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mesaSteeler
05-08-2009, 01:44 AM
Washington awaits matchup with ex-Steelers teammates
Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 10:39pm
By Terry McCormick
http://nashvillecitypaper.com/content/sports/washington-awaits-matchup-ex-steelers-teammates

Sure, all the Tennessee Titans have Sept. 10 circled on their calendars. That’s the date of the Thursday night season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, accompanied by a national telecast on NBC.

But for one of the newest Titans, that game will be a red-letter date he is looking forward and won’t soon forget.

Receiver Nate Washington, who signed a six-year, $27 million to leave the Steelers for the Titans in March, says that game might be bigger than Super Bowl he won with Pittsburgh in February.

“That might be the biggest game of my career. I’ve been praying about it day in and day out,” Washington said. “That game might be bigger than the Super Bowl [for me], because not only do I get to play against the defending champs and the No. 1 defense, but I get to play against guys I consider brothers for the past four years. It’s not only going to be a big thing for me, but one of the most heartfelt things I’ve ever accomplished.”

Washington, who will receive his Super Bowl ring in June along with the rest of the Steelers, said he still has plenty of ties to Pittsburgh, even though he is finding his way around the Titans offense during the off-season work.

“There’s no hard feelings with those guys. I still talk to some of them on a daily basis. They still treat me like family,” Washington said. “They know, at the end of the day, it was a move I had to make, a business move with money and it was an opportunity for my career. It’s good to come from an organization like that and to an organization like this.”

Coming to Tennessee has not been without a few drawbacks — namely breaking old habits from his Steelers days to learning the Titans ways.

“For the most part, it’s going to be a lot harder than I thought it was going to be. I thought my physical talent was going to slide me through, but it’s not,” Washington said. “It’s going to be a lot of learning all over again. They run a lot of the same things we ran in Pittsburgh; they just call it a little different. But at the same time, they’re used to doing it different ways and being in different spots. It’s going to be tough, but it’s been working so far.”

Specifically, Washington has had to cut down on the freelancing in his routes, that was allowed and even encouraged in Pittsburgh when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger would scramble behind the line to buy time for his receivers to get open.

Titans offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger prefers a stricter timing-based passing game with a pure pocket passer in Kerry Collins, and Washington is learning to adjust accordingly.

“I’m so used to running a route and then getting open, whereas here, you’re running to get open. I think it’s going to work,” Washington said. “Kerry has been working with me. Vince [Young] has been working with me. The quarterbacks have been working with me. Coach Dinger and Coach [Fred] Graves have been doing a good job of letting me know this is how it goes around here, and I’ve just been adjusting to it.”

So what sorts of nuances are different for Washington between Pittsburgh and Tennessee?

“You’ve got to get out of your breaks quicker, and my angles are different from what they would have been in Pittsburgh,” Washington said. “Even so much as a curl, you’d run a curl, but then sometimes you’d flatten out because Ben would run. But here, you curl, and boom, it’s right there.”

Collins, for one, is excited to have Washington on board, and believes the ex-Steeler can be a big help in a passing game that, while still conservative, has more potential potency than a year ago when he threw for 2,676 yards and 12 TDs.

“It shows that we’re willing to do what it takes to bring the guys in there to improve the passing game, which I think we need to. I’m obviously excited about the additions,” Collins said. “I’m not going to sit here and say we’re going to turn into the Arizona Cardinals all of a sudden and throw for 4,500 yards, but I think you’ll see improvement. I think you’ll see improvement right away. We threw the ball when we had to last year and we were effective doing it, but bringing those guys in, I think we’ll be more consistent.”

That’s something Washington is working on, even as he learns the ins and outs of the Titans offense and continues the conversion from the Steelers system.

“Everything is different. It’s coming pretty good, but at the same time, it’s going to take a lot more time,” Washington said. “It’s just in the second day of practice, I know now that the routes they have, and this is where they expect it. It’s just now relating it into the plays we have. It’s going to be a slow process, but I’m just working on not making the same mistake twice.”

steelwall
05-08-2009, 01:55 AM
It's all good... whats he supposed to say...

jev7452
05-08-2009, 04:13 AM
i just hope that he appreciates his ring when it comes in the mail come June.. last ones he's probably gonna receive

redst3
05-08-2009, 04:20 AM
When he does get the ring, I hope he doesn't drop it. :noidea:

Just kidding...He's a good enough guy. 27 million, huh? No wonder Sunday Ticket gets more expensive every year.

Galax Steeler
05-08-2009, 04:56 AM
Nate the only thing I can say is look out for Clark you was on his team last year but this year you will get the wood layed to you.:hatsoff:

KeiselPower99
05-08-2009, 12:00 PM
Good luck Nate your gonna need it.

BlastFurnace
05-08-2009, 12:08 PM
He'd better hope that Kerry Collins doesn't get hurt. Vince Young is brutal.

He got 2 rings with us. It's not bad to retire with 2 rings.

NJarhead
05-08-2009, 12:15 PM
When he does get the ring, I hope he doesn't drop it. :noidea:

Just kidding...He's a good enough guy. 27 million, huh? No wonder Sunday Ticket gets more expensive every year.

As long as it's not under thrown, he probably won't.

El-Gonzo Jackson
05-08-2009, 12:16 PM
The guy is living the dream. He and McFadden both break in the same year, both get 2 Super Bowl rings and now are both getting paid. Can't hate a guy for that.

I think its funny that the Titans passing game seems so precise in the way they run their routes, compared to the Steelers.

NJarhead
05-08-2009, 12:31 PM
The guy is living the dream. He and McFadden both break in the same year, both get 2 Super Bowl rings and now are both getting paid. Can't hate a guy for that.

I think its funny that the Titans passing game seems so precise in the way they run their routes, compared to the Steelers.

Kerry Collins is a very accurate passer with a cannon arm, but he is a statue. I think Nate will do well there since he gets deep fast.

stlrtruck
05-08-2009, 01:23 PM
Yeah, yeah, it was a business decision - blah, blah, blah. I got that, understand it, don't care about his comments either.

Been praying about it? Really? Exactly what have you and God been talking about in reference to this game? I'm pretty sure he doesn't much care for the outcome - although I'm sure Art Rooney is in his ear. Oh wait, I know. You've been praying that you hope Clark doesn't knock you out!

Well, what do you think the objective is when you wear another team's colors? That you'd be welcomed back for milk and cookies on game day?

T&B fan
05-08-2009, 05:34 PM
When he does get the ring, I hope he doesn't drop it. :noidea:

Just kidding...He's a good enough guy. 27 million, huh? No wonder Sunday Ticket gets more expensive every year.

:rofl::rofl: thats is funny

HometownGal
05-08-2009, 06:06 PM
I'm looking forward to that matchup even more than Nate. :tt03: The curse of the :tt02: has been cast upon the Tites - God help 'em.

StainlessStill
05-08-2009, 06:08 PM
Nate Washington doesn't have Santonio Holmes, or Hines Ward opposite of him. He will pretty much draw more attention in Tennesee than he did Pittsburgh, and I believe he will be mediocre at BEST. He isn't worth the kind of money he's receiving, and it will show in his game. Think Thigpen.

LVSteelersfan
05-08-2009, 07:45 PM
Mr. Dropsey will be even moreso when he keeps hearing footsteps barrelling toward him and Collins is throwing up those ducks because of Harrison and Woodley.

billybob
05-08-2009, 08:06 PM
Nate made some critical catches for us , and he missed some also . Whether it all balanced out , i don't really know .
He did leave a tight knit family , for money , so that says a lot about him right there .
Some choose to stay , and continue to foster that family bond . Others look for the money , and leave the family behind . Maybe the family can administer some family justice on Nate . I think it was Bill Cower that said , "We all have control over the choices that we make , but once made , those choices control us " . Nate made his free will choice , and now he must live with it .
I can't see our family easing up on him if the situation presents itself . Hope they don't hurt him too bad , just enough to make him realize the choice he made .
I very well believe that could be the case when he must run his routes against " the family " , he left behind .
Maybe he was smarter than we gave him credit for too . Who knows ? Maybe he had the "Foote sense " also . He may have known his days had numbers on them . At any rate we will find out soon enough . :noidea:

StainlessStill
05-08-2009, 10:19 PM
Another note, when the Titans played the Steelers last year, the Steelers were coming off of a BRUTAL winning stretch, not to mention late in the season. This time, they get us with fresh legs, and I see a total beatdown coming their way, courtesy of James Harrison, and LaMar Woodley. BTW, Nate.. watch out for #25, he's comin' for you.

SteelCityMan786
05-08-2009, 10:51 PM
Kerry Collins is a very accurate passer with a cannon arm, but he is a statue. I think Nate will do well there since he gets deep fast.

Problem is though if you can rack Collins's Brain well enough, he will throw up a few gift balls.

sherlock
05-09-2009, 06:27 AM
Washington being with the Titans adds to an already unmissable encounter.
I guess he`s won 2 more Rings than most players do and as he admitted it was a purely financial decision.
Does anyone know how much he was offered by the Steelers?
Sweed for the winning TD!

stillers4me
05-09-2009, 08:03 AM
Another note, when the Titans played the Steelers last year, the Steelers were coming off of a BRUTAL winning stretch, not to mention late in the season. This time, they get us with fresh legs, and I see a total beatdown coming their way, courtesy of James Harrison, and LaMar Woodley. BTW, Nate.. watch out for #25, he's comin' for you.

Good point, and one that's rarely mentioned. Our guys will be so ready for this one. Tomlin will make sure of it.

I heard a Ryan Clark interview on NFL radios a month or so ago. (he does great interviews, BTW) He said the best revenge for the Terrible Towel stomping will be getting to watch the Titnas have to watch all of the pre-game Superbowl celebrations form the sideline. :tt03:

lilyoder6
05-09-2009, 09:47 AM
but nate could get some help since there running game is that good and chris johnson is a beast...

just hope old man collins don't brake a hip, then u'll have a nutcase as a qb throwing u the ball while fighting his demons

NJarhead
05-11-2009, 03:15 PM
Problem is though if you can rack Collins's Brain well enough, he will throw up a few gift balls.

Exactly. That's why I think someone who can deep as fast as Nate can may do well down there. Collins is a statue.

Psyychoward86
05-11-2009, 07:53 PM
Best of luck in Tennesee, but you dam well better look out little man.You aint playing against them in practice anymore...

tmacsteelerfan
05-11-2009, 08:22 PM
Thanks for some big plays Nate... Its a wonder he didn't take a look at ARE and see how much sucess he's had since he left the burg which isn't much at all except for averaging negative yards on every punt return.