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Zachintosh66
11-17-2009, 11:57 AM
Steelers release backup LB Arnold Harrison
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Backup linebacker Arnold Harrison is the first confirmed victim of the three touchdowns scored against the Steelers kickoff team.

The Steelers today released Harrison, who has been with the team off and on since 2005. They replaced him on the roster with linebacker Donovan Woods from their practice squad.

Harrison missed all of last season with a torn ACL -- he has had surgeries on both ACLs in his knees. He had seven tackles on special teams this season.

Woods was an undrafted rookie last season from Oklahoma State. He played in five regular-season games between stints on the practice squad in 2008.

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BlackGold4vr
11-17-2009, 12:24 PM
3 touchdowns in 4 games is worthy of more of a shake-up than the release of one guy. I would also be in favor of releasing Stefan Logan. He impressed in pre-season and has been a bust ever since. Tired of him catching kick-offs 5 yards deep in the end zone and returning them to the 10 or 15 yard line. I thought the unstated rule was if its short of the end zone you return it and if its deep in the end zone you take the touchback. I think we could do just as well or better with Mewelde Moore, Mike Wallace, and Santonio Holmes returning kicks. Make room for someone else on the roster. Logan is also a gunner on kicks yet I never see him making any tackles.

:2cents:

LatrobePA
11-17-2009, 12:28 PM
Tomlin said to expect to see Wallace more in the return game...Could mean he saw it too!

Zachintosh66
11-17-2009, 12:55 PM
i agree... I said almost the same thing in the other thread...

http://www.steeleraddicts.com/forum/showthread.php?t=22732&page=2

BlitzburghRockCity
11-17-2009, 01:09 PM
They aren't going to release Logan just yet, he showed enough earlier in the year to warrant keeping him around. Besides if we don't then all we have to return kicks is Wallace, Moore, or Holmes. You don't want Holmes back there and you don't want Moore back there unless you have too. Wallace would be an option to try out and see how it goes.

Zachintosh66
11-17-2009, 01:14 PM
Personally I want Holmes on PR and Wallace on KR...

BlackGold4vr
11-17-2009, 01:26 PM
They aren't going to release Logan just yet, he showed enough earlier in the year to warrant keeping him around. Besides if we don't then all we have to return kicks is Wallace, Moore, or Holmes. You don't want Holmes back there and you don't want Moore back there unless you have too. Wallace would be an option to try out and see how it goes.


Wasted roster spot IMO. Not getting us great field position on returns. Not making tackles as gunner on kicking teams. Dump him! Use regulars on special teams. Its a fallacy that there is a greater risk of injury on special teams. Most injuries I see are a result of these scrums with piles of bodies on top of each other (like Troy's knee injury in the first game of the season).

LatrobePA
11-17-2009, 01:35 PM
Logan is directly to blame for last weeks return and one other. He can't get off blocks to save his little ***!

KRAZYRIDE
11-17-2009, 08:32 PM
If you do put starters on KR then they'll definetly get tired faster and we need Holmes' and Wallace's speed in the passing game. I was hoping Burnett or Lewis could give it a shot cause either Logan sucks or the Blocking sucks or both

steel-tex
11-17-2009, 09:23 PM
wow we canned a guy and got one off the practice squad to repair our broken special teams ??? how about get a kicker who can make the endzone ??? oh and maybe a kicker who will try to tackle someone on a kickoff ?? some said he was not hired to tackle - but i don't know one player on a team who would let a guy run by him for a touchdown and not do everything possible to stop him - except jeff - twice ????

DIESELMAN
11-18-2009, 01:43 PM
At least one head rolled because of the inability of the Steelers' kickoff team to make a tackle in the past four games, and coach Mike Tomlin even fired a zinger at his own return specialist as he tries to correct a problem that may have cost them the AFC North Division title.

Tomlin called the three kickoff returns for touchdowns against his team in the past four games "head-scratchers," but it did not prevent him from lopping off the head of one special-teams player.

Backup linebacker Arnold Harrison, who has two Super Bowl rings with the team and has overcome ligament surgeries to both of his knees, could not overcome the need to improve the kick coverage. He was waived, and linebacker Donovan Woods, who spent last season on both the practice squad and roster, was signed from the practice squad to replace him.

Woods is considered a good special-teams player, and it surprised some when he did not make the team to start the season.

"He's going to have an opportunity to run down the middle of that unit to see if he can bring some energy to the group," Tomlin said. "But it's not just about the addition of a Donovan Woods. Donovan Woods is not all of the sudden going to make us the most dynamic kickoff-coverage team in the NFL."

What might, then?

"It's detail. It's about shedding blocks and making tackles and being schematically sound. We're in the process of looking at all elements of that unit."

Two elements Tomlin expressed little concern over were the kickoffs or attempts at tackles of Jeff Reed.

"Man, I am not going to go down to evaluating Jeff Reed as a tackler," Tomlin said. "When it comes down to that, we have failed as a coverage unit. I don't lose any sleep on the quality of Jeff Reed's tackles -- or tackle attempts."

He also noted that what might, at times, seem like shorter kickoffs by Reed are planned as directional kicks, including the one returned 96 yards for a touchdown by Cincinnati's Bernard Scott, the only touchdown in the Bengals' 18-12 victory Sunday at Heinz Field.

"They have been adequate," Tomlin said of Reed's kickoffs. "We've got to do a better job covering. I liked the position and location of that kick to be honest with you. When you can pin somebody down in the corner and converge on the ball, usually you feel pretty good about it."

Stefan Logan, a 5-foot-6 former Canadian Football League player, made the team as a return specialist after he averaged 37 yards on kickoff returns and 21.2 yards on punt returns in the preseason. He returned one punt for an 80-yard touchdown and his longest kickoff return was 60 yards. Logan's kickoff-return average is 25.5 (56 long) and his punt-return average 8.8 (25 long) in the regular season. Those averages rank 12th and 14th, respectively, in the NFL.

"It's been the best we've had since I've been here," Tomlin said of his kickoff-return average, "but that doesn't mean it's acceptable, man, we're trying to search for the ceiling."

He acknowledged that rookie Mike Wallace, who returned his first kick Sunday, might get more of an opportunity doing that job.

Tomlin was asked about Logan's comments Sunday that lanes open on Steelers kickoffs but not on Steelers returns.

"That's the perspective of a kick-returner who hasn't run one back yet, so that perspective may not be reality," Tomlin said.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Like the article said, it won't change our ST's over night, but getting back to basics and fundamentals might get us there. We shall see the rest of the season. Doesn't seem like Tomlin is to concerned with Reed's play either. :thinking:

LarryNJ
11-18-2009, 07:29 PM
Doesn't seem like Tomlin is to concerned with Reed's play either. :thinking:

Seems that way...also seems he's not happy with Logan who should STFU.

"That's the perspective of a kick-returner who hasn't run one back yet, so that perspective may not be reality," Tomlin said.

coldrolled
11-19-2009, 11:03 AM
Arnold Harrison is now a Brown..

We signed Curtis Gatewood.

Hes the same size and free agent kinda player like 92

Wonder if we found another 3-4 player

A collegiate defensive end, Gatewood lacks the size and strength to remain on the line in the NFL. The Commodores' leader with 7.0 sacks last season, Gatewood has the burst off the snap that teams using the 3-4 alignment will appreciate, and yet flashes the instincts, athleticism and use of hands to warrant a long look as a developmental outside linebacker.

ejsteeler
11-19-2009, 09:29 PM
wow we canned a guy and got one off the practice squad to repair our broken special teams ??? how about get a kicker who can make the endzone ??? oh and maybe a kicker who will try to tackle someone on a kickoff ?? some said he was not hired to tackle - but i don't know one player on a team who would let a guy run by him for a touchdown and not do everything possible to stop him - except jeff - twice ????

BINGO!!! Reed is ptitful. I'm sick of hearing, "He's a kicker, he's not supposed to tackle"....:willybs: He's a member of team and really does nothing as a team mate to slidify that position. See ya Jeff!

DanRooney
11-20-2009, 12:02 PM
Here's A. Harrison's last game as a Steeler and the plays that resulted in his cutting

http://www.postgameheroes.com/?p=8286

Blazedby92
11-20-2009, 12:18 PM
I'm sure there was more games like that one to get him canned but that wasn't good by no means. Maybe the stains can make him better.:lol:
Atleast they can't get any worse

Woodson_DownUnder
11-21-2009, 03:34 AM
Just get the inkling Logan isn't far away from taking one back to the house.. that'll shut a few up. I like to think the blocking system should be the cornerstone to ST success as a kick returner like Logan has the speed to make opponents miss, just a matter of having blockers running harder with a blocking system to pave a lane way. Simple as that.

Mike Tomlin
11-21-2009, 05:24 PM
Just get the inkling Logan isn't far away from taking one back to the house.. that'll shut a few up. I like to think the blocking system should be the cornerstone to ST success as a kick returner like Logan has the speed to make opponents miss, just a matter of having blockers running harder with a blocking system to pave a lane way. Simple as that.

If the blocking ever gets him through the first level he's gone. He never has a clear lane to run through. I mean if our kickoff off coverage is that bad, imagine what the blocking is like.