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Old 12-09-2013, 07:14 PM   #1
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Clark knows Steelers days may be numbered

December, 9, 2013
By Scott Brown | ESPN.com

PITTSBURGH -- Ryan Clark wasted little time acknowledging an uncomfortable truth after the loss that all but eliminated the Steelers from postseason contention.

Change is coming sooner rather than later, and it could sweep away most of the remaining veterans who won at least one Super Bowl with the Steelers and played in another.

“Any time you're in the last year of a contract and a team is playing a certain way you never know what moves they want to make,” Clark said Sunday after the Steelers' 34-28 loss to the Dolphins. “I think guys need to realize, and I have realized probably because I am older, faces change. You lose James Farriors and you lose Aaron Smiths, and it hurts and it's tough but everybody's time comes. For me I want to enjoy bit, keep playing, have fun.”

The Steelers have their share of pending free agents and they fall into two groups: veterans they may not try to re-sign and younger players they may not be able to re-sign because they command more money somewhere else.

Clark is clearly in the first category as he is in his 12th NFL season, turned 34 in October and is part of a secondary that desperately needs an infusion of youth.

He saw the Steelers make tough business decisions a couple of years ago when they released Farrior and Ward, two players who meant everything to the organization.

The same thing happened after last season when the Steelers did not try to re-sign Casey Hampton, a locker room favorite and one of the best run-stuffing nose tackles of his generation.

The Steelers rarely let sentiment get in the way of making difficult personnel decisions, and they don't figure to start now.

The franchise that has won a record six Lombardi Trophies is at a crossroads, and it faces another offseason that will be marked by turnover. Letting Clark walk may be one of the easier decisions it faces given his expiring contract and declining play.

That reality is the reason Clark is looking at the Steelers' final three games as anything but meaningless.

“I know (they) matter to me because for some of us this may be the last however many games in a Pittsburgh Steeler helmet, so you want to play well, you want to enjoy the time with your friends,” Clark said. “You just continue to play hard, you continue to have fun and for me that's what I'm going to do and then what happens with that happens.”

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Old 12-09-2013, 07:26 PM   #2
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Default Re: Ryan Clark knows Steelers days may be numbered

The only reason Clark hasn't been able to keep his yapper shut is because he is prepping for his NFL TV analyst job.
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Say what you want about Clark but he always brought a bit of nastiness and attitude to the Steelers. He'll always call NFL on it's bullshit rules. He has lost a step and it has cost us games, but we all know, even him, he's gone next year. It was a pleasure seeing him in a Steeler uniform and I wish him all the best moving forward.
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Ryan Clark is the "last of the Mohicans" in the NFL, for which I will always be thankful.

In the first series he absolutely blasted mike Wallace, something all steelerfans appreciated.

In the next series he concussed a running back (done for the day), nearly concussed/paralized like Taylor, and drew a bogus 15 yd penalty flag for legally clobbering a running back crossing the middle.

Roger good ell has made players like him and James Harrison obsolete, while protecting the wes welker/tom brady china dolls of the league.

Poor wes took another 40 minute concussion andissed the second half of the game.

Let's all hope the little midget will one day be allowed to roam the entire field untouched.
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Can he hit hard? Absolutely. Is he exploited in coverage every game? You bet.

I respect the hell out of Clark for his ability to lay the wood, but the bad outweighs the good for keeping him on this team. Draft a Safety and let's reload our secondary.
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Can he hit hard? Absolutely. Is he exploited in coverage every game? You bet.

I respect the hell out of Clark for his ability to lay the wood, but the bad outweighs the good for keeping him on this team. Draft a Safety and let's reload our secondary.
He is as good as gone. Don't forget we already traded up a very high pick to draft shamarko Thomas.

Of course the majority of the fans will probably have him labeled as a bust by the third game next season.
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He is as good as gone. Don't forget we already traded up a very high pick to draft shamarko Thomas.

Of course the majority of the fans will probably have him labeled as a bust by the third game next season.
The problem is we don't really have anyone to play with Shamarko Thomas yet.
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The problem is we don't really have anyone to play with Shamarko Thomas yet.
we have Robert Golden and Will Allen but I fully expect we'll draft a FS in the first 3 rounds.
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Clark has always been one of my favorite Steelers. He played tough and played well for most of his career. Big hitters like him are always my favorites and he was every bit what we like our Steelers to be. I think his time has come and he will be missed by me for sure.

More than his play though we are losing yet another leader we are in desperate need of on this team. Farrior, Ward, Smith, Clark, Hampton all going in such a short time frame.

What is left on Footes contract? I would really like to see him around next year for leadership on the D side.
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The problem is we don't really have anyone to play with Shamarko Thomas yet.
Will Allen a d polamalu.

And as bad as dips shit fans think our front office sucks, don't forget how easilly they found the likes of James carrier and Ryan Clark off the dung heap for dirt cheap.
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