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mesaSteeler
11-29-2009, 08:43 AM
Five Questions: at Ravens
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By: Mike Bires
Beaver County Times
http://www.timesonline.com/sports/sports_details/article/1501/2009/november/29/five-questions-at-ravens.html
Sunday November 29, 2009 12:23 AM

Why did Joe Flacco transfer out of Pitt?

Flacco left Pitt after the 2004 season because he sensed he would not start until his senior season in ’07. The Panthers were committed to Tyler Palko, who became a starter as a redshirt sophomore in ’04. Palko was second-team All-Big East in ’04 and ’05. So, Flacco transferred to the University of Delaware where he became an All-American in the Football Championship Subdivision. In 2008, the Ravens picked Flacco in the first round of the draft and he has started every game since.

Is the movie “The Blind Side” worth seeing?

“The Blind Side,” which depicts the remarkable story of Ravens tackle Michael Oher, is one of the best sports movies produced in years. It’s the true story of Oher, a gigantic homeless African-American boy who came from a broken home. During his senior year of high school, Oher was taken in by a prominent family from Memphis, Tenn. He then developed into a highly recruited tackle who eventually went on to earn All-American honors at Ole Miss. This past spring, he was drafted in the first round by the Ravens. “Michael’s my main man,” said Steelers rookie wide receiver Mike Wallace, who played with Oher at Ole Miss. “I’ve already checked the movie out. It’s a good movie. Go see it.”

What is Mike Tomlin’s record on prime-time TV?

Since Tomlin was hired in 2007, the Steelers are 12-1 in prime-time regular-season games. Tomlin lost his first game on prime time but has since won 12 straight. Included in that streak are two wins over Baltimore the last two seasons. So far this year, the Steelers are 3-0 in prime time with wins over Tennessee, San Diego and Denver.

Should the Steelers be worried about Ramon Foster starting at left guard?

Yes, for two reasons. First and foremost, there’s a huge drop off in talent and experience with Chris Kemoeatu out with a sprained knee. Kemoeatu, who has started every game since the start of the 2008 season, has developed nicely since taking over for perennial All-Pro Alan Faneca. Foster, an undrafted rookie, is making his first pro start. Secondly, history hasn’t been kind to current Steelers offensive linemen getting their first starts against Baltimore. Right guard Trai Essex made his first start in Baltimore on Nov. 20, 2005 in a 16-13 overtime loss. Right tackle Willie Colon made his first start on Dec. 24, 2006 in a 31-7 loss to the Ravens at Heinz Field.

What is the AFC playoff picture as it stands today?

Based on current NFL standings, the Steelers would be out. The Colts (10-0), Bengals (7-3), Patriots (7-3) and Chargers (7-3) would be the first four seeds as division winners. The Broncos (7-4) and Jaguars (6-4) would be the two wild-card qualifiers. The Steelers (6-4) would be nosed out by the Jaguars based on a better record in AFC games. Of course, if the Steelers win today, they would move ahead of the Broncos based on their 28-10 win in Denver on Nov. 9. The bottom line is that the Steelers, the reigning Super Bowl champs, are in a battle for their playoff lives.

markymarc
11-29-2009, 12:28 PM
Here's to Mike Tomlin getting to 13-1 in prime time games :tt02: