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83-Steelers-43
08-29-2006, 12:01 AM
Steelers' Holmes gaining coach's favor

By Joe Rutter
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Tuesday, August 29, 2006


First-round draft pick Santonio Holmes had almost nothing to show for his third preseason game with the Steelers.
Almost nothing, except the admiration of his coach.

Bill Cowher liked the progress Holmes made in the Steelers' 16-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, even if those contributions were negligible on the stat sheet.

"He has gotten better and better," Cowher said Monday, emphasizing his words. "He really has. I thought the other night he really did a lot of good things. I'm very encouraged by where he's at."

That proclamation came three days after Holmes caught one pass, for a 1-yard loss, against the Eagles.

With the Steelers facing third-and-4 near midfield to open the second quarter, Ben Roethlisberger hit the rookie receiver in the left flat, but Holmes quickly was brought to the ground by Brian Dawkins.

The only other times Holmes handled the ball were on two kickoff returns, where he averaged a pedestrian 20.5 yards.

Cowher, though, saw some intangibles about Holmes that reinforced why the Steelers traded up seven picks to draft the former Ohio State wide receiver with the 25th overall selection.

"Just being around him and his demeanor on game day, I really like it," Cowher said. "I think he's going to be fine."

Specifically, Cowher was referencing Holmes' competitive instincts and toughness.

"(The game) is not too big for him. He likes it, and he'll accept whatever role he's been given," Cowher said. "I can see the comfort he's getting within this offense. The kid missed all of the coaching sessions, came into camp and fought through some things, and I liked that."

Through three exhibition games, Holmes has six catches for 42 yards. He also has returned five kickoffs and one punt.

Against the Eagles, Holmes worked with the first-team offense as a third receiver. But Nate Washington is expected to fill that role once No. 1 receiver Hines Ward returns from a hamstring injury.

That could leave Holmes scrambling for playing time come Sept. 7 against the Miami Dolphins.

"Right now, I'm being patient," Holmes said. "I'm waiting for coach to call my number."

Cowher doesn't sound like he's afraid to dial it up. Holmes scored some points with his coach by shaking off a minor hamstring injury during the first week of camp.

"A couple of days out there I'm sure a little birdie inside him was probably saying to shut it down," Cowher said. "But he kept working through it. I respect that."

Holmes hasn't missed a practice since. That could change Wednesday, when Holmes is scheduled to stand trial in Columbus, Ohio, on domestic violence charges stemming from his June 19 arrest. Defense attorney Sam Shamansky has been trying to get the case dismissed.

Holmes hasn't talked publicly about the case, but he admitted yesterday he's taking steps toward putting his problems behind him.

"I've learned a great deal," he said. "I look at all the little mistakes I've been making on and off the field, and I feel I've been able to correct them the past two weeks and move forward. I haven't had many complaints from the coaches, not about running the wrong routes or not making the right blocks. Things have been going pretty good."

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_468208.html

clevestinks
08-29-2006, 05:30 AM
This is good news, if he is half as good as he is suppose to be, then he is already better than El. Great news

stlrtruck
08-29-2006, 08:21 AM
It's definitely better news than what we heard in the summer.

I hope he can keep it up, prove himself, and be a part of something bigger than he realizes....defending the lombardi!

83-Steelers-43
08-29-2006, 08:27 AM
Listening to coach praise a rookie like he did in the above article is very rare and tells me something about Holmes............that he will be just fine. Very suprising if you ask me. Cowher throws out the occasional mild complement towards a rookie now and again, but nothing like the above quotes.

HometownGal
08-29-2006, 08:34 AM
Holmes isn't allowing his personal troubles get in the way of his learning the Steelers' system and getting out there and working his behind off to prove his worth to the team and his coaches. That is always a good thing. :cool: If Cowher is pleased with his progress and his play thus far, that's all that really matters and I'm A-OK with that. :smile:

floodcitygirl
08-29-2006, 10:11 AM
It sounds as if he's had alot of things on and off the field that could have been big distractions....sounds like he's working thru them. I'll look forward to seeing those "intangibles" that Cowher sees.

nicesteel4life
08-29-2006, 10:22 AM
TOLD YA ALL!!! Holmes is the real deal but still needs time to get it down.

Haiku_Dirtt
08-29-2006, 01:27 PM
TOLD YA ALL!!! Holmes is the real deal but still needs time to get it down.

The intangibles are there. If we had a third string QB then his numbers would be up.

As far as Holmes as a citizen if we get two good seasons out of him before he GOES PLAXICO then I'm fine with that. We'll get our moneys worth. If you can't get your head right in this locker room then...

tony hipchest
08-29-2006, 01:36 PM
The intangibles are there. If we had a third string QB then his numbers would be up.

As far as Holmes as a citizen if we get two good seasons out of him before he GOES PLAXICO then I'm fine with that. We'll get our moneys worth. If you can't get your head right in this locker room then...i dont think hes showing the attitude of someone who was drafted 8th overall and expected to be the next randy moss. i dont think he will. before the 2 incidents he was said to have great character and locker room presence.

Haiku_Dirtt
08-29-2006, 01:39 PM
i dont think hes showing the attitude of someone who was drafted 8th overall and expected to be the next randy moss. i dont think he will. before the 2 incidents he was said to have great character and locker room presence.

So far I agree 100%.

siss
08-29-2006, 02:19 PM
I'm still leary of him. He's not Plax 2.0 anymore, but lets just say Im not gunna buy his jersey yet!