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Old 08-19-2007, 08:18 PM   #31
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Default Re: Redskins' fans angry, but football is brutal

I once played some football when I was younger. I dont remember much about the games, but I sure can feel the forgotten pains of yesterday, today. For those of you who have never played sports. Just remember the last time you fell or slip on some ice. You may forget where you fell, but one day you sure will be reminded by the pain. No professional player really wants to see a another player seriously hurt.
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Old 08-19-2007, 08:45 PM   #32
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Old 08-19-2007, 11:07 PM   #33
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You wanna talk about a dirty hit that nobody said a word about was when Ben got the concusion hit in Atlanta last year. That WAS a dirty hit!
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Default Re: Redskins' fans angry, but football is brutal

Keisel didn't intend to injury Redskins QB
By Scott Brown
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Monday, August 20, 2007

Defensive end Brett Keisel said he in no way was trying to knock Washington Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell out of Saturday's exhibition game.

And he told Campbell as much after Keisel crashed into Campbell's lower leg while trying to make a sack.

Campbell immediately grabbed his bruised left knee after Keisel hit him, and he left the game.

"The second that I saw his training staff was out there, I ran back down and told him to his face that I deliberately didn't try and do anything and hope he gets better," Keisel said.

Keisel lost his footing right before he got to Campbell and said that's what caused him to hit the second-year quarterback in the lower leg.
He got penalized 15 yards for roughing the passer.

Better showing

Mike Tomlin hardly called receiver Nate Washington's performance Saturday night a redeeming one.

The Steelers coach said Washington did what he told the third-year wide receiver to do: forget about the two dropped passes he had in the Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 5.

"I don't consider it a rebound," Tomlin said after Washington caught three passes for 44 yards in the Steelers' 12-10 win over the Redskins. "I just consider what happened in the Hall of Fame Game a fluke."

Washington hauled in a 33-yard pass from quarterback Charlie Batch that set up a short Jeff Reed field goal early in the fourth quarter.

He's caught five passes for 61 yards in the past two games.

Special effort

Tomlin couldn't heap enough praise on his special teams unit Saturday night, saying rookie Daniel Sepulveda's punting and the coverage on his kicks kept the Steelers in the game early.

Sepulveda averaged 50 yards on four punts, and he had a net average of 48.5 yards.

The Steelers didn't have any problems kicking field goals, either, as Jeff Reed and Connor Hughes each kicked a pair.

In the Steelers' second preseason game, Reed had an extra point blocked.

"I think the big thing I like about this football team is when we identify a problem, we make them disappear," Tomlin said. "Field-goal protection showed up in a big way; special teams showed up in a big way."

Chance to shine

Running back Verron Haynes saw extended action Saturday night, and that was by design.

Since Haynes is coming off reconstructive knee surgery, Tomlin said the team had targeted the Steelers' third exhibition game as a chance to take a good look at the veteran.

Haynes led the Steelers in rushing with 30 yards on seven carries. He also caught two passes for 15 yards.

"We knew this would be the game to show where he is, and he answered the call a little bit," Tomlin said.

This and that

Running back Willie Parker only had 4 yards on four carries against the Redskins, but the Pro Bowler said it was just good to get back on the field again. "I had to get my body acclimated to a hit," said Parker, who missed the first two preseason games because of inflammation in his left knee. "Once I got that first hit, I was ready to go." ... The Steelers, who were off Sunday, resume practice this afternoon at their South Side facility.

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Um, it's already happened - Luis Castillo, anybody? And no, I didn't scream bloody murder over it - I always maintained that was an accident and so was Keisel's hit on Campbell last night. It's football, not hopscotch.

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He didn't leave FedEx Stadium with an armed escort or wearing an elaborate disguise.

Brett Keisel did become decidedly less popular in Washington than Beltway traffic after he knocked Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell out of last Saturday night's game with a bruised knee.

That play, of which Keisel said Monday was legal even though he got penalized for roughing the passer, blew the defensive end's cover.

Keisel had hovered below the radar to some degree before that hit on Campbell.

For all of the talk during the offseason about how the Steelers would move Keisel around to take advantage of his unique blend of size and athleticism, he has stayed mostly at right defensive end during the team's first three preseason games.

Of course, as Keisel pointed out late last week, it is only August.

That means the Steelers' regular-season opponents, and particularly their division foes, haven't seen anything yet.

"The defense we run in the preseason is pretty vanilla," Keisel said, adding that the Steelers hold back 80 percent of what they plan to do on defense during the preseason. "We try to save our secrets for when it really counts."

It is no secret that the Steelers want to use Keisel in a similar way that the Ravens employed Adalius Thomas last season.

Thomas was technically a linebacker, but he lined up everywhere from the defensive line to the secondary. His versatility helped make the Ravens one of the top defenses in the NFL in 2006, and it made Thomas one of the more coveted free agents after the season (he signed with the Patriots).

Keisel made a smooth transition from special teams player and reserve to starter in 2006, and he and the Steelers are eager for him to do even more this season.

The 6-foot-5, 285-pounder said he is as comfortable dropping back into coverage as he is rushing the quarterback because of his background in basketball and from playing middle linebacker in high school.

Aaron Smith, who starts opposite Keisel on the defensive line, said the Brigham Young product is "hands down" the best athlete on the team.

"You get a big guy that's as athletic as he is, it's rare," said Smith, adding that Keisel looks fluid and natural when he drops back into coverage. "That's where you can really tell the difference with the big guys; they get in a little space and they look uncomfortable. He looks like a linebacker when we're out there."

Keisel appeared to have a linebacker mentality when he lunged at Campbell while trying to sack him in the Steelers' 12-10 win over the Redskins.

Keisel, who didn't practice Monday because of a minor groin problem, said he watched the film of the hit and that it showed it wasn't a dirty play.

When asked if he thinks he'll get fined for it, Keisel said, "I don't expect to, but it wouldn't surprise me if it did."

It shouldn't come as any surprise where Keisel lines up this season, especially since he has embraced the role of playing all over the field.

"I want to be a great player in this league," said Keisel, who turns 29 next month. "I honestly feel like my career defensively is just starting, and I'm excited about that."

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I tell you what...

If Keisel gets fine for this one than the league has finally lost its damn mind...

In addition to the soon to be seen flag football QB rule already mentioned at length (I hear Goodell reads these boards and the suggestion certainly "aroused" his interest), we are also going to see a new rule for defenders.

If you are down, without or without contact, than you are ineligible to participate in the rest of the play.

So if defensive lineman's knee or rear touches the ground they are down by contact and must get out of the way of the play in progress by raising their hand and running toward the sideline... like in dodgeball...

Actually. Let's start playing dodgeball...

This raised Kiesel's stock alright, for all the dumb reasons. Also doesn't help when no one in the popular media... yes you ESPN... has the balls to say ENOUGH!

On Sportscenter the next day that was the big clip of the game, with some sort of spin on it that I don't even remember.

Granted, the Redskins Super Star QB (right, Theismann? ) went down, but I'm sick of it...

Initially, I was worried about Campbell, you hate to see anyone get hurt, especially in the preseason, but once he walked off the field, I couldn't help but think... here we go again...

Let the Steelers hate parade continue. The entire town of Brisco following behind the Steelers' bus... "Crash!" "Crash!"
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