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Old 01-12-2009, 12:35 PM   #31
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Default Re: Peyton, the big-time QB mostly likely to choke in the clutch.

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Speaking of which, wow-how did THREE bye teams **** the bed this weekend? The Steelers were the only ones that came out fresh, with lots of energy, and not to mention too the coaching staff came out with a very good game plan albeit adjustments from the reg season.

The Titans, Panthers, and Giants just didn't look physically nor mentally ready to play.
Bye-week preparation laid the groundwork for Sunday's dominance. The Steelers practiced for only three days but put the time to good use. Rather than attempting to game-plan for a potential opponent, Steelers coaches stressed fundamentals that had slipped and challenged players through sessions that matched the first-team offense and defense.

"It made it a little competitive," Steelers defensive end Aaron Smith said.

Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin gave his team the weekend off. But unlike the 2007 Dallas Cowboys, there were no sightings of Steelers players in Cabo San Lucas or any other off-field controversy.

"You've got a mature team that understands a week off isn't a vacation," said Smith, a 10-year NFL veteran. "You've got to keep that edge."

Pittsburgh's impressive outing against San Diego also reflects the stronger bond Tomlin has built with his players. During Tomlin's head-coaching debut in 2007, Pittsburgh had become a tired team by season's end. It was evident when the Steelers lost a first-round home playoff game to Jacksonville.

Tomlin has adjusted his practice schedule accordingly, resulting in a fresher team in January.

"Coach has done a good job taking care of us and being smarter with our bodies," Clark said. "He's not making us bang as much. He's learned we are professionals and will play hard no matter what."

Most importantly, the Steelers are still playing. The three other top seeds that couldn't handle the trappings of a bye?

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Well, now if Manning had a defense like the Steelers, maybe...just maybe he would have more rings.
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