Wednesday, July 21, 2004

I told you there was nothing to worry about

Apparently all is forgiven as Plaxico Burress is back in Pittsburgh, in the best shape of his life, and is ready to report to training camp on time.

What's interesting about this story is that Plax's agent, Gene Mato, makes it seem like all is right between Burress and the Steelers -- and maybe it is. Fans can disparage Plax's work ethic and focus (I'm first in line), but anyone who says that he's not an important part of this team when he plays up to his potential is being disingenuous (of course, the problem is trying to get Plax to play up to his potential).

Nonetheless, this is definitely a step in the right direction and maybe someone sat down with Plax and explained to him exactly how this league works. And that if he doesn't stop taking plays off and start being a lot more consistent he could find himself bagging groceries a few years down the road. Or maybe Plax came to this realization himself. However it worked out, it's a positive start (in addition to signing Colclough and guard Bo Lacey) to the 2004 season -- and given that the 2003 preseason included Porter getting shot in the butt and the offensive line being decimated by injuries (and diabetes) this is definitely an improvement.