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Old 10-25-2012, 05:22 PM   #11
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He needs to make them run wind sprints till they puke......That works the best......
Yah. My head coach's policy in high school was that you got to run a hill for every stupid penalty yard you cause in the game.
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Ike would still be running, poor fella!
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Tomlin Sick of Special Teams Penalties

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By Jim Wexell
Posted Oct 23, 2012

Not since Jackie Chiles last defended Kramer has the word “egregious” been used consecutively to the media. Mike Tomlin did it Tuesday at his weekly press conference.

Mike Tomlin issued a warning to the special-teamers responsible for 12 penalties in the last four games, including five Sunday night in Cincinnati:

“What’s going on in the return game from a penalty standpoint is disturbing. The multiple offenders or egregious offenders are going to be watching as opposed to playing as soon as we get a few options.”

By “options,” Tomlin was meant players who will be coming back from injuries. He can even choose from players currently on the practice squad.

The five penalties Sunday night cost the Steelers 115 yards in field position, and none of the penalties appeared to have helped the runner. The costliest penalty was a hold by DeMarcus Van Dyke early in the second quarter that negated an Antonio Brown return to the Cincinnati 44. Instead, the ball was placed 43 yards back at the Pittsburgh 13.

“We believe we have some dynamic return men,” Tomlin said of Brown and Chris Rainey. “Penalties negated that effort.”

After committing one penalty on special teams in the first two games, the Steelers have since committed a dozen. Van Dyke is the most “egregious offender” with four. Stevenson Sylvester has two. Seven others – including one that wasn’t assigned – were blamed on six other individuals.

So apparently the players on the hot seat are Van Dyke and Sylvester.

What can Tomlin do?

“You can take the helmet off of them and have them watch,” he said. “That’s what we intend to do if they don’t improve in that area. They’re egregious offenders and repeat offenders.”

Tomlin had discussed his goal for the return game with the team before the game. He wanted to see improvement there, in the running game, and third-down defense. And he got just about everything for which he had asked.

The Steelers improved their 3.0 run game with a 5.8 performance, their 49.2 defensive third-down percentage with a 38 percent rate, and their 27.0 kickoff return average with a 30.5 performance against the Bengals.

The only miss was from the 8.4 punt-return unit, which averaged only 3.3 per return in Cincinnati thanks to penalties.

In the key NFL offensive statistical rankings, the Steelers are 11th in yards per game, 17th points per game, 6th passing yards per game, and 32nd in per-carry average.

Defensively, the Steelers are 2nd in yards per game, 12th iu points per game, 19th in per-carry rushing, and 2nd in pass yards per game (19th in passer rating, 24th in sacks).

On the injury front, Tomlin expects center Maurkice Pouncey (MCL sprain) to practice Wednesday and play Sunday at home against the Washington Redskins.

Tomlin is hopeful that RBs Rashard Mendenhall (Achilles’) and Isaac Redman (ankle) and backup linebacker Chris Carter (hamstring) can practice and play.

Tomlin already ruled out RT Marcus Gilbert (ankle tendon) and SS Troy Polamalu (calf). Replacement safety Will Allen is day-to-day with a sprained shoulder.

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special teams penalties have been a killer, we've lost good field position and touchdowns because of holds / blocks in the back. if they can fix this then the ST unit would be dangerous
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LOL, they must be shaking in their cleats wondering whether Tomlin is going to release hell.
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Gee...Sylvester's panning out just great for us.
Doesn't look like he's capable of being a starter and when he was drafted I believe he was touted to be a special teams standout.
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