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mesaSteeler
11-24-2009, 06:50 PM
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After hobnobbing around the NFL in the press boxes and sidelines, sports reporter Dale Lolley will let you know the insider scoop.

Tuesday with Tomlin, licking the wounds

After back-to-back losses, Mike Tomlin was in pure Tomlin mode today as he discussed what the Steelers need to do to turn things around heading into a critical game against Baltimore.

Tomlin said he expects Ben Roethlisberger to be his quarterback when they play the Ravens on Sunday night, with Dennis Dixon as the team's primary, and only, backup.

Charlie Batch will have surgery Wednesday and is expected to miss two to four weeks. Former Pitt star Tyler Palko is expected to be signed to the practice squad to give the team an extra quarterback for practice purposes.

Meanwhile, linebacker Donovan Woods and defensive back Keiwan Ratliff were the latest to be released as the team tries to solve its special teams coverage problems.

They were replaced on the active roster by veterans Rocky Boiman and Corey Ivy.

Travis Kirschke is expected to practice this week and the team hopes he'll return to play against the Ravens.

Troy Polamalu remains questionable, while guard Chris Kemoeatu is out.

As for the excuse from some members of the secondary that they were unaware of the play call for the 61-yard catch-and-run in overtime by Chris Chambers in the 27-24 loss to Kansas City, Tomlin said defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau called the third-down play before the players took the field, then reiterated the call following second down.
Posted by Dale Lolley at 12:45 PM 11 comments Links to this post

markymarc
11-25-2009, 11:26 AM
So Donovan Woods and Keiwan Ratliff are the latest scapegoats for our special teams debacle. Maybe Rocky Boiman and Corey Ivy can actually help our special teams and not allow a return TD on Sunday night.

fansince'76
11-25-2009, 11:29 AM
So Donovan Woods and Keiwan Ratliff are the latest scapegoats for our special teams debacle. Maybe Rocky Boiman and Corey Ivy can actually help our special teams and not allow a return TD on Sunday night.

Well, after the gaffe on the opening KO, the KO coverage unit didn't allow much the rest of the day against KC. Hopefully that carries into this week with the new additions. :hope:

SteelerEmpire
11-25-2009, 11:31 AM
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As for the excuse from some members of the secondary that they were unaware of the play call for the 61-yard catch-and-run in overtime by Chris Chambers in the 27-24 loss to Kansas City, Tomlin said defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau called the third-down play before the players took the field, then reiterated the call following second down.
Posted by Dale Lolley at 12:45 PM 11 comments Links to this post

They didn't know the play call ?? Someone should have called a timeout then....??

MACH1
11-25-2009, 11:32 AM
Hopefully the new additions are up to speed and on the same page.

markymarc
11-26-2009, 02:30 PM
Well, after the gaffe on the opening KO, the KO coverage unit didn't allow much the rest of the day against KC. Hopefully that carries into this week with the new additions. :hope:

Might be time to start crossing our toes too :chuckle:

Galax Steeler
11-27-2009, 07:03 AM
Does anyone know how long Chris Kemoeatu is going to be out. I haven't heard much on him.

arge5809
11-27-2009, 09:09 AM
They didn't know the play call ?? Someone should have called a timeout then....??


You would think someone should've.. but this is the blame game now....

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