Hard Hat Award (Game #13, @
No one is the winner of the weekly Hard Hat Award, given to the Stiller player who best embodies the iron-tough, hard-as-steel attitude of the steel workers inside the blast furnace of a still mill.
In yet another lethargic effort, this time versus the 1-11 Browns, the team slopped and slathered its way thru 60 minutes of lukewarm, uninspired football. The hitting was weak and feeble, as evidenced by the Browns� rushing for 171 yards. The special teams was once again a cluster. The offense never once imposed its will on the opposing defense, despite this being a Clev defense that ranked dead last in the NFL and also missing 5 starters.
Few, if any, players were in consideration after this vomity slopfest. Brett Keisel drew some consideration for his continued solid play. He seems to be one of the few players who hasn�t yet mailed it in.
It bears repeating that there is almost always -- if not always -- a strong correlation between the number of players in consideration for the Hard Hat, and if the team won or lost. Simply put, Hard Hat kind of football leads to victory; pansy football (a term used here long before Troy Pola popularized it) leads to defeat. Given the poor effort and lack of toughness this past Sunday -- especially on the defense -- it should come as no surprise that the Stillers got beaten.
Kudos to no one for winning the Hard Hat Award. Don�t wear the Hard Hat proudly, fellas.
Previous 2009 Hard Hat Winners:
Game #1, vs.
Game #2, @
Game #3, @ Cinci: Mike Wallace (honorable mention to Alice Cooper bassist Chuck Garric)
Game #4, vs.
Game #5, @
Game #6, vs.
Game #7, vs.
Game #8, @
Game #9, vs. Cinci: No one
Game #10, @ KC: Rashard Mendenhall
Game #11, @
Game #13, vs. Oak: No one