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Old 10-18-2006, 01:06 PM   #1
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Default Jim Mora's conference call

i always like to see the mindset of opposing coaches before the game and mora always gives a good interview. he says some good things about the steelers.

HEAD COACH JIM MORA

Have teams been putting a spy on Michael (Vick)? Do you expect the Steelers to do so?

No, they really haven't. Sometimes, but not consistently. I think the Steelers will probably just play their game. They are pretty damn good.

What is the best thing about them?

There are a lot of good things. I am a huge fan of Troy (Polamalu). He might be the best thing about them. I don't know. I don't want to discount Joey Porter or any of those other guys. That (Polamalu) guy is a special, special, special, special player though.

Polamalu didn't look like he was doing as much of that running around, backing away from the line of scrimmage and circling around kind of stuff against Kansas City.

Well, he did against Kansas City. He is always a presence to blitz. Those plays he made on short yardage plays, the second and third down ones where he hit the gaps, you talk about having great instincts and anticipation, he is so fun to watch. If you like defensive football, you love watching that guy play. He is inspiring. He really is, even for an opposing coach who has to go against him. My favorite player in the history of football is Ronnie Lott. He is the only player up on my wall that I have a picture of. I was watching film the last two days and kept thinking about Ronnie as I watched Troy.

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How many defenses players do you have to game plan for? You said Polamalu.

Him and Joey. Junior Seau was a guy that you had to game plan for. You always had to know where he was. In our division, a guy like Thomas Davis, who hasn't really jumped on the scene yet. He's the linebacker for Carolina. You have to know where he is. Quite a few teams have a guy. The Giants, you needed to know where (Osi Umenyiora) is. This guy, Troy, he's different. I know you guys get to see him a lot, but for someone who doesn't get to see him a lot and turns on the film, he is something. I have a great regard for defensive players in general. He's at the top of my list right now.

The o-line knew where he was because they went right at him.

Yeah, but they can't get him. He's too quick and explosive. Great balance, maybe one of his best attributes is his balance. The play he made on the screen, he gets blocked by the guard and hops on his foot and makes a tackle. I can't remember which game it was, I've watched so many games. I haven't seen anyone like him in the league in a long, long time.

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Are there any similarities between Willie Parker and Tiki Barber?

They both have speed. They're both very underrated. I know that sounds crazy, especially when you talk about Tiki. Tiki is a great back and he runs hard. He can hit the hole. He can get into the open field. He can make you miss and run over you. That's how Parker is. I watched the Kansas City game and some of those runs, he pounds those guys. He keeps his legs turning. He gets to the edge and he has the speed. He's a very, very impressive back.



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Old 10-18-2006, 01:44 PM   #2
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Who was giving that interview? They broke the #1 rule of giving an unbiased interview: (which happens to be the exact opposite of what you do as a lawyer interviewing the guy on the stand) Do not interject your opinion, your view, or the expected answer to the question into the question.

Case 'n point:
"Polamalu didn't look like he was doing as much of that running around, backing away from the line of scrimmage and circling around kind of stuff against Kansas City."
"The o-line knew where he was because they went right at him."

Sometimes I wonder what type of education some of these sports columnist-types have recieved. Poor would be a seemingly appropriate adjective.
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Old 10-18-2006, 01:54 PM   #3
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Default Re: Jim Mora's conference call

Great read, Tony - thanks!

It should make all of us feel mighty proud as Steelers fans hearing an opponent's HC giving the Steelers the props and respect that they have earned and well deserve.
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Who was giving that interview? They broke the #1 rule of giving an unbiased interview: (which happens to be the exact opposite of what you do as a lawyer interviewing the guy on the stand) Do not interject your opinion, your view, or the expected answer to the question into the question.

Case 'n point:
"Polamalu didn't look like he was doing as much of that running around, backing away from the line of scrimmage and circling around kind of stuff against Kansas City."
"The o-line knew where he was because they went right at him."

Sometimes I wonder what type of education some of these sports columnist-types have recieved. Poor would be a seemingly appropriate adjective.
Sports columnists???

Heck.. have you watched the evening news? Journalism in general has become a self-absorbed enigma of nihilism.
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Sports columnists???

Heck.. have you watched the evening news? Journalism in general has become a self-absorbed enigma of nihilism.
LOL Good point, and even better adjectives
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Default Re: Jim Mora's conference call

too bad tiki is retiring....what mora said was very classy, yet he did undermind a lot of our other defensive players like hagans and hampton, but very classy anyways.
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Who was giving that interview? They broke the #1 rule of giving an unbiased interview: (which happens to be the exact opposite of what you do as a lawyer interviewing the guy on the stand) Do not interject your opinion, your view, or the expected answer to the question into the question.

Case 'n point:
"Polamalu didn't look like he was doing as much of that running around, backing away from the line of scrimmage and circling around kind of stuff against Kansas City."
"The o-line knew where he was because they went right at him."

Sometimes I wonder what type of education some of these sports columnist-types have recieved. Poor would be a seemingly appropriate adjective.
it was a conference call, not a sitdown interview. it was conducted by the same pittsburgh area sportswriters who interview cowher on wednesdays and after games.
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it was a conference call, not a sitdown interview. it was conducted by the same pittsburgh area sportswriters who interview cowher on wednesdays and after games.
Pittsburgh area sportswriters? That is kind of surprising.

And it doesn't matter if its a sit down interview, a conference call, or a video feed from the space station, my point is still valid though a little narrow as Preacher pointed out.
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Pittsburgh area sportswriters? That is kind of surprising.

And it doesn't matter if its a sit down interview, a conference call, or a video feed from the space station, my point is still valid though a little narrow as Preacher pointed out.

LOL.... Not quite sure I would have said "narrow!"
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