MIKE WALLACE AND ANTONIO BROWN NEED EACH OTHER

The Steelers appear to be getting their salary cap under control and it’s looking like they’re not going to lose Mike Wallace.

That’s a good thing.

He’s the most dangerous deep threat in the NFL.

At least he was for the first half of the season.

He only averaged over 14 yards per catch in a game once in the last nine games and when the season was over, he averaged 1/2 yard per catch more than Antonio Brown.

I think Brown has actually become the Steelers’ most dangerous offensive threat, but he would become a lot less dangerous if Wallace disappeared.

If the Steelers pay Wallace the big bucks this year, Brown will be asking for just as much at this time next year when he becomes a restricted free agent.

If I had to choose between the two, I would take Brown, but the Steelers’ chances of winning are greatly diminished with either of them out of their lineup.

  • Maynard G. Krebs

    Wallace has too many tattoos on his arms. He looks like a freak. Also, he has a big mouth and a bad hair-do. For those reasons alone he should be let go. Plus, Brown is a much better dancer & show boat. How’s that for some football talk?

  • Tattoo Rick

    Love Wallace, that said i would take a top half of the draft 1st rounder for him right now. Pittsburgh media said the Steelers would take a step back without Plex, wrong. Then they said things would slip without Holmes, wrong again and they cried that the team could not win without Faneca,, thats another topic. There are not enough footballs to go around for two top notch recievers. Looks good while they develop but doesnt work for the long term. People need things to talk about Wallace isn’t going anywhere. Why? Teams don’t part with 1st round picks (unless its the Raiders). Also it is very easy for the Steelers Org to pencil whip new contracts and cut vets to get well under the cap. Add it all up and what do you get? Talkshow Bullshit….

    • ISteve Roissy

      There is a lot of talkshow bullshit, no doubt. However, having 2 stud receivers is a good thing. That John Stallworth / Lynn “one trick pony” Swann combo worked out well there for a bit. I don’t reckon the Giants are trying to figure out whether they should dump Nicks or Cruz since 2 great wideouts are a luxury. Trust in Colbert and Khan for they are wise.

      • Bobzilla

        Stallworth and Swann had a quarterback who could throw deep. Wallace does not.

        • ISteve Roissy

          Part if Ben’s difficulty throwing deep is lack of protection and his instinct to always be moving instead of setting, stepping into the throw and firing like Brees and Brady.

          • Bobzilla

            I never stopped to analyze Roethlisberger’s inabilty to throw deep, other than he has a candy arm.
            I’m really tired of hearing about his “lack of protection.” Roethlisberger has been in the league eight seasons, and all eight seasons he’s allegedly had terrible protection. Seems odd that for eight solid seasons, the Steelers haven’t been able to come up with a decent O-line.
            That excuse has gotten old.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com John Steigerwald

            It’s anything but candy for medium range throw. The TD to Hollmes in the Super Bowl could not have happened with a candy arm.

          • Bobzilla

            That was a six-yard pass that was perfectly placed. But, yes, I agree. He can really zing it from in close.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com John Steigerwald

            It was thrown about 40 yards. And it was a pea.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com John Steigerwald

            I like to watch this video every once in a while just to remind myself why I say Bradshaw’s still the best QB I ever saw. Near the end there are a few 50 yard throws that come into the receiver head high. There was no lofting the ball with him. The best example is the 64 yd TD to Swann in Super Bowl X. That ball is thrown 67 yards in the air on a rope. Roethlisberger never has made that throw and never will. Everybody who thinks Roethlisberger is a better scrambler needs to watch this You won’t see and slides. I’ll say it again. Ben Roethlisberger does NOTHING better than Terry Bradshaw. I used to watch him stand on the goal line in training camp with a ball boy standing next to him with a grocery cart full of footballs. Another ball boy stood on the 50. The kid would hand the ball to Bradshaw, he would flick it and the ball would turn over and come down nose first to the kid waiting. It was effortless. Mark Malone told me Bradshaw could throw a ball a hundred yards.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2U1Xtci4PBw

          • Bobzilla

            Awesome video, John.
            Those were the days.
            That was back when the quarterback didn’t get enough credit. How things have changed.
            Roethlisberger is a good QB who could have been everything Ron Cook thinks he is had he not had people (the media) constantly blowing smoke up his ass, telling him how wonderful he is… Bradshaw never had that, at least not until after Super Bowl XIII, which was nine years into his career.

          • Dan

            Dan Marino did and he turned out fine. Peyton Manning and Joe Montana too. I don’t like Roethlisberger any more than you do but adulation has nothing to do with it.

          • Erik

            What a great video. I envy you guys who were alive in the 70’s.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com John Steigerwald

            Keep it handy or the next time someone tries to tell you that Roethlisberger can do ANYTHING better than Bradshaw. I especially like it when people who never saw him play say that Roethlisberger is a better scrambler.

          • Bobzilla

            There’s no need for a player to work to get better if 100 percent of the local sports media is reporting that he’s the greatest of all time just as he is. Back in 2005, in the three postseason games leading up to the Super Bowl, Roethlisberger was exceptionally. Since then, he’s exceptional moments have been few and far between…
            By the way: I don’t dislike Roethlsiberger. He’s one of the top 15 quarterbacks in the league. And should his offense ever crack the top 10, I might rank him even higher.

      • Tattoo Rick

        You make a good point. In todays game no team can afford to pay 2 top noch WR’s. Yes Cruz & Nicks works because Cruz came in a nobody and doesnt make that much money. When Cruz comes due for a new contract the Giants will have a decision to make just like the Steelers have this year. You can’t break the bank for guys that touch the ball as little as WR’s.

        • Bobzilla

          The reason teams shouldn’t “break the bank” for wide receivers is because there’s a glutton of talent at that position. Nearly every team has two or three really talented receivers. The reason they are talented is because the position is easier to play now than ever before.

          • Rory B

            You are all over the place…Well there is some merit to what you are saying about receivers now some of the other things you say are bizarre. First of all, free agency hasn’t started yet, therefore no team can make an official offer to any free agent anywhere. Second…Danny Woodhead is a HB…their 3rd/4th HB that sometimes isn’t even active. Even if he was a WR do you really think Ben would be better served with a 5’5″ target that is smaller and much slower than Wallace?
            Also, doesn’t Wallace lead the NFL in catches over 40+ yards the last 3 years. Even if some of them are catch and run plays Ben is still the one getting him the ball.
            There is more to arm strength than seeing how far someone can launch a ball downfield. Arm strength is measured by throwing in tight windows between defenders, and the hardest throws in the NFL are deep outs from the far hashmarks because DB’s have more time to react and play the ball. When DB’s start jumping those throws consistently and taking them to the house then you can start to worry about #7 arm strength.
            Your disapproval of #7 is well documented, but he is entering his 9th year and is who he is. Time to get over it…

          • http://justwatchthegame.com John Steigerwald

            Roethlisberger has no problem with medium range throws. Too many of his long passes are wounded ducks.

          • Bobzilla

            Rory B: You are right about Woodhead. My mistake. As soon as I hit “comment,” I realized I was wrong. Woodhead’s escapability really impressed me in the Super Bowl. I actually thought that if New England had won, he had a shot at MVP honors…
            Roethlisberger doesn’t throw an accurate deep pass, and his offense scores just enough TDs to compliment a defense that does all the heavy lifting. Other than that, he’s perfect.
            I have no intentions of “getting over” anything as long as the local sports media insist that he is more than what he actually is…

  • Matt

    Let him go and hope to sign Brown and Sanders. Use both 1st round picks on OL.

    • ISteve Roissy

      Nah. Sanders ain’t a game-changer, Wallace is. If he wasn’t, other teams wouldn’t covet him in the first place. That’s why he will be re-signed, likely via franchise tag then negotiating a long-term deal once his leverage has been tken away.

      • Bobzilla

        What teams are “coveting” Wallace?
        Why aren’t the Steelers “coveting” him?
        There’s no doubt teams that are interested, but I doubt few are actually willing to break the bank to sign him. Wallace is good receiver who would be even better with a strong-arm quarterback.

        • ISteve Roissy

          Ben’s arm is strong enough, however his accuracy on the long ball is not great. Part of it is mechanics.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com John Steigerwald

            He underthrows on the long ball.

          • Bobzilla

            And that’s the reason Roethlisberger needs receivers along the lines of Holmes or Danny Woodhead; receivers who can take medium range passes and turn them into big gainers… Wallace’s talents are being wasted with Roethlisberger.

          • http://justwatchthegame.com John Steigerwald

            It’s also why Antonio Brown will be a bigger star.

  • Vermonter

    At some point, we will all learn not to hyperventilate over the Steelers’ cap siuation in January and February. until they prove differently, we should assume that they have a workable plan to clear necessary space to sign the free agents that they want to keep, to grab one or two FAs if needed, to draft wisely, and to stock a training camp roster.

    two of our pro teams have earned this repsect.

    The other has a long LONG way to go to get there.

    • ISteve Roissy

      Dude, The Fan has like 100 hours per week of talk radio to fill. You want then to use common sense and logic?

  • Bobzilla

    Talented wide receivers are a “dime a dozen.” Some of the best ones in the league are either low draft picks or undrafted. Wallace has unequalled speed, but, as Tomlin says, he’s a “one-trick pony.”
    There was a rumor circulating that should the Steelers be unable to retain Wallace, the Ravens might be interested. That would be bad news for the Steelers … Flacco has a strong arm and throws an exceptional deep ball.

    • ISteve Roissy

      Soooo…if WRs are a dime a dozen, then why would other teams want to not only spend huge money on Wallace, but give up their first round pick for the right to do so.

      • Bobzilla

        Haven’t heard of any other team make any kind of an offer, have you?

        • ISteve Roissy

          Nope, but the local media is acting like its a foregone conclusion even though it’s not.