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mesaSteeler
07-18-2009, 09:00 AM
Steelers' WR Ward discusses guarding against Super Bowl 'hangover'
July 18, 2:34 AM
Daniel Flickinger
Pittsburgh Steelers Examiner
http://www.examiner.com/x-14024-Pittsburgh-Steelers-Examiner~y2009m7d18-Steelers-WR-Ward-discusses-guarding-against-super-bowl-hangover

After starting off the 2006 season with a 28-17 thrilling victory over the Miami Dolphins, the Super Bowl XL defending champion Steelers thought they were well on their way to another title.

That didn’t come for two years.

The Steelers went on to lose six of their next seven games and finish the 2006-2007 season with an 8-8 record to become the first team to miss the playoffs after winning a championship since the 2002 Buccaneers.

Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward believes his team will be much better prepared for it this time around, after winning Super Bowl XLIII in February.

“I think a lot of those guys we have on our team, we had on our team that won super bowl 40 and we experienced that kind of hangover that following year”, Ward said during an interview on Mike and Mike in the Morning on ESPN Radio.

“Coach (Mike) Tomlin put in the mindset of us not trying to repeat, just going out and doing the little things. What happened last year is what happened last year, it’s always a new year”.

“Luckily for us, we got our main nucleus of guys still in tact.”

Ward is right about that.

20 of the 22 starters on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball return this year. Invaluable to a super bowl team in an era which sees many players leave because of the salary cap.

“For me, I’ll put the (super bowl) ring up and not wear it around”, Ward said.

“It’s a great honor, but after the espy’s and all that stuff is over with, I think its time to get back and everybody’s starting from square one.”

If the Steelers do suffer the dreaded super bowl 'hangover', the majority of the responsibility will fall on third-year coach Mike Tomlin. Ward said he expects Tomlin to be calm and cool like always, and if you don’t follow his lead you could end up on the… news?

“He does what he calls the Tomlin news. It’s not the local news paper, it’s the news within”, Ward said.

“He likes to handle his business within house. If a player is late, he’s going to put him on the board and let him know he’s late, if you mess up, jump off sides you will be on the Tomlin news. Not really punishment but more be held accountable for your actions and it’s right there in front of the whole team that you’re letting them down.”:tt03:

Something tells me the Steelers will fare a bit better this time around.

Stlrs4Life
07-18-2009, 09:32 AM
I agree. Guess it comes from experience. Bens injury after 40 wasn't any help either.

scsteeler
07-18-2009, 10:26 AM
I like the fact that the veteran players are focused and Head Coach Mike Tomlin is so much like Coach Knoll that he is not going to let these guys play on what they did last year it is about focusing on the task at hand and that is winning each game that is played this year.

mmalone
07-18-2009, 10:30 AM
I agree. Guess it comes from experience. Bens injury after 40 wasn't any help either.

Seriously, Ben was out of commission all year. If Charlie would have played the whole year , we would have ended up with a better record, ben threw games away....

that was all due to injury.. FO should have made a better call that year.

stillers4me
07-18-2009, 10:33 AM
Me loves Mikey T.

I feel good about this year.

Men of Steel
07-19-2009, 01:34 AM
where do i sign up to receive the TOMLIN NEWS newsletter?..... :noidea:


:chuckle:

Galax Steeler
07-19-2009, 06:25 AM
I think Tomlin will have there heads into the game this year. They should play better then they did last time after a superbowl.

HometownGal
07-19-2009, 06:53 AM
“Coach (Mike) Tomlin put in the mindset of us not trying to repeat, just going out and doing the little things. What happened last year is what happened last year, it’s always a new year”.


Very well stated. :applaudit::hatsoff:

It IS a new season and as long as the guys follow Coach T's lead, anything is possible. :tt03:

SteelCityKing
07-19-2009, 04:22 PM
that was a big blow to the lifeline of the Steelers at that time. losing an AFC Championship with then QB Ben Roethlisberger getting Offensive Rookie of the Year and beating ass through the whole season, then winning a Super Bowl, and then dropping down to 8-8. then losing in the playoffs the following year to Jacksonville, then winning another Super Bowl.

the ups and downs, highs and lows of an already established career in which i'm sure we will see more ups and downs and highs and lows. but hopefully, more highs and than lows. =)

something tells me that we won't have a Super Bowl Hangover this year. i think we'll do just fine. i'm not talking "Stairway to Seven" fine, but we'll make things happen this year for sure. Tomlin will keep us grounded for sure.

i say "us" and "we" because i'm on the team. =)