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Steelboy84
10-15-2009, 10:30 AM
Thursday, October 15, 2009

By Teresa Varley
Steelers.com
Without Aaron Smith in the lineup first-round pick Ziggy Hood will get a chance to prove what he can do. While Hood hasn’t been tabbed as Smith’s replacement, that job will be shared by Travis Kirschke, Nick Eason and Hood, he will definitely see more playing time.

“This is his time to step in and show everybody why they drafted him so high and the good player he is,” said Farrior. “I am sure Ziggy is going to take heed to what Mike Tomlin is saying and he is going to bring it.”

Hood knows he still has a lot of work to do to get his game where he wants it to be, but he has made a lot of progress since training camp and improves weekly.

“I feel pretty good for right now,” said Hood. “There is a lot more to work on. With time it will grow. As games go on I will pick it up more and start to develop my own skills and techniques where it helps me on the field.”

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Smith’s absence is going to be felt by his teammates who count on him not just for leadership, but for being an anchor for the defense.

“He is one of the best players on the team,” said Farrior. “Our defense goes where he goes. Everybody has to pick their game up and rally around Aaron being out of the game. No matter who goes in the game our expectations don’t change. We have been like that around here for years and years, before I even got here so we don’t expect anything to change.”

Hood has relied heavily on Smith’s leadership and advice, learning from him daily, and knows that even though Smith won’t be on the field with them for the remainder of the season, he still will provide plenty of guidance.

“It’s hard to replace somebody like Big A because he is a leader on the line,” said Hood. “We are losing a crafty vet who knows a lot about the game. With him gone, he will be on the sidelines helping us in case he sees something. He may see something or call something we may not have and aid us when we need it.”

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The Steelers lost two games this season, Chicago and Cincinnati, by giving up leads late in the game, and had to fight off late surges by San Diego and Detroit to come away with two wins.

It’s not something that the players are used to, and it’s not something they are happy about.

“I think we have to pick things up as a defense period,” said linebacker LaMarr Woodley. “These last few weeks letting teams score on us in the fourth quarter, we can’t do.

“It’s a little frustrating because we allow teams to stay around and to play with us in the fourth quarter, having a lot of mistakes throughout the game. You let teams stay around in the fourth quarter and it makes it a close game.”

The defense is used to protecting the lead and being a dominant force, especially after leading the league last year. It’s something they are hoping to fix soon.

“It’s frustrating as a defensive player to know when we have the lead at the end of the game we are supposed to win,” said Farrior. “We haven’t always done that this season. We won a couple, but teams have been scoring on us. It’s a concern, but as long as we get the win it’s something we can go back and look at. But when you lose games at the end it becomes a concern.”

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Polamalu returned to practice on Wednesday, going full strength for the first time since he suffered an MCL injury in the season-opener against the Titans.

“I feel good, thank God,” said Polamalu, who is eager to play on Sunday against the Browns, and hopes to it all goes well in practice.

Polamalu has been a spectator the last four weeks, something he admitted wasn’t as tough as he thought.

“I really enjoy watching my brothers play out there,” said Polamalu. “I really feel like I am out there anyway. I ride the emotional rollercoaster of wins and losses if I played or didn’t play.

“Of course I want to play. I really enjoy being out there. But my role just changed a little bit, trying to help those guys on the sidelines rather than on the field with them.”

Running back Willie Parker (toe) returned to practice on Wednesday as well. Trai Essex (ankle), Farrior (elbow), Andre Frazier (thigh) and Kirschke (back) did not practice.

http://www.steelers.com/article/112240/


Go Ziggy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Steelboy84
10-15-2009, 10:38 AM
This may actually work out for the better. More rotations on that D-line, meaning more pressure in the backfield!!!!!!!!!!!!

Steelboy84
10-15-2009, 10:48 AM
Come on Sunday! You can't get here soon enough. I'm ready to eat baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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tyler289
10-15-2009, 11:37 AM
This is why we drafted you Ziggy. I loved the pick at the time, now make me love it even more with quality play. He's the difference between this year and 2007. If he struggles, our rush defense becomes much weaker. If he plays well, we don't have to worry as much.

MaidenIndiana
10-15-2009, 12:22 PM
Considering he was the teams first pick in the draft he damn well better be ready to step up or he was a waste of a draft pick.

KYsteelfan
10-15-2009, 12:54 PM
Considering he was the teams first pick in the draft he damn well better be ready to step up or he was a waste of a draft pick.



I agree 100%. I loved the pick. thought it was great that we were getting a young guy to learn in the wings. now its his time to step up, so he better earn his money, and prove that he deserved getting picked that high by the best defense! heres to hoping we dont notice that smith it gone :drink:

memphissteelergirl
10-15-2009, 02:02 PM
Get "Ziggy" with it!! :chuckle:

:chicken::banana:

Steelboy84
10-15-2009, 04:39 PM
Get "Ziggy" with it!! :chuckle:

:chicken::banana:

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wootawnee
10-15-2009, 04:50 PM
ZIGGIDY ZIG ZIG ZIGGIDY IS A FIRST ROUND PICK........

THIS DUDE WILL TEAR IT UP........

LET HIM LOOSE LEBEAU.........

43Hitman
10-15-2009, 05:05 PM
Considering he was the teams first pick in the draft he damn well better be ready to step up or he was a waste of a draft pick.

Give me a freaking break already. It will be the KIDS first professional game, he WILL struggle, you should expect that and nothing more.

UF-Steeler
10-15-2009, 07:23 PM
Having low expectations of Hood for his first game will only make it that much sweeter when he plays like a stud.

MaidenIndiana
10-15-2009, 10:03 PM
Give me a freaking break already. It will be the KIDS first professional game, he WILL struggle, you should expect that and nothing more.

I understand that it will be his first game and he'll probably make a few mistakes. When I say he better be ready to step it up I mean that he better not be a joke like Sweed has become. Could anybody really say that into his second year Sweed is ready to step it up and contribute to the success of this team? If you say he can then you weren't at the same Bungles game I attended

Spinlcrack
10-15-2009, 10:16 PM
Kirschke (back) did not practice." (Wed) huh?

Galax Steeler
10-16-2009, 04:01 AM
It will be good for Hood to get some snaps and get his feet wet. The kid has potential but we just need to get him on the field. I don't think he will be a wonder in his first game but he will contribute some. The Browns would be a good one to break him in on.

The Lakelander
10-16-2009, 04:57 AM
Kirschke (back) did not practice." (Wed) huh?

No worries. Tomlin gives his aging vets Wednesdays off.

43Hitman
10-16-2009, 07:21 AM
I understand that it will be his first game and he'll probably make a few mistakes. When I say he better be ready to step it up I mean that he better not be a joke like Sweed has become. Could anybody really say that into his second year Sweed is ready to step it up and contribute to the success of this team? If you say he can then you weren't at the same Bungles game I attended


This is completely different than saying the guy is a bust if he doesn't show something in his first game. I also DO think that Sweed will come around and get his act together, we just need to exercise some patience. It's not like we don't have talent all over the field at the WR position.

SteelMember
10-16-2009, 08:18 AM
You talkin' to me?

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Fire Haley
10-16-2009, 09:19 AM
The season rests on you Ziggy - no pressure.

AllD
10-16-2009, 05:07 PM
Instead of a 3-4, maybe we should go to a hybrid 3.5/3.5?

TheWarDen86
10-16-2009, 05:13 PM
Instead of a 3-4, maybe we should go to a hybrid 3.5/3.5?

-OR- Casey Hampton, 4 DB's and SIX Linebackers. :tt03:

Fire Haley
10-16-2009, 06:39 PM
I prefer the 4-4-4 defense.

43Hitman
10-16-2009, 08:47 PM
I prefer the 4-4-4 defense.
WIN! Oh wait, wat?

HometownGal
10-16-2009, 09:22 PM
I expect the kid to give it his all and I'm sure he won't disappoint me in that regard, but in the real world - Ziggy's a rookie and I don't have grandioso expectations of him in his first game as a starter. No doubt he is going to be a star on our D down the road but for right now, I just expect him to go out, play hard and give 110%.

Preacher
10-16-2009, 10:03 PM
I expect the kid to give it his all and I'm sure he won't disappoint me in that regard, but in the real world - Ziggy's a rookie and I don't have grandioso expectations of him in his first game as a starter. No doubt he is going to be a star on our D down the road but for right now, I just expect him to go out, play hard and give 110%.

Come on HTG... IF he doesn't get 44 tackles and 10 sacks... HE'S A BUST!!

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:wink02: you are absolutely right about the kid. He'll play, he'll make mistakes, he'll learn, and he will end up being a very good player for this team!

Texasteel
10-17-2009, 05:18 AM
I prefer the 4-4-4 defense.

Math has never been your strong point, has it. :doh:

Fire Haley
10-17-2009, 07:30 AM
It was a joke you morans.

HometownGal
10-17-2009, 07:52 AM
It was a joke you morans.

:wink: :wink: :wink:

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Fire Haley
10-17-2009, 08:05 AM
You kids don't get out much, do ya

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lamberts-lost-tooth
10-17-2009, 08:18 AM
This is completely different than saying the guy is a bust if he doesn't show something in his first game. I also DO think that Sweed will come around and get his act together, we just need to exercise some patience. It's not like we don't have talent all over the field at the WR position.

Exactly...very few players come in to the NFL and immediately know how to play at pro-speed, and can absorb a NFL playbook without the due amount of time.

Fire Haley
10-17-2009, 08:29 AM
One down

Bears acquired DE Gaines Adams from the Buccaneers in exchange for what is believed to be a 2010 second-round draft pick.

Adam Schefter on Twitter

markymarc
10-17-2009, 03:02 PM
The only way to learn is by Ziggy getting in there and showing what he can do to help this defense. Time to see the rookie make some plays :tt02: