So Alan Faneca retired yesterday. It’s easy to agree with Ed Bouchette when he writes that Faneca was the “the greatest guard in Steelers history.”
But despite Faneca’s place in Steelers history — and ultimately, the Hall of Fame — the organization was right to let him walk after the 2007 season. I figured everybody agreed on that. If not then, certainly later after it became clear Faneca wasn’t nearly the player he once was.
TribLive Radio’s Ken Laird tweeted this earlier today:
Which prompted the following tweet from me and the subsequent back and forth.
Here’s the link to the Jets deciding to go with Ducasse or Slauson during the preseason.
And here’s the link to Cards beat reporter Kent Somers talking about Faneca (including the Profootballfocus.com “worst starting guard in the NFL” line).
Laird eventually admitted that “I’m just a huge #66 fan. NY did OK w/ him although it was pricey & AZ was a QB mess.”
I get that because everybody appreciated what Faneca meant to the Steelers. It’s just that the team was smart not to re-sign him. It had nothing to do with what Faneca had accomplished in the previous 10 seasons in Pittsburgh and everything to do with how Colbert and Co. projected him to perform in 2008 and beyond. If anyone has a counter-argument I’m all ears.