Why register with the Steelers Fever Forums?
 • Intelligent and friendly discussions.
 • It's free and it's quick. Always.
 • Enter events in the forums calendar.
 • Very user friendly software.
 • Exclusive contests and giveaways.

 Donate to Steelers Fever, Click here
 Our 2014 Goal: $450.00 - To Date: $450.00 (100.00%)
 Home | Forums | Editorials | Shop | Tickets | Downloads | Contact Pittsburgh Steelers Forum Feed Not Just Fans. Hardcore Fans.

Go Back   Steelers Fever Forums > Steelers Football > Pittsburgh Steelers


Steelers Fever Fan Shop

Doc's Sports Get FREE NFL Picks and College Football picks as well as Football Lines like live NFL Lines and updated NFL Power Rankings all at Doc's Sports Service.

Steelers

LOL

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 11-21-2008, 07:40 AM   #1
lamberts-lost-tooth
Banned
 
lamberts-lost-tooth's Avatar
 

Join Date: May 2006
Location: Midwest
Posts: 10,829
Gender: Male
Member Number: 2363
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default Holmes takes a licking, but gets offense ticking

Holmes takes a licking, but gets offense ticking
Friday, November 21, 2008
By Gene Collier, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Santonio Holmes wasn't having a terribly memorable season anyway, but after last night's meeting with Cincinnati's Chris Crocker on a snowy North Side lawn, you had to wonder if he'd remember any of it.

Crocker rammed into Holmes 20 yards from the goal line at Heinz Field's open end, using the exact technique the National Football League swears it detests, full speed helmet-to-helmet, with evident malice. Though he didn't launch himself, which was the only reason Holmes was able to leave the field in any kind wobbly vertical attitude, Crocker should be scolded, fined and made to watch a continuous loop of the Bengals offense until he weeps.

Asked about the hit on his valuable deep threat, Mike Tomlin said, "I'm not going to get into anything on the officiating."

Of course, there was no flag, so that comment was telling.

This came early in the third quarter of the Steelers' methodical stone cold clubbing of the 1-9-1 visitors, who began the night missing seven starters including strong safety Chinedum Ndukwe, for whom Crocker started. The missing also included overexposed wideout Chad Ocho Cinco, who was deactivated over an apparent violation of team rules.

Wait, the Bengals have team rules?

Holmes had just come out of his break in the right slot, taken Ben Roethlisberger's fastball for his fifth catch of the night, and presumably had begun to at least ponder a move that would take him toward his first 100-yard performance of the season and some measure of atonement from the terrible game he played on this same stage just four games ago.

"I don't think it was dirty," Roethlisberger said of the collision. "I told the O-line, 'Look, don't retaliate. It wasn't dirty.' He [Crocker] didn't leave his feet. I felt bad for [Holmes]. I was the first one to him. He's a very tough receiver. He held on to the ball."

Ben's was a minority opinion. Heath Miller, split to the opposite side of the formation, heard it without seeing it. When Steelers training personnel reached Holmes, some yelled at Crocker. Craig Wolfley, the sideline reporter on the radio broadcast, described it as "helmet-to-helmet all the way. There'll be a fine."

Crocker ended his night, but if Holmes doesn't remember any of it, let's at least do him the courtesy of remembering it for him. And let's not understate it, because when this offense again showed up with no apparent purpose -- it finally broke 123 minutes and five seconds of touchdown-free football when Roethlisberger found Miller with a 3-yard scoring toss early in last night's second quarter -- it was Holmes who cleaned its fuel injectors just enough to pull away from the worst team in the AFC.

Holmes shredded Cincinnati's already tattered secondary late in the second quarter, hauling in 27- and 22-yard catches that led directly to Jeff Reed's first field goal, the one that gave the Steelers their first lead, the lead they never relinquished.

The 10-7 halftime lead was identical to the situation in Cincinnati a month ago, but on the Steelers' first offensive opportunity after intermission, it was again Holmes who took a quick slant 19 yards into Bengals territory. Four plays later, Holmes tried the same slant, and the phone's probably been ringing in his head ever since.

He left with 84 yards on five catches, best among Roethlisberger's targets, and not until the offense seemed fully operational.

It'd be a shame if he were unable to play a week from Sunday, when the Steelers begin the brutal schedule slice that goes Patriots-Cowboys-Ravens-Titans. He might have been turning a corner on a disappointing season in which he has scored exactly one more touchdown than linebacker LaMarr Woodley, meaning two.

Against San Diego last weekend, he came out of breaks slowly and nearly cost the Steelers one of their critical field goals by staying in bounds near the end of the half. Hines Ward actually forced him out.

Tomlin wasn't ready to evaluate Holmes individually.

"As a team we go into a rhythm and did some good things offensively," said the head coach who ran his record in prime time to 5-0 this year and 9-1 overall. "Thankfully, Santonio is going to be fine. It wouldn't have been prudent to put him back in the game."

Holmes took his concussion and left the locker room under his own power.

"Yeah I'm OK," he said. "No interviews. No interviews."

So yeah, I guess he's fine.


http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08326/929716-66.stm
lamberts-lost-tooth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2008, 07:55 AM   #2
STEELtownHAVOX
Starter
 
STEELtownHAVOX's Avatar
 

Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: La Plata, MD
Posts: 475
Gender: Male
Member Number: 6464
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Holmes takes a licking, but gets offense ticking

I thought it was a good hit. Santo did a real nice job of holding onto the ball. Good game Santo.
STEELtownHAVOX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-21-2008, 09:04 AM   #3
Blitzburgh_Fever
Starter
 

Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 471
Member Number: 7228
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Holmes takes a licking, but gets offense ticking

Quote:
Originally Posted by STEELtownHAVOX View Post
I thought it was a good hit. Santo did a real nice job of holding onto the ball. Good game Santo.
Definitely, he stepped it up and got a lot of YAC, sometimes when there wasn't even anyone around to block. Santo hasn't really been a consistent deep target (that's been Washington) but he's such an awesome short-to-mid target, and still exists as a deep threat.

Washington as the deep threat...this season has been weird. Major props to both guys for stepping up.
Blitzburgh_Fever is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:05 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Shoutbox provided by vBShout v6.2.1 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.0.8 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.
Navbar with Avatar by Motorradforum
no new posts