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Default Week 6 Gameday Thread: Steelers @ Titans 10/11/12

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Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2) at Tennessee Titans (1-4)
Date: Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012
Kickoff: 8:20 p.m., ET
Site: LP Field (69,143) • Nashville, Tenn.
Playing Surface: Natural Grass
TV Coverage: NFL Network (locally WPCW-TV, channel 15)
Announcers: Brad Nessler (play-by-play) Mike Mayock (analyst) Alex Flanagan (sideline)
Local Radio: Steelers Radio Network WDVE-FM (102.5)/WBGG-AM (970)
Announcers: Bill Hillgrove (play-by-play) Tunch Ilkin (analyst) Craig Wolfley (sideline)
National Radio: Dial Global Radio Sports Ian Eagle (play-by-play) Trent Green (analyst) Rocky Boiman (sideline)
Spanish Radio: Grupo Imagen - Destrito Federal (Mexico City) XEDA-FM 90.5

Steelers notes for Titans game

THE COACHES

Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin
Overall regular-season record: 57-27 (.679)/sixth season
Regular-season record at Pittsburgh: 57-27 (.679)/sixth season
Playoff Record/Years: 5-3/four years

Tennessee Titans Head Coach Mike Munchak
Overall regular-season record: 10-11 (.476)/second season
Regular-season record at Tennessee: 10-11 (.476)/second season
Playoff Record/Years: n/a

SERIES HISTORY
Series History: Series began in 1970
Overall: Pittsburgh leads 41-29
At Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh leads 24-11
At Tennessee/Houston: Tennessee leads 18-17
Neutral Sites: n/a
Last Regular-Season Meeting: Oct. 9, 2011
(in Pittsburgh) Pittsburgh 38, Tennessee 17
Postseason Series: Pittsburgh leads 3-1
Last Postseason Meeting: Jan. 11, 2003 (in Tennessee)
Tennessee 34, Pittsburgh 31 (OT) (Divisional Playoffs)
(postseason record not included in overall series record)
Pittsburgh is looking to win its fourth consecutive game in the regular-season series…the Steelers have won at least four consecutive games in the series five separate times, with the most recent of those coming from 1994-1996 when Pittsburgh won five straight games…this will be the 13th meeting between these two clubs since 2000, with each team holding a 6-6 record in those games…the Titans hold the longest regular-season winning streak by either team in the series as they won seven straight games from 1997 to 2000…Pittsburgh’s 21-point victory over the Titans last season was the Steelers largest margin of victory against Tennessee since a 34-7 win against the Titans in 2005.

STEELERS-TITANS CONNECTIONS

LOCAL CONNECTIONS
• Titans rookie defensive back Tommie Campbell was born in Aliquippa, Pa. Campbell played for the University of Pittsburgh from 2005-2006 and Edinboro University in 2007 before transferring to California (Pa.) University.
• Steelers OG Ramon Foster was born in Henning, Tenn. And attended the University of Tennessee.
• Titans WR Nate Washington was originally signed by the Steelers as an undrafted free agent out of Tiffin University in 2005. Washington played for the Steelers from 2005-2008, recording 104 receptions for 1,705 yards and 12 touchdowns in 49 games played in the regular season. Washington played in seven postseason contests, recording nine receptions for 83 yards and won a pair of Super Bowls with Pittsburgh.
• Titans LB Patrick Bailey was originally signed by the Steelers as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Duke prior to the 2008 season. Bailey appeared in 28 games for the Steelers in two seasons, recording one tackle and adding 35 special teams tackles. Bailey appeared in all three postseason contests for the Steelers in 2008, recording two special teams tackles and helped the Steelers to a victory in Super Bowl XLIII. Bailey was the winner of the Joe Greene Great Performance Award as the Steelers’ Rookie of the Year.

PRO CONNECTIONS
• Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau and Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray were on the Buffalo Bills coaching staff together in 2003.
• Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley and TE Leonard Pope were both in Arizona with Titans G Deuce Lutui from 2007 to 2008. Pope and Lutui also played for the Cardinals during the 2006 NFL season.
• Steelers linebackers coach Keith Butler was on the Cleveland Browns’ staff with Titans offensive coordinator Chris Palmer from 1999-2000.
• Steelers wide receivers coach Scottie Montgomery played for the Denver Broncos from 2000-2002 when Titans linebackers coach Frank Bush was on the Broncos’ staff.
• Steelers K Shaun Suisham played for the Dallas Cowboys in 2005-2006 when Titans quarterbacks coach Dowell Loggains and offensive coordinator Chris Palmer were on the Cowboys’ staff. Suisham also played for the Redskins from 2006-2009, when Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray was on the Redskins’ staff. Titans offensive assistant Arthur Smith was also on the Redskins’ staff from 2007-2008.
• Steelers CB DeMarcus Van Dyke and Titans DE Kamerion Wimbley were teammates with the Oakland Raiders for the 2011 season.

COLLEGE CONNECTIONS
• Titans defensive line coach Tracy Rocker was coaching for the University of Mississippi in 2008 when Steelers WR Mike Wallace was a senior.
• Steelers wide receivers coach Scottie Montgomery coached wide receivers at Duke University from 2006-2009 when former Steelers LB and current Titans LB Patrick Bailey played there. The two spent the 2006 and 2007 seasons together with the Blue Devils.
• Steelers LB Larry Foote and Titans G Steve Hutchinson were teammate at the University of Michigan from 1999-2000. • Steelers LB Lawrence Timmons and Titans DE Kamerion Wimbley played together at Florida State University from 2004-2005.
• Steelers DE Ziggy Hood and Titans LS Beau Brinkley were teammates at the University of Missouri in 2008.
• Steelers WR Jerricho Cotchery and Titans C/G Leroy Harris were teammates at North Carolina State University in 2003.
• Steelers RB Jonathan Dwyer and Titans DE Derrick Morgan played together at Georgia Tech from 2007-2009.
• Steelers CB Keenan Lewis and Titans S Al Afalava were teammates at Oregon State University from 2005-2008.
• Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders and G Kelvin Beachum and Titans TE Taylor Thompson were all teammates at Southern Methodist University from 2008-2009. Beachum and Thompson played together through the 2011 season.
• Steelers NT Alameda Ta’amu and Titans QB Jake Locker were teammates at the University of Washington from 2008-2010.
• Steelers S Ryan Mundy and FB Will Johnson were teammates with Titans RB Darius Reynaud at West Virginia University for the 2007 season.
• Steelers CB DeMarcus Van Dyke and Titans LB Colin McCarthy were teammates at the University of Miami from 2007-2010.
• Steelers TE Leonard Pope and Titans C/G Fernando Velasco were teammates the University of Georgia from 2003-2005. Steelers P Drew Butler and Velasco played together for the Bulldogs in 2007.
• Titans defensive assistant Arthur Smith and Steelers LS Greg Warrenwere teammates at the University of North Carolina from 2001-2004.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR

PITTSBURGH TEAM NOTES
• With a win, Pittsburgh will be 42-29 against Tennessee during the regular season, including 18-18 on the road.
• With a win, the Steelers would improve to 8-1 in their last nine Thursday night games.
• The Steelers look to improve to 334-211-1 all-time against AFC opponents, including the postseason.
• A win would give Pittsburgh it’s first road victory in a Thursday night game since 12/20/07 at St. Louis (41-24).

PITTSBURGH INDIVIDUAL NOTES

Head Coach Mike Tomlin
• With a win, will improve to 58-27 during the regular season.
• Looks to improve his regular season road record to 25-18.
• Has a chance to improve to 43-21 against AFC opponents during the regular season.
• Looks to improve to 19-8 in primetime games, including 10-5 on the road and 6-1 on Thursday Night Football.

QB Ben Roethlisberger
• Needs 300 passing yards to pass Terry Bradshaw (27,989) for the most in franchise history.

WR Antonio Brown
• Looking for his sixth consecutive game with at least 70 yards receiving, dating back to the 2011 regular season.
• If he registers at least seven receptions it will mark the fourth straight week he has recorded at least seven receptions.

WR Mike Wallace
• If he records at least 100 yards receiving, it will mark the 14th 100-yard game of his career.
• With one more reception of 25 or more yards he will pass WR Plaxico Burress (41) for the second most (Hines Ward, 81) 25 yard receptions by a Steelers’ player, dating back
to 1991.

TE Heath Miller
• Needs two receiving touchdowns to tie Elbie Nickel (37) for the most receiving touchdowns by a Steelers’ tight end.
• Three receptions away from passing Louis Lipps (358) for the fourth-most receptions in franchise history.

SS Troy Polamalu
• Needs one interception to become the ninth Steelers’ player to record 30 career interceptions.
• With one fumble return for a touchdown, will tie Jason Gildon (3) for the most fumbles returned for touchdowns in franchise history.|
• Is one defensive touchdown shy of tieing Carnell Lake, Dwayne Woodruff and Jack Butler (5) for the second-most defensive touchdowns in Steelers history (Rod Woodson, 6).
• Needs one interception return for a touchdown to tie Carnell Lake, Dwayne Woodruff, Deshea Townsend and Tony Campagno (3) for the fourth-most in franchise history.

LB James Harrison
• Needs one sack to tie Keith Willis (59.0) for fifth place on the Steelers’ all-time list (includes players who played before 1982).

LB Jason Worilds
• Needs one sack to tie his single-season career high of three, set in 12 games last season.
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Default Re: Week 5 Gameday Thread: Steelers @ Titans 10/11/12

TOMLIN ON TITANS

Coach Mike Tomlin takes a look at this week’s opponent – the Tennessee Titans:

Q. How did your team handle the short week of preparation before this game against the Titans?

A. Thankfully, it’s not anything new for us. We’ve probably played in as many of these Thursday night games as anybody over the past 5-6 years. We adjust our plan, our preparation is more mental than physical. Our goal is to come into the stadium mentally prepared and fresh physically.

Q. Does the short week affect the substitution patterns?

A. Potentially, but we feel we have a highly conditioned team. We’re going to keep an eye on some of the younger guys, of course, and some of the heavy-lifting positions, such as Rashard Mendenhall, who will be the primary ball carrier tonight. But largely, we’re just going to snap the ball and play.

Q. Rashard Mendenhall seemed to ignite the Steelers offense against the Eagles. Do you agree?

A. There’s no denying that, but he’s a talented player. He’s got a unique skill-set in that he’s both powerful and fast. He can run inside and outside, and he’s a viable receiver. It’s good to have him back.

Q. In a similar way, did James Harrison’s return ignite the defense?

A. James is one of those guys who can inspire a group of men on his presence alone. He has that type of play demeanor and reputation, and it’s well-deserved. There’s no question he was a shot in the arm to our defense. I look forward to him producing more plays to go along with it.

Q. What can the coaching staff do to limit the holding penalties?

A. Nothing, really. Sometimes penalties are a function of working hard and not necessarily smart. Hopefully over time as we progress through this journey that is the regular season we’ll get smarter. I know that we’re going to have to if we plan on continuing to win.

Q. Does the offensive line feel better about itself after not allowing any sacks against the Eagles?

A. I don’t think this group lacks for self confidence, regardless of circumstance, but that’s the nature of this game. We have some guys who believe in what they’re capable of, guys like Maurkice Pouncey and Willie Colon and others. They had a good game and are looking to build upon it against the Titans.

Q. Did Jason Worilds take a step forward in your mind based on the way he played against the Eagles?

A. If you really look at it, he played a lot of football for us last year. If you look at the combined time missed by LaMarr Woodley and James Harrison in 2011, (Worilds) was the primary guy to fill those voids. This isn’t his first rodeo by any stretch. He has played a lot of ball for us, and we expect him to be a critical component of how we play.

Q. Is there anything misleading about the Titans’ 1-4 record on the season?

A. For us, they’re 1-1 at home and we’re 0-2 on the road. It’s pretty clear for us. We have yet to step away from Heinz Field and win, and the last time the Titans played at LP Field they won against a team that made the playoffs last season – the Detroit Lions. That’s the reality of it as we see it. Records aside, this is a big game for us as it is for them, and we look forward to giving our very best.

Q. The Titans quarterback situation is somewhat fluid due to the injury to Jake Locker’s non-throwing shoulder. What do you see from his replacement – Matt Hasselbeck?

A. Thankfully, we see someone who is familiar. He started against us last year. We have that reference, but by the same token he has that reference with us as well. He’s a veteran guy who is good above the neck and makes quick decisions. He determines when or if he gets hit, like a lot of veterans do. We’re going to have our hands full in trying to pressure him and affect how he plays. That’s the cat-and-mouse that is football.

Q. Titans running back Chris Johnson has a long run of only 19 yards so far this season. What have you seen from him on tape?

A. No matter how hard the sledding is, or the lack of success he has had to this point, every time the ball is snapped he has an opportunity to right it. We felt like we were doing a nice job of holding him down a few years ago at this same venue, and he went 85 yards on one play against us. Thankfully, it was called back by a penalty. That’s the type of thing this guy is capable of and that’s why we respect him. That’s why, regardless of whether they’re in rhythm so far this year, we better do a good job of being where we’re supposed to be tonight.

Q. Wide receiver Nate Washington has a 19.6 yard average per catch. How would you assess him?

A. That’s always been Nate. He’s big play capable, not only because he’s fast but also because he’s fluid. He has deceptive speed and gait. He can run up on you before you realize it and has been doing it for some time in this league.

Q. You have referred to tight end Jared Cook as a matchup problem. How do you defend him?

A. We’re going to put a variety of people on him. We’re going to start primarily with safeties, but obviously there might be situations and circumstances when we have linebackers on him. When we do that, it’s going to be Lawrence Timmons. That’s the special skill-set that he has. He’s not you normal linebacker in terms of coverage ability, but make no mistake, guys with Cook’s skill-set are a problem in the NFL. Big tight ends who have vertical speed and play like wide receivers are changing the game of football.

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Wallace???
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Wednesday, October 9th, 2012
By Tiger Rowan
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Part way through the Eagles-Steelers game, my brother turned to me, and stated, “The Steelers gave the correct wide receiver (Antonio Brown) the money.”

Indeed.

In case you missed the game, Mike Wallace quit. You can sugar-coat it all you want to and/or blame it on the rain (fallin’, fallin’), but there is no way around it: Mike Wallace had one of the most apathetic performances that I have seen in a long time.

Any and every player can have a bad game. I understand that. Cornerbacks get beaten; running backs run into walls of defenders; and quarterbacks throw three interceptions. Bad games are a part of playing sports.

But, what Mike Wallace did was completely different.

A player can try their hardest, and through no fault of their own, have a bad game… due to being slightly off and/or due to the opposition being in a zone. Sometimes, the better team just wins (or, the worse team wins, because they played the perfect game)… even though a player might be putting forth their full effort. That is the beauty of sports.

But, with Mike Wallace, it was different, because his bad game was a direct result of his minimal effort.

Do not get me wrong: I have been a proponent of Mike Wallace for a very long time, and specifically, throughout the hold out. True, I feared that he and Big Ben would have some trouble connecting (due to not having the reps together and/or not having a rapport), but I never once questioned Wallace’s commitment to winning. Similarly, I felt that a deal would get done, because I thought that Wallace was a class act, who also happened to be a great athlete.

But… while the latter is not arguable (he is indeed an amazing player), maybe I was wrong about the prior (his commitment).

Why? Because, I have rarely seen such a lackluster amount of effort by a player. Simply, the names Ryan Leaf, Chris Johnson, and DeSean Jackson came to mind: huge amounts of talent, trumped by even larger amounts of attitude.

Now, I know that is was only one game, and Wallace’s first three games were spectacular. Likewise, I am not going to overreact & hope for his trade (as some fans have suggested), but I am also now leaning towards the factions of Steelers fans who not want to see Wallace signed to a long-term deal.

Think about it this way. If Wallace had had two catches for seventeen yards, while trying his hardest, I would chalk it up to the defense having a good day. But, when Wallace did not fight for the ball in the end-zone (he had plenty of time to adjust, but he did not even move anywhere near the ball); when Wallace dropped a routine a pass over the middle; and when Wallace lined up wrong (something so basic)… well… it screams “Look at me!!!”… in the wrong way. Simply, his effort left a bad taste in my mouth. And, that bitter taste is worsened by the fact that at one point, I thought that Wallace was one of the new faces of the franchise.

For three years, before any play, but mostly on third downs, my family would chant, “Wallace… Wallace… Wallace…” Then, often, we were rewarded with a big play, followed by a collective scream of “Wallace!!!” And, that truly is saying something, because my father is the biggest Hines Ward fan in the world, and for my dad to root for another receiver while Hines Ward was still playing is mind-boggling. Again, in my household at least, Mike Wallace was the new Hines Ward.

Then… on Sunday… after several plays, the screams were in a slightly different nature: “[expletive] Wallace!!!”

Mike, you have a choice to make. You control your own destiny, via your attitude. Let us hope that you make the right choice; let us pray that you have the right attitude; and let us vie for the Wallace of the first three years of his tenure in Pittsburgh to return. Simply, the Steelers need more “Wallace!!!” and less “Wallace!?!”

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Actually this is week 6, and the Eagles game was week 5.


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Actually this is week 6, and the Eagles game was week 5.


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This is going to be a good game.
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I have Dish and don't get NFL Network. Can I PLEASE get a game link? Thank you!
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