There was some feeling that the Steelers released placekicker Jeff Reed as a scapegoat following last Sunday’s 39-26 loss to the New England Patriots.
That couldn’t be farther from the truth.
It was obvious that Reed, the Steelers’ placekicker since 2002, had lost his confidence.
When players start blaming the playing surface, media and fans for failure, it means they really don’t have any answers.
And with that, the Steelers knew they had to move on.
Reed, who was scheduled to become a free agent at the conclusion of the season, wasn’t going to be in 2011. So why not try out a new kicker?
What’s the worst he could do, miss some kicks?
With Reed making an NFL-low 68.2 percent of his field goal attempts this season, there was no fear of that, either.
Of course, every kick Shaun Suisham misses the remainder of this season will be highly scrutinized. People will wonder if Reed would have made the kick.
But that’s part of the job description for NFL kickers.
© Chris Kemoeatu and Lawrence Timmons were back at practice Thursday, meaning both should be good to go on Sunday.
Brett Keisel was still limited.
Troy Polamalu sat out again, but plans on playing.