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DIESELMAN
12-14-2007, 10:16 AM
PITTSBURGH – Aaron Smith was once a fourth-round pick who got a late-season chance because of injuries. Now Ryan McBean (http://pit.scout.com/a.z?s=68&p=8&c=1&nid=3129930) is that fourth-round rookie getting a chance with the Steelers because of Smith’s injury, and McBean says he’s ready.

“I feel like I’ve gotten more comfortable in my stance and my explosion off the ball,” said the 6-foot-5, 290-pound rookie out of Oklahoma State (http://oklahomastate.scout.com/). “I had to change it all up to being flat-footed. I’m also using my hands a whole lot more and getting them quicker and directing blockers. I’m making progress.”
A flat-footed stance?

“With the flat-footed stance you’re moving laterally – upfield, but laterally,” McBean explained. “You’re not getting off the ball like you’re in a speed stance. They don’t want that. They want your hands inside while you read and move laterally. I used to get off the ball, hit you in the chest, get off and make tackles.”

And now he’s learning to take on blockers and allow the linebackers to make plays.

While McBean showed strength and quickness this preseason, he had little technique. He said the transition has been difficult.

“Oh, very hard,” he said, “because guys like to go back to what they did in college, stuff that they’ve known for a long time. But I’ve grasped it and now I feel comfortable in it.”

The Jamaica-born McBean played both tackle and end at Oklahoma State and recorded 25 tackles with 4.5 sacks as a senior. He won’t start for the Steelers

– Travis Kirschke (http://pit.scout.com/a.z?s=68&p=8&c=1&nid=2981453) and Nick Eason (http://pit.scout.com/a.z?s=68&p=8&c=1&nid=3129882) will split the job -- but neither did Smith as a rookie in 1999.

The first of Smith’s 121 regular-season starts was the opener of his second season. McBean will sit the bench and hope to collect the same scraps that Smith did late in his rookie season: one assist and three appearances in the final three games.
“That’s okay,” McBean said. “It’s a we thing. It’s a team game.”

By Jim Wexell (http://javascript<b></b>:location.href='http://search.scout.com/a.z?s=68&p=4&c=1&search=1&sskey=%22' + escape('Jim Wexell') + '%22&sssiteid=68';)
SteelCityInsider.com
Posted Dec 13, 2007


All he has to do is hold his own if/when he gets in there. I'm not asking for big plays, just don't get run over.

BlitzburghRockCity
12-14-2007, 11:29 AM
We need him now big time, with Smith done for the year; Kirschke will take a more prominent role and that means our depth will be tested and must come through. Like you mentioned Diesel, at this point if he can just occupy his man it will be a plus. Maybe he'll surprise us, but Im not expecting much..lol

yinzer
12-14-2007, 11:36 AM
this whole situation is making me sick. ben is acting like a big friggin baby about his shoulder and this new D end is probably gonna get abused. all the players in the league are tired and sore. if the steelers want to make the playoffs, they better start acting like it.

Iron City South
12-14-2007, 12:22 PM
McBean ... McBeam .... what's the difference?, they both shed blocks the same way ...

http://lh4.google.com/skeetidot/RuNajXoDWXI/AAAAAAAABSo/Pcqn0i2HmpU/DSCF0488.JPG?imgmax=512

If that creature doesn't look like a convicted pedophile, I don't know what does .... Christ, he's creepier looking than "The King"

http://msnbcmedia1.msn.com/j/msnbc/Components/Photos/061010/061010_burgerking_hmed_11a.hmedium.jpg

BlitzburghRockCity
12-14-2007, 01:51 PM
Everytime I see McBean's name I have to stop and do a double take make sure which one they are talking about :lol:

Hawk Believer
12-14-2007, 02:07 PM
Everytime I see McBean's name I have to stop and do a double take make sure which one they are talking about :lol:


I did the same thing. I saw that thread and thought "Man, I thought they'd laid that whole mascot thing to rest already."

Dee Mca
12-14-2007, 02:33 PM
Well they aren't asking him to preform Brain surgery when he gets his playing time. Just take a blocker or 2 so the LB's get a shot at the Rb or the Qb. Just like sending the lamb to the slaughter house.

Black@Gold Forever32
12-14-2007, 05:05 PM
Well I'm hoping McBean shows something and actually can contribute on defense......This team needs some young Dline talent...

BlitzburghRockCity
12-15-2007, 10:35 AM
I was really excited when we drafted him, well ok not REALLY excited, but I was glad to see us take a DL that appeared to have a nice upside and might be a pleasant surprise for us. He was one of the guys I was watching closely in camp to see if he'd be able to make a name for himself. Nobody expected him to come in and unseat Keisel or Smith but I was hoping he'd be one of those guys where the coaches were chomping at the bit to get him on the field more to see what he was made of for the future. So far that hasn't happened but now is his chance so we shall see...

SteelerSal
12-16-2007, 10:40 AM
Well I'm hoping McBean shows something and actually can contribute on defense......This team needs some young Dline talent...

:plus1: I agree.
As much as all of us would love to see the rookies contribute and make an impact right away, it always takes time for them to make the transition from college to pro. I hope that Ryan has taken his reps in practice this season and has learned what is expected of him on this level.
It will be nice if he shows improvement and helps add legit depth on the d-line so that it will be one less position to worry about during the offseason and other position weakness can be addressed. ( O-line, WR's, db's etc.)