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Fire Haley
08-11-2009, 04:57 PM
By SteelCityInsider.com

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Posted Aug 11, 2009


The Steelers open their preseaon schedule Thursday night against the Arizona Cardinals. Here to talk about it is Mike Tomlin:

Mike Tomlin, coach, Pittsburgh Steelers

We had a productive special teams practice this morning to kind of put in the final installations that are associated with playing the game: onside kick, onside kick returns, some things of that nature, obscure things to make sure we don’t get caught ill-prepared if the situation arises late in that football game. We’re at that point in training camp where it’s time to face new challenges and take a step. We look forward to stepping into Heinz Field and putting on the black and gold and performing for our fans. We look forward to the challenge of playing the Arizona Cardinals. Of course, they’re a very talented football team. We’re familiar with that. I’m as familiar with that as anybody, considering we were the last people to play football a year ago.

Looking forward to watching our young guys play against some of their young guys. They’ve got a quality young quarterback in Matt Leinart. I think that’s going to be a great test. We seem to have some good depth at the cornerback and safety position. It’s going to be fun to watch those guys being pitted against that offense and a guy like that who can throw the football the way he’s capable of throwing. Beanie Wells is a young running back they have. He’s special talent. Of course, we’re familiar with him, being from Ohio State. It’ll be interesting to see if our guys can get that kind of guy on the ground and so forth.

There are a lot of those kind of issues, but more than anything we’re just concerned about coming out and playing the game extremely fast, extremely hard. Realize that we’re not going to play perfect, but we’ve got to have Steeler kind of tempo in our play. We can’t be tentative. I talked to the guys about that. Of course we hope that produces a winning performance for us.

Q: Has anybody been ruled out?

MT: No, not at this point. It’s a safe assumption that Darnell Stapleton is not going to play, but being preseason we don’t have a timetable in terms of ruling people out. I’d just as soon keep everybody alive at this point until the 11th hour.

Q: Do you game plan for the first preseason game?

MT: Not a lot of game-planning per se. The big thing is to come out and play with great tempo and speed. That being said, you run some core stuff that you know they’re familiar with. There’ll be some first-time opportunities for some guys out there, and there are going to be motions and things of that nature that are going to be a factor. So we’ll put some base football in in all three phases, something guys are capable of executing because that’s what we want to see them do: We want to see them execute at a high level. We’re not interested in tricking Arizona, to be honest with you. We want to play good assignment football so we can see who can play football.

Q: How long will the first team play?

MT: Our intention right now is a couple series with those guys. We’re going to try to keep that first unit together but we’ll see. We haven’t come to that decision at this point. You can look at history to see how we’ve played people in the first preseason game and kind of make your conclusion from there.

Q: Will the outlawing of the wedge make it safer? And does it cause you to look at different types of players to man your special teams?

MT: I personally don’t know if eliminating the wedge is going to get the desired effect in terms of injuries. Hopefully it does. I don’t know that it will. The reality is that’s a violent football play. Always has been, probably always will be. (Second part repeated) No, it’s going to be similar bodies. I think really what’s going to happen is they said you couldn’t have more than a two-man wedge, but I think generally you’re going to see multiple two-man wedges roughly two or three yards apart and they’re all going to converge on the people they intended to block, and at the end of the day it’s going to be very similar to how it went down in the past.

Q: What about the return positions?

MT: I’m excited about watching these guys perform inside stadiums. I feel very comfortable in terms of what we’re looking at out here at Latrobe in terms of guys naturally being able to settle under the ball as punt returners and kick returners. But you really don’t understand what you’re working with until you get those guys in some live action. We have some guys we’re excited about: Mike Wallace as a kick returner, Joe Burnett as a kick returner, Joe Burnett as a punt returner, and some other young guys. We’ll continue to work those guys and hopefully they’ll distinguish themselves.

Q: Have you determined an order for these guys?

MT: Not at this point. I know that Mike’s going to get the first kick return, and, ah, it’s up in the air, probably Joe Burnett maybe with the first punt return. Again, I haven’t made those types of decisions.

Q: Is Stefan Logan a guy you’ll look at on kickoff and punt returns?

MT: Yes.

Q: He was pretty hard on himself yesterday about picking up receiver. How has he been there?

MT: I hadn’t seen a lot of him. We’ve given him some specialty plays and things of that nature. I’m sure his assessment of it is pretty close. He needs more looks, and we’ll continue to give him those.

Q: Have you watched the Super Bowl in preparation for Arizona?

MT: I haven’t. They’ve got a new defensive coordinator, so there’s going to be some differences there. Their offensive coordinator’s in Kansas City, so there may be some differences there. Each year is very new.

Q: Any young guys that you’re interested in seeing Thursday?

MT: I’m eager to see all of them play. All of these young people have had their moments, positively and negatively. It comes with being a young player in training camp. I know that when we step in the stadium, it’s not too big for some and maybe too big for others. People usually distinguish themselves positively or negatively when you start playing football games. I know we’re going to gain some clarity.

Q: How’s William Gay settling in at cornerback?

MT: He’s been rock solid. I know something’s going to be made of him being a starter, but there’s not that vibe on this football team in regard to him. This guy’s played a bunch of football for us. He’s been starter-like. He’s been in a bunch of holes at critical times for us. Both he and Lawrence (Timmons) have spent quality time on our football team and on our defense, so in the press they’re first-time starters but it’s not their first rodeo by any stretch.

Q: Will all four quarterbacks play?

MT: We anticipate that all four will. Again, we’ve been in preseason games before where we intended to do something that maybe didn’t happen. We’ll see. We would like to.

Q: Is Justin Hartwig one of those 11th-hour guys?

MT: He is, and if he can’t participate (Doug) Legursky will get the start at center.

Q: Rashard Mendenhall got hurt early last year, so are you looking at him as a rookie or second-year player? And how much has he evolved from last year?

MT: He’s a second-year player and that’s how I treat him and that’s what I expect from him. I expect him to take the jump that I expect all second-year players to make. Those are expectations of him. Injuries are part of the game and we accept that. We don’t make concessions because of injuries. We expect him to be a mature guy, and to this point that’s how he’s conducted himself. He’s conducted himself like a guy who’s been here before, a guy who’s ready to burst onto the scene, if you will, a guy who’s ready to put his hand in the pile and help us win.

Q: Aaron Smith called Ziggy Hood the fastest developing DE who’s ever been here. Do you see that?

MT: He’d better. We took him in the first round. We took Aaron and some of those other guys four and five. He’d better look like he’s got the pedigree. No, but he’s got good football character. He’s a sharp kid. We said those things about him when we drafted him. Everybody that you ask at Missouri who’s had any contact with this young man talked about the things that you can’t measure with him. His physical talents are his physical talents, but what he’s willing to do is what attracted us to him and he hasn’t disappointed in that regard. It doesn’t mean that his play’s above the line just yet. We’ll know a little bit more probably early Friday morning.

Q: Surprised that he stayed in Pittsburgh all offseason?

MT: Again, that’s him. That’s how he conducts his business, and it’s really kind of in line with what we heard about him, so it isn’t a surprise.

Q: There’s a report that a handful of teams are interested in Michael Vick. Are the Steelers one of them?

MT: I’ll say the same thing that I said last time in regards to free agency: If people are capable of helping us win, we have a level of interest in those guys. I’m never going to discuss free agents individually. I don’t think that’s appropriate. I think that’s fruitless and I think that conversation can be endless. If I start commenting on Michael Vick, I’ll be commenting on Plaxico Burress and everybody else that shows up on the wire. We do our due diligence in evaluating, in looking at potential guys that are capable of helping us win, guys that have professional-skill level and of course he is one of them, so we’re doing our due diligence. … So don’t ask me about Plax.

Q: Bradshaw?

MT: We may sign him, too. Did you see Mel Blount out there?

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Q: How’s William Gay settling in at cornerback?

MT: He’s been rock solid.


That makes my pee-pee hard

pancake
08-11-2009, 05:43 PM
By SteelCityInsider.com



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Q: How’s William Gay settling in at cornerback?

MT: He’s been rock solid.


That makes my pee-pee hard

:rofl: A little too much info...

The Definiti0n
08-11-2009, 06:18 PM
WTF!!! :rofl::rofl::rofl:

But I like the comments about Hood. I can't wait till Thursday.

Preacher
08-11-2009, 06:21 PM
Q: Bradshaw?

MT: We may sign him, too. Did you see Mel Blount out there?

Great sense of humor by Tomlin.

Anyone notice how the converation turned to Plax, and then ended with him? I think Tomlin has been hounded, maybe even from inside a couple times, by the Vick question.

OneForTheToe
08-11-2009, 06:22 PM
By SteelCityInsider.com



MT: He’s been rock solid.[/B][/I]


That makes my pee-pee hard

Just remember if it last more that four hours consult a physician.

Maybe this one:

http://www.directorymovie.com/da2/009/img/girl_05.jpg

Fire Haley
08-11-2009, 06:29 PM
You better read it all...


Q: Aaron Smith called Ziggy Hood the fastest developing DE who’s ever been here. Do you see that?

MT: He’d better. We took him in the first round.


Yee-haw - that's my coach.

Preacher
08-11-2009, 06:45 PM
You better read it all...


Q: Aaron Smith called Ziggy Hood the fastest developing DE who’s ever been here. Do you see that?

MT: He’d better. We took him in the first round.


Yee-haw - that's my coach.

Yep. talk about raising the level of expectation.

stillers4me
08-11-2009, 07:01 PM
Yep. talk about raising the level of expectation.

Now that's a Tomlinism if I ever heard one. :wink02:

tony hipchest
08-11-2009, 07:15 PM
Great sense of humor by Tomlin.

Anyone notice how the converation turned to Plax, and then ended with him? I think Tomlin has been hounded, maybe even from inside a couple times, by the Vick question.

reports from the likes of p. king, a. schefter and the nfl radio are that 3-5 teams are genuinely interested.

then this from wexell's twitter-

Reports that Vick negotiating with Steelers and 2 others? HILARIOUS! Some dopes just don't get it!

http://twitter.com/jimwexell

i do think the steelers would do dungy a favor and feign interrest to help drum him up.

Preacher
08-11-2009, 08:11 PM
reports from the likes of p. king, a. schefter and the nfl radio are that 3-5 teams are genuinely interested.

then this from wexell's twitter-



http://twitter.com/jimwexell

i do think the steelers would do dungy a favor and feign interrest to help drum him up.

Now that, is a very interesting angle... and very possible.

MasterOfPuppets
08-11-2009, 08:31 PM
People usually distinguish themselves positively or negatively when you start playing football games. I know we’re going to gain some clarity. this is why i'd hate to see them cut the preseason down to 2 games ...

tony hipchest
08-11-2009, 08:31 PM
Now that, is a very interesting angle... and very possible.the steelers have always been about giving chances.

they made tony dungy the youngest black asst coach at the time. t. dungy gave tomlin his break into the league. i am sure the rooneys placed a call to dungy (or vice versa) when they were thinking about making the young tomlin their 3rd coach in 40 years.

i believe in dungy and he believes in vick, and i almost guarantee that he can reach either dan rooney or mike tomlin via a simple phone call any time he wants.

all he has to say is if they just hear him out and give his guy a look, it will give them some credibility and an aura of "safety" to help get this mans life back on track.

some team is gonna get what was a $100 million player just 2 years ago for pennies on the dollar. it wont be the steelers but other teams ears will perk up when they hear that the steelers are listening.

i hope vick doesnt let dungy down. im thinking he wont.

KeiselPower99
08-12-2009, 01:19 PM
this is why i'd hate to see them cut the preseason down to 2 games ...

I agree.With only 2 preseason games it would screw the younger guys out of an oppurtunity to get reps and show what they have.

J Dogg
08-12-2009, 01:22 PM
I'm willing to bet that Vick ends up with the Steelers at this point and that he's welcomed in the locker room and told it's time to behave like a man because that's how Steelers are expected to act.

mesaSteeler
08-12-2009, 06:52 PM
I'm willing to bet that Vick ends up with the Steelers at this point and that he's welcomed in the locker room and told it's time to behave like a man because that's how Steelers are expected to act.

Is so then which QB gets cut Batch or Dixon?

We won't carry four QB's on the roster.

Let me see if I understand the logic of replacing either Batch or Dixon with Vick.

We add a controversial old QB who is best at running the ball, who hasn't played any NFL games in a few years because he has been in prison, and doesn't know our offense at all.

To do this we replace either a veteran who knows our offense well or a youngster who has good potential and is familiar with our offense.

Hmmm, Doesn't add up for me. I just don't see the logic of replacing either Batch or Dixon with Vick.

Fire Haley
08-12-2009, 07:06 PM
I'd rather have Byron back - it could happen.


http://pewterreport.com/articles/view/5675

Coach Raheem Morris says the Bucs are unlikely to keep four QBs on the roster during the regular season.

First-round pick Josh Freeman and Luke McCown, who got a $2.5M signing bonus in February, are safe. Josh Johnson is the underdog, but no part of Byron Leftwich's contract is guaranteed. Byron could still be the odd man out if Johnson plays well in preseason and McCown wins the starting job.

Nadroj 20
08-12-2009, 07:11 PM
I would say as far as talent vick is better then both of them....believe me im not a big vick supporter but batch is 35 and vick is 29 if we were in a situation we needed a QB then vick should be fine. Vick as hasnt played in the NFL for a few years yea but when was the last time Batch came into a game? he was hurt most of last year and i agree with you on Dixon having good potential and i think we need to keep him....overall i dont care what happenes but if we do get vick thats my opinion on the situation

TackleMeBen
08-12-2009, 07:44 PM
Is so then which QB gets cut Batch or Dixon?

We won't carry four QB's on the roster.

Let me see if I understand the logic of replacing either Batch or Dixon with Vick.

We add a controversial old QB who is best at running the ball, who hasn't played any NFL games in a few years because he has been in prison, and doesn't know our offense at all.

To do this we replace either a veteran who knows our offense well or a youngster who has good potential and is familiar with our offense.

Hmmm, Doesn't add up for me. I just don't see the logic of replacing either Batch or Dixon with Vick.
they are going to sign Vick b/c they are anticipating gooddell is going to suspend ben for being 'reckless'..lol. :rofl:

honestly, i dont see where vick would fit in on the roster. we are pretty much covered at QB and not bad at WR.

i did hear that ray ray might need a new dog in baltimore to hang with:chuckle:

Preacher
08-12-2009, 07:46 PM
I'd rather have Byron back - it could happen.


http://pewterreport.com/articles/view/5675

Coach Raheem Morris says the Bucs are unlikely to keep four QBs on the roster during the regular season.

First-round pick Josh Freeman and Luke McCown, who got a $2.5M signing bonus in February, are safe. Josh Johnson is the underdog, but no part of Byron Leftwich's contract is guaranteed. Byron could still be the odd man out if Johnson plays well in preseason and McCown wins the starting job.

I would take a Batch for Leftwich switch in a HEARTBEAT.

mmalone
08-12-2009, 07:54 PM
Hmmm, Doesn't add up for me. I just don't see the logic of replacing either Batch or Dixon with Vick.

Dixon never has had a shot at anything yet.. this is his year to open up..

I keep saying Dixon is a quality QB. He has the tools, lets use him. i see him as a round 1 pick that had a medical issue 2 years ago.

We should have Batch and Dixon get equal time at least .. then we can all see where he is.. if dixon cant run or batch cant throw far enough then cut one and get someone else.

Batch is ready for the qb or receivers coaching job soon too..