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Blazedby92
12-09-2009, 09:24 AM
By Scott Brown, TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, December 9, 2009

As coach Mike Tomlin ponders change, several Steelers said the key to snapping a four-game losing streak may lie in something as simple as players not overextending themselves.

And outside linebacker James Harrison had a message for whoever is playing defense for the Steelers on Thursday night in Cleveland.

"Do your job, and after you did your job, then you can help your partner," said Harrison, one of the Steelers' defensive co-captains. "But don't worry about helping your partner until you do your job. If you don't do your part, then the defense breaks down. If you take care of your part and the other 10 guys do the same thing, then we should be fine."

If the Steelers weren't in such a dire situation they almost certainly have to win their last four games to make the playoffs they might able to appreciate the irony: Freelancing has evidently become an issue while the player most associated with that style, strong safety Troy Polamalu, is sidelined with a knee injury.

The perception that some players are trying to do too much may be a result of the struggles the defense has experienced late in games.

The Steelers are fifth in the NFL in total defense (297.3 yards per game), but they are giving up just over an average of 105 yards in the fourth quarter this season. Of the six games the Steelers have lost, they had fourth-quarter leads in five of them.

"When you're put in these situations over and over again and keep coming up short, I think guys tend to press," said inside linebacker James Farrior, who is also a defensive captain. "It's just human nature to try to do more, to try to get better, try to help somebody out, but in actuality, it sometimes hurts you even worse."

Casey Hampton agreed.

"I think guys have been pressing a little too much, trying to do too much, and that's not us," the veteran nose tackle said. "We pride ourselves on being an unselfish defense, and everybody just taking care of their job and not trying to make plays that's not your play to make. I think when we do that, we'll be OK."

The Steelers are mired in their worst losing streak since 2003, and they are in enough of a funk that Tomlin said earlier this week he is considering shaking up the team.

Tomlin said the Steelers want to take a long look at rookie cornerbacks Joe Burnett and Keenan Lewis. What that means for starters Ike Taylor and William Gay remains to be seen.

Gay practiced yesterday despite sustaining a concussion late Sunday, and he could play against the Browns. Taylor, meanwhile, got a tad defensive when asked how he would react if he had to accept a reduced role.

"There ain't nothing I can do but just keep playing football," said Taylor, who lost his starting job in 2006. "We're going to get criticized, regardless of what we do."

Asked if he expects to start in Thursday's 8:20 p.m. game, Taylor said, "No question."

There didn't appear to be much questioning inside a subdued locker room yesterday of Tomlin's decision to at least consider making major changes.

"He's the head man. He's got decisions to make, and we're trying to win some games around here," defensive end Brett Keisel said. "We're trying to win a game. You can't fault him for trying to do that."

Hampton said Tomlin struck the right tone when he said Monday that he was re-evaluating all aspects of the Steelers, including the makeup of the team's starting lineup.

"I think guys definitely need to be challenged," Hampton said. "I believe in the coach, and I think he's going to put the 11 guys out there that are going to give us the best opportunity to win."

Free safety Ryan Clark said he hopes the players that have been starting in the secondary get the opportunity to turn things around. But, Clark added, "They don't pay us to compete. They don't pay us to keep it close. They pay us to win football games, and when you don't win football games, they try to figure out why."

BlitzburghRockCity
12-09-2009, 09:33 AM
Isn't it time for one of those patented "players only meetings" that we hear about every year from teams that are struggling? That's what I fully expected this thread to be about, to be honest. We've heard all the talk from Tomlin, so if you're going to change something just change it already.

steelersgal86
12-09-2009, 09:35 AM
JUST DO YOUR JOB....:tt02:

coldrolled
12-09-2009, 09:37 AM
JUST DO YOUR JOB....:tt02:

As expected, the Steelers signed running back Isaac Redman back to the practice squad on Tuesday and released guard Jonathan Palmer to make room for him. Redman was signed to help take some carries in practice as Rashard Mendenhall is limited with an ankle sprain.

Blazedby92
12-09-2009, 09:40 AM
LMAO

Just made me smile when I got this text

"OUR SAVIOR":popcorn:

I mean Redzone when I say this

Sir Blitzelot
12-09-2009, 10:37 AM
James Harrison is the man. :tt02:

75Steeler
12-09-2009, 12:40 PM
Where is the change? Coach Tomlin said after the Radiers game that he was going to make some big changes this week and he hasn't done anything as of this morning. The damn Cleveland game is tomorrow night! I hope he isn't just saying that to spark something because he is going to lose his credibility with the fans and his players. I know he is limited in what he can do both by time and by the number of players and their abilities but something needs to be done to show he is not playing around and all talk. I hope Harrison the coach and a few of the other veterans can spark something in this team to pull us out of this rut.

papabaier
12-09-2009, 03:08 PM
Where is the change? Coach Tomlin said after the Radiers game that he was going to make some big changes this week and he hasn't done anything as of this morning. The damn Cleveland game is tomorrow night! I hope he isn't just saying that to spark something because he is going to lose his credibility with the fans and his players. I know he is limited in what he can do both by time and by the number of players and their abilities but something needs to be done to show he is not playing around and all talk. I hope Harrison the coach and a few of the other veterans can spark something in this team to pull us out of this rut.

The best change Tomlin can make is to fire himself, Arians and special teams coach.

TampaSteelGirl
12-09-2009, 03:20 PM
The best change Tomlin can make is to fire himself, Arians and special teams coach.

:wtf: Just becuase Tomlin has a few bad games now you think he should be fired??? Took Cowher 15 yrs to get a Superbowl, Tomlin did in 2 yrs!!! Things just need tweeked but we will be ok, if not this year then the next. Won't say the play calling has been stellar BUT there have been a few good games. You know the way this organization works and firing coaches is NOT one of them..Give the man a break! :duh:

BlacknGold Bleeder
12-09-2009, 11:00 PM
The best change Tomlin can make is to fire himself, Arians and special teams coach. :troll:


:wtf: Just becuase Tomlin has a few bad games now you think he should be fired??? Took Cowher 15 yrs to get a Superbowl, Tomlin did in 2 yrs!!! Things just need tweeked but we will be ok, if not this year then the next. Won't say the play calling has been stellar BUT there have been a few good games. You know the way this organization works and firing coaches is NOT one of them..Give the man a break! :duh:

Just a troll Tampa settle down !! If not a troll then just a not to bright of a fan !!