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Back in August of 2010, Keenan Lewis had a bad night at the office. The Steelers played the Denver Broncos at Invesco Field and lost this game 34-17. He played angry against the Broncos and picked up two personal foul penalties early in the game. Tomlin saw enough and ended up benching Keenan in the 2nd quarter in favor of William Gay. Instead of releasing his pent up frustration on the sidelines, Keenan went Amare Stoudemire on a sign enclosed with glass outside the Steelers locker room after the game. Tomlin's doghouse was immediately rented out by Keenan following the Denver game. Good thing that hand was not damaged for future games because this past Sunday night it helped tip away a potential touchdown for the Bengals.
After the issues in Denver, I remember some Steelers fans question whether Keenan should remain on the team and he might be another draft bust of the Kevin Colbert era. It's a good thing SteelerNation doesn't get paid to make personnel decisions for the Steelers, otherwise we may not be able to watch this talented corner back continue to develop into a very good player. There was a reason the Steelers drafted Keenan in the 3rd round of the 2009 NFL draft. When Carnell Lake joined the coaching staff last season, Keenan might have been the biggest benefactor. During the 2011 season, Keenan was the first corner back off the bench replacing William Gay on the outside in their nickel packages. He ended the season with 30 solo tackles, seven assisted tackles and one big interception that stopped the driving Kansas City Chiefs from scoring late in the 4th quarter.
When William Gay signed a contract with the Arizona Cardinals in the off season, the talk turned to who would be starting opposite Ike. SteelerNation was impressed with Cortez Allen's contributions during his rookie season and wanted to anoint him the starting corner back. Keenan accepted the challenge, studied with Lake, and trained in the off season like he was going to be the other starting corner back. Keenan was so confident in his ability that on the 3rd day of spring practice, he predicted a Pro Bowl season for himself. The coaches were impressed with Keenan's work during the off season, training camp, and preseason games that they made him the starting left corner back this season.
While Honolulu may not be in Keenan's immediate future, he is definitely doing his part to help the Steelers make it to New Orleans and play in Super Bowl XLVII. Through six games, Keenan leads the Steelers corner backs with 27 total tackles. He is 4th on the team in total tackles and only trails Foote, Timmons, and Clark. Now that Keenan is performing well and getting better each game, Tomlin's doghouse will need a new tenant. Baron Batch and Wallace would be players on the short list. If Baron makes it, don't shine lights on the doghouse otherwise he can't see anything. If you put Wallace there, don't throw him doggie treats because he would probably drop them.
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