View Full Version : Holmes comes alive to spark offense

10-16-2006, 01:18 AM

Monday, October 16, 2006

By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Santonio Holmes has had a pain his back since he leaped in the air and fell backward to the turf in San Diego, trying to catch a deep pass from Ben Roethlisberger.

One week later, he was a bigger pain to the Kansas City Chiefs.

In a game in which the big play finally re-emerged for the Steelers, it was Holmes who finally emerged as a big-play threat. And it didn't matter if he was making plays on offense or special teams.

Not coincidentally, Holmes came alive in the same game the Steelers breathed some life back into their season, and his production on offense and special teams was largely responsible for a 45-7 victory against the Chiefs.

"It felt real good," Holmes said. "I told coach during the week I wasn't feeling real good, but I fought through it and continued to go through practice and I told him if I got the opportunity to make those plays then I'm going to go forward."

Holmes, the first wide receiver selected in the NFL draft, did more than just go forward. He went left, right, even went backward to give ground on a 50-yard catch and run that set up the first touchdown.

When it was over, Holmes had accumulated 180 all-purpose yards for the Steelers, a breakout performance for a team that has been struggling to find breakout players.

"I like Santonio, I said that from Day 1," coach Bill Cowher said. "He's just got to play. He made some playsy. He's getting a good feel for returning kicks and punts."

Holmes averaged 20 yards every time he touched the ball against the Chiefs, and the breakdown went like this:

Two catches for 58 yards, including the 50-yarder on third-and-11 on the third play from scrimmage, a play in which Holmes slipped near the sideline trying to cut inside cornerback Lenny Walls, the last defender. "I had 6 [points] on that," Holmes said. The play set up Willie Parker's first touchdown.

A 13-yard run from a direct snap on third-and-4 that set up a Jeff Reed field goal at the end of the first half.

Punt returns of 24, 21 and 11 yards.

Kickoff returns of 28 and 26 yards.

He's really making strides each week but damn he's gotta hold onto that ball !!

10-16-2006, 01:26 AM
Gerry Dulac forgot to go over his work be for sending it out lol

i'm glad holmes finally had a very good game, he's been doing good imo all season but today he was very good....i missed the 50 yarder cause cbs is retarded and felt bengals vs bucs was a better game to watch lol

10-16-2006, 01:32 AM
Santonio is coming along well. I was very encouraged by how he did today and how well he stepped up when called upon. Nice job in the returns as well.

10-16-2006, 03:02 AM
The best part of the article

Punt returns of 24, 21 and 11 yards.
Those kinds of numbers are going to help the Steelers 3 yard average :tt02:

10-16-2006, 03:04 AM
He's making me nervous not hanging on to the ball. So is Willie for that matter!

Holmes did have a good game for us though and made some big plays. Hopefully the fumbles were a one time thing.

10-16-2006, 03:08 AM
The fumbles are scary, luckily the ball was bouncing the Steelers way today. That one fumble by Willie though was a pretty good hit, but he still needs to hang on to the ball. I'm sure BC will address this little issue this week during practice.

10-16-2006, 09:56 AM
I don't care if they have to use stickum or make him hold onto a football 24/7, whatever it takes because those fumbles aren't always going to bounce our way as we all well know...

House of Steel
10-16-2006, 10:27 AM
The Fumbles got me very nervous and I was cussing him out, but he did have an awesome game for us last night with the receiving and bringing the ball up for excellent field position. This is going to be a very vital piece for momentum and need to keep this going.

Black@Gold Forever32
10-16-2006, 11:13 AM
Willie Parker actually fumbled twice. But he fumbled twice last year in the second Bengals game last year. Bill Cowher got in his ear and then Willie held onto the ball the rest of the year and playoffs. So Willie will be fine. I just love the fact Willie has 427 yards rushing and 5 TD's. The kid is doing great.

Santonio Holmes finally showed why he was the first WR drafted in he draft. When Willie Reid returns from injury I hope Reid goes back to returning punts. But its nice to see Santonio starting to adjust to the NFL game. I'm sure Holmes will be working on his ball handling in practice this week.

10-16-2006, 05:03 PM
Santonio played well with the exception of the fumbles (which made my heart skip a few beats)...he does have some work to do, but he is progressing great and it appears he will be the deep threat we need.

10-16-2006, 06:55 PM
the fumbles didn't scare me at all, like i said in another thread, they are just rookie mistakes for holmes, and for willie he got nailed pretty good, and the first fumble he shouldn't have got the ball in the first place, that was a stupid dump off by ben

Black@Gold Forever32
10-16-2006, 07:00 PM
the fumbles didn't scare me at all, like i said in another thread, they are just rookie mistakes for holmes, and for willie he got nailed pretty good, and the first fumble he shouldn't have got the ball in the first place, that was a stupid dump off by ben

Your right Ben shouldn't have dumped that pass off to Willie. The Chiefs Dlineman was just waiting to kill Willie. But anytime there are some fumbles. It has to be of some concern. But I'm sure both Willie and Santonio will hold onto the ball better in the future.

10-16-2006, 09:06 PM
Willie made more than a couple untimely fumbles last year, and that one against Denver in the playoffs could have been a backbreaker. I have no problems with him or Santonio I think they will both be outstanding for us in the years to come but they need to hold onto that ball. In a tight game we can't have turnovers.

10-16-2006, 11:35 PM
from what i saw yesterday the fumbles aren't that big of a deal. my problem is more with the field. i was against getting rid of the grass, but after yesterday that may be the best thing to do. too many of our guys lost their footing.

House of Steel
10-16-2006, 11:37 PM
Too many guys slipping on that turf. The Rooneys really need to think about replacing the turf all together and getting something that would hold up all season long and with the constant usage during the season, like HS and PITT.

10-17-2006, 12:07 AM
I agree. It's getting pretty bad and we are the ones suffering from this. Not only could this lead to injuries, but we are losing a lot of valuable yards from our guys falling