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Old 09-21-2009, 01:15 PM   #1
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Default Reed embarrassed by two field-goal misses

By Ron Cook, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
CHICAGO -- Heard something in the Steelers' locker room last night that I've never heard before.

A teammate defending Jeff Reed.

Talk about something that's usually so unnecessary.





"Jeff is a great kicker," defensive end Brett Keisel said. "He's going to win a lot of games for us. He has won a lot of games for us. But even the great ones miss once in awhile."

Or miss twice.

What must Reed have been feeling as he dressed a few feet from Keisel and heard his every word?

Actually, I'll tell you exactly what he was feeling after the Steelers' 17-14 loss to the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field.

"I'm just embarrassed because these guys fought their tails off to win the game," Reed said. "It's a terrible feeling. If there's one player who can single-handedly lose the game, then I'll take credit for it today."

It wasn't so surprising that the Steelers were beaten, their first loss in a meaningful game since their meltdown in Nashville against the Tennessee Titans Dec. 21, four games and one Super Bowl ago.

What was shocking was the way they lost.


Yes, the Steelers' offense struggled to score points, in large part, because the run game again did nothing in the first half before picking it up a bit in the second, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw an interception with the team driving early in the second quarter and star wide receiver Santonio Holmes seemed to drop as many passes as he caught. But it clearly would have scored enough if Reed hadn't hooked a 38-yard field-goal try early in the fourth quarter that would have nudged the Steelers' lead to 17-7 and probably deflated the Bears.

It's also true the Steelers' proud defense, which figures it should win any game when it has a fourth-quarter lead, gave up a tying nine-play, 72-yard touchdown drive, in large part, because it couldn't get off the field on third down and safety Tyrone Carter had a hard time filling in for All-Pro Troy Polamalu, especially after his left thigh was badly bruised late in the first half. But it clearly would have played well enough to win if Reed hadn't missed left again from 43 yards out with the score tied, 14-14, with 3:18 left.

"No excuses," Reed said. "I missed two kicks. I thought the first one was going to sneak in, but I didn't give the second one a chance."

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http://www.pittsburghpostgazette.com...#ixzz0RlWZZrPF

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Old 09-21-2009, 01:30 PM   #2
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Default Re: Reed embarrassed by two field-goal misses

Yep.
Only the 2nd time in 5 years that he has missed two. And he takes all of the blame.

Way to man-up, Skippy
Now kick the sh*t out of it for the rest of the season
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Old 09-21-2009, 01:40 PM   #3
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Default Re: Reed embarrassed by two field-goal misses

I feel bad for Reed. Those two FG's were well in his range, and most of the time he makes both, or at worst misses just one.

He's still one of the best in the game. He's still the only kicker to ever kick a 50 yard FG at Heinz Field (I think).

He doesn't miss many, but every kicker misses kicks. It's inevitable.
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Default Re: Reed embarrassed by two field-goal misses

Plain and simple - Steelers had the game won easily.

Ben drives the field for the winning TD and the defense gives it back.

Kicker blows it again and defense can't hold.





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Old 09-21-2009, 01:46 PM   #5
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Default Re: Reed embarrassed by two field-goal misses

Skippy has won more games for us than he has lost, I can live with that. He had a bad game, but it never should have come to him winning it.

Now go beat up a towel dispenser and put this behind you!
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Old 09-21-2009, 02:20 PM   #6
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he needs to envision a towel dispensor getting long snapped back to Sepulveda. Then he'll put the thing in orbit!
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Default Re: Reed embarrassed by two field-goal misses

I give no blame to Skippy. He is clutch and took the blame for the loss, classy. Skippy will come back and make big kicks for the Steelers no doubt. He is not perfect.
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Default Re: Reed embarrassed by two field-goal misses

that was definitely big of him to own up for it.. i was cursing his name at the end of that game but one game doesnt change the fact that he is incredible at what he does and i think he'll look at this as a learning experience and hopefulllyyy never let it happen again!
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.....but it never should have come to him winning it.

Now go beat up a towel dispenser and put this behind you!
Yea... I say we should be sitting on a mountain of points over our comp. by the 4th Qtr.... An early knock-out is the way to go. I find it unsettling letting the fight go down to the 12th round so much.....
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Reed manned up and he deserves a new contract. I don't know about backing up the truck to Fort Knox, but he is still good.
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