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SteelCityMom
10-06-2011, 08:07 AM
On the Steelers: Captain Ward says his unit must come to rescue of defense
Thursday, October 06, 2011
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The Steelers defense lies in tatters, torn apart by two opposing running backs, silenced in turnovers and sacks and now shattered by the loss of two of its best players.

It is time, captain Hines Ward said, for his offense to turn the tables and carry the defense on its shoulders, starting Sunday against Tennessee. Time to pay back all those games their defense pulled out with dominating performances and timely turnovers.

"It's time for the offense to step up and carry this team," Ward said, "because the defense has carried us for many years now. And now they're going through this situation. We need to be there for our teammates and for this organization, we have to go out and make more plays."

The Steelers defense will be without four-time All-Pro linebacker James Harrison for 4 to 6 weeks and for their all-time best 3-4 defensive end, Aaron Smith, for at least this week. They will not have had the same starting defensive lineup in any of their five games this season when they take Heinz Field Sunday to play the Titans.

"James Harrison went down! He's like the terminator," Ward said.

"I never thought he'd miss any games. That puts a lot of stress -- not really stress, but importance -- on offense that we have to control the ball, keep Chris Johnson off the field."

The Steelers offense, though, has its own problems, such as an offensive line that has had three starting lineups in four games and could have another this week.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger did not practice Wednesday and still wore a boot on his injured left foot, and two halfbacks did not practice because of injuries -- starter Rashard Mendenhall (hamstring) and Mewelde Moore (ankle).

Roethlisberger repeated what coach Mike Tomlin predicted Tuesday, that he will play Sunday. And Ward said they will play as an angry team.


Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11279/1180084-66.stm#ixzz1a0TK3wqE

steelfury02
10-06-2011, 10:18 AM
wow - finally nice to see some spark coming from this team

Steel4ever95
10-06-2011, 01:15 PM
wow - finally nice to see some spark coming from this team

Very nice indeed, and its nice to see that a big name like Ward on offense stepping up and challenging the offense to do better.

OX1947
10-06-2011, 05:01 PM
I wish I could be optimistic but when Steelers talk, things blow up in their face.

stb_steeler
10-06-2011, 05:37 PM
Last 2 games it looked like Hines was playing pissed off, didnt even see a smile.

FanSince72
10-06-2011, 05:50 PM
Well at least he wasn't telling everyone that he was going to unleash hell...






we all know how well THAT worked out.

SteelKid212
10-06-2011, 06:01 PM
Very nice indeed, and its nice to see that a big name like Ward on offense stepping up and challenging the offense to do better.

yes indeed! im looking for this team to turn it around this year, starting with the titans.

:tt03:

harrison'samonster
10-06-2011, 07:08 PM
I am hearing a little more spark from the Steelers players. That's what they need.

They just need to stay focused and not give the Titans any turnovers, that would be like Christmas to our defense at this point.

SH-Rock
10-06-2011, 07:59 PM
Now lets see them put their money where their mouth is.

tony hipchest
10-06-2011, 08:11 PM
also worthy to note that hines ward is a bit ticked off being shoved out of the gameplan (only 12 targets in last 3 games) while youngsters such as antonio brown are missing hot reads that ray charles can see (according to arians.)http://sportstalk.triblive.com/content/bruce-arians-thursday-titans-week

On hot route mistakes with Ben and his WRs:

“Well, yeah Ben is right on target. Antonio missed one that Ray Charles should have seen. It was a true young guy mistake, he was all anxious to run a route and had he seen the hot he probably would still be running. Those are the kind of things that have cost us a couple big third down conversions and stopped drives. It’s that youth, second year growing that we continue to grow and hopefully that doesn’t happen any more.”



:dang: stop listening to the fans, brucie.

55BaileyFan
10-06-2011, 09:50 PM
The D has bailed the offense plenty of times, it is time the O comes to help them.

DanRooney
10-07-2011, 12:43 AM
The D has bailed the offense plenty of times, it is time the O comes to help them.

Our offense stinks. 1 offensive touchdown per game in 3 out of the 4 games. Hopefully Starks is ready to play.

ZoneBlitzer
10-07-2011, 02:36 AM
The D has bailed the offense plenty of times, it is time the O comes to help them.

I said that and got trashed. It's nice to hear the players and coaches finally recognize the obvious.