Why register with the Steelers Fever Forums?
 • Intelligent and friendly discussions.
 • It's free and it's quick. Always.
 • Enter events in the forums calendar.
 • Very user friendly software.
 • Exclusive contests and giveaways.

 Donate to Steelers Fever, Click here
 Our 2014 Goal: $450.00 - To Date: $450.00 (100.00%)
 Home | Forums | Editorials | Shop | Tickets | Downloads | Contact Pittsburgh Steelers Forum Feed Not Just Fans. Hardcore Fans.

Go Back   Steelers Fever Forums > Steelers Football > Pittsburgh Steelers


Steelers Fever Fan Shop

Doc's Sports Get FREE NFL Picks and College Football picks as well as Football Lines like live NFL Lines and updated NFL Power Rankings all at Doc's Sports Service.

Steelers

LOL

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 10-14-2006, 08:55 AM   #1
lamberts-lost-tooth
Banned
 
lamberts-lost-tooth's Avatar
 

Join Date: May 2006
Location: Midwest
Posts: 10,829
Gender: Male
Member Number: 2363
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default Playmakers wanted

By John Harris
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Saturday, October 14, 2006


Nate Washington knows what you're thinking.
That the Steelers' young receivers can't stretch the field. That they're dropping too many passes and can't be trusted in the clutch.

Sooner or later, Steelers receivers other than veteran Hines Ward are going to have to start making plays on a consistent basis. You can only use youth as an excuse for so long.

"In Pittsburgh, expectations are definitely high,'' said Washington, the Steelers' No. 3 receiver who's hoping to have a breakout game Sunday against Kansas City at Heinz Field. "Fans are great here. Once you do good, there's no turning back.''

Life was great for Washington when he scored the Steelers' first touchdown of the season in a 28-17 win over Miami. His acrobatic 27-yard grab from backup quarterback Charlie Batch raised expectations for Washington, an undrafted free agent who was a surprise addition to last year's Super Bowl team.

Washington hasn't caught another touchdown since the opener. Sometimes he's been barely an afterthought in the passing game.

He calmly addressed the issue of his inability to get open deep, fully believing the Steelers' vertical game has barely scratched the surface of its potential.

"Maybe they don't want to put too much pressure on us,'' Washington said of the trials and tribulations he has faced along with top draft pick Santonio Holmes, who shares the No. 2 receiver spot with veteran Cedrick Wilson. "We're just going with the flow, trying to get the offense in synch.''

Washington believes the Steelers will spice up their routes, throwing more deep passes as the young receivers become more comfortable with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. But these are critical times for the 1-3 Steelers. It's the job of the coaching staff to be more creative and put Washington and Holmes in positions to be successful.

Right now, the Steelers' passing game is predictable, partly because of the inexperience of Washington and Holmes, partly because of the play-calling.

The Steelers' scheme consists of short curls, slants, fade routes and the occassional bomb. The coaching staff has been known to call a wide receiver reverse. But they also might want to consider implementing screens that put their young receivers in open spaces and allows them to use their speed.

The general perception is the Steelers don't have the receivers to stretch the field. Ward is considered a possession receiver, and he still isn't 100 percent because of a lingering hamstring injury. Wilson was given a shot to be that downfield receiver. By my unofficial count, the Steelers targed Wilson 16 times in the first four games, including eight times downfield through the first three games, tying him with Ward among Steelers wideouts getting the most chances to make a big play. Wilson has plays of 36 and 20 yards among his six catches. Last week against San Diego, Roethlisberger threw Wilson's way only three times, and failed to throw to him downfield.

Using the 23-13 loss at San Diego as a barometer, the Steelers want Washington and Holmes to become playmakers. Roethlisberger targeted Washington twice downfield against the Chargers, and he threw an ill-advised bomb to Holmes off a flea-flicker that was intercepted.

"We have routes that stretch the field, but the Steelers are normally a running team,'' Washington said. "Our routes are normally get-the-first-down routes. We don't have the deep 80-yard pass route.

"We definitely have speed,'' said Washington, who claims to run a 4.3 40. "It's just that we never had that type of offense. We're working on those type of things to stretch the field.''

As for Washington, he's still essentially a rookie. He attended Tiffin, a Division II school in Ohio. He didn't play in a single regular-season game a year ago and made his only catch against Denver in the AFC Championship Game.

Washington has nine catches for 117 yards, along with a couple of ill-timed drops, including a potential touchdown against Cincinnati.

"It's been a process for me,'' Washington said. "I'm learning.''

The quicker he learns, the better off the Steelers' passing game will be.
lamberts-lost-tooth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2006, 10:35 AM   #2
19ward86
Head Coach
 
19ward86's Avatar
 

Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Pittsburgh, Ohio
Posts: 1,987
Gender: Male
Member Number: 2717
Thanks: 1
Thanked 8 Times in 5 Posts
Default Re: Playmakers wanted

nate washington is very underrated, his hands are not a problem. he has dropped passes but so has TO. it is getting the feel of bens throws first and then the amazing hands of nate will come in play. holmes is the same way, he played with 2 diff QB in college and had to adjust to each and did a good job at doing it.(craig krenzel and troy smith...im an OSU fan).i think this week will be his more involved week. we are playing like the bengals right now, we used to have depth at our receiver position and now we dont so we lose, the bengals lost chris henry and they lost, and if you think about it this year chris henry is one of their biggest weapons. he'll start instead of douschmanzadeh next season, if he is still there.
__________________
[YOUTUBE]PGrTvNzGCZE[/YOUTUBE]
You must watch this video.
19ward86 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2006, 12:35 PM   #3
Livinginthe past
Living Legend
 
Livinginthe past's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Crushing the AFCE...annually
Posts: 7,520
Member Number: 478
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default Re: Playmakers wanted

Quote:
Originally Posted by 19ward86 View Post
nate washington is very underrated, his hands are not a problem. he has dropped passes but so has TO. it is getting the feel of bens throws first and then the amazing hands of nate will come in play. holmes is the same way, he played with 2 diff QB in college and had to adjust to each and did a good job at doing it.(craig krenzel and troy smith...im an OSU fan).i think this week will be his more involved week. we are playing like the bengals right now, we used to have depth at our receiver position and now we dont so we lose, the bengals lost chris henry and they lost, and if you think about it this year chris henry is one of their biggest weapons. he'll start instead of douschmanzadeh next season, if he is still there.
You seriously think that the Steelers WR corps has similar talent to the Bengals?

The only Steelers WR that would even get into the Bengals team is Hines - and even then maybe not based on his form so far this year.

NM
Livinginthe past is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2006, 03:26 PM   #4
SteelCzar76
Banned
 
SteelCzar76's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 1,233
Gender: Male
Member Number: 2498
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Playmakers wanted

Nate Washington should receive the exact amount of Glory he deserves,........NONE



"Hail Caesar,........HAIL THE BLACK AND GOLD"
SteelCzar76 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2006, 10:38 PM   #5
TP43
Water Boy
 
TP43's Avatar
 

Join Date: May 2006
Location: Florida
Posts: 16
Gender: Male
Member Number: 2372
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Playmakers wanted

I don't know about the rest of ya'll, but it's times like these that make me miss Plaxico Burress and Antwaan Randle El.
TP43 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:34 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Shoutbox provided by vBShout v6.2.1 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.0.8 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.
Navbar with Avatar by Motorradforum
no new posts