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BlitzburghRockCity
06-20-2007, 01:10 AM
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_512704.html


When the final organized team activity session ended Thursday, the Steelers were able to take it easy.

The respite will last until July 23 when training camp begins at St. Vincent College.

Coach Mike Tomlin warned that his team had better report to camp prepared to work.

"I told the group it's going to be extremely tough," Tomlin said yesterday before watching his players disperse. "I'm not apologizing for that. I'm going to put that challenge out there to them. I'm looking forward to training camp."



The players can look forward to an increased emphasis on two-a-day practices, "probably a little heavier than they're used to," Tomlin said.

"It'll give them something to whine about."

The OTAs and the two minicamps the team conducted this offseason were exercises in "multi-tasking," Tomlin said. The goals were to implement a foundation on offense, defense and special teams, emphasize "situational football" (third down, red zone, etc.) while creating "artificial adversity". The goal is to learn how players approach their jobs and glean insight as to "who they are."

The proceedings at St. Vincent will be about winning jobs.

The current depth chart features Chukky Okobi as the starting center, Ike Taylor and Deshea Townsend starting at cornerback and Ryan Clark lining up as the starting free safety.

But the current depth chart, Tomlin emphasized, is "in pencil."

"People want to establish depth charts at this time of year, so be it," Tomlin said. "They change. There are known position battles that will be talked about, but there are also unknown position battles that are going to develop because we're going to go into this thing with no preconceived notions. No jobs are secure. This is not a security business. They gotta play and perform."

The known battles include Okobi and free-agent addition Sean Mahan vying to become Jeff Hartings' replacement at center, Kendall Simmons attempting to hold off Chris Kemoeatu at right guard, Clark and second-year pro Anthony Smith fighting it out at free safety, and the threesome of Taylor, Townsend and Bryant McFadden competing for two starting spots at corner.

There will be potentially less-publicized competition at other positions such as right tackle, where second-year pro Willie Colon is pushing incumbent Max Starks.

"Absolutely, but Willie's pushing a lot of people," Tomlin said. "Willie's been one of the guys we've moved around quite a bit because we want to put him in position to get to that top five and get in where he fits in, if he's capable. Willie's played some guard. Willie's played some tackle. Willie's even tried center.

"Willie's going to push a lot of people."

The regular-season opener is Sept. 9 in Cleveland. The depth chart, presumably, will be in ink by then.

Until then, Tomlin is prepared to let competition dictate all that must be resolved before he leads his first NFL team onto the field against the Browns.

"I kinda like uncertainty at this time of the year," he said. "These guys are in the business of responding to challenges and answering questions. That's kinda the underlying theme that's involved in football."

Something tells me our guys are in for the camp of their life next month, let's just hope Tomlin doesn't wear them out with all these 2 a days he's talking about doing :lol:

tonyromo9
06-20-2007, 01:24 AM
good I think Tomlin will be good for the team

ARKIESTEEL
06-20-2007, 07:27 AM
I hope they come out of camp lean and mean. Which would be a 180 of how they played last year:crossfingers:

memphissteelergirl
06-20-2007, 09:55 AM
There is definitely a new sherriff in town!

Waiting for this season is gonna be slow torture....

steelersgal86
06-20-2007, 09:57 AM
There is definitely a new sherriff in town!

Waiting for this season is gonna be slow torture....

you got that right...it already has been...:yesnod:

BlitzburghRockCity
06-20-2007, 11:22 AM
For the vets who are used to a Cowher type of camp this will be a HUGE adjustment for them. For the young guys who've never been through an NFL camp they won't have any preconceived notions to fall back on but that won't make it any easier because this will be an experience unlike any college workout they've been through.

This will make us tougher and more focused for the season which is only going to help in the long run.

25MVPKing
06-20-2007, 11:53 AM
Mickey Andrews runs a hell of a defense in Tallahassee. Timmons will be ready. So will Woodley, Speath, Sepulveda, and Baker. The rookies will shine!

AZ_Steeler
06-20-2007, 12:15 PM
This is just want this team needed... a good swift kick in the ***! There are some key position battles this training camp that is really going to determine the face of the Steelers for the future. Smith and Clark is the one battle I'll have my eyes on because I was highly impressed with Smith from the opening pre-season game last year and all the way through the season. Anthony and Troy are going to be one of those dynamic duo's in the league!

The other battle is who will Colon knock out? He really started to come around last year and made a lot of noise. Sounds like that momentum has carried over to 07!

It's going to be a tough camp and Tomlin is set to separate the men from the boys! :cope:

BRICKTOWN BEAST
06-20-2007, 12:35 PM
I would also like to see Kemomatu take over Kendell Simmons
And I hope Smith gets that saftey spot along with McFadden and Taylor at corners

Iron City South
06-20-2007, 01:58 PM
For the vets who are used to a Cowher type of camp this will be a HUGE adjustment for them. For the young guys who've never been through an NFL camp they won't have any preconceived notions to fall back on but that won't make it any easier because this will be an experience unlike any college workout they've been through.

This will make us tougher and more focused for the season which is only going to help in the long run.


Shout it from the highest of rooftop, "Camp Creampuff is OVER!"

Both rookies and vets stand to benefit, the vets probably moreso as a result of them needing the extra conditioning after years of an entitlement culture of boys club backslapping.


On another note ... I hope you're feeing better TopGun. Just don't break out the rock candy just yet. :bigthumb:

Black@Gold Forever32
06-20-2007, 02:15 PM
I take it there will be no more movie day during training camp like Cowher was famous for doing when he would take the whole team to see a movie.....I'm so glad that **** will be over....For real its amazing Cowher lasted so long as a HC with some of the goofy **** that he did as a HC....From never cleaning up the playbook,never really practicing for special teams to having a soft *** training camp....I'm so glad "the chin" is gone....lol

BlitzburghRockCity
06-20-2007, 03:11 PM
I would also like to see Kemomatu take over Kendell Simmons
And I hope Smith gets that saftey spot along with McFadden and Taylor at corners

:iagree: Ive been waiting for Kemoeatu to get the chance to take over that RG job from Simmons ever since he got here, now is his time to shine. Kendall has never been the same since his knee surgery and I think Chris can really step in and take over that job. He's got a mean streak in him and he's a tough guy who can bring a lot to our OL if he's up for the challenge.


Shout it from the highest of rooftop, "Camp Creampuff is OVER!"

Both rookies and vets stand to benefit, the vets probably moreso as a result of them needing the extra conditioning after years of an entitlement culture of boys club backslapping.


On another note ... I hope you're feeing better TopGun. Just don't break out the rock candy just yet. :bigthumb:

Don't worry, no rock candy for me..at this point if I can't gum it, Im not eating it for a while yet :lol:

Stairwayto7
06-20-2007, 04:36 PM
The players can look forward to an increased emphasis on two-a-day practices, "probably a little heavier than they're used to," Tomlin said.

I highly doubt that Cowher ran a country club though!