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83-Steelers-43
09-11-2007, 11:08 PM
Steelers' Tomlin doesn't name starting fullback
By Scott Brown and John Harris
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin talked a lot but said little about the situation at fullback today during his weekly news conference. He did not commit to starting Carey Davis, who is first on the depth chart, or Dan Kreider, when the Steelers host the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. In fact, Tomlin said Matt Spaeth could get the starting nod if the Steelers open the 1 p.m. game at Heinz Field in a two-tight end set. Davis started the Steelers' season opener last Sunday, but Kreider also played in the team's 34-7 win over Cleveland. Tomlin said both Davis and Kreider won't necessarily be active for every game. The makeup of the Steelers' 45-man roster for games will be determined by injuries as well as the team's game plan.

? Former Steelers center Chukky Okobi said yesterday he will sign a one-year contract with the Arizona Cardinals, who are coached by former Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.

"Pittsburgh will always be a part of me, but I've gotta move on," Okobi, a Pittsburgh native, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "After everything that went down here, I didn't really fit in."

Okobi, who started seven games in six seasons with the Steelers, was released Sept. 1. Okobi is expected to contend for playing time right away since starting center Al Johnson was injured in Arizona's Monday night game against San Francisco. In Arizona, Okobi will also be reunited with assistant coach/offensive line coach Russ Grimm, who held the same position with the Steelers.

? If the New England Patriots are indeed guilty of trying to steal signals last Sunday by videotaping the New York Jets' defensive coach, Tomlin won't be surprised.
"Usually where there's smoke, there's fire," Tomlin said. "Those rumors are usually founded on something. It's not really shocking, no."

Tomlin was asked if the Steelers take measures to prevent opponents from stealing their signals.

"We do, but we'd like to keep our methods private so we can continue to be successful," Tomlin said laughing.

? Tomlin said he doesn't think the Bills will be distracted, even though one of Buffalo's players sustained a serious spine injury last Sunday. Tight end Kevin Everett fractured his cervical spine while making a tackle on special teams in Buffalo's 15-14 loss to the Denver Broncos.

"I wish that young man the very best," Tomlin said. "I'm sure that sent shockwaves around this league, not just in Buffalo. But those guys are professionals. I expect those guys to get it together from a professionalism standpoint and be ready to play come Sunday."

? Injury report: Starting cornerback Deshea Townsend is hampered by a minor groin injury, but he is expected to play Sunday.

"Maybe he'll miss a day or two of preparation," Tomlin said.

Digits

1 - Steelers' rank in the NFL (tied with the Bengals) in turnover margin.

45.5 - Sacks Bills defensive end Aaron Schobel has had since 2003, second only to Jason Taylor during that time.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_526916.html

ShutDown24
09-11-2007, 11:16 PM
Hmm... I say why even name a starter? List both as the starter and put them in when their individual strengths call for it.

83-Steelers-43
09-11-2007, 11:16 PM
"After everything that went down here, I didn't really fit in."

And what exactly "went down" ? Beside you not stepping up to the plate when you were actually healthy and getting beat out by Mahan and Philip?

Preacher
09-12-2007, 12:06 AM
And what exactly "went down" ? Beside you not stepping up to the plate when you were actually healthy and getting beat out by Mahan and Philip?


Why thank you! I am amazed how it can be anyone but his fault. If he pushed, he would have played. If not... Good bye.

Galax Steeler
09-12-2007, 03:40 AM
I didn't know pittsburgh had a second team in arizona.

Preacher
09-12-2007, 03:41 AM
I didn't know pittsburgh had a second team in arizona.


Yep...

Its the Junior Varsity

lamberts-lost-tooth
09-12-2007, 03:46 AM
"Pittsburgh will always be a part of me, but I've gotta move on," Okobi, a Pittsburgh native, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

:dang:.....Uh....yea.

I think I used those exact words when I was dumped by my college girlfriend.

GBMelBlount
09-12-2007, 06:57 AM
Yep...

Its the Junior Varsity

:sofunny:

Elvis
09-12-2007, 07:48 AM
First of all... good luck to Okobi. But the Steelers did what they had to do.
I think that the Steelers are crazy not to start Kreider over Davis at this point in both players careers.
:tt02:

onthebus36
09-12-2007, 09:50 AM
"Okobi, who started seven games in six seasons with the Steelers"

I think that speaks volumes about him. He had a chance to step up to starter and didn't.

Dino 6 Rings
09-12-2007, 02:40 PM
Okobi had a really tough injury to get through, and I'm happy he was able to stay an active member of the NFL after what happened to his neck. I wish him the best of luck, espeically on Pittsburgh West. aka Arizona Cardinals.

I look forward to knocking the Snot out of them on Sept 30th.

I will once again root for Ken, Gus, Chuck and Fitzgerald (GO PITT) on Sept 31st. Its actually refreshing to FINALLY have an NFC team to pull for once in a while.

rog
09-12-2007, 02:51 PM
I don't understand why it matters who starts at fullback. If the play requirers a better blocker I bet Kreider will be in if it is a running or a recieving situation for the fullback I bet Davis will be in. The start doesn't really mean anything in the big picture the important thing for Kreider and Davis now is to be ready when called upon.

Atlanta Dan
09-12-2007, 02:51 PM
"All that went on" is Tomlin makes you earn your position rather than keep underperforming vets on the team as some sort of lifetime achievement award.

In Okobi's defense it may only sound like he is playing the victim card or maybe his locker is close to Faneca's and he has overheard too many sound bites (although Alan appears to have zipped it since the season started)

In terms of who plays and who does not, no apparent word on whether Reid dresses this week (i guess not) or why Coclough is still on the team.

Dino 6 Rings
09-12-2007, 03:05 PM
Tomlin is coaching his team to win. Not naming a starter at Fullback makes the Bills have to game plan for the potential for both, more work for the Bills. It won't matter who starts, it'll matter who's lined up in what situation. 1st and 10 with Davis in the backfield, most likely we'll be passing right?...or will we? Krieder lined up as full back, well that's an obvious run play right? Or is it?

Great job by Tomlin, keep the other team guessing worrying about the unknown. Keeps our guys competetive in practice, no one is "given" a job on this team. Its earned and that is the spark plug that will move this team through the season into the Playoffs and onto...dare I say, a name change for me to Dino 6 Rings...

Preacher
09-12-2007, 03:38 PM
Tomlin is coaching his team to win. Nonaming a starter at Fullback makes the Bills have to came plan for the potential for both, more work for the Bills. It won't matter who starts, it'll matter who's lined up in what situation. 1st and 10 with Davis in the backfield, most likely we'll be passing right?...or will we? Krieder lined up as full back, well that's an obvious run play right? Or is it?

Great job by Tomlin, keep the other team guessing worrying about the unknown. Keeps our guys competetive in practice, no one is "given" a job on this team. Its earned and that is the spark plug that will move this team through the season into the Playoffs and onto...dare I say, a name change for me to Dino 6 Rings...

That makes sense... It doesn't tip our hand either way.

KOMMANDO
09-13-2007, 02:45 AM
I agree.. This is great strategy by Tomlin.. Both guys will play ( I think after the clev game they figured out they still need krieder's blocking and not just on goaline situations) so let them both see significant time and who cares who starts.. Play # 2 bring the other guy in the game.

Crushzilla
09-13-2007, 03:00 AM
I will once again root for Ken, Gus, Chuck and Fitzgerald (GO PITT) on Sept 31st. Its actually refreshing to FINALLY have an NFC team to pull for once in a while.

And Sean Morey, Mike Barr, Rodney Bailey, and soon Alan Faneca, that's not even mentioning the Pitt and PSU guys they have.

Haiku_Dirtt
09-13-2007, 03:21 AM
[QUOTE=83-Steelers-43;292589]And what exactly "went down" ? Beside you not stepping up to the plate when you were actually healthy and getting beat out by Mahan and Phillips?[/QUOTE

And the fact that this ended this way finally brings closure to the question that I'm guessing most of us were keeping on the back burner because there really weren't smoke and fire - just Jeff Hartings.

But the inevitable departure of Hartings had been dampered by the Steelers seeming nod of approval with rather generous contracts for Okobi.

"Okay Y'ALL know, I sure as hell don't" is all a fan could hang their hat on.

SO ECHO THIS AGAIN!

"Beside you not stepping up to the plate when you were actually healthy and getting beat out by Mahan and Phillips?"

I watched enough of Phillips at Cal and he played tough against a number of players who fill rosters in the NFL. But this is not the answer. So I can only now say with confidence what I think we all suspected in some way is that say Okobi cashed paychecks for a living.

When the Steelers FINALLY called his number he's at the end of the line?:dang: