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Old 02-02-2008, 12:34 AM   #1
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Default Anthony Smith vows to curb aggression

hopefully this is the beginning of this young man's trasition into an NFL starter

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PHOENIX -- Steelers safety Anthony Smith made another guarantee this week.

It's not what you think.

In the tradition of Smith's infamous victory guarantee against the New England Patriots last December and former Steelers receiver Plaxico Burress' predicting a New York Giants win over the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, Smith vowed to curb his on-field aggressiveness next season.

Within reason, of course.

"I can't be so aggressive," said Smith, who is in Arizona for the Super Bowl. "By that I mean knowing when to be aggressive.

"I won't change," Smith, a third-round draft pick in 2006 who may be the Steelers' most physical defender, promised Thursday. "If I stopped being aggressive, I wouldn't be the same player. It's just knowing when to be aggressive.''

In the Steelers' 34-13 loss at New England Dec. 9, Smith was victimized on a pair of Tom Brady touchdown bombs. Brady threw over the top to beat Smith, the last line of defense who aggressively came up both times to stop the run.

Smith admitted that his fierce pride to always make the big hit may have gotten the better of him.

"New England never runs to Randy Moss' side," Smith said. "On the first touchdown (a 63-yarder from Brady to Moss) they (faked a run) to his side. I came up for the run and we were in a Cover 2. I have to stay back."

New England later burned the Steelers on a flea-flicker. Brady tossed a lateral to Moss, who threw it back to Brady. Brady lofted a 56-yard touchdown strike to Jabar Gaffney, the ball landing just beyond Smith's reach.

The object of local and national ridicule for his performance against New England, Smith said he wouldn't change anything regarding his failed guarantee.

"I stand by what I said. But I didn't use the word guarantee. I said if we played the way we're capable of, we would win. I still feel the same way," said Smith, who, despite losing his starting job to veteran Tyrone Carter in the playoff loss against Jacksonville, insists the criticism he received didn't affect his play, or his confidence.

Burress, like Smith, was asked to predict the final score of tomorrow's Giants-Patriots clash. And, like Smith, Burress refused to give reporters a politically correct no-comment.

Burress not only predicted a Giants' victory, but he also offered the final score: 23-17.

Everyone -- from Giants coach Tom Coughlin to Brady -- has weighed in on Burress' guarantee. None of the responses has been favorable toward Burress, who will be hailed as a heroic visionary if the Giants win but a misguided fool if they lose to what many consider the best team in NFL history.

Just like Smith.

"I know what Plaxico is going through," said Smith, whose prediction has been linked with Burress all week. "If you're a football player, you have to believe you're better than the man across from you."

And if you're Anthony Smith, you understand that you better back up your tough words with more positive results.
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good for him, playing smart, that's what he's asked to do and hopefully he gets the job done

I haven't given up on him and I can't wait to see him next season
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Old 02-02-2008, 12:51 AM   #2
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A couple things I like.

The first is his understanding that he has to be more judicious in his aggression, while not backing off when he needs to be aggressive. Excellent idea. Now I just hope he can do it.

the other thing is his correcting what he said, but standing behind what he actually said. For some reason, I just like it.
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Old 02-02-2008, 01:59 AM   #3
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"I know what Plaxico is going through," said Smith, whose prediction has been linked with Burress all week. "If you're a football player, you have to believe you're better than the man across from you."
Unfortunately you are not allowed to believe this when you play the patriots or else you will get ridiculed by the media and the pats.

I like his outlook in this article. Yes he has a chip on his shoulder but he is never going to let us see it. Time to move on and just do your job smarter.
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Sounds like smith is getting ready to take on some resposabilitys, I hope he turns out to be one of the best safetys in the league.
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"I won't change," Smith, a third-round draft pick in 2006 who may be the Steelers' most physical defender, promised Thursday. "If I stopped being aggressive, I wouldn't be the same player. It's just knowing when to be aggressive.

In my opinion, this is the most important thing that
he said in this article. Dont stop being aggressive,
just be smarter about when he should be very
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Old 02-02-2008, 06:29 AM   #6
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Sounds like smith is getting ready to take on some resposabilitys, I hope he turns out to be one of the best safetys in the league.
Nice post..
I agree 100%
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Nothing wrong with being aggressive...but football is a game of controlled aggression....Let Anthony learn schemes...learn how to work in tandem with the other players in the secondary...and not bite on play fakes but stay within the parameters of the called play....and he will be a great player.
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Nothing wrong with being aggressive...but football is a game of controlled aggression....Let Anthony learn schemes...learn how to work in tandem with the other players in the secondary...and not bite on play fakes but stay within the parameters of the called play....and he will be a great player.
Good Point Lambert
He just needs to keep his eyes on the reciever and not get pulled back in on the play action fakes. He just hasnt got the speed to do that and get back in position to make the tackle. Rod Woodson was the best in the business in my opinion at that. But he had sprinters speed to make back up and atleast make the tackle.
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Sounds like smith is getting ready to take on some resposabilitys, I hope he turns out to be one of the best safetys in the league.
Take that to the bank, Beliprick.

By the time that ******* raked Smith through the coals, I actually felt sorry for him. Hopefully, the whole incident turns into a positive and when Smith next meets the Pats* (19-0 patented pending), he will wipe the smirk off Brady's face without any help for James Harrison.
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Not running his mouth would be a good improvement for him to.
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