View Full Version : Special teams working out kinks

09-16-2006, 12:23 AM

Hearing Mike Logan talk about the special teams breakdowns that occurred in the Steelers' season opener, it's a wonder he was able to watch them on tape.
"If you weren't feeling sick about it," Logan said, "then something is wrong."

The Steelers better hope they have righted their punt coverage by Monday night.

The Steelers visit Jacksonville 8:30 p.m. Monday, and all week, players and coaches have talked about how similar the teams are and how not much separates them on the field.

One thing that could be the difference, as each tries to improve to 2-0, is a big play on special teams.

The Steelers allowed a few of those against Miami, including a 47-yard punt return by Wes Welker that set up the Dolphins' first touchdown.

Welker piled up 79 yards on just three returns, and his performance at Heinz Field still had Logan stewing almost two weeks after the fact.

For that very reason, Steelers coach Bill Cowher probably didn't have to say much to Logan and others on the punt coverage team, since he couldn't be any harder on them than they have been on themselves.

Cowher did accept some of the responsibility for the shaky showing by the punt coverage team, saying he hadn't played enough of the regulars on that unit together during the preseason.

"Coach kind of gave us an excuse, saying a lot of guys weren't out there in the preseason, which is true," Logan said, "but as a guy who is a captain of the special teams and takes that role very seriously, I put some of the onus on myself."

Logan and special teams captains Clint Kriewaldt and Sean Morey talk often on the sidelines after kickoff and punts, and they have probably been vocal during special teams' meetings this week.

"That's not us," Kriewaldt said of the punt coverage team's showing against Miami. "A lot of it was just missed tackles. We might have been a little rusty, but we know what to do."

We can talk all we want about how bad we did on the coverage units and return game but the bottom line Kevin Spencer and company better show up on MNF with the ST on fire so we can redeem ourselves and get back to the big plays that helped us out so much in the past.

09-16-2006, 12:36 AM
You got that right! ST's was by far the worst part of our game against the Fins. If they keep playing like that it could cost us a couple of games down the road.

09-16-2006, 01:46 PM
The Steeler ST unit is definitely "special"! They are dead last right now, if they move up just one spot as far as rankings go, I will be happy! They nned to show up though and knock some heads off and get on em during punt coverage!