Re: Steelers wont announce their cuts
posted at 9/4/2009 10:41 PM EDT
Good for them.
I would do the same thing, not release the list until I absolutely had to, if I ran the New England Patriots.
Right now, if Bill Belichick wants to sign one of the guys from the Steelers who has already been cut, he has their names because their Agents don't give a crud about the Steelers agenda and all are all busy telling the rest of the league's personel offices that their clients are now available.
So it isn't even an effective attempt at being secretive.
The Steelers' final 22 cuts won't be announced until Saturday, when all NFL teams must firm up their rosters.
"I don't want to give the rest of the NFL 24 hours to look at our guys before they deliver theirs," Tomlin said. "We handled the paperwork, we're just going to hang onto the paperwork."
The Steelers' secrecy probably won't work -- no doubt the agents for any players told they weren't on the team immediately put the word out to other NFL teams. According to Tomlin, the Steelers also want to see if anyone else cut around the league might help them.
I hate the Steelers as much as I love the Pats, but they simply aren't doing anything wrong, or even very effective, here.
They just aren't releasing their list early.