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Old 01-13-2009, 09:44 AM   #1
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Default Steelers' O-line looks toward Ravens

Steelers' O-line looks toward Ravens
By Scott Brown, TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Tuesday, January 13, 2009



An offensive line that shined in the Steelers' 35-24 win over the San Diego Chargers got a sobering reminder yesterday of what awaits them in the AFC Championship Game.

The offensive linemen watched tape of the Steelers' 13-9 win over the Ravens on Dec. 14, and right tackle Willie Colon didn't exactly characterize it as enjoyable viewing.

"That was probably one of the worst games we played all season and we got a 'W,' " Colon said.

The line is coming off arguably its best game of the season.

Running back Willie Parker rushed for 146 yards and averaged 5.4 yards per carry against the Chargers. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger got sacked just one time. The Steelers only had a combined 160 rushing yards in their two wins over the Ravens during the regular season.

"We want to get Willie going," Colon said.


The Steelers made history by playing keep away from the Chargers' offense. The one play San Diego ran in the third quarter established a new playoff low since the start of the Super Bowl era in 1966.

"We made plays when they counted and took time off the clock," Parker said.

San Diego, meanwhile, did not make the most of its only play in the quarter. Defensive end Brett Keisel batted a Philip Rivers' pass into the air and linebacker Larry Foote intercepted it.


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3.6 Parker's average yards per carry in the 10 games he played prior to the Steelers' regular-season finale.

5.2 Parker's average yards per carry in the Steelers' last two games


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Old 01-13-2009, 11:12 AM   #2
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Nothing like a group of angry young men with a chip on their shoulder, something to prove and growing confidence.

I rewatched the game and Kemo was blocking angry, Stapleton didnt hesitate, Colon was nasty as usual, but the guys that looked like they were fighting like wounded animals were Miller and Spaeth.

Give Willie the rock and let these guys get nasty!!
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how bout colons flying samurai block on holme's end around? most note ben's block on the play but that was definitely nasty.

heath was heavilly lauded on sirius radio for the blocking game he turned in.

you would almost think these guys dont like seeing willie get beat up or ben hauled off on a stretcher.
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how bout colons flying samurai block on holme's end around? most note ben's block on the play but that was definitely nasty.

heath was heavilly lauded on sirius radio for the blocking game he turned in.

you would almost think these guys dont like seeing willie get beat up or ben hauled off on a stretcher.
I think they are tired of being the brunt of criticism and now that the OC finally gave them an opportunity to play smashmouth football they are taking out their frustrations on the opponent.
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I think they are tired of being the brunt of criticism and now that the OC finally gave them an opportunity to play smashmouth football they are taking out their frustrations on the opponent.
Yeah he better catch on to the fact that Willie is the kind of player you want to tell "you cant do it." You wont hurt his feelings, he will only play better just to show you his new game ball. We like to play the rough football. Or maybe it was his master scheme. Maybe he called those plays to make it look like we dont have an offense let alone a running game. Makes gameplanning against us harder. Either way let's rush for over 100 and pull off a W Pittsburgh Style!
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plus they have had time to play together. it takes time to gel. We had a new center play a few games then we lose simmons and smith. So hopefully last week was a sign of things to come
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