When the 2012 schedule came out in April, safety Ryan Mundy had a pretty good idea he would be the Steelers starting free safety on opening day against the Broncos, knowing Ryan Clark can’t play in the high altitude in Denver.
But he didn’t know he would be back in a starting role this past week against the New York Jets, this time starting for Troy Polamalu, who was sidelined with a calf injury.
“I got a pretty decent workload,” said Mundy. “My plate is pretty full right now. I still have my special team’s responsibilities and also played every snap on defense. I have to make sure I am ready, take care of my body, and get good rest. I have a full plate right now.”
Polamalu played against the Broncos in the opener, but missed practice all last week and was inactive on Sunday, giving way to Mundy.
At this point Mundy doesn’t know what Polamalu’s status will be this week against the Oakland Raiders, so unlike when he knew he would be filling in for Clark, this week he once again has to prepare not knowing whether he will be called upon to start or not.
“It’s something I have grown used to and learned how to work through,” said Mundy. “Those guys play hard each and every play. You never know when they are going to go down. I never know when I will have an opportunity or my name will be called. It’s no different with my preparation. I do my film study, my conditioning, lifting weights and making sure that I am mentally and physically ready for the game.
“It’s an unfortunate situation with Troy. He is an amazing player. I have to make sure I am ready in the event he is not. I have to continue to stay in shape, get my cardio going each and every day, make sure I am fresh, get good rest and whenever my number is called I do my best to perform.”
Whether he is starting for Clark or Polamalu, Mundy pretty much lets whichever one is in the starting lineup set the tone for how they are going to approach the game.
“When I play with Troy he is playing in the box most of the time, sometimes we will switch it up just to give a quarterback a different look,” said Mundy. “When I am playing with Ryan I can be playing in the box one play, he will be playing in the box the next play. I just like to be flexible and whatever those guys feel comfortable doing and whatever position they want to play on a particular play I will just play off of them.”
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The Steelers are no stranger to playing games in primetime, and as always players are pumped to be center stage when they travel to Denver for NBC’s Sunday Night Football this week.
“You have to love it,” said Antonio Brown. “All of your peers are watching; all football fans are all watching. It doesn’t get any better than Sunday night. Everyone is watching. It doesn’t get any better than opening the season there.”
And when the bright lights are on, everyone wants to shine.
“You play the game for these big-time games,” said Emmanuel Sanders. “That is what we live for, everyone is watching and they are watching to see the Steelers win.
“I have grown up on big time players doing big time things in big time games. Everybody wants to be that guy that makes the game winning catch on national television.”
The Steelers have had success in primetime under Coach Mike Tomlin, with a 19-7 record, including 10-4 on the road and 8-5 on Sunday Night Football.
“I love football in general, but to start the season off primetime, Sunday night, the whole country watching is what you want,” said Ryan Mundy. “It’s a big game for us and an opportunity to start our season off right as we try to pursue our goals for the 2012 season.”
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The McDonald Steelers KidZONE Show airs Sunday mornings
at 10:30 A.M. on The Pittsburgh CW.
Show begins airing on Sunday, Sept. 16 through Sunday, Dec. 30
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S RYAN MUNDY
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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Sunday, January 8
There are plenty of Terrible Towels in the crowd as the Steelers get ready for kickoff.
Steelers starting center Maurkice Pouncey is among those inactive for today’s game against the Broncos. Doug Legursky will start at center.
Also inactive are cornerback Cortez Allen, safety Ryan Clark, linebacker Mortty Ivy, tackle Jamon Meredith, running back Mewelde Moore and defensive end Al Woods.
Ryan Mundy will start at free safety for Clark.
As the Steelers prepare to take on the Broncos, running backs coach Kirby Wilson is in the thoughts of all of Steelers Nation.
“Kirby is a fighter, he is fighting,” said Coach Mike Tomlin. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family as we prepare to play this football game.”
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Tuesday, January 3
The day started off the same way it ended, with snow falling in Pittsburgh. It was one of those days that keeping up with snow removal wasn’t an easy task. The Steelers field crew did an admirable job of clearing the field bright and early, even though there wasn’t practice. But as the day wore on, they were back at it again as the field was once again covered.
There was some big news coming out of the practice facility on Tuesday, particularly during the Mike Tomlin press conference. Tomlin announced that safety Ryan Clark won’t play in Denver because of the dangers involved with having the sickle cell trait and playing in the high altitude. Tomlin said Clark was okay with the decision, as both sides know it’s for his safety and that is definitely what comes first.
With Clark out, Ryan Mundy will get the start.
“In a nutshell, he is starter capable,” said Tomlin. “He has proven that. We are comfortable with what he is capable of doing. Not only him, but we also have a great deal of confidence in Will Allen as well, who is also another veteran backup safety with starter experience. They are both quality special teams players. We have no reservations of what those guys are going to be able to do for us if called upon.”
Anthony Madison was in on Tuesday signing with the team. Madison received a warm welcome from his teammates and was thrilled to be back.
“These guys are like family. I kept in touch with a lot of them,” said Madison. “They are good solid people, from the players to the coaches to the staff. They are people you want in your corner. To see Greg Warren, (Casey) Hampton, all of the guys, it’s always great to have a warm welcome.”
Tuesday was the players’ day off but you would have never known it. There was a steady stream of players in and out of the practice facility all day, some getting treatment, others working out in the weight room and some getting in a little extra film study. They all know how important this week’s game is and everyone wants to take advantage of every minute they can to prepare.
While Clark won’t be playing this week, he will be hosting the Steelers Huddle Show taping at Heinz Field on Wednesday night with special guest Antonio Brown. Stop by and check it out.
If you haven’t had a chance to check out what Hines Ward had to say about his 1,000th career reception, you can do so by watching a one-on-one interview with him. He also said that he has plenty more left in him.
“I don’t want to retire. I don’t want to play for another team,” said Ward. “I still have two years left on my contract so I want to take it year by year.”
Don’t miss what else
he said about retirement…or lack of it.
LaMarr Woodley tries to hide from the camera
Isaac Redman works out in the weight room
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Coach Tomlin’s Press Conference
Setting up for the Mike Tomlin Show and Hines Ward interview
Snow at the start of the day … and the end of the day
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