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    Porter Angling to stay with the Steelers

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    By John Harris
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    Tuesday, January 2, 2007

    Bill Cowher and outside linebacker Joey Porter are closer than your typical coach and player.

    When Porter addressed the possibility of holding out prior to the season because he wanted to renegotiate his contract, Cowher begged him to report to training camp because he needed his fiery leadership.

    Against his better wishes, Porter complied because of his tremendous respect for Cowher.

    In the opener against Miami, Porter kissed Cowher on the sideline after returning an interception for a touchdown.

    Following Sunday's 23-17 overtime win over Cincinnati, Porter put his relationship with Cowher to the test when he asked Cowher in the locker room if he was leaving.

    Even if Cowher leaves after 15 seasons, Porter, 29, insists he wants to finish his career with the team that drafted him. He said it's wrong to assume he doesn't want to remain with the Steelers if Cowher isn't around.

    "No matter who the coach is, I play for the Steelers. I'm the type of player I want to start what I finish," Porter said immediately after the game. "I started here, I want to finish here. Give me the opportunity to be a lifelong Steeler."

    Following Monday's exit interview with Cowher, Porter re-emphasized his loyalty to the Steelers. He said he doesn't know whether Cowher is coming back, but that Cowher's decision won't impact what he does.

    Porter feels like he's done his part. His sack total dipped from 10 1/2 a year ago, when he led all NFL linebackers, to seven, which led the Steelers during a season in which they missed the playoffs after winning Super Bowl XL.

    Porter recorded two more tackles this season (63-61) and continued his role as the team's emotional leader.

    "At the end of the day, it's going to be up to the organization. I'm here," said Porter, who ranks fourth on the Steelers' all-time list with 60 career sacks. "At the beginning of the season, everyone wants to know, 'Oh, why does he have such a bad attitude?'

    "I've never had an attitude toward the Steelers. This is home for me. I knew how it was going to be when I got back, I was going to resume my position as a leader and try to win football games."
    Im sorry, but I just can't see this team without Joey. Whether the man has a lost a step or not is up for debate, but personally at a time when we need as much leadership as we can get, letting him go is just not the right thing to do. This team will be trying to regain it's identity, and Porter is one of those that can help do it, especially on defense. Whether he has to split time with another player or fight for his job like everyone else, I don't care. I just want him here.

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    i dont really think hes lost a step....he gets doubled alot but i think hes a great OLB, let him get a full camp in a be 100%....i hope he stays

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    I honestly wasnt sure he'd want to come back if Cowher wasn't here but it sounds like he's full bore ready to keep playing for us. The main thing will be the money and if he wants more than we think he's worth. Hopefully he'll be willing to negotiate enough to help make it happen when the time comes.

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    What seems a bit unfair to me, is that Bill wanted JOEY to stay even though he was getting less than he felt he deserved, but apparently Bill isn't willing to do the same thing he asked of his player.

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    Excellent Point, SteelerWoman, Oh so true. I want Joey to stay as a Steeler cause he does fit the mold of what a Steeler Defensive Linebacker is. Same goes for Cowher, I can see where your coming from. That is like contradicting and being a backstabber when you ask your player not to hold out, but yet, the Head Coach is doing exactly the same here in the offseason wanting more money or I am retiring. I hate this so much.

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    Joey was seriously considering holding out and not playing at all, which would really put the team in a bind at OLB so Cowher convinced him to play this year knowing that he'd get a good shot at a new deal for more money.

    BC was never considering holding out and putting the team in a bind in the sense that Joey was. Cowher was going to play this year and then decide what to do.

    I can see where the 2 situations are similar, but they are different also.

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    Also, Cowher is not leaving for money...he wants a life with his wife and kids. I don't think Joey wants to leave but it is a business. I can't imagine pregame without Joey walking around with his jersey over his pads and firing our team up. If he leaves, I will miss him, but I will also try to understan his point. I truely believe he wants to be a Steeler until he retires, and hopefully he is.

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    IMO, Porter lost a couple steps this season! I still love the guy but his head wasn't in the game this year and his stats showed it. I know he missed a few games because of injuries but if you look at the games he played his stats are nothing to write home about. I don't think he can really go anywhere and make more money because he wasn't the Joey Porter we all have come to know him as this season. He does have that fiery attitude though but he would be one expensive cheerleader!

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    Porter had a good year. I believe his sacks were down because the defense played things different this year,IMO. He was dropping into coverage alot more, it's hard to get sacks when your covering a TE or playing a zone.
    To me the defense just wasn't playing as aggressive this year, I don't believe they blitzed as much. With Troy being hampered and Clark a newbie and Ike not playing like last year, I think Lebeau turned it back a few notches and tried to cover people instead of forcing the issue. How many times did we really send all the troops like in the past? We would overwhelm the offense with more people to block than you had blockers, ala Ratbirds this year.
    Porter should be given a new contract with INCENTIVES, he either puts up or shuts up.




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    The whole thing with Porter will come down to how much the Steelers are willing to pay him and how much he thinks he is worth. We'll see how much he really wants to stay a Steeler.
    We have lost better LB's than Porter before who wanted more money so I don't think this will be any different.

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