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Bettis understands the pain

Posted by Teresa Varley on January 24, 2012 – 2:45 pm

Former Steelers running back Jerome Bettis was on the Mike & Mike Show on ESPN Radio on Tuesday and said he can relate to what Baltimore Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff is going through, even though his fate with playoff infamy turned out better.

Bettis fumbled on the Colts two-yard line with 1:20 remaining in AFC Divisional Playoffs against Indianapolis during the 2005 season, and the Colts Nick Harper recovered. But he was bailed out by the defense that held the Colts, and then Mike Vanderjagt missed a 46-yard field goal that would have tied the game. The Steelers eventually went on to win Super Bowl XL.

“I was there. I had a fumble go up in the air,” said Bettis. “I was there. For a brief moment in time, I was the goat. I know what it felt like. It’s the most demoralizing feeling in the world. You feel like you are all alone. You think everyone is looking at you; nobody wants to be around you. I was on my knee and there was nobody within 10 feet. I understand; I get it. It’s a devastating feeling for those guys. It was important to see Ray Lewis step up and say we lose as a team, we win as a team.”

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Polamalu wins appeal

Posted by Teresa Varley on January 13, 2012 – 12:00 pm

Safety Troy Polamalu won his appeal of a $10,000 fine for using a cell phone on the sidelines during the Steelers-Jaguars game in October.

Polamalu used the phone to talk to his wife and assure her he was fine after he left the game with “concussion-like symptoms.” Polamalu has a history of concussions.

He was fined as cell phone usage is prohibited, but appealed and won.

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Taylor reacts to Broncos loss

Posted by Teresa Varley on January 12, 2012 – 11:25 am

Cornerback Ike Taylor didn’t address the media following the Steelers 29-23 overtime loss to the Broncos, but spoke for the first time on Wednesday from his home in Orlando, Florida during a regular show he does for TribLive Radio.

“Unfortunately, one of my worst games of the year came at the wrong time,” said Taylor. “I reflect back and think of me being highly upset after the game. It was a terrible game for sure. Will it be the last? I don’t know. But you have to shake it off.”

Taylor said he has watched the play and the pain is still there.

“Just knowing how hard we worked to get to that moment, then everything happened on one play,” said Taylor. “It hurt. It still hurts. For me, this is worse than losing the Super Bowl. I take a lot of pride in what I do.”

Taylor is already looking ahead to the 2012 season with plans for different results.

“You have to move on,” said Taylor. “For me, that’s getting back at it.”

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Dancing with the Steelers

Posted by Teresa Varley on January 10, 2012 – 8:43 pm

Receiver Emmanuel Sanders plans on doing typical workouts this offseason, with a minor twist.

“I was talking to the trainers and I am probably going to do a little dancing,” said Sanders. “Really just rest, that is what it needs, and to use my bone stimulator every day. Just get the bone stronger and take calcium and things of that nature. “

Sanders said he plans on getting together with fellow receiver Antonio Brown to do the dancing, something the two feel will help them.

“Me and Antonio have talked about linking up in Miami and doing that,” said Sanders. “I don’t know. He actually brought that idea up. It’s good for you.”

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Redman plans on visiting Wilson

Posted by Teresa Varley on January 10, 2012 – 4:10 pm

Isaac Redman plans on visiting running backs coach Kirby Wilson, who was injured last Friday in a fire at his house.

“He had surgery yesterday, the first of many,” said Redman. “Coach Tomlin talked to us and said that he was strong enough to get through surgery. That’s a good thing.

“We can go see him and talk to him. I talked to his family. I am going to visit him and his family later today.”

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Coach Tomlin’s Press Conference

Posted by Teresa Varley on January 9, 2012 – 9:48 am

Coach Mike Tomlin will hold a press conference at 12 noon on Monday. Watch it on www.steelers.com

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Post-Game Reaction: Ben Roethlisberger

Posted by Teresa Varley on January 8, 2012 – 11:10 pm

QB Ben Roethlisberger

On not being able to put the ball in the end zone early
“It’s always disappointing. Offensively, you feel like you can do so much more, and you don’t do it. Give credit to their defense.”

On scoring the game-tying touchdown late in the fourth quarter
“You have a good feeling. But, they’re a good team. It’s hard to win when they beat you and you beat yourself.”

On not being able to score on the final drive of regulation
“We were moving it, and we had a shot. Someone got, it felt like a finger, on the ball and knocked it out. After that, you’re trying to throw a 70-yard Hail Mary, and that’s hard. It is what it is.”

On not being able to have a chance offensively in overtime
“Shock. It’s tough. I’m just really proud of the way a lot of guys played today. They stepped up.”

On seemingly not being affected by his injury in the final series
“Adreneline does some crazy things. You want to be there for your guys. You want to show them it’s about heart, and that’s what we did. We had a lot of guys do that today. It’s unfortunate that we came out on the wrong end.”

On his message to his offense in the locker room
“We feel like we really have great potential to be a really good offense. I told a lot of guys that. We can be great, we just have to put in the work in the offseason. A lot of that’s going to fall on me. We’re young. We have to try and stay healthy and see what happens.”

On his thoughts on Broncos QB Tim Tebow’s performance
“He played a good game. He made plays when he had to.”

On what he said to CB Ike Taylor
“That’s between him and I, but I told him I loved him.”

On losing momentum after his pass to WR Mike Wallace was reversed in the second quarter
“Well, it was a big play. A lot of frustrating things happened today, and that was definitely one of them.”

On backup RB Isaac Redman stepping up
“I grabbed him there at the end and told him how proud I was of him. He played a grown-man game. I’m so proud of the way he stepped up and carried the load. He did a good job, and I’m incredibly proud of him.”

On losing in the first round
“Any loss stings for me. This one’s no different. It is what it is. It’s hard to put it into words right now. It’s a frustrating thing.”

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Post-Game Reaction: Hines Ward

Posted by Teresa Varley on January 8, 2012 – 11:01 pm


On his thoughts on CB Ike Taylor
“I just feel bad. [CB] Ike [Taylor] has been playing his tail off all year long. We as teammates are always going to have his back. We lost this collectively. We are never going to say it came down to one player to lose a game. We win as a team, we lose as a team. With the overtime rules, it was a first time for most. They did what they had to do. They got the first drive and they went down and scored a touchdown. Consequently, it’s over with.”

On if he is stunned
“Stunned, yeah, it’s shocking. I never thought that one play all the way down the field for a touchdown in the first overtime; that was more shocking than anything. We were preparing for what we were going to do when we got the ball back more than anything; whether it was going to be a short field or what not. Thinking our defense would get us back on the field after a three-and-out and get the ball back. I was talking amongst all the receivers, just going over some plays, we look up and the guy is running down the field for a touchdown. That’s how fast it happens. That’s just a part of this business. You’ll be at an all-time high one second and the next second later you’ll be at an all-time low. It was a great comeback for us to even take them to overtime. We just missed out on some opportunities and plays.”

On if he thought they were going to win it at the end of regulation
“Yeah, I really thought so. [WR] Emmanuel [Sanders] made a huge catch and we had the ball at the 50 (yard line). Unfortunately we went backwards and then at the end of that last drive [CB] Champ [Bailey] just made a great play. I was thinking we had 12, maybe 18, seconds on the clock, I could catch toward the sideline. I kind of adjusted my route to try to shorten up and get to the sideline. Champ at the last minute tipped it away. It was just one of those ‘what if’ or ‘almost’ plays. That’s a part of playoff football, a game of inches. I catch that and we’re in field goal range, who knows? Maybe it all comes out different. Like I said, it’s just very shocking. We were over there talking and the next thing I know the crowd is going wild, they’re scoring a touchdown and ending the ball game.”

On his thoughts on next season
“No, I’m not even thinking about that. My heart is towards my teammates and towards this game. There are a lot of guys in this locker room battling injuries. To end it like that in overtime, to go 12-4 and have it come down to an overtime loss the way it did is sad. This will stick with (us) a lot as one of the worst games we ever lost. I thought last year losing the Super Bowl, but this is fresh on our minds and the way we lost is disappointing.”

On his future in the NFL
“I’m not even thinking about that.”

On the pass play that was tipped by Bailey
“It was all go. With 18 seconds I was trying to let [WR] Mike [Wallace] get down the field, hoping all of the guys would jump on him and I tried to sneak out on the sideline. Champ didn’t have any responsibility. It was Cover 2, he drifted back and right when the ball was coming he made a play. If he doesn’t even touch the ball, I catch it, I run out of bounds, we may have maybe eight seconds left on the clock and a possible field goal. It would have been a long one, but at Mile High, those guys are kicking it all day…Champ made a great play. He missed an opportunity, had a chance to end the game with an interception down there, but he didn’t do it. He came back. He started laughing at me, saying ‘I’m not going to let you catch that ball,’ I catch it and get and get out of bounds, there’s maybe eight or six seconds left. At least it would have given us a chance. Champ is a great cornerback. He adjusted his coverage and kind of pushed back further than he had to and made a play on the ball.”

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Post-Game Reaction: Isaac Redman

Posted by Teresa Varley on January 8, 2012 – 11:00 pm


On how he felt after the final play of the game
“Your heart kind of drops. It’s just unfortunate to fight back and fight as hard as we did to come back and to end it like that leaves a sour taste in your mouth.”

On whether he was surprised by Tebow’s performance
 “He wins games. The guy is a winner. He played real well out there tonight. I wish him luck for the rest of the season.”

On where this loss ranks with the hardest ones of his career
“When you’ve got that feeling like the offense is going to have another chance to get back out there on the field, and to look up and see a guy running down the sideline kind of takes a lot out of you.”

On whether the loss hurts more because they were playing for Running Backs Coach Kirby Wilson
“It definitely does. Probably the reason we fought so hard like we did—we’ve been fighting all season, fighting a lot of injuries, but then Coach Kirb going through what he’s going through, it kind of sucked that we couldn’t bring the game ball home for him.”

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Post-Game Reaction: Troy Polamalu

Posted by Teresa Varley on January 8, 2012 – 11:00 pm


On how he would rate Denver QB Tim Tebow’s performance
“He won; that’s all that matters. They won, I should say.”

On Tebow’s playing style
“We’ve played against a lot of double threat style quarterbacks, and I think the only thing different for us was the option. We’ve played against Seneca Wallace who scrambles really well, even Colt McCoy, but the option is what differs a little bit.”

On whether he was surprised by Tebow’s performance
“No, it really doesn’t. I don’t think (he did anything different). They made some plays. Guys got open, and we’ve seen many times on film where guys would actually drop the ball when they were wide open, and they made some good catches today, and (Tebow) put the ball in some tight places.”

On whether this core group of Steelers can make another Super Bowl run
“God willing. It’s tough to say right now, but we’re very talented and we have a lot of young guys, so we have a good mix of experience. Time will tell. It’s tough to tell at this moment.”

On the Broncos connecting on several big plays
“Any time there are big plays, it’s on us as a secondary unit. They were able to make some big plays against us today.”

On what the win means for the Broncos
“It’s good; it’s a playoff victory. They’ll be able to play New England next and that will be a good challenge for them.”

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Post-Game Reaction: Heath Miller

Posted by Teresa Varley on January 8, 2012 – 10:59 pm


On if he felt they regained control of the game when they tied it up
“Obviously we felt good about tying the ball game. I think we had another opportunity in our two-minute drill at the end of regulation. I don’t think we were too many yards out of (field goal) range and we weren’t able to take advantage of that. The bottom line is, as a team they made more plays than we made as a result they won the game.”

On if he saw the last play of the game
“Yeah, I’m sure there are many opportunities throughout the course of the game to have us not even be in that situation. It is what it is. They made a play and they won the game.”

On if the offense didn’t finish earlier in the game
“It needs to be better, it can get better. Like you said, we moved the ball earlier in the game to set up the field goals. That’s another eight points we could have had, had we knocked in touchdowns in the first quarter. Like I said, they are a good plays, they made more plays than we did during the game.”

On if he is stunned that they lost today
“Every year we set out to win the Super Bowl, and every year we don’t. It’s a disappointment. Whether we lose this week or next week, it hurts just the same. We have to get better next year.”

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Post-Game Reaction: James Farrior

Posted by Teresa Varley on January 8, 2012 – 10:50 pm


On his reaction to the game
“On defense, we felt like we let the team down. We felt like we had a good grasp of what they were going to do to us or try to do to us. They came out and made way more plays than we thought they were capable of making.”

On if their play in the first quarter gave them a false sense of security
“We thought we had the game in control. We thought we were making enough plays on defense. We thought we had a good grasp of what they were doing. They went out [in the second quarter] and had a couple big plays, got the momentum rolling and we never really got it back.”

On what surprised him about QB Tim Tebow
“Nothing, we knew that he was a competitor and that he was out there competing all day. We knew he was going to do that. We knew if we let him stay in there and kept him alive that this could happen.”

On if he was committing to the run on the last play
“Yeah, I know I did. I committed to the run. I don’t know what everybody else was doing, just an unfortunate play.”

On if he was surprised on how well threw the ball
“Yeah, he threw the ball very well. We haven’t really seen that out of him on the tapes that we watched preparing for him. He did a great job today. I give him a lot of credit. Like I said before, the guy is a competitor, so we should have expected it.”

On if Tebow did something differently today
“Not really, (he) threw the ball better.”

On the feeling of the locker room after the game
“Disappointed, everybody is disappointed. We lost a playoff game and the season is over now.”

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Post-Game Reaction: Ryan Clark

Posted by Teresa Varley on January 8, 2012 – 10:45 pm


On not being able to play in today’s game
“I really just wanted to play again, and that was the reason I tried to work hard during the week and help, but this is worse for my guys because they got to go out there and put everything on the line and gave it all to win the game. To lose and to lose in that fashion is hard, but you’ve got to tip your hat off to the Broncos and to Tim Tebow. He gets a lot of flak when things go wrong, but he played phenomenal today. He made plays for his team. It’s time to do whatever we have to do in the offseason to get ready for next year.”

On being eliminated from the playoffs so early
“It’s a different feeling. Definitely a feeling of incompletion and dissatisfaction. I just feel like we left a lot this year as a whole. To turn around on the sideline and see [DE] Brett Keisel standing there in a jacket, to see [NT] Casey Hampton standing there in a jacket, it’s a lot to overcome, but we didn’t win.”

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Post-Game Reaction: Ryan Mundy

Posted by Teresa Varley on January 8, 2012 – 10:44 pm


On the Broncos’ offense
“We knew that they were capable of big plays. They didn’t make the playoffs for no reason. It’s just tough, he (Tebow) had some time, and he’s a good scrambler so he’s going to find open guys.”

On the Broncos connecting on several big plays
“Well that’s something as a defense you definitely can’t let happen. That will make it very hard to win a game, especially when we come up on the short side there at the end, but those are plays that we pride ourselves on not letting happen.”

On the final play of the game
“We called underneath coverage, I was underneath, [CB] Ike [Taylor] was over top. I’ve got to watch the film, but I felt like I could have given him a little more help underneath. That was particularly our run-stopping defense, so I’ve just got to watch the film but I feel like I could have given more help.”

On what he would like to say to Taylor
“He’s had a fantastic season; he’s a fantastic player, but this is just a tough pill for all of us to swallow. We came out here expecting to win out the game, and came out here and fell short of our goal.”

On coming back in the fourth quarter
“Our goal is always to play 60 minutes, whether we’re down 10 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, it doesn’t matter. We still have to finish the game strong because you never know what can happen. We did that toward the end of the game, but came up a little short in OT.”

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Steelers lose in overtime

Posted by Teresa Varley on January 8, 2012 – 8:13 pm

The Steelers fall to the Denver Broncos 29-23 on the first play of overtime on an 80-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas.

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Steelers lose in overtime

Posted by Teresa Varley on January 8, 2012 – 4:50 pm


The Broncos won the toss and will receive.

The Steelers fall to the Denver Broncos 29-23 on the first play of overtime on an 80-yard touchdown pass to Demaryius Thomas.


The Steelers cut the lead to 20-13 after a one-yard carry by Mike Wallace. The touchdown was set up by a 32-yard run by Isaac Redman.

The Broncos come back with a fourth quarter field goal to extend the lead to 23-13.

The Steelers answer with a Shaun Suisham field goal – 23-16.

LaMarr Woodley comes up with a fumble recovery and the Steelers made it count with a Jerricho Cotchery touchdown – 23-23.


The Steelers got the ball to start the game and Shaun Suisham got them on the board with a 45-yard field goal for a 3-0 lead.

The defense then holds the Broncos, forcing a punt on a three-and-out.

Steve McLendon in at nose tackle for Casey Hampton.

The Steelers added to their lead with a 38-yard field goal by Suisham, Steelers 6-Broncos 0.

The Broncos came back with two long pass plays to take a 7-0 lead.

Brett Keisel injured on the touchdown.

Tim Tebow’s touchdown run gives the Broncos a 14-6 lead.

Broncos intercept Ben Roethlisberger – convert it into a field goal for a 17-6 lead.

Broncos add a field goal late in the half for a 20-6 lead.

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