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AZ_Steeler
11-29-2007, 12:25 PM
Link to story... (http://pit.scout.com/2/706595.html?refid=400&CMP=OTC-K9B140813162&ATT=5)



PITTSBURGH – Anthony Smith has a warning for the Cincinnati Bengals’ wide receivers:

Don’t go over the middle Sunday night unless you’re prepared both physically and mentally.

Smith tried to warn Chad Johnson the last time that he’d better wear a mouthpiece, but Johnson didn’t listen. So Smith knocked out his gold teeth with one of several blows from his free safety spot in the Steelers’ 24-13 win.

Johnson, in fact, was so tired of taking hits from the Steelers that he dropped several key passes late in the game. And he kept dropping them the next two weeks.

Johnson caught five passes for 51 yards in the Oct. 28 game against the Steelers. In the next two games, he caught a combined seven passes for 121 yards.

The Bengals’ all-time leading receiver returned to form against the Tennessee Titans last Sunday, when he caught 12 passes for 103 yards and three touchdowns. It appears his confidence has returned in time for Sunday night’s game at Heinz Field.

“Oh, yeah, his confidence is back up there,” Smith said. “But it’ll get right back down to reality once he gets hit a couple times.”

Smith has become the Steelers’ deep-field enforcer since replacing the injured Ryan Clark at free safety that day against the Bengals. But Clark has had his fun with the Bengals’ receivers, too. He delivered a big hit on Chris Henry last year that was nearly as violent as the shot Smith laid on T.J. Houshmandzadeh that same day. It’s how the Steelers have dealt with the explosive triumvirate of Bengals receivers the last few years, or ever since Houshmandzadeh wiped his cleats with a Terrible Towel at the end of the 2005 regular season.

Smith says it’s the only strategy.

“You’ve got to be physical with them because it throws them off their game,” he said. “When you hit them hard like that, they tend to run away from you.”

Smith, like Johnson, loves to talk on the field. But, like any defender, Smith enjoys a more physical game.

“They’ll be looking out for us when they come across the middle,” Smith said. “It’ll pretty much stop most of their completions.”

Obviously, Smith believes he’s already in the minds of the Bengals’ receivers.

“Oh, yeah, no question,” he said. “Not only from our (last) game but from the past few games. We’ve been hitting guys in the mouth and knocking guys out (of) the game, so they’re aware of it.”

Should Johnson wear a mouthpiece this week?

“If he don’t, I’m going to try to do the same thing I did last time.”

Smith knocked out Johnson’s gold caps, but he had help on the play from the ground. Johnson dropped the deep pass, took a shove from Smith, and landed face first on the play. Troy Polamalu helped Johnson retrieve his caps.

The injured Polamalu probably won’t play Sunday. He’ll be replaced once again at strong safety by hard-hitting veteran Tyrone Carter. Smith doesn’t think the change will help Johnson out much, if at all.

“I know he’s going to come in trying to get his get-back,” Smith said. “But it ain’t going to happen.”

And what of Houshmandzadeh in the middle of the field?

“See, that’s his problem, working the middle of the field,” Smith said. “That’s where I’m at. That’s my domain.”

Smith compared Houshmandzadeh to Hines Ward in that he takes big hits and doesn’t intimidate easily.

Houshmandzadeh doesn’t talk much, according to Smith, “unless they’re up.” And then he might go so far as to wipe his shoes with a Terrible Towel.

“He might want to do that again, but he won’t have a chance to as long as I’m playing,” Smith said. “If anybody comes across the middle, if they don’t duck, I’m going to make something happen.”

This article is pretty good and will probably get you jacked up for Sunday! :cope:

Some of Smiths comments might seem to be a little cocky and arrogant, but I guess he has every right to be because he has the game to back it up! The game this weekend against the Bengals is probably just what the Steelers need to get back on track and get motivated for the final month of the season!

LatrobePA
11-29-2007, 12:40 PM
I'd like to see one of the three knocked out B4 half time, TJ is my #1 pick, but I can't stand Henry either so it'll be a toss up.

GO Steelers!!

floodcitygirl
11-29-2007, 12:41 PM
Just so it doesn't get the Bungles jacked up. We need to give them NO motivation. Smith did do everything he said in that game here. (thoroughly enjoyable, btw...lol) Would love to see it again.

BlitzburghRockCity
11-29-2007, 12:46 PM
the Bungals are already jacked up like always and thinking they are so much better than us so this shouldn't do too much to them that they don't already think already :lol:

I can't wait to see Smith come out and totally jack up Whozurmama and the golden boy !

K Train
11-29-2007, 02:04 PM
i think its great what hes doing, being outspoken and playing a big game...hes making a name for himself and thats how leaders are born....love the attitude lol

GoBenGo
11-29-2007, 03:18 PM
Yeah smITH!! Hit 'em in da mouth!!

DBR96A
12-01-2007, 01:31 AM
Now that Joey Porter is gone, I hope that the Steelers have found themselves a new "megaphone" for the defense. We need one...badly.

BlitzburghRockCity
12-01-2007, 09:09 AM
Yeah I think we definitely found that vocal presence on the field in Anthony Smith. He's made a name for himself already with the big hits he put on the ball carrier.

USAFsteelerfan
12-01-2007, 09:21 AM
I hope he picks the gold teeth up this time and sells them on EBAY......HAHAHA

SteelCityMan786
12-01-2007, 12:22 PM
the Bungals are already jacked up like always and thinking they are so much better than us so this shouldn't do too much to them that they don't already think already :lol:

I can't wait to see Smith come out and totally jack up Whozurmama and the golden boy !

or as I can Whozurmama. douchebagzadeh!

Randall
12-01-2007, 12:28 PM
This is going to be an exciting game. I cant wait. And like you guys said the Steelers needed another guy on the Defense to throw those comments out. This time it looks like they have the means of backing it up. I still think they need a LB to pop those kind of comments off. Give the defense that swagger they had with Porter. This year is a defining year in a lot of ways. We will see how it all plays out.

DIESELMAN
12-01-2007, 07:20 PM
A couple of shots in the mouth goin across the middle or even downfield will have TJ, CJ and CH callin their moms cryin. :woot:

BlitzburghNation
12-01-2007, 07:27 PM
I admire smith's intensity on the field,his hard hitting reminds me of the old days when Blount & shell put fear in the oppostion ~~~~ :towelwave:

BlitzburghRockCity
12-02-2007, 09:54 AM
Bring on the Bunglas !! Let's end their season once and for all tonight !! :cope:

TEEMONT
12-02-2007, 02:50 PM
Bring on the Bunglas !! Let's end their season once and for all tonight !! :cope:

......again

I gotta fly, but I will watch the replay when I get back.

Gr8N8
12-02-2007, 02:59 PM
I'd like to see one of the three knocked out B4 half time, TJ is my #1 pick, but I can't stand Henry either so it'll be a toss up.

GO Steelers!!

How many more times does Henry have to abuse Ike Taylor before he makes the top of your list? :greengrin:

BlitzburghRockCity
12-02-2007, 03:02 PM
A pity that yet another convicted felon has to try and be the savior of the bengals season :lol:

K Train
12-02-2007, 03:04 PM
How many more times does Henry have to abuse Ike Taylor before he makes the top of your list? :greengrin:

how many times does ike have to abuse chad before he just kills himself :greengrin:

BlitzburghRockCity
12-02-2007, 03:25 PM
or switches to titanium grills instead of that soft gold stuff ! :reddevil:

floodcitygirl
12-02-2007, 04:21 PM
If Chad loses them in that swamp of a field this week, he may never find them. :greengrin:

SteelersfaninPhilly
12-02-2007, 04:23 PM
How many more times does Henry have to abuse Ike Taylor before he makes the top of your list? :greengrin:


How long before Henry is carted off the field cause he got laid out by smith coming across the middle? :greengrin:

K Train
12-02-2007, 04:55 PM
smith has destroyed henry a few times already

Gr8N8
12-02-2007, 06:29 PM
How long before Henry is carted off the field cause he got laid out by smith coming across the middle? :greengrin:

Odd... Henry sure caught quite a few TD's last year on that secondary....

K Train
12-02-2007, 06:37 PM
yeah but troys out so our corners will have some support.

SteelersfaninPhilly
12-02-2007, 07:16 PM
Odd... Henry sure caught quite a few TD's last year on that secondary....

Stop living in the past. Cause tonight we kill them

BlitzburghRockCity
12-02-2007, 08:35 PM
Carter has been playing very well for us lately, I've got all the confidence in him to step up his game again tonight.