Steelers Lineman Willie Colon Calls Eagles “Cheap Shot Artists”

Screen Shot 2012-10-09 at 11.50.10 AMKurt Coleman's arm blurred as he hurls Antonio Brown's shoe

Two days later, the Steelers are still talking. Sort of.

Remember that play from Sunday when Ben Roethlisberger got in the face of Brandon Graham and then ripped his clothes off and had forced illicit sex with him? Well, it turns out that was just one of many instances in which the Steelers took exception to the Eagles’ “cheap shots.”

Here’s what offensive lineman Willie Colon told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, that bastion of Yinzer journalistic excellence that has always so dutifully chronicled its peoples and their steel-making efforts:

It's hard to say what was more encouraging — the line's ability to open holes for Mendenhall or its ability to keep Roethlisberger clean. Mendenhall, playing for the first time this season, ran for 81 of the Steelers' 136 rushing yards and averaged 5.8 yards per carry. Roethlisberger wasn't sacked and was hurried just three times by a defense that's known for its ferocious pursuit of quarterbacks. Star defensive ends Trent Cole and Jason Babin were shut out. Defensive end Brandon Graham was credited with one of the hurries and ended up with an angry Roethlisberger in his face.

"Yeah, Ben was mad. He thought they were going after his head," Colon said. "They were cheap-shot artists all day. They were hitting us in the back. I know I lost my cool once or twice. It is what it is. You have to play through it."


Well then.

As Bleeding Green Nation’s Eliott Shorr-Parks points out, Graham boasted about said play on his Instagram* yesterday:

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Shorr-Parks also noted that perhaps the Eagles' aggressiveness – real or perceived – is a good thing: [Bleeding Green Nation]

Last year the Eagles defense was considered soft by most fans. Games like the one against the Seattle Seahawks showed that at times they looked to avoid contact instead of initiate it. This year that certainly has been different- they are doing a better job tackling and seem to be more aggressive towards the ball carrier.

Many consider the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers two of the toughest teams in the league- so to have them call you dirty might just be a feather on the cap for an Eagles team that could be trying to change the perception from last year.


Maybe Nnamdi can start changing that perception, too, by, you know, not allowing six catches when he's targeted only seven times.

*I’m a tech nerd, but I still don’t totally get the success of Instagram. Yeah, it makes pictures look cool. But why has it turned into its own mini social network, even though its website is impossible to figure out? Like, can I look at others' pictures, link to my own set, or do I simply get a unique URL for a lightly-hazed image of my friends barbecuing on a warm summer’s day? Why would I need followers on Instagram if I already have 15k on Twitter? All of the images are linked from there anyway. Open to explanations here.


21 Responses

  1. After the last few versions of the eagles d without Jim Johnson and dawk i would say this is a positive sign.

  2. It’s like that old saying… sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. They can convey much more than someones words can. *See

  3. Jeez, again with the Nnamdi hate? He only allowed 58 yards. The fact that such a high percentage of targets were completed against him is because Roethlisberger was dinking an dunking all day and only threw to guys who were wide open. Nnamdi barely allowed any YAC and did a great job covering all game. All the plays where Rapistberger looked his way and doesn’t throw don’t go into those 6/7 stats. Big Ben the rapist barely threw the ball down the field all game. There were a few reasons why the eagles lost, but their pass defense was hardly one of them. Ben had a subpar game.

  4. I was at this game, and it gets more loud at a phantoms game than it did at heinz field. Most of the asshole yinzers left at halftime because it was drizzley and cold. The only time those faggots made any noise was when they played renegade by styx…. which I am still trying to figure out.
    I literally had a guy 2 rows in front of me talk shit to eagles fans with like 2 mins left that were leaving saying “you’re going to miss the best part of the game, why are you leaving????” and then literally 20 seconds later… he left. I yelled at him and he ignored me, turned around at the bottom of the stairs, yelled something, and left.
    pittsburgh is literally the worst city of all time… and their super passionate football fans are totally overrated and probably all bandwagon jumpers from when they were handed that seattle superbowl.
    rant over.

  5. also yes, they dinked and dunked on nmandi, and he was making tackles on plays that he shouldnt have the whole 2nd half… I still have no complaints with how he is playing

  6. well to defend him, they also had this great idea to get 2 guys who can single cover and have a great pass rush.
    they have no pass rush all of a sudden and the qb’s have all day. Coleman bites on everything, and he is always left alone with a guy who gets to run around for 8 seconds

  7. If Brown pulls in that TD bobble still think Nnamdi had that hot of a day? $60m was supposed to shut down that side of the field not make it a primary read. How many picks would Asante of had by now with that many targets?

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