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Old 10-10-2013, 08:09 AM   #1
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Default Clark - Ben should tone things down

Oh my - Ryan Clark appears to be more interested in trying to get a broadcast job next year than keeping his concerns inside the team

Clark: Big Ben should tone things down

Veteran safety Ryan Clark did not back down from comments he made on ESPN on the Steelers' bye week that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has to "tone down" his game if the Steelers are going to be successful.

Clark said Roethlisberger has a tendency to improvise too much at times and that style might have something to do with the team's first 0-4 start since 1968.

"We have to tone Ben down in a sense and say, 'Hey, right now, we're not a good enough football team for you to try to extend plays, for us to take sacks, for us to have turnovers,' " Clark said on ESPN.

Clark was asked Wednesday to clarify his remarks.

"When asked a question about Ben, I said, we need to protect Ben," Clark said. "And, when I say that, [I mean] defense, we need to make plays so he doesn't feel like he has to do everything. Offensively, we need to protect him so he can get the ball out on his fifth step; receivers need to get open, running backs need to run the ball.

"But, in that as well, I feel like he needs to understand that, as constructed right now, we aren't playing well enough right now as a team to where we can take sacks and have turnovers. So, as a team, that's a team solution.

"But the quarterback has to spearhead it. He's our guy, he's our leader, he makes the plays, he's the reason we have two Super Bowl wins and been to three. We have to find ways to help him not feel like he has to do that."

When told of Clark's comments, Roethlisberger said he is not going to change his style.

"I didn't hear about [that]," Roethlisberger said. "It is what it is. I'm just going to play the game the way that I play it and try not to turn it over."

When asked if he appreciated a teammate commenting on his play, Roethlisberger responded: "That's the great thing about this country we live in. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and allowed to say what they want. If Ryan feels that way, then that's fine."

It was the second consecutive week that there has been some back and forth between two of the team's captains. After the Steelers lost to the Minnesota Vikings to fall to 0-4, Roethlisberger said the Steelers might be the worst team in the league. Clark said Roethlisberger was being "dramatic" when he said that. Roethlisberger later clarified his comments and said he was viewing it strictly from a win-loss perspective.


http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/...s-down-706993/

So much for Clark's pre-season concern about eliminating last year's "fractured" locker room

Given the sort of year Clark is having perhaps he should just shut up
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Default Re: Clark - Ben should tone things down

Ben has to Improvise because the line is crap and he's getting flushed out of the non-existent pocket on almost every play. Worry about making your tackles, Clark, and shut your mouth.
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Default Re: Clark - Ben should tone things down

calling out your QB - yeah - that's the way to find a new job on ESPN

How about do your job first, get some turnovers, make some tackles
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Clark said Roethlisberger has a tendency to improvise too much at times and that style might have something to do with the team's first 0-4 start since 1968.

If that were the case, wouldn't we have started 0-4 every year since 94?
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Default Re: Clark - Ben should tone things down

I'm not trying to turn this into a Tomlin thread (we have enough of them), but it looks to me like Tomlin is losing control of this team.
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Default Re: Clark - Ben should tone things down

Maybe Clark should concentrate on actually doing something productive on defense. I mean, normally the stuff that comes out of the dudes mouth is right on point. I guess everyone can be stupid.
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Default Re: Clark - Ben should tone things down

um, yea, can you imagine what Steelers fans would say if Ben said similar things about the defense getting owned in the run game?

maybe Clark is realizing his time is coming to a close and so now its time to just let er' rip?

This has nothing to do with Tomlin. He can't be a babysitter to grown men when their outside of the meeting room. It's on Clark but this was DOA as soon as it hit Ben's ears.
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