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Clark will miss teammates off the field

Posted by Teresa Varley on May 31, 2012 – 3:44 pm

Safety Ryan Clark has seen teammates come and go, with others stepping in to pick up the slack on the field. Clark knows the same will be the case on the field this year after the team lost James Farrior, Aaron Smith and Will Gay this offseason.

“As far as football, it’s going to roll on,” said Clark. “This organization won six Super Bowls for a reason. They know how to get the right people in the right position and allow them to play football. As far as the leadership I think everyone is doing what they have been doing all along and the leadership process happens naturally.”

But it’s off the field where he will miss guys who were more than teammates, they were friends.

“It’s the off the field stuff and the behind the scenes things that you miss the most,” said Clark. “James Farrior was the guy with the remote every morning when we had a break. He is the guy that gave the speech after we had a prayer. Aaron always said the same thing when we broke the huddle. You miss those things. Will Gay danced in the circle before we started the game. It’s the little things like that that hit you every now and then.”

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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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Steelers Playoff Diary – 1/2

Posted by Teresa Varley on January 2, 2012 – 9:12 pm

Monday, January 2

The Steelers were back at work on Monday attending meetings and hitting the weight room, getting ready for their playoff journey.

Hines Ward sat down for an interview that will be seen on Steelers.com, sharing with us his thoughts on his 1,000th career reception. Ward also showed off the football that was the 1000th catch, something that he is sure to keep for a long time.

Ward has caught passes from 13 different players during his career, including Kordell Stewart, Mike Tomczak, Jerome Bettis, Pete Gonzalez, Kent Graham, Tommy Maddox, Antwaan Randle El, Charlie Batch, Ben Roethlisberger, Dennis Dixon, Cedrick Wilson, Byron Leftwich and Emmanuel Sanders. Ward rattled off the list for us during the interview, but even he missed a few of them – not naming Wilson or Gonzalez, whose only NFL completion was to Ward.

Several players stopped by the team’s media room after meetings to talk about this week’s game, including linebacker James Farrior who weighed in on Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.

“I have to admit that I was a fan of ‘Tebow Time,’” said Farrior. “I’ve been watching and cheering him on, but it’s totally different now.”

Farrior said like many he has paid attention to all of the talk about the quarterback who has become known for his late game heroics.

“Just all the media hype about it, a lot of people hated on him,” said Farrior. “I root for the underdogs. He was sort of an underdog. A lot of the coaches and staff members were on his case. I don’t think they really believed in him. I think he showed it, and they believed in him.”

Hines Ward holds 1000th catch football during Steelers.com interview

Max Starks in the media room post-meetings

Heath Miller in the media room post-meetings

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Post-Game Reaction: James Farrior

Posted by Teresa Varley on January 1, 2012 – 10:34 pm

(On the weather)- “I think both teams settled into the running game today.  It was one of those games where we knew they were going to run the ball a lot, especially with Hillis in the backfield.  In these types of conditions you know its going to be a run battle and we had to be ready for it.”

(On Ryan Clark’s ability to play in Denver)- “It’s going to be tough.  He is one of the vocal leaders on this team.  Hopefully the medical staff can get him back out there.  Whenever you miss a guy like that it’s going to hurt.”

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Post-Game Reaction: James Farrior

Posted by Teresa Varley on December 20, 2011 – 3:17 am

Linebacker James Farrior Post-Game Reaction:

Talk about the power outage.
“This is a pretty old place, or they didn’t pay their light bill.”

After the game tonight, would you be happy to never play here again?
“It doesn’t matter, we didn’t play our best game today. They played how they wanted to play. You have to give those guys all of the credit, they deserve it. They whooped us.”  

They had some pretty big strikes out there, a couple big plays, how do you account for that?
“We will go back and look at the tape on Wednesday and see where we went wrong, but it definitely wasn’t our best effort today.”

Do you still have a shot for the top seed?
“We are not worried about top seed or anything else. We have two games left in the season and we want to finish up strong.”

Can you talk about [QB] Ben Roethlisberger preparing the whole week and giving it his all and sometimes it doesn’t go the way he wants by not being 100%?
“We have become used to Ben being like that. He is a tough veteran player. He plays through injuries and plays hurt all of the time. We definitely wanted him to be out there with us, but it was just one of those days that wasn’t our day.”

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Steelers think 49ers have right formula

Posted by Teresa Varley on December 14, 2011 – 8:26 pm

There was a consistent theme listening to Steelers players talk about the San Francisco 49ers as they prepare to play on Monday night.

“They have the formula down that we believe around here, control the ball on offense and play good defense,” said safety Troy Polamalu. “Their defense is not out there a lot so they are able to play high energy defense and do it well. They are in every game in the fourth quarter and they have been winning.”

Linebacker James Farrior agreed.

“They do a great job of controlling the ball on offense and playing great defense,” said Farrior. “(Alex Smith) is doing a good job. He is managing them well. He is making good decisions and not turning the ball over.”

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Player Post-Game Comments

Posted by Teresa Varley on December 4, 2011 – 4:18 pm

LB James Farrior

General comment on team’s good play
“It’s even more important in December. These are the games that count. These are the games that are going to put you in place to make your run. We’re just trying to keep up in the division. We’re behind in the division right now, so we have to keep winning. That’s all we can focus on. 

“We’re in it now. Right now, is our time. We can’t afford to lose any game. So we’re going to have to play every game like it’s a playoff game. We already started our playoffs.”

LB LaMarr Woodley

How did the hamstring feel today?
“I feel good. It just got a little tired. I wasn’t expecting to play the entire game anyway. Once the score started going up a little bit, I took advantage of it. I just kind of walked the sidelines and let Jason Worilds go out there and do what he’s been doing every week.”

Does this affect you at all for Thursday? Will you be good to go?
“I should be good on Thursday. It’s a short week, but we knew coming into the game that it was going to be a short week. So the approach this week was just to be smart about the hamstring, period. I wasn’t going to play the whole game and once we started putting points on the board, [we decided] to let the guys go in and take care of it.”

Did it tighten up at all?
“No, it just got a little bit fatigued. It’s been a full month – 35 days since the last time I played. We knew that it was going to get tired. So that’s why the game plan was not to go in there and play the entire game.”

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Steelers injury update

Posted by Teresa Varley on November 8, 2011 – 12:11 pm

Emmanuel Sanders had his knee scoped on Monday and Coach Mike Tomlin said it was deemed a success, but could miss a couple of weeks. Daniel Sepulveda also underwent surgery on Monday.

Wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery has swelling on his knee and might be limited in practice early in the week.

Hines Ward appears to be doing well with concussion-like symptoms. He will be assessed again on Wednesday, but should be okay to go this week.

James Harrison had no issues coming off of his injury and LaMarr Woodley and James Farrior will be evaluated this week.

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Hearing from LeBeau

Posted by Teresa Varley on November 4, 2011 – 8:44 am

Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau  talked to the media after practice on Thursday. Here are a few of his comments.

Has defense become a means of survival in the AFC North?
I think right now you can say that the defenses in the AFC North are playing very well and I think that is just a fact from the numbers. I guess it is just the way it is this year. Everybody is playing pretty good.

How are you going to handle all of these star players going down? They keep saying Coach LeBeau will figure it out. Actually, we had quite a few guys out last week. When LaMarr (Woodley) went down, James Farrior was already out, and James Harrison was out, so that is pretty much the situation, worse case here. All we can do is give them some different practice scenarios, and let them get as comfortable as they can get in the roles that they may be playing. The rest of it is up to them. I think I have equal or more confidence in them than they have me. I think they can figure it out and compete.

From a coaching point of view is it easier to just go to the next guy on the depth chart and say give it a shot or do you have to be a little more drastic in a scenario like this and do some more four-three?
I think you have to be a little more careful of what you are asking the people out there to do. But we have plans B and C from training camp. Invariably at some place in the season you are going to need them. Unfortunately in this season we have needed them just about every week. But these things we try to rehearse when we have the time at training camp to practice some different scenarios, so we have a plan if this happens or that happens. These guys have been through this but it is a little different going out under full-scale fire and playing it. So they have really done a great job and we’ve got a big challenge, we’ve still got some guys missing.

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