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01-04-2010, 08:41 PM
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Farrior speaks
January 4th, 2010

The Steelers had a final team meeting today at their South Side practice facility.

Four Steelers were brought into the media room to discuss what went wrong in 2009 and what is ahead for the Steelers.

What follows is the Q&A with James Farrior, who said he expects Dick LeBeau to return as defensive coordinator next season and concedes that he has lost a step but is still confident he can play at a high level.

Q: What was the message from Mike Tomlin like this year compared to last year?

A: ďLast year I donít remember a final meeting, I think we just went from the Super Bowl to the parade, but this year I think the most important thing that he talked about that I took from the meeting was division play. Thatís what basically was the downfall of our season, we didnít dominate the division like we did last year. I think we were 2-4 in the division. Basically, thatís where our goal started, is winning the division, dominating the division. We didnít do that this year and thatís what was his message to us.

Q: Mike Tomlin emphasized before the first division game this season the importance of winning the division so tie-breakers donít come into play as much. Do you remember that?

A: ďYes, it definitely makes a lot more sense now, thatís basically what it was. We didnít do well in our division and that cost us not getting in the playoffs this year. He said it to us earlier and I guess we didnít listen good enough.Ē

Q: How frustrating was it for the defense to struggle? How much of an impact was it missing Troy Polamalu and Aaron Smith?

A: ďIt was definitely a disappointing season for our defense as a group, we definitely feel like we didnít do a lot of things well at the end of games, we cost the team, we didnít play as well as we couldíve played, we had some plays out there that we left on the field that cost us games. Definitely having Aaron Smith and [Troy] Polamalu out, those are basically our two best players on defense, having those two guys out really affected the way we went out there and played. It was tough out there for us. Having those two impact-type of players not out there, I think it hurt us a little bit.Ē

Q: Are you concerned about the age of the defense?

A: ďNot really. Weíve been getting old for a few years now. I think itís all relative and it is what it is. If youíve got it, youíve got it. If you donít, you donít. I donít really think about the age issue.Ē

Q: Do you think youíve lost a step as youíve gotten older?

A: ďYou lose a step every year. I feel like every year is going to be different. You canít get faster every year, eventually youíre going to slow down. I definitely think my age is getting up there and I mightíve lost a step, but I think my mental part of the game helps me keep up pace. I think thatís what it is for a lot of older guys, if youíve got the mental capacity, and youíre able to be smarter than the other guy, it keeps you on the same pace.Ē

Q: Do you need some inside linebacker help with that being said? Should Lawrence Timmons help you out more?

A: ďNo, Lawrence (Timmons) is a great player and heís going to be a good player in this league in the years to come. I think everybody has their own responsibilities and itís up to us to just go out and do our job. We donít need to emphasize anybody else doing something different. Weíve all got our jobs, we can do it.Ē

Q: Are there similarities between the two seasons (2006 and 2009) after winning the Super Bowl?

A: I think itís a little different. I think this year was probably different than any other year Iíve been around. I think it was pretty much a tale of a couple different seasons put together in one. We started off slow, off to a 1-2 start, we got hot, won five straight, then we got extremely cold, lost five straight and then we tried to rally back at the end, but it was just a little too late. Iíve never been a part of a season like this, it was definitely tough. I donít think it really compares to the first time, I think it was a whole different situation.Ē

Q: Do you expect changes this year?

A: ďI think after you sit and take a step back and look at it, right now itís too early to try and make decisions about it, the seasonís still fresh. You need time to go back and think about everything. I donít know if weíre going to have a lot of changes but that happens every year, thatís a part of the business. Thatís something that we go through anyway, win or lose.Ē

Q: ďWhat would you change if you could?

A: If I could? I wouldnít change nothing. I like this group, I like this team, I like the coachesÖĒ

Q: Iím sorry, I meant about the season.

A: What would I change about the season? We would take a couple of those games back, some of our division games we let slip away. Some of the games that came down to communication errors, not usual of our defense, Iím just speaking in defensive terms when Iím talking.Ē

Q: What are your thoughts on Coach LeBeau coming back next season?

A: Iím looking forward to Coach LeBeau coming back next year and next year will be no different than any other year coming into the season. He didnít have a whole lot to say to us, but he was glad to work with everybody. Itís going to be 31 teams mad, in our same position, itís only one team that can to win the championship. If you donít win it then everybodyís in the same boat, that was pretty much his message to us. Weíve got to go back to work, next yearís going to be a new start and itís time to go back and try and do it again.Ē

Q: You have no doubt on him not coming back?

A: ďNot really. He told us in a meeting a couple of weeks ago. I think the rumors had started going around again about him retiring and not coming back again. He laid it to bed with me. He told our defense theyíre going to have to kick him up out of here so I took his word for it.Ē
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steeltheone
01-04-2010, 09:43 PM
Farrior looked really bad against Miami. Fox is probably a better option now.

tony hipchest
01-04-2010, 09:56 PM
"Definitely having Aaron Smith and [Troy] Polamalu out, those are basically our two best players on defense, having those two guys out really affected the way we went out there and played. It was tough out there for us. Having those two impact-type of players not out there, I think it hurt us a little bit.”

sorry james...

i know youre a professional and all, who knows all the ins and outs and on field dynamics, but the message board community says it shouldnt have made that much of a difference.

get over it.

simply plug in whose next and demand the same results. :noidea:

:coffee:

supa_fly_steeler
01-04-2010, 10:21 PM
it will be a sad day to see farrior retire, i fasho will shed many tears.

MACH1
01-04-2010, 10:23 PM
sorry james...

i know youre a professional and all, who knows all the ins and outs and on field dynamics, but the message board community says it shouldnt have made that much of a difference.

get over it.

simply plug in whose next and demand the same results. :noidea:

:coffee:

Yep....It's all about executing the plays, so simple a caveman could do it. :coffee:

tony hipchest
01-04-2010, 10:27 PM
FWIW- farrior could easilly be a starter in the patriots defense for the next 5 years, and i believe be more productive than bruschi, seau, (or than adalius and mcginnest were on the outside).

fansince'76
01-04-2010, 10:32 PM
Why don't we just save a lot of money next year, only field Polamalu and Smith, since they are our entire defense according to some, and cut/trade the rest of the defense? I'm sure those cheap-assed Rooneys can get behind that.

On a less facetious note, do I expect losing two players the caliber of Troy and Aaron to have a detrimental effect on the D as a whole? Yep. To the extent of allowing absolute scrubs like Gradkowski and Thigpen to look like Dan Marino and Joe Montana on an almost weekly basis, or knowing full well that Cribbs is the ONLY weapon the Browns have and still being unable to prevent him from gashing the shit out of us anyway? Sorry, but nope.

MACH1
01-04-2010, 10:38 PM
Why don't we just save a lot of money next year, only field Polamalu and Smith, since they are our entire defense according to some, and cut/trade the rest of the defense? I'm sure those cheap-assed Rooneys can get behind that.

Good idea. Just get a bunch of scrubs out there, all they would have to do is execute the plays. Simple. :rolleyes:

fansince'76
01-04-2010, 10:43 PM
Good idea. Just get a bunch of scrubs out there, all they would have to do is execute the plays. Simple. :rolleyes:

Well, supposedly, that's all we have anyway when Polamalu and Smith are out of the lineup. No way can we stop offensive juggernauts like the Raidahs when they're out. :coffee:

tony hipchest
01-04-2010, 10:56 PM
Why don't we just save a lot of money next year, only field Polamalu and Smith, since they are our entire defense according to some, and cut/trade the rest of the defense? I'm sure those cheap-assed Rooneys can get behind that.

On a less facetious note, do I expect losing two players the caliber of Troy and Aaron to have a detrimental effect on the D as a whole? Yep. To the extent of allowing absolute scrubs like Gradkowski and Thigpen to look like Dan Marino and Joe Montana on an almost weekly basis, or knowing full well that Cribbs is the ONLY weapon the Browns have and still being unable to prevent him from gashing the shit out of us anyway? Sorry, but nope.then what the hell do you call it when rookie and unknown scrubbs named leinart, cutler, garrard, and clemens did the EXACT same thing to our #1 defense in 2007 when we were a hella lot younger, yet still missing the likes of smith and polamalu?

you know what? we lost games we shouldnt have. those 2 got healthy the next year and we assembled one of the greatest defenses seen since 1991 and won the superbowl.

i wont back away from this stance. the arians apologists can ignore it all they want. :coffee:

Steeldude
01-05-2010, 12:30 AM
You lose a step every year. I feel like every year is going to be different. You can’t get faster every year, eventually you’re going to slow down. I definitely think my age is getting up there and I might’ve lost a step

seems to have changed his tune. i guess farrior is past the denial stage. :smile:

fansince'76
01-05-2010, 08:17 AM
then what the hell do you call it when rookie and unknown scrubbs named leinart, cutler, garrard, and clemens did the EXACT same thing to our #1 defense in 2007 when we were a hella lot younger, yet still missing the likes of smith and polamalu?

you know what? we lost games we shouldnt have. those 2 got healthy the next year and we assembled one of the greatest defenses seen since 1991 and won the superbowl.

i wont back away from this stance. the arians apologists can ignore it all they want. :coffee:

Why don't we ask Woodley about it?

Linebacker LaMarr Woodley added that no blame should be heaped upon the replacements, the players who filled in for ailing Pro Bowlers Troy Polamalu and Aaron Smith in their 11-game absences apiece for knee and shoulder injuries.

"I still feel like we were able to win games without those two guys there," Woodley said. "Troy wasn't in there, so we weren't getting as many turnovers, but we still had a lot of opportunities. I mean, I feel like guys stepped up this year and did a great job, we just didn't close out the games. We gave up the big pass plays at the end. We didn't put pressure on the quarterback. We didn't do a good job wrapping up on tackles. We had the games won, it was just that we gave them up at the end."

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10005/1025784-66.stm

If my feeling that losing 2 players out of 11 on a unit causing said unit to completely collapse and to have a hard time stopping even the most anemic offenses in the league is a HUGE problem gets me branded an "Arians apologist," then so be it. I'm not changing my stance either.

HometownGal
01-05-2010, 09:00 AM
then what the hell do you call it when rookie and unknown scrubbs named leinart, cutler, garrard, and clemens did the EXACT same thing to our #1 defense in 2007 when we were a hella lot younger, yet still missing the likes of smith and polamalu?

you know what? we lost games we shouldnt have. those 2 got healthy the next year and we assembled one of the greatest defenses seen since 1991 and won the superbowl.

i wont back away from this stance. the arians apologists can ignore it all they want. :coffee:

While I will agree - somewhat - that the losses of Troy and Aaron this season impacted the D, neither of them plays all 11 defensive positions on that field. It is up to the FO, Colbert and Lebeau to make sure that there are reliable backups available and ready to step in at a moment's notice. Unfortunately, that obviously wasn't the case this season.

What does this thread have to do with Arians? :banging: It doesn't take a person with 20/20 vision to see that our D clearly blew at least 5 games this season (and almost 3 more) and ultimately, our shot at getting into the playoffs.

revefsreleets
01-05-2010, 10:11 AM
Farrior ALSO had this to say:

but I think my mental part of the game helps me keep up pace. I think that’s what it is for a lot of older guys, if you’ve got the mental capacity, and you’re able to be smarter than the other guy, it keeps you on the same pace.”

Experience can trump simple athleticism, and in the Steelers 3-4, a big part of a LB's game is assignment and staying disciplined. Farrior was tied for second on the team in solo tackles, and led the team with 102 total tackles (Ryan Clark finished #2 with 89). He also had 3 sacks, a pick and defensed 5 passes.

Haters be damned, James can still bring it...

Atranox
01-05-2010, 10:43 AM
Farrior ALSO had this to say:

but I think my mental part of the game helps me keep up pace. I think thatís what it is for a lot of older guys, if youíve got the mental capacity, and youíre able to be smarter than the other guy, it keeps you on the same pace.Ē

Experience can trump simple athleticism, and in the Steelers 3-4, a big part of a LB's game is assignment and staying disciplined. Farrior was tied for second on the team in solo tackles, and led the team with 102 total tackles (Ryan Clark finished #2 with 89). He also had 3 sacks, a pick and defensed 5 passes.

Haters be damned, James can still bring it...

Farrior claiming that he can bring it, and Farrior actually bringing it are two different things. He really didn't make much of an impact this year. Sure, he had a lot of tackles, which is to be expected for an MLB in the NFL. There were far too many occasions this year where he was out of position or simply a step too slow.

I'm not calling him terrible - but there were numerous occasions and numerous games where he hurt more than he had helped. I can't imagine him getting any better next year, so who knows what impact he'll have next year, whether it be positive or negative.

Rick5895
01-05-2010, 10:48 AM
While I will agree - somewhat - that the losses of Troy and Aaron this season impacted the D, neither of them plays all 11 defensive positions on that field. It is up to the FO, Colbert and Lebeau to make sure that there are reliable backups available and ready to step in at a moment's notice. Unfortunately, that obviously wasn't the case this season.

What does this thread have to do with Arians? :banging: It doesn't take a person with 20/20 vision to see that our D clearly blew at least 5 games this season (and almost 3 more) and ultimately, our shot at getting into the playoffs.

Absolutely correct, this thread has nothing to do with Arians and his name shouldn't have come up. I was reading a couple of papers this morning and I read some things that Clark had to say about playing with Troy. He said that (i'm paraphrasing) he and Troy know each other so well they don't have to talk on the filed, they instinctively know where each other will be and what they will do. In fact he went on to say they often switch positions during a game. That kind of chemistry is hard to get, and does not happen overnight or 11 games. Being allowed to freelance like that causes offenses fits. maybe a little more insight into why we struggled in the back end this year.
Certainly gives one something to think about!

revefsreleets
01-05-2010, 11:10 AM
Farrior claiming that he can bring it, and Farrior actually bringing it are two different things. He really didn't make much of an impact this year. Sure, he had a lot of tackles, which is to be expected for an MLB in the NFL. There were far too many occasions this year where he was out of position or simply a step too slow.

I'm not calling him terrible - but there were numerous occasions and numerous games where he hurt more than he had helped. I can't imagine him getting any better next year, so who knows what impact he'll have next year, whether it be positive or negative.

I disagree. He looked no worse (when he looked bad) than just about every other player on our defense when THEY looked bad, and a lot of times he looked better screwing up than some of those guys did playing in their assignments. In fact, statements were made about players trying to do too much, overcompensate, which would explain why there were unusual miscues by our D this year.

Is being fat/slow the new excuse for a 9-7 record? I've heard complaints now like that about Farrior, Ben, Woodley, Harrison, Gay, Taylor and even Timmons (that he can only move fast in straight line).

MACH1
01-05-2010, 11:16 AM
While I will agree - somewhat - that the losses of Troy and Aaron this season impacted the D, neither of them plays all 11 defensive positions on that field. It is up to the FO, Colbert and Lebeau to make sure that there are reliable backups available and ready to step in at a moment's notice. Unfortunately, that obviously wasn't the case this season.

What does this thread have to do with Arians? :banging: It doesn't take a person with 20/20 vision to see that our D clearly blew at least 5 games this season (and almost 3 more) and ultimately, our shot at getting into the playoffs.

They don't, but they do make the people around them better. IMO

PalmerSteel
01-05-2010, 11:20 AM
polamalu and smith arent spring chickens either. we really need to focus on some younger players in this defense for next season. i would say farrior will lose at least a third of his playing time next season, then that might be it for him with the steelers.

P@yne
01-05-2010, 11:45 AM
sorry james...

i know youre a professional and all, who knows all the ins and outs and on field dynamics, but the message board community says it shouldnt have made that much of a difference.

get over it.

simply plug in whose next and demand the same results. :noidea:

:coffee:

"the message board community says it shouldnt have made that much of a difference" Are you serious? This must be a joke because it's one of the dumbest things I've ever read on these forums. Maybe the Rooneys should just fire the entire coaching staff and hire the message board community. :rofl:

tony hipchest
01-05-2010, 04:13 PM
Absolutely correct, this thread has nothing to do with Arians and his name shouldn't have come up. I was reading a couple of papers this morning and I read some things that Clark had to say about playing with Troy. He said that (i'm paraphrasing) he and Troy know each other so well they don't have to talk on the filed, they instinctively know where each other will be and what they will do. In fact he went on to say they often switch positions during a game. That kind of chemistry is hard to get, and does not happen overnight or 11 games. Being allowed to freelance like that causes offenses fits. maybe a little more insight into why we struggled in the back end this year.
Certainly gives one something to think about!

woah! i'd like to know what papers you were reading. i may have to sue them for plagiarism. :chuckle:

you almost quoted my post verbatim....

http://forums.steelersfever.com/showthread.php?t=46020&page=2



one HUGE thing people forget about ryan clark...

he does a weekly spot on sirius radio and is very candid with his answers. he was asked mid-season what the biggest difference was in playing back there with carter instead of troy.

he said what most people dont realize is that there is an unspoken level of communication between him and troy. they both always knew where the other would be at all times. they had the freedom and liberty to switch positions at any given time. many times in a game, troy would line up at free safety and clark would line up at strong safety, and each would know the others responsibilities. with carter in there, they have to play lebeaus defense "straight-up".

this type of dynamic is invaluable to a defensive coordinator and absolutely gives offenses fits. it is something the opposition's offense really cant game plan for.

it is VERY RARE that a d-coord would give a player such liberties in their defense. probably even more rare than letting a quarterback call their own plays (like manning or brady). why people continue to diminish this effect, and act like carter and clark have suddenly become sucky players baffles me.



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