'Can't miss' label didn't stick to Gallery


'Can't miss' label didn't stick to Gallery

FOXBORO - Coming out of Iowa in 2004, Robert Gallery was seen as the perfect NFL tackle. On the right as a road grader or the left as a blindside protector, he was a can't-miss prospect. See here, and here.

A 6-7, 317-pound Eagle Scout, Gallery, said one NFC GM at the time, "Might be one of those rare guys who seems too good to be true and who really is exactly what he appears to be."

To think his final NFL stop might be in Canton, Ohio wasn't absurd. But the closest he may get is Canton, Mass.

He's been far from a bust but he's never lived up to the billing either. In his first two seasons in the league, he was a very good right tackle. But in 2006, he was flipped to left tackle and was a disaster.

Ironically, the Patriots former left tackle - Matt Light - retired this week. His inability to switch from left to right in the NFL is something Bill Belichick's often referenced.

Gallery's proven himself a very, very good NFL run blocker. He couldn't deal with speed on the left edge.
"It is what it is," Gallery said Thursday. "You're put into a situation and we allknow that winning and being part of a winning team gets you a lot of (personal accolades). Obviously it hasn't been ideal but you play the cards you're dealt andI'm just glad for the opportunity to come to a place like this. I still knowI've got a lot left in me."Signed to a one-year deal, Gallery will probably first be tabbed as the replacement for Logan Mankins as the right guard heals from his ACL surgery. When Mankins returns, it would appear Gallery would be ticketed as a backup unless Brian Waters does not return for the 2012 season at right guard.
Gallery's not planning on coming off the bench.
"I've been told that they're gonna put thebest five guys on the field so I'm gonna be one of the best five guys, that'smy goal and they're gonna put guys where they see fit," he explained. Gallery had a groin injury at the start of the 2011 season that limited his usefulness with the Seahawks. He says he's all healed.
"I'm coming here like every place I've been," said Gallery. "I'm coming in to earn a startingspot and there's a lot of things that go into that - staying healthy andperforming well - but that's why I'm here. Everybody has their goals and I camehere to be a starter and contribute."Gallery was polite when asked about having had a career that didn't follow the script most saw. But he didn't love the questions.
"If you're drafted high you're gonna have a lot put on you," he said. "It is what it is, itwas a long time ago, obviously I don't care. I'm gonna work to do the things Ican do and make the best of the situation I'm in so it is what it is and whatother people think of you it doesn't really matter. "

Edelman says 'there was no maliciousness' to his Steelers comments


Edelman says 'there was no maliciousness' to his Steelers comments

It's funny how during a week like this one, a singularly ridiculous act -- such as Antonio Brown's live stream of the Steelers postgame locker room celebration last weekend -- can lead to a series of brush fires that pop up only to be peed on and put out. 

That was the case yesterday as a comment Julian Edelman made to WEEI earlier this week about Brown's Facebook Live video was spun as a sort of vicious burn directed at the Steelers franchise. 

"That's how that team is run," Edelman said, a comment that read as a more serious indictment than it actually sounded. "I personally don't think that would be something that would happen in our locker room, but hey, whatever. Some people like red and some people like blue. Some people like tulips and some people like roses. Whatever."

That led to Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger being asked about Edelman's comments, and defending the honor of the Rooney family, during a press conference on Wednesday.

"I don’t think I need to speak much," Roethlisberger said. "We’ve got our trophies out there. I’ve got owners that I think are the best in the business. They’re family to us, and I’m sure if he talked to his owner, he would say the same thing about the Rooneys. Anybody in here in the football world or the regular world that owns the Rooneys knows what they stand for. It’s a blessing to call them a family."

And on and on it went. Later in the day, Edelman was asked about his comments during a conference call with Pittsburgh reporters.

So just in case you're keeping score, a Steelers player streamed a video of coach Mike Tomlin calling the Patriots "a-holes," which prompted a response from Edelman. That response prompted a response from Roethlisberger, whose response to the response then led to a response to the response to the response from Edelman.

Got it?

"Yeah, I mean I think it was taken out of context," Edelman said. "I have nothing but respect for the Pittsburgh Steelers. They’re an unbelievable franchise. It starts from the top with the Rooney Family, Coach Tomlin, I think they just mis[interpreted] – I mean, I don’t know, I may have said it, but I think more of that was that it’s not the way we would do it here. That’s just how that goes. There was no maliciousness about it, but it’s whatever. That’s what the media does, try to make stories."

Quick Slants Podcast: Antonio Brown’s betrayal; Matt Light; eyeing up Pittsburgh


Quick Slants Podcast: Antonio Brown’s betrayal; Matt Light; eyeing up Pittsburgh

Tom E. Curran and Phil Perry discuss the aftermath of Antonio Brown’s Facebook Live video. Curran interview Matt Light ahead of the AFC Championship. They dissect the press conferences of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, and look at how to beat the Steelers.

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2:29 Antonio Brown’s Facebook Live aftermath

13:14 Stopping Le’Veon Bell

27:16 heywassyonumba? with Patrick Chung and Kyle Van Noy

32:30 Injury report updates for AFC Championship

36:51 Brady and Belichick’s press conferences

44:50 Matt Light interview