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Old 10-28-2009, 06:42 PM   #1
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Default Three suggestions for Pittsburgh's bye

Three suggestions for Pittsburgh's bye
http://espn.go.com/blog/afcnorth
October 28, 2009 1:30 PM
Posted by ESPN.comís James Walker

The defending champion Pittsburgh Steelers enter the bye week at 5-2.

Here are some things the team can do to improve during its break:

1. Get healthy

This is probably the biggest advantage for any NFL team going into the bye. The Steelers are a veteran group that has a few key starters banged up.

Linebacker Lawrence Timmons tweaked his ankle but believes he will be ready for the Nov. 9 meeting with the Denver Broncos (6-0). Defensive end Travis Kirschke has a calf issue, tailback Willie Parkerís toe is still bothering him, and even safety Troy Polamalu could use the extra time to rest his knee.

Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin is giving his veterans a lot of time off. Heís trusting that rust wonít be an issue and is going the route of mentally and physically resting his team.

2. Work on ball security

Itís been a confusing trend, but somewhere along the way the Steelers decided to carry the football around like a loaf of bread. Itís really been surprising how careless a veteran team like Pittsburgh has been with the football. The Steelers have five fumbles, losing four, in the past two weeks.

The fumbling hasnít cost Pittsburgh any games. But putting the ball on the ground at this rate will surely catch up to the Steelers if it continues. Starting tailback Rashard Mendenhall has been the biggest offender with two lost fumbles the past two weeks. Expect this to be a major focal point during the bye.

3. Insert wrinkles

The extra time is a good opportunity for coaches to insert new wrinkles, especially on offense. The Steelers donít run as many trick plays as they used to. But several reverses and tight end screens have worked throughout the year.

Perhaps the Steelers can insert a few more screens into the game plan, especially with Mendenhall now in the backfield. It also canít hurt to add some new trick plays, as well, even if Pittsburgh doesnít need them until later down the road.

If the Steelers improve in these three areas, it will be a bye week well spent.

On Thursday, the AFC North blog will take a look at the first-place Cincinnati Bengals (5-2) and where they can get better during their bye.

Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, AFC West, Willie Parker, AFC North, Lawrence Timmons, Denver Broncos, Mike Tomlin, Rashard Mendenhall, Travis Kirschke, Troy Polalamu, bye week

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Old 10-28-2009, 06:45 PM   #2
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yea....the only problem is he already gave them the week off... .... me personally i think i'd at least have them watching a few game films this week....
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Old 10-28-2009, 06:52 PM   #3
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yea....the only problem is he already gave them the week off... .... me personally i think i'd at least have them watching a few game films this week....
I would be very surprised if they weren't.
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yeah i would guess most of the vets took home some film to watch
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I agree with everything on the list and also agree # 4. Watch game film....and lots of it
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I think that If I were coach Tomlin, I would have Rashard Mendenhall carrying a football around and have someone just follow him around for this break and about 3 times a day run by and try to swat the ball out of his hands... whatever it takes to get this guy to quit the fumbles.. People seem to forget that if he scores there that trip down the Steelers would have been in front to stay..I he cant stop this fumbling problem then I would love to see what kind of yardage the guy can rack up with about 25-30 carrries in a game or 2...

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i agree with all of those, hopefully they take it upon themselves to work during their time off, a mike tomlin team probably will, u know mike wallace will be, love that kid...hopefully rashard carries a ball around with him for 2 weeks
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I think that If I were coach Tomlin, I would have Rashard Mendenhall carrying a football around and have someone just follow him around for this break and about 3 times a day run by and try to swat the ball out of his hands... whatever it takes to get this guy to quit the fumbles.. People seem to forget that if he scores there that trip down the Steelers would have been in front to stay..I he cant stop this fumbling problem then I would love to see what kind of yardage the guy can rack up with about 25-30 carrries in a game or 2...

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