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Steelers coach Mike Tomlin was so blunt that it was almost funny when he assessed Chris Kemoeatu's play in December.
"He's playing illegally."
Tomlin said this after the Steelers guard committed three penalties, two holding and one illegal use of hands, during the Steelers' 14-3 win over the Browns in Week 14.
It wasn't just Kemoeatu's penalties that were hurting the Steelers. Pro Football Focus came up with a stat that measured total hurries, hits and sacks allowed per snap over the past three seasons. Kemoeatu was the NFL's worst guard in that category.
The Steelers had to purge their roster during the offseason to get under the salary cap. Some of those cuts were painful. Getting rid of Kemoeatu was a good move regardless of the salary cap.
Good riddance to punter Daniel Sepulveda as well.
The Steelers traded away their sixth-round pick in the 2007 draft to move up in the fourth round and draft Sepulveda, and they got only two full seasons out of him.
Sepulveda's career in Pittsburgh was marred by injuries. He missed the entire 2008 season and lasted just eight games in 2010 and 12 games in 2011.
The less Sepulveda played, the more successful the Steelers were.
They missed the playoffs in 2009 when he played a full season. They lost wild card games in 2007, when he played a full season, and 2011, when he played three-quarters of a season. They lost in the Super Bowl in 2010, when he played half a season. They won the Super Bowl in 2008, when he didn't play at all.
Coincidence? I think not.