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Old 12-20-2009, 12:11 PM   #1
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Default Green Bay at Pittsburgh, 4:15 ET (Arians bad mouthing Tomlin?)

Green Bay at Pittsburgh, 4:15 ET
http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/C...untdown-122009
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WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Both of these teams are geared to stop the run, and they rank 1-2, respectively, in the NFL defensive standings. Dom Capers brought the Pittsburgh 3-4 scheme to Green Bay, and the Packers have excelled with the new defense with rookie OLB Clay Matthews being a star off the edge.

The Steelers have gone soft lately, losing to Oakland and Cleveland in consecutive games, and you have to wonder whether they will stuff Packers RB Ryan Grant based on their recent history.

Green Bay's protection has been better lately, but so has QB Aaron Rodgers' decision-making. He's taking shorter drops and getting rid of the ball quicker. Still, he has been sacked 48 times, eight more than any other NFL quarterback. The offensive line will be under pressure to pick up the correct assignments against the Steelers' well-disguised blitz packages.

When given time, Rodgers can be aggressive against a Pittsburgh secondary that is soft underneath, especially without S Troy Polamalu. Rodgers wants to be isolate either Donald Driver or Greg Jennings on Steelers CB William Gay as much as possible.

RB Rashard Mendenhall needs 60 yards to become the seventh Steeler to reach 1,000 yards, and look for Pittsburgh to run as much as possible. The Steelers want to keep the Green Bay rush off Ben Roethlisberger, who has struggled trying to connect with Santonio Holmes and rookie Mike Wallace deep.

CZAR'S SCOOP: Packers coach Mike McCarthy, a Pittsburgh native, had dinner at his mother's house last night.

Kevin Colbert, Steelers director of football operations, has one year left on his contract, but he apparently doesn't have the final say over the 53-man roster. To some club officials, the lack of such a clause in Colbert's contract might give him grounds to escape. Of course, nobody sees Commissioner Roger Goodell ruling against the Steelers and owner Dan Rooney if this gets to the point where Colbert actually challenges the team and seeks to go elsewhere. The belief is that should Bill Cowher return to the NFL as a head coach, he would want Colbert as his general manager or team president.

Browns OT Joe Thomas recently accused Steelers OLB James Harrison of flopping on passing downs, hoping to generate a holding call from the officials.

There is no doubt Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has heard that offensive coordinator Bruce Arians hasn't been too kind to him with his friends. Look for Tomlin to pull the plug on his offensive coordinator in the offseason.

Also, there continues to be a real split in the Steelers' locker room about Roethlisberger and whether or not he could have played against the Ravens a couple weeks ago after complaining of headaches on Saturday following a concussion the week before. Hines Ward questioned Big Ben's toughness, but some believe Ward was right that Roethlisberger may have been over-dramatizing his headaches.

("Arians hasn't been too kind to him with his friends". Arians has friends? Well this is breaking news. - mesa)
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Old 12-20-2009, 12:16 PM   #2
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Default Re: Green Bay at Pittsburgh, 4:15 ET (Arians bad mouthing Tomlin?)

Lol shouldn't the bad mouthing be the other way around? If true, Arians is a damn clown and I'll be happy to see his bum ass leave.

And if the locker room stuff is true, those guys need to get the hell over it and try to win a damn game...
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Old 12-20-2009, 12:34 PM   #3
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Default Re: Green Bay at Pittsburgh, 4:15 ET (Arians bad mouthing Tomlin?)

Where is the related article that first said Arians was badmouthing Tomlin?
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Default Re: Green Bay at Pittsburgh, 4:15 ET (Arians bad mouthing Tomlin?)

Seriously people - how many more bash Arians threads are we going to have around here? I'll leave this one open (for now) as originally, it discusses today's matchup, but any more threads on BA will be merged with the existing Arians hater/scapegoat thread.

btw - I don't believe for a minute that BA would speak badly of his HC, especially with his future here in the Burgh so cloudy. I also have heard enough BA interviews to believe that he is a man of much more class than that. Also - the Hines/Ben rift is ancient history. Next.
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Default Re: Green Bay at Pittsburgh, 4:15 ET (Arians bad mouthing Tomlin?)

You guy believe ANY of this tripe?

A split locker-room?

Ben over-dramatizing headaches?

Arians badmouthing Tomlin-- to Arians' friends, and his "friends" tells Tomlin...

and the press?


Come on. I know yall's hatred for Arians has reached a level of irrationality. But this article is just a crock.
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I REALLY hate the word "hater".

Nobody's "hating" on that man...
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Where is the related article that first said Arians was badmouthing Tomlin?
See the bolded section of the article.
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See the bolded section of the article.
It seems so vague......I thought there would be a more detailed description.
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[B]There is no doubt Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has heard that offensive coordinator Bruce Arians hasn't been too kind to him with his friends.

just the press re-wording things to make it sound like something terrible is going on....
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just the press re-wording things to make it sound like something terrible is going on....
Should we be shocked? Drama sells.

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I REALLY hate the word "hater".

Nobody's "hating" on that man...
Maybe you're not, but overall, could have fooled me.
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