009, going 18 of 21 with Washington, but had 10 misses in 36 attempts in 2008. He was in the Steelers' camp in 2005, but was cut.

    "He's no stranger to the elements and things that are critical components of kicking for us," Tomlin said.

    The Steelers did not cite Reed's multiple off-field incidents for figuring into the decision to release him.

    Reed was ordered last year by the NFL to undergo an evaluation after he became involved in an alcohol-related dispute with Pittsburgh police following a home game in October. The evaluation was similar to that completed by quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who was suspended for the first four games of this season for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

    Reed was cleared of all charges in that case after completing 40 hours of community service with the Salvation Army. He also paid a fine of $543.50 in 2009 after police near Pittsburgh accused him of damaging a paper-towel dispenser and harassing employees at a convenience store, a few weeks after the Steelers beat Arizona in the Super Bowl.

    Reed held the job longer than any Steelers' kicker since Gary Anderson (1982-94) and was the second-most accurate in team history, ranking 12th in NFL history with an 81.9 percent accuracy rate (204 of 249). Norm Johnson was 105 of 127 (82.7 percent) with Pittsburgh from 1995 to 1998.


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  2. CoronaDoug

    CoronaDoug Well-Known Member

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    The dude did not get cut for his performance. He just pissed off the brass.
     
  3. HollywoodLeo

    HollywoodLeo Well-Known Member

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    are you kidding? he missed a 26 yarder. if kaeding missed one of those you'd be calling for his head :lol:
     
  4. matilack

    matilack Take A Knee McCree!!!

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    I think you mean WHEN Kaeding misses on of those.
     
  5. HollywoodLeo

    HollywoodLeo Well-Known Member

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    If that's what I meant I could have just said he wants Kaeding's head in the playoffs.
     
  6. Kwak

    Kwak ....

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    Can Reed actually kick a ball into the endzone on a kickoff? If he can, sign him.

    I have forgotten the last time I saw Kaeding have a touchback. Kaeding has a wimpy leg and pisses himself in the clutch.
     
  7. HollywoodLeo

    HollywoodLeo Well-Known Member

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    Kaeding hit the endzone the last time we were in Denver.
     
  8. ThunderHorse17

    ThunderHorse17 Lone Wolf

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    Call me a fan for the brutality, but I liked the fact that we didnt go for touchbacks, and rather opted for the chance to hit someone *ballcarier* in the mouth. We did pretty well at covering kick return ydg for all the time I been a adamant charger fan. 05-09... This year well you can go back last year and see our avg ydg surrenderd on kickoffs was dwindling. But I still would rather have the ball bounce right at the goal line and FORCE the receiver to make a attempt on the return...then we STUFF them inside the 17 18 yd line. I kno its a measly 3 yards were talkin about at this point. BUT I want to see those plays have a chance to look promising enuff to step out of the endzone, only to be met very shortly by a SOLID Tackle.

    We do have some work to do.

    O and THX for the long read on Reed, not sure why I read as much as i did. But I will be intersted to watch how his career develops now as the newest Vinateria or Vanderjet. I like to think he isnt lying when he says the turf was so bad in places it affected the placement of the ball for FGs. Also it is a FACT that Pitsberg has some of the most consistent and crazy wind to kick in. Will be watching to see how accurate he is now that he wont have to always adjust his kicks for wind ratios.
     
  9. Kwak

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    Ok, so he needs the thin air to make it. Gotcha.
     
  10. Kwak

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    With our ST sucking *** this year, it would be nice to have that option of a touchback. With his noodle leg we don't.
     
  11. HollywoodLeo

    HollywoodLeo Well-Known Member

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    So, it's settled.

    Salt Lake City Chargers!
     
  12. Brundlefly

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    I've definitely seen Kaeding get a touchback this year.
     
  13. Chargers-Superhero

    Chargers-Superhero Just win the Damn SB !!!

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    We don't need Reed. He did miss 7 of his 22 kicks this season, but he didn't deserve to be cut after Pittsburgh put the franchise tag on him for 2010. He will be picked up real quick He's no better or worse than Kris Brown IMO.
     
  14. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

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    It would/could send quite a message. Bring him in, let them compete.

    At the least Nate's taint will pucker a little more!! :eek: :D
     
  15. DenverBolt67

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    You and I can hit the ends zone in Denver. I took a bronco friends of mine (who lives in Denver) to the Game in SD last year. When their kicker was going to kick off, he said "Dude, you have to check this guy out, he can kick it through the end zone on kickoffs". When his kickoff only got to the 5 yards line, I turned to him and said "Welcome to sea level".
     
  16. HollywoodLeo

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    Awesome :lol:
     

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