Larry Foote’s ire is up. He said as much himself, and he told Pittsburgh’s 93.7 The Fan back in March he doesn’t buy into the locker room turmoil stating, ”That was never an issue. I think that was overblown by the media” then concluding, ”We’ve always been a tight-knit family, and we’re going to remain that way.”
I wouldn’t expect Foote to go to press about any friction that may or may not exist in the locker room. That’s a pretty big no-no from what I’ve gathered, especially within this organization. You don’t air grievances in public and you don’t talk outside of school, you take care of things internally, out of the public eye. Outsiders don’t need to know what goes on so long as it gets fixed.
In a later interview with Josh Newkirk Foote revealed “We’re pissed off we didn’t make the playoffs,” “On top of that, our rival won the Super Bowl. I know guys are taking it personally. It’s just a whole different mindset to the off-season. I know guys are ready to get back where we need to be.”
So what can we gather from Foote’s anger? Is this a rallying point or does it show disharmony? Hotheadedness can lead to sloppy play or penalties. You want the athletes to have a nasty streak but not at the cost of lost yards, downs, or even games. The Steelers should not engage the blame game; the Steelers cannot afford to waste time pointing fingers. The Steelers need to get on the same page soon because the clock is ticking… tic… tic… tic…
John Thomas Menesini