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Old 08-12-2008, 09:18 PM   #1
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Default Tomlin: Anthony Smith not a thug

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Mike Tomlin took exception to a recent newspaper story that referred to free safety Anthony Smith as a thug, and the Steelers coach made it clear that he is still simmering over what he said is a mischaracterization of Smith.

"He's not a thug," Tomlin said at a news conference today. "He's a young professional football player who is trying to be at his best who happens to play the game very physically. I was offended by that reference to him."

Smith is one of the Steelers' fiercest hitters, and he has occasionally belted one of his own teammates in practice even though the team almost never tackles during drills.

Smith collided with Hines Ward last week in practice, knocking the veteran wide receiver to the ground after he had made a catch during a 7-on-7 drill. Ward did not comment after practice on the hit but he clearly wasn't happy about it.

Smith said the two have talked and everything is fine between them.

"He didn't take it personal," Smith said. "He knew it wasn't personal so what is there to be mad at?"

Tomlin said today Smith shouldn't have hit Ward. However, he said a line was crossed when Smith was labeled a thug.

"We understand that perception all of the time is not reality," Tomlin said. "But something things are written or said that are hurtful ..."

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I wonder what they exactly said about Anthony Smith as a thug.
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Old 08-12-2008, 09:28 PM   #2
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Default Re: Tomlin: Anthony Smith not a thug

Ant made a bad name for himself opening his mouth against the Pats. He is young, aggressive and balls to the wall. You gotta have guys like that!
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Default Re: Tomlin: Anthony Smith not a thug

And Richard Nixon was not a crook - having to deny the charge is damning
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And Richard Nixon was not a crook
He wasn't.

He was a cover-up artist!!
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He wasn't.

He was a cover-up artist!!
Well that too - he was a multi-tasker before the term was invented - the Michael Phelps of executive malfeasance was the best in many specialties

But to keep the thread on message - can you imagine Tomlin needing to make those comments about Farrior or Troy - of course not - Smith is out of chances - his next screw-up will be his last as a Steeler
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Well that too - he was a multi-tasker before the term was invented
Anyone else get the feeling Nixon would have done very well in Tammany Hall?



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Default Re: Tomlin: Anthony Smith not a thug

so ur going to cut a player 4 hitting someone in pratice.. awesome.. b/c last time i checked i haven't heard anything about anthony smith and the law.
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I don't think SMith is a thug. He has maturity issue and is high spirited to put it mildly, but I would not call him a thug. I do feel that the next time he screws up, will be his last.
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so ur going to cut a player 4 hitting someone in pratice.. awesome.. b/c last time i checked i haven't heard anything about anthony smith and the law.
Nobody is saying anything about Smith being a felon - just a jackass who apparently does not have a clue about keeping control of his emotions, not blowing coverages, or listening to the coaching staff - but I do not cover the team - here is someone who does

Is there a bit of irony or is it hypocrisy regarding Ward's passive-aggressive style -- almost no comment after Anthony Smith laid him out -- is Smith liked by teammates? I like his moxie but smart and moxie need to go hand in hand.

Ed Bouchette: He's not liked by the offense, and while I don't know a player Dick LeBeau dislikes, Anthony Smith seems to keep ignoring his coach when he's trying to help him.


http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08225/903727-66.stm

Smith has issues going back to acting like a fool after an INT in Carolina in 2006, after which LeBeau tore him a new one on the sidelines - the fact Smith continues to behave the same way indicates that is not just an act
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Nobody is saying anything about Smith being a felon - just a jackass who apparently does not have a clue about keeping control of his emotions, not blowing coverages, or listening to the coaching staff - but I do not cover the team - here is someone who does

Is there a bit of irony or is it hypocrisy regarding Ward's passive-aggressive style -- almost no comment after Anthony Smith laid him out -- is Smith liked by teammates? I like his moxie but smart and moxie need to go hand in hand.

Ed Bouchette: He's not liked by the offense, and while I don't know a player Dick LeBeau dislikes, Anthony Smith seems to keep ignoring his coach when he's trying to help him.


http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08225/903727-66.stm

Smith has issues going back to acting like a fool after an INT in Carolina in 2006, after which LeBeau tore him a new one on the sidelines - the fact Smith continues to behave the same way indicates that is not just an act
still doesnt make him a "thug". i gotta stand by tomlin defending his (young, aggressive, immature) player here.

that word "thug" definitely implies "felon". my idea of "thug" is pac man, vick, o.j., carruth, brady, henry, etc. but definitely not smith.

"knucklehead" woulda been tough for tomlin to argue, but "thug" is not.
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