Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 18

Thread: Steelers' Smith thinks DBs can handle Moss and Co.

          
   
   
    Bookmark and Share
  1. #1
    Tailgate Coordinator
    Stlrs4Life's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    New Bedford, Pa.
    Posts
    3,956

    Post Steelers' Smith thinks DBs can handle Moss and Co.

    Steelers' Smith thinks DBs can handle Moss and Co.

    By Chris Harlan, Times Sports Staff

    Published: Tuesday, December 4, 2007 12:55 AM EST

    PITTSBURGH — Steelers safety Anthony Smith has watched the Patriots on television and isn’t all that impressed with New England’s receivers.

    He says the Bengals are better.

    “We’ve faced some tough receivers, but I think these (Bengals receivers) are the best we’re going to face,” Smith said after Sunday night’s confidence-swelling victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, 24-10, making the Steelers defensive backs believe they now can stop anybody.

    Yes, even the Patriots.

    “They’ve got Randy (Moss) and the other little scat guy but they don’t have downfield threats like Cincinnati.”

    These are the unbeaten Patriots that Smith is talking about — a pass-first offense that’s on pace to shatter the NFL’s scoring record.

    Fellow safety Tyrone Carter wasn’t ready to agree with Smith’s declaration.

    Not one week away from the most-awaited game on the Steelers’ schedule.

    “Both teams have three talented receivers,” Carter said very diplomatically. “Randy Moss is having a phenomenal year. And Wes Welker is having a phenomenal year. ... They’re going to create some tough match-ups.”

    Still, Smith says Cincinnati’s tandem of Chad Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh are better.

    “No question,” he said. “Really, (the Patriots’) only deep threat is Randy Moss. As long as we can contain him we’ll be all right.”

    Sunday, though, Smith and his teammates in the secondary made certain the Bengals receivers weren’t much of a threat.

    Quarterback Carson Palmer completed only 17 of 41 passes for 183 yards and no touchdowns, certainly an off day for one of the league’s more accurate passers.

    The victory gave the Steelers (9-3) a commanding two-game lead in the AFC North standings with only four games still to play.

    They’ve already swept Cleveland (7-5) and now Cincinnati (4-8), and could sweep Baltimore in the Dec. 30 season finale.

    But minutes after Sunday’s victory, the discussion in the Steelers locker room had already turned to New England.

    “There’s always going to be hype,” cornerback Ike Taylor said, refusing to enter the ‘who’s better’ debate. “That’s what the media is supposed to do. But as a player you have to enjoy it but you can’t get caught up in it.”

    Taylor faced Moss last season, when the former Pro Bowl receiver was playing for the Oakland Raiders. Moss made only two catches for 20 yards but the Steelers lost 20-13 when Ben Roethlisberger threw four interceptions.

    “I did all right,” Taylor said. “We lost, so I guess I didn’t do good enough.”

    The Steelers success against the Bengals started with the pressure created by the linebackers, but the coverage provided cornerbacks Taylor and Deshea Townsend was outstanding.

    Johnson had six catches for 86 yards and Houshmandzadeh had five catches for 42 yards. No other Bengals receiver had more than two catches.

    “We let them know we were going to be on (the receivers),” said Carter, who combined with Smith to make 14 tackles.

    “It’s not like the receivers were wide open. (Palmer) had to stick the ball in there tight.”

    The key, Smith said, was that the Bengals receivers were intimidated by the Steelers physical defensive backs, with Smith being the biggest hitter among the group.

    Houshmandzadeh dropped passes in tight coverage. Johnson backed out of bounds after a fourth-down reception, 3 yards short of the first-down marker. Chris Henry once rolled into a ball waiting to get hit.

    “It has a lot to do with it,” Smith said, “because they were ducking a lot. Houshmandzadeh thought I was going to hit him. I was going for the interception and he was still ducking.”

    And when Henry rolled, Smith told him: “Good move. Smart play. Way to get down. He just started laughing.”

    Smith plans to use that same strategy for stopping Moss when the Steelers play the Patriots in Foxborough, Mass., on Sunday afternoon. It’s the same plan the two safeties use for every receiver:

    Hit them.

    “Our main thing is we have to be aggressive and hit them in the mouth, let them know that if they catch it we’re going to be there,” said Carter, who has been filling in for injured teammate Troy Polamalu.

    “With any wide receiver, if you’re hitting them hard, they’re thinking twice. ... The most aggressive team wins those battles.”

    If Smith were a receiver, would he be willing to take a hit from Smith the safety?

    “That’s a tough call,” Smith said. “Possibly being put out or playing the rest of the game? I’d take my chances playing the rest of the game.”


    http://www.timesonline.com/articles/...a047097573.txt

    I'm A "Champion"

  2. #2
    K Train's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    In hell
    Posts
    18,545
    of course he does....hes a ****ing badass

  3. #3
    SteelerZ Supporter $teeler$guy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    New Jersey
    Posts
    1,189
    its going to be a close game i know dat

  4. #4
    Head Coach LatrobePA's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    THIS IS MY HOUSE BITCHES
    Posts
    12,482
    Good read, thanks for the post. I hope they do as they talk. Smash the F out of these over-rated fruits...BRADY first!
    "Happy Happy Happy"

  5. #5
    SA's Bouncer
    DIESELMAN's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Brandenburg, Ky.
    Posts
    7,492
    My Mood
    Addicted
    Hit them.

    “Our main thing is we have to be aggressive and hit them in the mouth, let them know that if they catch it we’re going to be there,” said Carter, who has been filling in for injured teammate Troy Polamalu.
    Thats it right there, hit em in the mouth and get them scared to do anything, the rest will be history.


    If you don’t stand behind our troops.....Please feel free to stand in front of them!!!


    "Give me a 6 pack, half hour of rest and lets go play them again....We can beat them."
    --Jack Lambert

    "They say that when you're the champs, everybody will try to beat you. Well, I'm glad we're the champs, so bring 'em on, bring 'em all on. If we die, we ain't gonna die running. It's gonna be a fight."
    --Joe Greene

  6. #6
    BlitzburghRockCity's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Central PA.
    Posts
    54,683
    My Mood
    Curmudgeon
    Anthony has been to the Joey Porter school of trash talking

    He has the right idea though, we need to come up and punch them in the mouth every chance we get. Hit them again and again and again whether they touch the ball or not. Get in Brady's face and make him uncomfortable. It's all about the pass rush because if we let Brady have all day to throw he can pick any defense apart.

  7. #7
    AZ_Steeler's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    19,358
    The last thing Moss is going to want to do is take on any defensive back in the NFL... he is kind of a pansy when it comes to taking a hit. He would rather catch the ball and drop to the ground and assume the fetal position that try and make something happen.

    Anybody happen to look up Moss' YAC... 2.7 for the year and the last 4 games he has 0 YAC! He's not a physical guy and will try and avoid it at all cost!

  8. #8
    PsychoWard's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Madison,Ohio
    Posts
    7,690
    My Mood
    Horny
    one thing is for sure when the recievers do catch the ball they better be ready because are secondary are some hard hitting mother ****ers!!!!

  9. #9
    SA's Bouncer
    DIESELMAN's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Brandenburg, Ky.
    Posts
    7,492
    My Mood
    Addicted
    Quote Originally Posted by PsychoWard View Post
    one thing is for sure when the recievers do catch the ball they better be ready because our secondary are some hard hitting mother ****ers!!!!


    If you don’t stand behind our troops.....Please feel free to stand in front of them!!!


    "Give me a 6 pack, half hour of rest and lets go play them again....We can beat them."
    --Jack Lambert

    "They say that when you're the champs, everybody will try to beat you. Well, I'm glad we're the champs, so bring 'em on, bring 'em all on. If we die, we ain't gonna die running. It's gonna be a fight."
    --Joe Greene

  10. #10
    Waterboy Pats's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    29
    YAWN, man I am getting sleepy reading all this bs.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Gospel...If Your not cheating your not a Patriot
    By FC FURY in forum Steelers Talk
    Replies: 11
    Last Post: 06-29-2009, 01:52 PM
  2. Smith vows to curb aggression
    By Stlrs4Life in forum Steelers Talk
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 02-10-2008, 02:53 PM
  3. Steelers-Pats Postgame Analysis and Grades
    By Iron City South in forum Steelers Talk
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 12-11-2007, 05:04 PM
  4. Smith guarantees upset of New England
    By Troyisabeast_43 in forum Steelers Talk
    Replies: 61
    Last Post: 12-08-2007, 07:16 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •