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11-02-2009, 06:15 PM
View From The Press Box

Tomlin speaks
November 2nd, 2009

Mike Tomlin spoke to reporters after the practice that followed a lengthy break for the Steelers.

The Steelers did not practice last week because of their bye week — and presumably because they had won four consecutive games prior to their only extended break of the regular season.

Here are some excerpts from what Tomlin said, particularly in regard to free safety Ryan Clark, who may not play in Denver because of health concerns.

Q: Has a decision been made regarding Ryan Clark, who has been cleared medically to play in Denver?

A: “The decision lies with he and myself. We’re going to weigh all of our options and evaluate this thing as we proceed throughout the week. It’s not a decision that needs to be made now as opposed to later. We understand the elements of what he is dealing with. I’m sure at some point this he and I are going to sit down and see what actions we’re going to take.”

Q: Did he or Clark need that medical clearance to be reassured that he would be OK if he plays against the Broncos?

A: “That was step one of even considering the possibility of allowing this man to play. His physical health, his wellbeing is paramount. We’re going to attempt to do what’s right. We’re going to weigh all our options and we’re going to come to a decision at some point this week. Really haven’t put a timetable on it at this point.”

Q: Could he overrule Clark if Clark wants to play?

A: “That’s a possibility, sure.” “I don’t have a problem breathing when I go to Denver.”

Q: How does this week play out as far as Clark and his potential replacements at free safety?

A: ”He’s going to take in information and reps and prepare to play in the football game. His backups are going to do the same and then at an appropriate time we’ll sit down and come to a decision. Ryan is healthy enough to practice so we’re going to let him practice but we’re going to be prudent as well and give other people some reps. Those guys defensively are interchangeable and are always prepared to play.”

Q: How comfortable is he with the depth at free safety if Clark does not play?

“We play Deshea at safety, we play Keiwan Ratliff at safety, Ryan Mundy, T.C. Troy hasn’t practiced a lot here this year so it’s provided opportunities for those guys to ready themselves for action so that’s less of an issue I think as it could be if Troy practiced a lot this year. Those guys have got an extended amount of reps as far as preparation. “

tony hipchest
11-02-2009, 06:33 PM
heres the link for todays presser where he actually talks about something other than ryan clark-


11-02-2009, 08:40 PM
Q: Where was Willie Parker?

A: He had an illness today, was actually running a fever, so we sent him to the docs. We didn’t want him to deliver anything to anybody else. We anticipate him being fine.

Q: Is he the only one who’s been kind of quarantined?

A: He’s the only one who’s sick today. I wouldn’t necessarily call it a quarantine. I love
the way you try to put words in my mouth

you so have to love Coach Tomlin and his comebacks to the media....lol.

11-02-2009, 10:26 PM
We didn’t want him to deliver anything to anybody else.

:laughing: :laughing: :laughing:

You just can't help but love the Tomlinspeak. :thumbsup: