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Atlanta Dan
10-26-2007, 06:05 AM
Free safety Ryan Clark (inflamed spleen) did not practice for the second day in a row and might not play against the Bengals

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07299/828705-66.stm

With the problems in the pass coverage this is not good news, even though this same story reports Ocho Cinco has bad ankle and also has not practiced.

The vibe around this game has not improved for me as the week has progressed.

LambertLunatic
10-26-2007, 07:14 AM
I like Ryan Clark, but he's hanging onto his starting job by a thread. There's no measurable dropoff with Smith in there instead. If Clark is out for a couple of weeks, it'll only get Smith more experience for the stretch run.

Counselor
10-26-2007, 08:31 AM
I like Ryan Clark, but he's hanging onto his starting job by a thread. There's no measurable dropoff with Smith in there instead. If Clark is out for a couple of weeks, it'll only get Smith more experience for the stretch run.

Don't kid yourself---Clark will be missed. He is like a safety version of Deshea Townsend----they might not be the hardest hitters or the most athletic, but they play smart----which is why they have the starting jobs. Against an offense like Cincy---playing smart is important.

That said, Smith is a very capable back up. Aaron Smith's absence is the one that concerns me more.

SCSTILLER
10-26-2007, 08:43 AM
Don't kid yourself---Clark will be missed. He is like a safety version of Deshea Townsend----they might not be the hardest hitters or the most athletic, but they play smart----which is why they have the starting jobs. Against an offense like Cincy---playing smart is important.

That said, Smith is a very capable back up. Aaron Smith's absence is the one that concerns me more.

I have to agree with you on this one. Smith is capable of being in there, but with the offense that Cincy runs, I would rather have Clark. But, I am looking forward to Smith laying out Ocho Cinco and TJ Whateverthehellhisameis! Hopefully the opportunity will be there.

And again, I do beleive Aaron Smiths absence will be missed more! Heres to a win over the Bungles:cheers:

revefsreleets
10-26-2007, 09:28 AM
Anthony Smith brings it, though. He's a playmenker and a ball hog. I think he'll shine if he gets more playing time.

rbryan
10-26-2007, 10:18 AM
I thought Clark looked bad on more than a few plays in Denver. It now appears he was playing hurt, so you have to take that into consideration. Bottom line, if he's hurt theres not much to debate, gotta go with Smith.

tony hipchest
10-26-2007, 10:36 AM
I thought Clark looked bad on more than a few plays in Denver. It now appears he was playing hurt, so you have to take that into consideration. Bottom line, if he's hurt theres not much to debate, gotta go with Smith.he admitted he was pretty winded and couldnt catch his breath after special teams to recover and immediately go back to playing defense, like he normally does.

had more been known about his condition, im almost sure he would not have been playing on special teams in denver.

Galax Steeler
10-27-2007, 06:34 AM
I think if he was playing hurt he should have pulled himself out of the game to help his team.I would like to see more of smith.

Steeldude
10-27-2007, 07:38 AM
i hope he plays. i don't want to see smith in there. all i have seen from him are a few good hits and about a dozen lame dances. more to football than getting a good hit.

Galax Steeler
10-27-2007, 07:42 AM
i hope he plays. i don't want to see smith in there. all i have seen from him are a few good hits and about a dozen lame dances. more to football than getting a good hit.

There is more to smith than a few good hits and lame dances he is around the ball on almost every play and he is also making plays defending the pass and intercepting some passes he is our future safety.

The Duke
10-27-2007, 02:04 PM
i hope he plays. i don't want to see smith in there. all i have seen from him are a few good hits and about a dozen lame dances. more to football than getting a good hit.

You don't like Smith?? I think that's a first

He obviously has made some mistakes, mostly mental mistakes, and we have all seen that, but he's a playmaker, and he was a rookie last season so it was kinda obvious he was going to make some mistakes and screw up on some plays.

But if you look at this year he's been staying more in position which is what we want out of him so Troy can roam around the field, and an obvious example of that is the interception he got against denver, he stayed in position and followed the receiver and made the play.

Now his hits are a great thing, but Clark's smarter than him, and he's teaching Anthony. Soon you will want to see anthony out there on the field all the time :helmet:

Boomerang
10-27-2007, 04:15 PM
If fit i,d like Clark to start but i think Smith has matured this year and will do a capable job if needed

Welcome To Smashmouth
10-27-2007, 08:46 PM
I'm not rooting against Clark, but A. Smith's arrival as a regular Black 'N Gold starter is about to hit primetime in a memorable form

steeler625
10-27-2007, 08:57 PM
Ryan is not a savior by any means, but he is a solid player, if he misses our game tomorrow, Cincy is the last team I want to play with a wounded secondary.

Preacher
10-27-2007, 09:01 PM
I'm not rooting against Clark, but A. Smith's arrival as a regular Black 'N Gold starter is about to hit primetime in a memorable form

I agree. I really believe A. Smith is the future at FS. his ball-hawking ability and hard hitting will put the fear in WR's going deep.

I say start the future now.

And then sign Clark to a nice long contract... so we have NO questions at safety for a LONG LONG time.

SteelersMongol
10-27-2007, 10:01 PM
I like them both. :tt02: Anyone of those two would be just as good as the other. :cheers: For those who think Clark is better than Smith, and we need Clark better than Smith against the Bungholes here is this fine youtube clip. Enjoy. :bouncy:

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Welcome To Smashmouth
10-28-2007, 11:34 PM
Looks like this wasn't an issue at all after seeing Smith's performance against Cincy!

#27 was on every lucky television set tuned to the game every other frame!! I think he finished the game with 34 tackles...

Preacher
10-28-2007, 11:57 PM
Looks like this wasn't an issue at all after seeing Smith's performance against Cincy!

#27 was on every lucky television set tuned to the game every other frame!! I think he finished the game with 34 tackles...:sofunny::sofunny:

Yeah, he did seem to turn up quite a bit... a couple nice hits as well, just kinda saying, "Hello!"