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B Mac odd man out for now


It would be a stretch –- and we’re talking Casey Hampton in a pair of spandex here –- to say the Steelers have an embarrassment of riches at cornerback.
But William Gay and Keenan Lewis have played well enough over the last month that Bryant McFadden is the odd man out for now in the Steelers’ secondary.
A nagging hamstring injury sidelined McFadden for three games after he started the season opener. He played sparingly last Sunday with Gay starting a fourth game opposite Ike Taylor and Lewis serving as the nickel back.
And it doesn’t sound like McFadden is in line to get a lot of snaps Sunday against the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars.
When coach Mike Tomlin used the words “pretty close” in reference to McFadden, he was referring to the seventh-year veteran’s health, not a return to the starting lineup.
“We’re not going to fix it if it’s not broken,” Tomlin said at his weekly news conference. “We like what the other guys have done in the interim. B Mac has done a nice job of working while he’s waiting for his opportunity to re-insert back into the rotation and to me those are all good issues to have.
“We’ve got a reliable, veteran corner that we know is capable of playing good football that’s moving closer to 100 percent health and we’ve got some young guys that have answered the call in the interim and showed us that they’re really capable of playing salty football.”

— Scott Brown



  1. David says:

    kinda makes me feel bad for b-mac, but such is life in the NFL, your only as good as your next tackle, not the one you just made……

    here is to a healthy return B-Mac………

  2. Dick says:

    It looks like BMac will have to win his starting job back when healthy. That’s the way it should be. Gay and Lewis have played well so why stir the pot now. In the NFL you have to continually prove yourself. This requires discipline and self motivation. To BMac I say keep the faith. Your time will come again…..make sure you’re ready.

  3. Scott P says:

    Its not as if the Steelers have faced any prolific pass offenses of late. Seattle sucks, Houston gouged them on the ground and Tennessee is mediocre at best. Let’s not get too excited about these corners until we see what N.E. does to them.

  4. Bill says:

    @ Scott P. True, Gay and Lewis haven’t faced prolific passers of late, but as we’ve seen time and again in this league, a little confidence can go a long way. If you have it, you tend to play looser, which tends to let players play to win. If you don’t have confidence, you tend to play tighter and play “not to lose”. I for one and very pleased with Keenan Lewis’ growth over the past several games. I think it bodes well for the teams future.

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