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mesaSteeler
12-12-2008, 08:25 PM
CBS pundits on Ravens-Steelers
http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/sports/mediumwell/blog/2008/12/cbs_pundits_on_ravenssteelers.html

Our helpful friends at CBS have sent along the thoughts of Bill Cowher and Phil Simms on Sunday's Ravens-Steelers game. Here's what they have to say:

Cowher

On the defenses: "I donít think there is any question that the defenses are going to be the story line of this game. It may come down to which defense can score the most points. They are obviously two defenses that have the same mantra of stopping the run and pressuring the quarterback. Nobody does it better than these two defenses."

On Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu: "Not taking anything away from Bob Sanders, but this game features two of the best safeties in the game today in Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu in terms of playmaking and playing the defender run and the play-to-pass. These two excel in that. Ed Reed is a guy that Pittsburgh will certainly have to be aware of. You have to make sure that you are moving him with your eyes. If he can get a jump on the ball, heís as good as anybody in the league in anticipating things. Based on what Pittsburgh does, youíre going to find Troy Polamalu up near the line of scrimmage a lot. The thing that Pittsburgh wants to do is make Joe Flacco become the guy that beats them. A lot of the run defense that Pittsburgh will employ will have Troy very close to the line of scrimmage. Heís going to be a lot closer to the line of scrimmage than Ed Reed."

On the Steelers' keys to the game: "The bottom line for the Pittsburgh offense is third down. That is going to be a big key for them. They canít get involved in third-and-long situations. If they can keep it at third-and-short, it will nullify the Baltimore blitz."

On the Ravens' keys to the game: "They have to get their running game going. Itís going to be very important for them to be patient with their running game because they donít want to put it all on the rookie quarterback in this type of game with this type of magnitude. Now, I wouldnít be surprised if they came out and threw on some of the running situations, but ultimately itís going to be important that they establish the run and be patient."

On the importance of the game in the AFC North: "Even if Pittsburgh loses, they will still be able to control their destiny to a degree. A Pittsburgh loss just makes it tougher because they still have to go down to Tennessee. Obviously, a Pittsburgh win locks it up. If Baltimore wins this game, it puts the pressure back on Pittsburghís shoulders, but they will still control their own destiny."

Simms

On the matchup: "They have a lot in common. Both teams play 3-4 defenses that rely on confusion as much as anything Ė moving around the lot trying to confuse the quarterback and offensive linemen. Whoís going to block who? No matter how much you prepare and work on it, the offense is going to lose some of those battles. When you think of it that way, the question is which quarterback handles it better."

On the quarterbacks: "Regardless of what numbers, numbers donít always tell the story with the quarterbacks. The last four or five weeks Ben Roethlisberger has been very, very good at just seeing the big picture for his football team and playing accordingly. Joe Flacco ís numbers have been tremendous. But this is a rookie going against a guy whoís played a lot of games now. So can the Baltimore Ravens overcome the lack of experience of quarterback when they play against a team thatís every bit the equal to them physically?"

On motivation: "This is for the division. Youíre hoping you end up with the bye, the No. 2 seed Ė thereís a lot going on in this game. The motivation for both teams and where theyíre at for the season is the same. That is big and thatís why weíre going to see the best team win this game.

On John Harbaugh: "The one thing that Iíve noticed about the Baltimore Ravens this year when people talk about them is that you hear more about the team. You donít just hear about the defense and then the offense like separate teams. John Harbaugh has been one of the great stories this year in the NFL. He has combined both sides and made them a football team. For the first time in eight years Iím not listening to the Baltimore Ravens' defense like itís a whole different company away from the Baltimore Ravens."

HometownGal
12-12-2008, 09:30 PM
Thanks for the read, mesa! :drink:

On the Steelers' keys to the game: "The bottom line for the Pittsburgh offense is third down. That is going to be a big key for them. They canít get involved in third-and-long situations. If they can keep it at third-and-short, it will nullify the Baltimore blitz."


I totally agree with The Chin here. Third and long is going to kill us offensively, as the Rats' are going to be coming in on Ben when they sniff a pass play. Our OL has to bring an almost perfect game and we HAVE to control the LOS and get our running game in gear to take some of the pressure off Ben.

lilyoder6
12-12-2008, 10:13 PM
3rd downs will be key 4 us in the game... if we get into a lot of 3rd and long.. the ravens can have a field day with there blitzes

tyler289
12-12-2008, 10:17 PM
3rd down is the key for both teams, on offense and defense. Both offenses have to make them manageable.

mesaSteeler
12-12-2008, 10:28 PM
Thanks for the read, mesa! :drink:



I totally agree with The Chin here. Third and long is going to kill us offensively, as the Rats' are going to be coming in on Ben when they sniff a pass play. Our OL has to bring an almost perfect game and we HAVE to control the LOS and get our running game in gear to take some of the pressure off Ben.

You are most welcome

MasterOfPuppets
12-12-2008, 11:20 PM
they need to find that short passing game that worked so well a few weeks ago. god knows why they scraped it after one freakin game !!! :banging:

Galax Steeler
12-13-2008, 03:48 AM
they need to find that short passing game that worked so well a few weeks ago. god knows why they scraped it after one freakin game !!! :banging:

I liked the quick slants to Ward and Holmes that seemed to be working good for us if we get that going then maybe it will open up a long pass to Washington you never know what Tomlin will have in the bag this weekend.

Penn St Steelers
12-13-2008, 06:04 AM
Third and long is going to kill us offensively, as the Rats' are going to be coming in on Ben when they sniff a pass play. Our OL has to bring an almost perfect game and we HAVE to control the LOS and get our running game in gear to take some of the pressure off Ben.


exactly I agree, watching the 1st half of their game w/the Skins last Sunday Night they managed to get the Skins in alot of 3rd and longs and feasted off of that......as any good D' would, and knowing their crowd will be loud isn't much help either in these situations...

Rick5895
12-13-2008, 07:53 AM
The Steelers may have to resort to some deception in the play calling. Make Dixon the number 2 QB so he can be brought in is situations to confuse the Ravens D. If ben goes down then we still have Leftwich to use. We have Dixon with all his athletic ability and not to mention speed, bring him in, it goves them another dimension.

mesaSteeler
12-13-2008, 08:04 AM
The Steelers may have to resort to some deception in the play calling. Make Dixon the number 2 QB so he can be brought in is situations to confuse the Ravens D. If ben goes down then we still have Leftwich to use. We have Dixon with all his athletic ability and not to mention speed, bring him in, it goves them another dimension.

I agree. I believe it was MarkyMark who was also suggesting that this week would be a good time for a few gadget plays.

stillers4me
12-13-2008, 10:37 AM
they need to find that short passing game that worked so well a few weeks ago. god knows why they scraped it after one freakin game !!! :banging:

Bingo!! I'd really hate to see a bar stool go through Marty's nice big screen TV here at Martino's. It's going to happen sooner or later..........:flap: