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Old 06-06-2009, 12:43 AM   #1
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Default Cornerback Ratliff says decision to sign with the Steelers was a no-brainer

Cornerback Ratliff says decision to sign with the Steelers was a no-brainer

By John Harris, TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Saturday, June 6, 2009
John Harris is a sports columnist for the Tribune-Review. He can be reached via e-mail or at 412-481-5432.
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The Steelers got to know cornerback Keiwan Ratliff up-close-and-personal during the 2008 season when he was a member of the Indianapolis Colts.

Ratliff's interception of a Ben Roethlisberger pass set up a Colts' touchdown late in the second quarter of Indianapolis' 24-20 victory at Heinz Field.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin reminded Ratliff of that interception during practice this week.

"Coach Tomlin was teasing me," Ratliff said. "I dropped an interception in practice (Tuesday). He was saying if I dropped that one last year, the game could have gone the other way.''

An unrestricted free agent after last season, Ratliff believed the Colts would re-sign him. When they didn't, he signed a one-year deal with the Steelers.

"Coming here was a blessing," he said. "Who could turn down a team who was basically No. 1 in every major defensive category in the league? If you've got a chance to play with the Steelers, it's kind of like being a wide receiver and having an opportunity to play with Tom Brady or Peyton Manning.

"No matter what, if (the Steelers) offered, this is where I was going to be.''

Ratliff gives the Steelers veteran depth. In addition to lining up at backup cornerback at Steelers' practices, he has filled in at safety in the absence of Troy Polamalu, Ryan Clark and Tyrone Carter.

"Guys who can play multiple positions have a greater opportunity of being on the field,'' said Ratliff, 28. "The Steelers lost a good player in Bryant McFadden. As a cornerback, when you see something like that, a guy on the Super Bowl winning team who goes elsewhere, you know there's going to be an open spot.''

A second-round draft pick in 2004, Ratliff played three seasons with Cincinnati before being released. He joined Tampa Bay briefly and signed with Indianapolis toward the end of the 2007 season. The Colts released him twice last season but re-signed him after cornerback Marlin Jackson went on injured reserve.

Ratliff recorded 32 tackles and two interceptions in four starts last season. He also returned an interception 35 yards against the Jaguars' David Garrard for his first NFL score.

"The thing I do best is make plays,'' said Ratliff, who has five career inteceptions. "Some guys are physical corners or cover corners. I consider myself a playmaker.

"Last year was the first time in a couple of years I got a chance to play 70-plus snaps a game and actually put extensive filmwork out there.''
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Default Re: Cornerback Ratliff says decision to sign with the Steelers was a no-brainer

I like what I am hearing from this guy. Sounds like he is ready to play some football and contribute on the field.
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Old 06-06-2009, 06:11 AM   #3
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Default Re: Cornerback Ratliff says decision to sign with the Steelers was a no-brainer

He'd be a really good CB if he weren't slow as molasses. I always thought he would be better as a FS, ala Artrell Hawkins.
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"Coming here was a blessing," he said. "Who could turn down a team who was basically No. 1 in every major defensive category in the league? If you've got a chance to play with the Steelers, it's kind of like being a wide receiver and having an opportunity to play with Tom Brady or Peyton Manning.

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First live drill Ben's gonna throw right at his head.
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First live drill Ben's gonna throw right at his head.
That's what I was thinking when I read that.
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The steelers are happy he's a steeler, most of us fans are happy he's a steeler, he's happy to be a steeler. Boy how things work out
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Old 06-06-2009, 08:55 AM   #7
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First live drill Ben's gonna throw right at his head.

"Coming here was a blessing," he said. "Who could turn down a team who was basically No. 1 in every major defensive category in the league? If you've got a chance to play with the Steelers, it's kind of like being a wide receiver and having an opportunity to play with Tom Brady or Peyton Manning.



Another note on Ratiliff's statement:

Comments like that will only go to fuel the fire to make Ben show that when they talk of great QB's his name will be mentioned as one of the Best if not the best for years to come.

I also think Ratliff will be a fine addition to the team.
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Default Re: Cornerback Ratliff says decision to sign with the Steelers was a no-brainer

I had actually hoped that we would draft him but we got Ricardo Coclough. I am glad we signed him I think he will be pretty good for us this year.

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Default Re: Cornerback Ratliff says decision to sign with the Steelers was a no-brainer

With our perennial starters, Gay, the rookies, and Keiwan, we seem pretty much set at cornerback. Maybe he'll be this year's surprise player for us.
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.......when does the season start?
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