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01-18-2011, 06:12 AM
On the Steelers: Jets had success running against Steelers defense
A relatively quiet storm is brewing between the Steelers and Jets, 'old-school' teams with solid defenses
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Ryan Clark does not expect the kind of verbal animosity -- a.k.a. trash talking -- the Jets cut loose last week on the Patriots to be turned against the Steelers this week.

The two teams have played each other just twice in the past five seasons and there is just no story line there, Clark said.

"The only story line we have is six trophies."

It has been 42 years since the New York Jets captured their only Lombardi Trophy in their only appearance in a Super Bowl, so the Jets might find a way to turn that comment into their own benefit.

There is, however, a story line for both the AFC championship game at Heinz Field and the NFC championship in Chicago, both on Sunday. This is old-school football featuring four northern teams, including three that have been part of the NFL since at least 1933. Both games will be played on grass fields and of the final four teams, only the Jets play on artificial turf at home.

More telling: The final four all believe in the concept of playing good defense. Each team's defense finished in the top 10 in the league: The Steelers ranked No. 2, the Jets No. 3, the Green Bay Packers No. 5 and the Chicago Bears No. 9.

No Greatest Show on Turf among them, although three of their offenses have shown some potency with the Packers offense ranked No. 9, the Jets 11 and the Steelers 14. Only the Bears, ranked 30th, did not have an offense in the top half of the league.

"Defense is important, clearly," Clark said, "unless you have a team that is going to outscore everybody you play, and I think that's what New England was kind of doing for a while."

New England, which finished with the NFL's best record at 14-2, had just the 25th ranked defense in the league -- and the No. 8 offense, higher than any of the final four teams.

"Their defense wasn't the best, but they were able to hold enough because they always put up so many points," Clark noted. "But in the end, you need to be solid on defense, need to give your offense the ball in good field position, and I think that's what these defenses have been doing."

"Just watching the games throughout the weekend, you look at the plays that made a difference, it was defensively. You think about [Green Bay cornerback] Tramon Williams' interception in the end zone, then he returns one for a touchdown.

"The way the Jets played defense against New England, [Darrelle] Revis getting a lot of balls out and tackling well and getting pressure on Tom Brady, that's what you need. Some games you are going to be able to outscore the other team, but when it comes down to it you have to stop people from putting the ball in the end zone. So these defenses playing so well have really helped these teams get to this point."
Jets boast strong run game

No one ran for many yards against the Steelers, who led the NFL by a wide margin and set a franchise record by allowing only 68.2 yards rushing per game.

But the Jets did it better than anyone with 106 yards. New England was the only other team to top 100 yards rushing against the Steelers defense the past season with 103.

LaDainian Tomlinson topped the Jets with 49 yards on 11 carries and Shonn Greene added 40 yards on 12 carries.

"I would try to run it again," Clark said of the Jets. "They were successful with it. I think if you look at them, too, they're running the ball to keep other offenses off the field.

"When you have a blitzing and attacking type of defense, if you can keep your play count down, if you can keep the number of plays you have to play down, you have your guys fresh and they're able to continue playing hard, continue to run to the ball, continue to pursue. And so I think that's the way they're looking at it, trying to get back to that 'ground and pound' mantra."

Steelers defensive line coach John Mitchell will hammer that point home all week, Clark predicted.

"I know coach Mitch, his hair is going to be on fire all week because the D-Line, that's all he ever talks about is not giving up running yards. I think if we got bombed on all day he'll be OK, but if they rush for 100, it's going to be trouble."
Bigger, better title

Rookie center Maurkice Pouncey earned a national championship in college at Florida and would like to add another title in the pros.

"It's so much better," he said after experiencing his first NFL playoff game. "There is so much more on the line. In college it was awesome. We had a great group of guys and a great coaching staff. But here it is truly what you do."
All-Pro and all-rookie teams

Linebacker James Harrison and safety Troy Polamalu made the first team in the Pro Football Weekly/Professional Football Writers All-Pro team. Pouncey, who made the Pro Bowl, was named to the all-rookie team.

For more on the Steelers, read the blog, Ed Bouchette on the Steelers at www.post-gazette.com/plus. Ed Bouchette: ebouchette@post-gazette.com.

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01-18-2011, 08:00 AM
So 3.8 ypc is considered successful? That's what LT and SG put up....

01-18-2011, 10:48 AM
Well ya if you run for 106 yards or so on the steelers thats the same as running for 240 on another team but theres one huge difference this time number 43 is playing!

01-18-2011, 11:33 AM
big tee is soooo rite #43 is playin and its gonna like like there are 2 or 3 #43s on the field the guy is gonna be on fire with sum lightning thrown in this is gonna be a blowout.......ben is also gonna bring the holwitzer caNNON Out!!!!!!

i cant wait ive never had such a great feeling about the steelers b4 ever and ive watched every single steelers game form 1976 atleast that was on tv al the way back then..up to season ticket on direct tv times!!!! never had a feeling close to this since the 3rd superbowl against dallas....

37-23 a blowout in a game like this...then if we can get the bears in the superbowl we wil walk all over them...the packers are who im worried about!!

01-18-2011, 12:02 PM
We can't rely on the X-Factor commonly referred to as #43. Even without him, we should have won the last game, even though the team didn't play that well. However, credit to the jets from that Dec 19 game - THEY WON IT!

Our defense has to be playing all 4 QTRS, not just the second half. Our offense needs to finish drives with points, not just get to the 30 and punt (or FG attempt).

This jets team coming in this weekend is different than the one we played on Dec 19. They have more experience, they have the history of winning in Pittsburgh already, and they just knocked off their arch-nemesis.

WITH ALL THAT BEING SAID, the Steelers have more to play for than the jets. First, REDEMPTION! Yeah that game on Dec 19 was embarrassing (IMHO). Two, X-Factor Heath Miller (who also didn't play), who doesn't drop passes like Spaeth did in that previous game. Three, O-line. Yeah, they're old, banged up, and rotate more than the turnstyle at disney. But they've performed better over the last 4 weeks. Four, BEN ROETHLISBERGER, no not Big Ben, just BEN. He was suspended for 4 games this year, and now he's got the chance to move on to his 3rd SB appearance and the chance to shove all the BS that came from Goodell right back at him. Finally, James Harrison, yeah it's time to prove that pansies don't play the game and who better to prove that then Harrison.

01-18-2011, 12:19 PM
Well we ran pretty good agasint them as well. So as long as our backs match their backs we shoul dbe in pretty good shape.

We beat ourselves that game with poor offensive play calling in the endzone, ST's and lack of 2 starters.

They make it sound like we got a thrashing by the jets.

01-18-2011, 12:22 PM
Well ya if you run for 106 yards or so on the steelers thats the same as running for 240 on another team but theres one huge difference this time number 43 is playing!

Yup, and even with LT & Greene putting up decent numbers, their offense still only scored 13 points....w/o Polamalu.

01-18-2011, 12:25 PM
I don't see where this even constitutes an argument.

In the last game, the Jets rushed for 106 yds. against us and we rushed for 147yds. against them.

If there's a story here, I guess I'm just not seeing it.