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Old 03-14-2006, 06:17 PM   #21
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Default Re: Steelers Sign FS Ryan Clark

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I always thought Tyrone Carter could step in for Hope, but I think I like this signing. Here are some quotes I found while doing some searches. I like what they say.



Clark is a speedy and versatile player who excels in coverage on defense and is not afraid to come up and make a tackle on a running back.

Despite his humble beginnings in the NFL, Clark has emerged as a leader on the defense. While middle linebacker Lemar Marshall helps get the front seven make adjustments at the line of scrimmage, Clark often helps the secondary get in position before the snap.

Said Marcus Washington of the 5-11, 200-pound Clark: "Ryan thinks he's a linebacker out there. He thinks he's a lot bigger than he is. He's probably one of the hardest workers on the team. A lot of times, he stays late after practice, putting more film work in. He's definitely a leader out there."

"He's got a fire to him," end Renaldo Wynn said. "He's out there just blowing people up."

"A lot of people say I play with a chip on my shoulder," Clark said. "I don't have a chip. I'm in the NFL; there's no chip. I'm just excited to be playing, and excited to get the chance I've been given here. And I want to keep making the guys who gave me a chance look good, and the people who didn't look bad. I do relish that, but I've been proving people wrong for a long time."

"He has the mentality of the whole team," safeties coach Steve Jackson said. "He does whatever he's asked to do, he never complains about anything. He just goes out there and performs to the best of his ability. He's what you call a football player. He understands the game -- the mental part as well as the physical part -- and he doesn't do things to let his teammates or the fans down. He doesn't showboat. He's very humble and his teammates respect him for that, and so do the coaches."
Some good points. I like this guy's attitude and work ethic already.
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Old 03-14-2006, 06:21 PM   #22
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I agree, this will be interesting. Would like to see the next interview by Hope.

You think there is room for both of these guys? But why when you got the draft coming up to.
If the Steelers were interested in paying Hope top five safety money and that wasn't an issue, they would have at least franchised him when they had the chance. From the looks of it, and we all know how Pittsburgh operates largely in silence in regards to these things, Clark was their guy all along, and weren't particularly interested in signing Hope to a long, expensive deal. Keep in mind, this is far from unusual for Pittsburgh to do. El and Hope are not the kinds of players Pittsburgh is going to keep around for another five years. Troy, Ben, hopefully Porter...those are the guys with nearly guaranteed extensions, but that's about it.

(but don't be surprised to see Joey leave after next season when he is a FA if Pittsburgh drafts Carpenter)

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Old 03-14-2006, 06:28 PM   #23
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Default Re: Steelers Sign FS Ryan Clark

Signing Hope for a big deal means less cash for Big Ben and Taz. And I do not care who they let go, as long as those two are hooked up when they are free agents. You can find another FS who can cover and tackle, you cant find Big Ben's or Troys..
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Old 03-14-2006, 06:31 PM   #24
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1. If the Steelers were interested in paying Hope top five safety money and that wasn't an issue, they would have at least franchised him when they had the chance. From the looks of it, and we all know how Pittsburgh operates largely in silence in regards to these things, Clark was their guy all along, and weren't particularly interested in signing Hope to a long, expensive deal. Keep in mind, this is far from unusual for Pittsburgh to do. El and Hope are not the kinds of players Pittsburgh is going to keep around for another five years. Troy, Ben, hopefully Porter...those are the guys with nearly guaranteed extensions, but that's about it.

(but don't be surprised to see Joey leave after next season when he is a FA if Pittsburgh drafts Carpenter)
What was 2.?

I'm not sure they had a bead on Clark, but they definitely were in control of the situation and would have signed someone to fill Hope's shoes.

Now the question is, who signs Hope? I don't think he's even visited any teams yet, has he? And what if the market isn't as receptive as it once was? Adam Archeluta signing for way too much money is going to up the ante for other teams, and most that need safeties aren't owned by idiots like Snyder.
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If this guy hits as hard as they say. With Troy, WE will have the hardest hitting Safeties in the league.
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Old 03-14-2006, 06:50 PM   #26
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I like what I am hearing about Clark.

Hope was replaceable and often a liability when left on his own to cover a WR. I hope Clark is an upgrade in this department.
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Greg Williams had the Redskin defense near the top of the NFC and near the top of the NFL as a total last season so it's good to know that Clark isn't coming from a slouch system.
Sounds like a smart, calculated move by the Steelers.
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What was 2.?

I'm not sure they had a bead on Clark, but they definitely were in control of the situation and would have signed someone to fill Hope's shoes.

Now the question is, who signs Hope? I don't think he's even visited any teams yet, has he? And what if the market isn't as receptive as it once was? Adam Archeluta signing for way too much money is going to up the ante for other teams, and most that need safeties aren't owned by idiots like Snyder.
Sorry, my bad. I think I had a 2 in there somewhere, but it got lost in the editing process. I read somewhere Hope had visited with Tennessee today - a team that is attacking the free agent market much like Washington.
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Makes sense...the Titans nee Oilers have a history of hard hitting safeties.
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Old 03-14-2006, 07:40 PM   #30
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that pretty much slams the door on Hope's return......I think its a good move though we'll see come september.....
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