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The Duke
02-02-2008, 01:34 AM
hopefully this is the beginning of this young man's trasition into an NFL starter :thumbsup:

PHOENIX -- Steelers safety Anthony Smith made another guarantee this week.

It's not what you think.

In the tradition of Smith's infamous victory guarantee against the New England Patriots last December and former Steelers receiver Plaxico Burress' predicting a New York Giants win over the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, Smith vowed to curb his on-field aggressiveness next season.

Within reason, of course.

"I can't be so aggressive," said Smith, who is in Arizona for the Super Bowl. "By that I mean knowing when to be aggressive.

"I won't change," Smith, a third-round draft pick in 2006 who may be the Steelers' most physical defender, promised Thursday. "If I stopped being aggressive, I wouldn't be the same player. It's just knowing when to be aggressive.''

In the Steelers' 34-13 loss at New England Dec. 9, Smith was victimized on a pair of Tom Brady touchdown bombs. Brady threw over the top to beat Smith, the last line of defense who aggressively came up both times to stop the run.

Smith admitted that his fierce pride to always make the big hit may have gotten the better of him.

"New England never runs to Randy Moss' side," Smith said. "On the first touchdown (a 63-yarder from Brady to Moss) they (faked a run) to his side. I came up for the run and we were in a Cover 2. I have to stay back."

New England later burned the Steelers on a flea-flicker. Brady tossed a lateral to Moss, who threw it back to Brady. Brady lofted a 56-yard touchdown strike to Jabar Gaffney, the ball landing just beyond Smith's reach.

The object of local and national ridicule for his performance against New England, Smith said he wouldn't change anything regarding his failed guarantee.

"I stand by what I said. But I didn't use the word guarantee. I said if we played the way we're capable of, we would win. I still feel the same way," said Smith, who, despite losing his starting job to veteran Tyrone Carter in the playoff loss against Jacksonville, insists the criticism he received didn't affect his play, or his confidence.

Burress, like Smith, was asked to predict the final score of tomorrow's Giants-Patriots clash. And, like Smith, Burress refused to give reporters a politically correct no-comment.

Burress not only predicted a Giants' victory, but he also offered the final score: 23-17.

Everyone -- from Giants coach Tom Coughlin to Brady -- has weighed in on Burress' guarantee. None of the responses has been favorable toward Burress, who will be hailed as a heroic visionary if the Giants win but a misguided fool if they lose to what many consider the best team in NFL history.

Just like Smith.

"I know what Plaxico is going through," said Smith, whose prediction has been linked with Burress all week. "If you're a football player, you have to believe you're better than the man across from you."

And if you're Anthony Smith, you understand that you better back up your tough words with more positive results.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_550407.html

good for him, playing smart, that's what he's asked to do and hopefully he gets the job done

I haven't given up on him and I can't wait to see him next season

Preacher
02-02-2008, 01:51 AM
A couple things I like.

The first is his understanding that he has to be more judicious in his aggression, while not backing off when he needs to be aggressive. Excellent idea. Now I just hope he can do it.

the other thing is his correcting what he said, but standing behind what he actually said. For some reason, I just like it.

Aussie_steeler
02-02-2008, 02:59 AM
"I know what Plaxico is going through," said Smith, whose prediction has been linked with Burress all week. "If you're a football player, you have to believe you're better than the man across from you."

Unfortunately you are not allowed to believe this when you play the patriots or else you will get ridiculed by the media and the pats.

I like his outlook in this article. Yes he has a chip on his shoulder but he is never going to let us see it. Time to move on and just do your job smarter.

Galax Steeler
02-02-2008, 04:48 AM
Sounds like smith is getting ready to take on some resposabilitys, I hope he turns out to be one of the best safetys in the league.

Elvis
02-02-2008, 07:28 AM
"I won't change," Smith, a third-round draft pick in 2006 who may be the Steelers' most physical defender, promised Thursday. "If I stopped being aggressive, I wouldn't be the same player. It's just knowing when to be aggressive.
:coffee:
In my opinion, this is the most important thing that
he said in this article. Dont stop being aggressive,
just be smarter about when he should be very
aggressive.

Elvis
02-02-2008, 07:29 AM
Sounds like smith is getting ready to take on some resposabilitys, I hope he turns out to be one of the best safetys in the league.
Nice post..
I agree 100%
:tt02:

lamberts-lost-tooth
02-02-2008, 07:35 AM
Nothing wrong with being aggressive...but football is a game of controlled aggression....Let Anthony learn schemes...learn how to work in tandem with the other players in the secondary...and not bite on play fakes but stay within the parameters of the called play....and he will be a great player.

Elvis
02-02-2008, 07:55 AM
Nothing wrong with being aggressive...but football is a game of controlled aggression....Let Anthony learn schemes...learn how to work in tandem with the other players in the secondary...and not bite on play fakes but stay within the parameters of the called play....and he will be a great player.
Good Point Lambert
He just needs to keep his eyes on the reciever and not get pulled back in on the play action fakes. He just hasnt got the speed to do that and get back in position to make the tackle. Rod Woodson was the best in the business in my opinion at that. But he had sprinters speed to make back up and atleast make the tackle.
:coffee:

stillers4me
02-02-2008, 08:01 AM
Sounds like smith is getting ready to take on some resposabilitys, I hope he turns out to be one of the best safetys in the league.

Take that to the bank, Beliprick.

By the time that ******* raked Smith through the coals, I actually felt sorry for him. Hopefully, the whole incident turns into a positive and when Smith next meets the Pats* (19-0 patented pending), he will wipe the smirk off Brady's face without any help for James Harrison. :thumbsup:

SteelCityMan786
02-02-2008, 10:13 AM
Not running his mouth would be a good improvement for him to.

rbryan
02-02-2008, 10:27 AM
He can learn to be a smarter player and I think he will.

You can't teach someone to throw thier body around like this kid does. Not many players have the combination of ballz and physical ability to hit like him. He will be just fine.

83-Steelers-43
02-02-2008, 11:42 AM
"I know what Plaxico is going through," said Smith

And if you would have kept your mouth shut, you wouldn't know what Plax is "going through". No sympathy here. But hey, if we wants to continue making an ass out himself in front of opposing teams, fans and his own coaching staff, go for it. See how long you last.

SteelCurtain
02-02-2008, 01:08 PM
And if you would have kept your mouth shut, you wouldn't know what Plax is "going through". No sympathy here. But hey, if we wants to continue making an ass out himself in front of opposing teams, fans and his own coaching staff, go for it. See how long you last.

Not running his mouth would be a good improvement for him to.

I continue to fail to see how Smith ran his mouth. This is what I saw and heard on the interview, he said that if the steelers played the way they are capable of playing then they will win. Where is the guarantee in that? I hope that's what a football player or any other athlete of another sport would say about their team. How is this running his mouth? You people have blinders on, which limits you seeing past your nose. All this was blown totally out of proportion and the media once again took someones comments out of context. You are probably the type of people that actually believe Saddam Hussein was responsible for the attacks on 9/11 and that there was WMD's in Iraq. You believe whatever the media monster feeds you...

83-Steelers-43
02-02-2008, 01:15 PM
Apparently our own coach had a problem with it, judging that he went out of his way to address it during a team meeting, but what does he know right? He must have had his "blinders" on at the time......

"Guarantees aren't worth the paper they're written on," a clearly annoyed Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said yesterday. "It's not about what we say. It's about what we do."

All coaches loathe distractions. Tomlin felt this one was significant enough to address it a team meeting. His message -- not just to Smith, but to all the players -- was speak for yourself, not for the squad or the organization.

" 'Write your own checks. Don't write 'em for the whole team,' " Smith recalled, presumably getting the message, although, considering his track record, that might be an overly optimistic presumption.

Many of the Steelers, though not as annoyed as Tomlin, didn't seem to appreciate Smith's guarantee even though they know he's recklessly emotional. They saw that last season, his rookie season, when he high-stepped like a show horse after an interception at Carolina, showed up defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau on the sideline in the seconds afterward and received a public scolding from then-coach Bill Cowher, who said, "He learned from it."

Well, not exactly.

Smith was run over by Cleveland's Jamal Lewis on one play a few weeks ago, then tackled Lewis on the next play and stood over him and taunted him, drawing a personal foul penalty.

So much for learning not to be an idiot.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07341/839923-87.stm

Then again, we can just blame the media for the idiocy and immaturity Smith has shown over the last two years, that seems to work. I'm sure Tomlin would be all for that. It's not like the man preaches personal responsibility on a regular basis.

MarylandSteeler
02-02-2008, 01:40 PM
I agree I think that Smith needs to learn how to control his mouth, now I am not saying that he needs to not say anything but I think that he needs to learn what to say and when to say it, although I like where his head is in being aggressive when he needs to be and not be aggressive when he doesn't.

Once again we are back on the whole media thing, where someone says that they were misqouted and that the media is just looking for a story.

If anyone watched Stan last night there was a caller that asked about the gurantee that Smith made compared to what Burress said. Stan said that the reporter that asked the question first asked Smith twice about the gurantee, and then once other reporters heard about it that they went and asked Smith personally if he was going to stand by that statement, and everytime each reporter asked him he said the same thing. Smith made a gurantee, and there is not side stepping that, he not only said it once but he told different reporters the same thing each time he was asked.

Just say no comment, or I am not going to answer that, don't get yourself in trouble with saying stupid things, think before you speak, and not eveyone can be like Joe Nameth when it comes to predictions.

Rhee Rhee
02-02-2008, 01:41 PM
idk... it's great that he's gonna change but he has to start calming down... the angrier you get on the field the more mistakes occur.. that is his problem and he has to fix it..

following a recent post about his 4.7 speed i'm a little skeptical about how "great" a safety he can be...

19ward86
02-02-2008, 01:49 PM
he threw himself out of a lot of plays, but he also led us in tackles time after time.

Dino 6 Rings
02-07-2008, 05:59 PM
The guy played at Syracuse...think about that for a second...how good do you think the D-line and Linebackers at Syracuse actually were? Probably not that good, so he had to spend most of his time at safety engaged in Run Support. That's probably what got him noticed in the first place by the Steelers. A safety that tackles running backs is something everyone wants. So he needs to be more a cover guy, but his habit and style is run support.

steelpride12
02-07-2008, 09:17 PM
He is a young frisky player who is finally transitioning himself into a fine lean NFL player.
He is realizing the foolish game style he plays and is realizing what he should and should not do on the field.
I still see alot of sparkle in this young mans eye and im sure over they years he will turn into a fine run of the mill hard hitting safety!

lilyoder6
02-07-2008, 09:42 PM
i think when he improves his cov skill we will have a sick safetyu tandem.. i just hope he can become better and possibly start over clark whether he can't play due to injury or smith becomes smarter and beats him out.. and get a replacement for carter..

paw-n-maul-u
02-08-2008, 04:50 AM
Let's just hope Ryan Clark comes back healthy. While smith might have good upside, he still has a lot to learn, too many people got excited by a couple wide open flyball interceptions in preseason games and a big hit on Housh.

i would be really excited about a healthy steelers defense next year the way it's shaping up.

RoethlisBURGHer
02-08-2008, 01:24 PM
I think Anthony Smith has all the potential to become one of the top safties in the NFL. The problem is, right now all he has is potential. If he does the things he says he will do, that's a huge step to turning that potential into a reality.

If he ends up starting at any point this season, I hope it's because he beat out Ryan Clark for the job and not injury to Ryan Clark. That will tell me that he's earned the coaching staff's trust.

And about the gaurantee. Anthony Smith never used the word "gaurantee". He was asked a point blank question, who will win the football game. Would you rather have him say that the Steelers have not chance of winning. I think he said it the best way it could have been said, that if the Steelers played the way they are capable of playing they would win the game. The media blew that way out of proportion. I didn't see it as him running his mouth.

And the reason Tomlin had to address the issue in a team meeting is because of the fact it was taken out of context and turned from a "we have the ability to win the game if we play out best" comment and turned into a "gaurantee" due to the media twist.

Tony19
02-10-2008, 10:08 AM
His statements before the Pat's game were so overglorified by the press it wasn't even funny. That just shows you ESPN will do anything for a story. But even if the 'Burgh didn't give it to 'em, the Cheatriots still got theirs.

lilyoder6
02-10-2008, 10:16 AM
i just hope we can stay healthy in the later stages of the season and still have 1 of the top def and top running game..

Dino 6 Rings
02-13-2008, 12:16 PM
Even though overplayed, a young player needs to keep his mouth shut and talk about "If we play our best, we have the talent to win" but not gaurentee a win. That's just silly.

lilyoder6
02-13-2008, 12:34 PM
it wasn't the gaurentee that burres made in the sB. burress just came out and said we will win, smith came out and said if we play to the ability they know they can they can win

Dino 6 Rings
02-13-2008, 01:00 PM
"People keep asking me if we're ready for the Patriots," Smith said. "They should be asking if they're ready for us."

"We're going to win," Smith said. "Yeah, I can guarantee a win. As long as we come out and do what we got to do. Both sides of the ball are rolling, and if our special teams come through for us, we've got a good chance to win."

Althouth he said as a disclaimer "as long as we come out..." he did say, "I can gaurentee" and that is all that was focussed on. fairly or not, he said it, and then he did bite on play action and get burned.

lilyoder6
02-13-2008, 03:01 PM
yeah he said i CAN guarantee a win if they do this and that.. he didn't just come out and say i guarantee a win..

Dino 6 Rings
02-14-2008, 02:50 PM
It was totally blown out of proportion, no doubt. I like the kid and hope he turns into something special. I'm an Anthony Smith fan, I love the way he knocks people's teeth out when he hits them. Chad Johnson knows his name.

83-Steelers-43
02-14-2008, 02:56 PM
If anyone watched Stan last night there was a caller that asked about the gurantee that Smith made compared to what Burress said. Stan said that the reporter that asked the question first asked Smith twice about the gurantee, and then once other reporters heard about it that they went and asked Smith personally if he was going to stand by that statement, and everytime each reporter asked him he said the same thing. Smith made a gurantee, and there is not side stepping that, he not only said it once but he told different reporters the same thing each time he was asked.

Watched the same show that night. A caller called in and tried the whole "it's the media's fault" excuse for Smith opening his mouth and Savern corrected him immediately. Much like how Tomlin corrected Smith this past season and how LeBeau corrected Smith the year before.

I'm not doubting Smith's talent even though he's still raw and if he feels the need to talk trash on the field, go for it. Before the game, just keep your mouth shut.