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BlitzburghRockCity
08-21-2007, 09:54 AM
http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_523204.html


By Scott Brown
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Tuesday, August 21, 2007

He didn't leave FedEx Stadium with an armed escort or wearing an elaborate disguise.

Brett Keisel did become decidedly less popular in Washington than Beltway traffic after he knocked Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell out of last Saturday night's game with a bruised knee.

That play, of which Keisel said Monday was legal even though he got penalized for roughing the passer, blew the defensive end's cover.

Keisel had hovered below the radar to some degree before that hit on Campbell.

For all of the talk during the offseason about how the Steelers would move Keisel around to take advantage of his unique blend of size and athleticism, he has stayed mostly at right defensive end during the team's first three preseason games.

Of course, as Keisel pointed out late last week, it is only August.

That means the Steelers' regular-season opponents, and particularly their division foes, haven't seen anything yet.

"The defense we run in the preseason is pretty vanilla," Keisel said, adding that the Steelers hold back 80 percent of what they plan to do on defense during the preseason. "We try to save our secrets for when it really counts."

It is no secret that the Steelers want to use Keisel in a similar way that the Ravens employed Adalius Thomas last season.

Thomas was technically a linebacker, but he lined up everywhere from the defensive line to the secondary. His versatility helped make the Ravens one of the top defenses in the NFL in 2006, and it made Thomas one of the more coveted free agents after the season (he signed with the Patriots).

Keisel made a smooth transition from special teams player and reserve to starter in 2006, and he and the Steelers are eager for him to do even more this season.

The 6-foot-5, 285-pounder said he is as comfortable dropping back into coverage as he is rushing the quarterback because of his background in basketball and from playing middle linebacker in high school.

Aaron Smith, who starts opposite Keisel on the defensive line, said the Brigham Young product is "hands down" the best athlete on the team.

"You get a big guy that's as athletic as he is, it's rare," said Smith, adding that Keisel looks fluid and natural when he drops back into coverage. "That's where you can really tell the difference with the big guys; they get in a little space and they look uncomfortable. He looks like a linebacker when we're out there."

Keisel appeared to have a linebacker mentality when he lunged at Campbell while trying to sack him in the Steelers' 12-10 win over the Redskins.

Keisel, who didn't practice Monday because of a minor groin problem, said he watched the film of the hit and that it showed it wasn't a dirty play.

When asked if he thinks he'll get fined for it, Keisel said, "I don't expect to, but it wouldn't surprise me if it did."

It shouldn't come as any surprise where Keisel lines up this season, especially since he has embraced the role of playing all over the field.

"I want to be a great player in this league," said Keisel, who turns 29 next month. "I honestly feel like my career defensively is just starting, and I'm excited about that."

Everybody knows the hit was unintenional, I don't think the skins fan think it was done out of spite either. Keisel is going to be a monster for us this year, we've only scratched the surface of what he is going to be able to do for us.

portcityblackandgold
08-21-2007, 10:03 AM
Back in the day, :hail:Jack Lambert when asked about the new roughing the passer penalty said " you oughta put skirts on em" I'm all for protecting the QB but it is football and they're gonna get hit:tt02:

Prosdo
08-21-2007, 10:13 AM
The only person I really heard complain about the hit on Campbell was Theisman lol.

memphissteelergirl
08-21-2007, 10:52 AM
I did not see the game, but from what I have read and heard seems like much ado about nothing. The hit was not intentional.

floodcitygirl
08-21-2007, 11:18 AM
I did not see the game, but from what I have read and heard seems like much ado about nothing. The hit was not intentional.I agree. So why would anyone be talking about fines?

GoBenGo
08-21-2007, 11:37 AM
:clap::bluelol:
The only person I really heard complain about the hit on Campbell was Theisman lol.:clap::clap:
Exactly!! It was a clean hit that became marginal due to circumstances neither player could control at that moment. Keez came up and appoligized and acknowledged it to Campbell immediately . :cursin: Theisman :banging:
creating an issue out of nothing

K Train
08-21-2007, 02:49 PM
lol, he wouldnt have apologized immediatly if it was intentional.


what else would they expect from kimos replacement lol

seth_westover
08-21-2007, 04:21 PM
at least the hit wasnt anywhere close the the palmer hit!! kimo just kinda rolled over!! he should have been out mvp for the playoffs!! i think that we have the potential to be the best d in the league this year!! dick is a mastermind! :hail: i look foward to seein the steelers in arizona!! :tt02:

and by that i dont mean when faneca and starks are playing for ken next year!! :popcorn:

BlitzburghNation
08-21-2007, 04:55 PM
Sirius was downplaying the hit also,,,,,,,,,,,,was no big deal & for sure unintentional :popcorn:

Just wait till the real season begins ,,,,,,,,, :cabbagepatch:

Love this Quote~~~~~ That means the Steelers' regular-season opponents, and particularly their division foes, haven't seen anything yet.

"The defense we run in the preseason is pretty vanilla," Keisel said, adding that the Steelers hold back 80 percent of what they plan to do on defense during the preseason. "We try to save our secrets for when it really counts."

Can you say Top 5 Defense ~~~~~~ :tt02:

Stlrs4Life
08-21-2007, 05:57 PM
No way that was an intentional hit to injure Campbell.

kgreen
08-21-2007, 07:21 PM
The only person I really heard complain about the hit on Campbell was Theisman lol.

He acted like a freakin baby! :lol: Like Jason is really Carson Palmer it was just a bruised knee!:hilarious:

USMCVET
08-21-2007, 08:01 PM
I'm very upset with this.......!!!!!

First off, if I were Tomlin, I'd petition the league for a retraction off that penalty.
It was a CLEAN HIT. Keisel's shoulder initially contacted Jason high in the thigh at the waist. That is not a penalty!!!!!

And viewers should consider this........ that the blind side (left side for right handed QBs) is the left side. And that QBs plant and throw with their right foot back and left foot/leg forward. That's why blind-side protection is so critical for a QB and teams success. And the LT and LG are your highest paid and elite OLmen.
This doesn't mean that the blind side is off limits to pressure!!!!! If we can exploit that, all the better for us. That will put another thing in the QBs' mind to worry about.
I don't care that it is his blind side or his exposed leg!!!!!!! I don't grab a drumstick by the meat. This is football, you take advantage of anything.

BRICKTOWN BEAST
08-21-2007, 08:25 PM
the defense was "vanilla" that gets me excited:tt02:
I'm really happy to see Keisel have a great year this year. he seems like a player on the steel curtian. Maybe its his giant bears or when he was smoking a huge cigar in the lockeroom after superbowl XL. and Aaron Smith said hes the best athlete on this team. WOW I want to se this guy

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And Im getting tired of this roughing the passar bull. I mean last year it got rediculous. I mean you definetly have to protect the quarterback but their gonna get hit and the refs are treating them like glass

DIESELMAN
08-21-2007, 08:54 PM
The only person I really heard complain about the hit on Campbell was Theisman lol.
Thats because every time he sees a QB get hit his leg starts aching and shaking :lol: Seriously I read Keisel had slipped, if he hadn't slipped Campbell is looking at getting his bell rung big time, maybe some bruised ribs. Keisel did show class by talkin to him. :bigthumb:

SteelerFan87
08-21-2007, 10:20 PM
Yeah, there's no way that was intentional. I mean, there's no motive. It's Jason freakin Campbell, and it's the preseason.

And Keisel showed alot of class going over to see if Campbell was ok and apologizing.
BTW, did you guys see in the Post-Gazette, I think it was an article by Ron Cook, where it said Kimo cried after he hurt Palmer, and Porter had to get him to snap out of it? Yeah, that's definitely what someone does when after they try to hurt someone intentionally. Bengals fans are retarded.

SteelerBee43
08-22-2007, 12:27 AM
Hell,I've taken a harder hit than that, from some of our clients dogs,man up or get out.