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mesaSteeler
12-20-2009, 07:15 AM
Packers at Steelers: 5 Questions
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By: Mike Bires
Beaver County Times
http://www.timesonline.com/sports/sports_details/article/1501/2009/december/19/packers-at-steelers-5-questions.html
Saturday December 19, 2009 11:44 PM

1. Can the Steelers be eliminated from the playoffs with a loss today?

No. Even a loss to the Packers would not officially knock out the Steelers (6-7) from wild-card consideration. As it stands now, the Steelers have the slimmest of playoff hopes. They need a minor miracle to land a wild card spot even if they win their last three games. If the Steelers would lose today, it would take a major miracle — like Baltimore (7-6), Miami (7-6) and the New York Jets (7-6) each losing their last three games — for the Steelers at 8-8 to sneak in through the back door.

2. Was Ryan Clark wrong to rip into the media?

Clark, the Steelers’ free safety and one of the most quotable members of the team, is entitled to his opinion. But his Wednesday remarks claiming the media has been incorrect and unfair for blaming certain players — namely defensive backs — was out of line. For example, last year, the Steelers’ defense allowed just two pass plays of 40 yards or longer. Already this year, they’ve allowed seven. Five of those seven have come during their current five-game losing streak that’s all but knocked them out of playoff contention. Every position on the team has contributed to the Steelers’ collapse. But if there’s one position that’s most to blame, it’s the secondary which Clark is a part of.

3. How many Steelers running backs have rushed for more than 1,000 yards in a season?

Six: John Henry Johnson did it twice (1962 and 1964), Franco Harris did it eight times, Rocky Bleier did it in 1976 when he and Harris both rushed for more than 1,000, Barry Foster set a team record with 1,690 yards in 1992 when he finished second to Dallas’ Emmitt Smith for the NFL rushing title, Jerome Bettis did it six times and Willie Parker did it three times. The list will grow to seven today if Rashard Mendenhall rushes for 60 yards against the Packers.

4. Is Ramon Foster the best and biggest athlete in his family?

Foster, who’ll start at left guard today for the Steelers in place of injured Chris Kemoeatu, comes from a family with strong athletic blood lines. He has three close relatives playing pro sports. His brother Renardo Foster (6-7, 340) is an offensive lineman on the New Orleans Saints’ practice squad. His half-brother Rodney Carney (6-7, 205) is a forward on the Philadelphia 76ers’ roster. His half brother, Ron Slay (6-8, 240) is a forward playing pro basketball in Italy.

5. How has Tom Clements fared as QB coach of the Packers?

Much has been made this week about Packers coach Mike McCarthy returning to his native Pittsburgh for a game against the Steelers. But McCarthy’s staff includes another Pittsburgh native. That would be Tom Clements, a former football and basketball star at Canevin Catholic High School who quarterbacked Notre Dame to the 1973 national title. Clements, who grew up in McKees Rocks, served as the Steelers’ quarterbacks coach from 2001-2003. He’s been with the Packers since McCarthy was hired in 2006. “Tom is a great coach,” said Packers QB Aaron Rodgers. “Maybe my favorite and best game-day coach I have ever been around.”

Galax Steeler
12-20-2009, 07:18 AM
Just imagine where Mendenahll would be right now if he had played the first three games.

Burghfan58
12-20-2009, 07:30 AM
Just imagine where Mendenahll would be right now if he had played the first three games.
Or if he actually got more than19 carries a game.

BigBen'sSwagger
12-20-2009, 09:32 AM
You beat me to it Burghfan. I was gonna say it B.A. and Tomlin weren't committed to passing on say 3rd and 1 with the wind at their backs because they wanted to save the run for a more critical time in the game. This of course being againts the worst defense in the league. Just sayin'

tmacsteelerfan
12-20-2009, 09:37 AM
Or if he actually got more than19 carries a game.
If Arians didn't find something that works and then stop.