Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark tackles LaMarr Woodley drama

The Pittsburgh Steelers have never been a team that is soaked in drama. Yet this off-season there seems to be plenty of it.

Wide receiver Antonio Brown told the Steelers website last week that he is ready to be a leader. 

Within his comments he stated that he wants to lead by example.

“You have to do something to better yourself every day,” said Brown. “You have to take a step every day to be your best.

That comment sounds great but there are Steelers on the defensive side of the locker room that feel like outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley is miles away from feeling like Brown.

One of them spoke off-the-record to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette about Woodley on Sunday.

“He was awful,” the anonymous teammate said of Woodley’s 2012-13 performance.

“He tells us he works out, but we didn’t see it. He wasn’t in shape. That has to be a reason why he was always hurt.”


There is nothing like being shot down by one of your own.

The NFL sells the ideal that the men on these 32 teams got to war with and for each other.

As we consistently see that is not always the case.

Safety Ryan Clark has comments on the league’s website on his disappointment about these feelings going public.

“My biggest problem with that is not LaMarr, or is not someone’s feelings about LaMarr,” Clark said. “My problem is now it’s public. We were talking about the Ravens earlier, we were talking about the brotherhood, we were talking about the family that they were. We all have arguments with our brothers, sisters, cousins, but that stays in-house. What you talk about then stays there and it doesn’t get out to the public. So that is the problem.

“That shows that this team that is normally close, you had the Joey Porters, the Alan Fanecas, just down the line, leader after leader, this team was close-knit. It shows there is a fracture in that. I think that is the most disappointing thing about that coming out.”

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin keeps a low-profile in the offseason.

It might be time for him to step up and reel some of this in.

Pittsburgh is one or two more incidents away from some real hard feelings playing themselves out in the court of public opinion.

The world only has room for one team as dysfunctional as the New York Jets.

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