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Old 10-23-2010, 11:04 PM   #1
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Default Look out Miami Steelers thrive on adversity

Look out Miami Steelers thrive on adversity
By John Harris
Sunday, October 24, 2010

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has one of the easiest jobs in the NFL.

Coaching millionaires is always a challenge in professional sports. But keeping players motivated who earn more money than the coach and also have two Super Bowl rings is the ultimate challenge.

Tomlin has no such worries. His team is self-motivated.

In fact, the core leadership isn't much different from when Tomlin took over in 2007. Players such as James Farrior, Aaron Smith and Ike Taylor on defense maintain a strong locker room presence. On offense, Ben Roethlisberger and Hines Ward remain in charge.

That's why the Miami Dolphins are in trouble today.

The Dolphins catch the Steelers coming off a stressful week that would be emotionally draining for most teams. Not the Steelers, who thrive on adversity.

It's already been a season of challenges for the Steelers, who went 3-1 without Roethlisberger because their veterans were determined to prove tthey could win without their franchise quarterback.

This week, the Steelers are rallying around Pro Bowl linebacker James Harrison, who was fined $75,000 for an above the shoulder hit against Cleveland Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi. Harrison hinted at retirement, but returned two days after making his threat.

"I can't even talk about it because I ain't got nothing good to say," Taylor said about Harrison being fined for what Taylor calls "playing football."

Asked about the Steelers sending Cleveland's Josh Cribbs and former Miami quarterback and West Virginia standout Pat White to the sideline with head injuries the last two times their defense faced a Wildcat offense, Taylor, whose hit ended White's NFL career (he now plays baseball), said the players won't be distracted.

"If I start thinking like that, it's time for me to hang it up," said Taylor, echoing Harrison's sentiments about maintaining his focus on the field.

Sounds like the Steelers are ready to hang a loss on the next team on their schedule.

John Harris can be reached at jharris@tribweb.com or 412-481-5432.
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Miami should be intimidated. Hell, they're playing the Steelers, wouldnt you be?
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