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Old 11-13-2007, 12:34 PM   #1
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Default Tomlin Plans to Make Some Changes to ST's

Tomlin planning to make changes to Steelers' special teams
By Scott Brown TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Mike Tomlin said at his weekly news conference today that he doesn’t intend to make drastic changes on special teams even though the Steelers gave up 204 kickoff return yards and a touchdown to Cleveland’s Josh Cribbs Sunday in their 31-28 win.

Tomlin said he doesn’t want to make a “knee-jerk” reaction to the Steelers’ struggles on special teams against the Browns. He indicated that the Steelers won’t bring in any players to address their special-teams woes though he didn’t rule out using more starters on the kickoff coverage team.

The players on the kickoff coverage team get a chance to redeem themselves Sunday as the Steelers play the Jets, who have the top kickoff returner in the NFL.

Leon Washington has already returned three kickoffs for touchdowns and is averaging 33.5 yards a return.

"We better be prepared to be at our best to get after him," Tomlin said.
The Steelers could be without two reserves who play on special teams Sunday as linebackers LaMarr Woodley (hamstring) and Andre Frazier (groin) are questionable for the 4:05 p.m. game.

It looks like free safety Ryan Clark (spleen) and tight end Jerame Tuman (back) won’t play against the Jets.

“There’s been no real progress on each front,” Tomlin said.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger may not practice tomorrow because of a sore hip and shoulder. Running back Willie Parker (knee) and cornerback Deshea Townsend (ankle) are also nursing minor injuries.

“For the most part we have no complaints in the injury department,” Tomlin said.

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Old 11-13-2007, 01:38 PM   #2
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Leon Washington has already returned three kickoffs for touchdowns and is averaging 33.5 yards a return.

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So based upon the fact that Reed's kicks usually land around the 5 or 10 yard line and Washington averages 33.5 yards a return....and with our pourous special teams....if we just kick the ball out of bounds on kickoffs...we should be in better shape.
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Old 11-13-2007, 02:35 PM   #3
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So based upon the fact that Reed's kicks usually land around the 5 or 10 yard line and Washington averages 33.5 yards a return....and with our pourous special teams....if we just kick the ball out of bounds on kickoffs...we should be in better shape.
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Sounds like Tuman may be ready for the IR

As for Clark, I assume a spleen injury just needs time to heal - the Redskins team docs apparently misdiagnosed it when he had the same altitude problems previously in Denver - lucky he did not suffer anything more serious whe it recurred last month.
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Old 11-13-2007, 02:47 PM   #5
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we should just never kick to leon washington in this game. we are facing a weak offense and could probably do fine sacrificing good field position to prevent the chance of a big return.
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So based upon the fact that Reed's kicks usually land around the 5 or 10 yard line and Washington averages 33.5 yards a return....and with our pourous special teams....if we just kick the ball out of bounds on kickoffs...we should be in better shape.
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We have an awesome ST player on our practice squad--Justin Vincent.

Activate him, especially if Tuman looks like he's done for the year.
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We have an awesome ST player on our practice squad--Justin Vincent.

Activate him, especially if Tuman looks like he's done for the year.
Vincent was a beast at LSU, we should certainly get him in the game.
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If Reed would just kick it out of the endzone like he was doing in the Pre-Season...this wouldn't be an issue.

As for the Kick Off Coverage Unit...Put Troy P, Anthonly Smith, James Harrison and 7 other yahoos out there and they won't return it for crap. How about Cedric Wilson, he isn't doing anything on offense and can run pretty fast. At least he could be a wedge breaker or something. Funny!
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We need to sign a third kicker that can kick it in the endzone. Seems more important than St. Pierre sitting on the sideline. What about Sepulveda? He has a tremedous leg. Maybe he can kick off?????
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