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    Steelers camp lacks Super Bowl reminders

    Associated Press
    August 1, 2009

    LATROBE, Pa. (AP) - No signs, no pictures, no trophies. For the Pittsburgh Steelers, no looking back, either.

    The Steelers reported to training camp Friday one day short of the six-month anniversary of their victory over the Arizona Cardinals in the Super Bowl. If they didn't have their championship rings to prove it, it would almost seem like the game wasn't played.

    Just the way coach Mike Tomlin wants it.

    "The '08 Steelers are the '08 Steelers," Tomlin said, minutes after his players completed their annual camp-opening run test. "We're here team building for '09."

    While other teams might raise large celebratory signs at the training camp, or put the Lombardi Trophy on display for their fans to see up close, the Steelers are barely acknowledging their record sixth Super Bowl title during camp. The just-printed team media guide waits until page 22 to acknowledge it - and then only because it's included in Tomlin's biography.

    The media guide cover? The Steelers' team logo displayed against a black background, with no Lombardi in sight.

    Wide receiver Hines Ward likes how Tomlin is quickly putting the championship in the past, if only because the 2006 Steelers didn't do so and wound up missing the playoffs with an 8-8 record. Linebacker James Harrison said those Steelers celebrated well into summer and didn't begin getting focused on the new season - they started 2-6 - until it was too late.

    "A lot of guys remember what happened," said Ward, who addressed that post-Super Bowl letdown during an evening team meeting. "For us, I don't foresee it being a letdown or anything. We're going to come out here and figure out what kind of core we have, the younger guys and the older guys."

    Tomlin isn't slighting what the Steelers accomplished last season, but he apparently wants this team thinking about this season, and nothing else. That's one reason the Steelers' championship ring ceremony was held in June, rather than at training camp as some other Super Bowl winners have done.

    "I'm not concerned about avoiding anything that happened three years ago, or worrying about letdowns," Tomlin said. "When you use the term letdown, you're proceeding with the assumption that this is the continuation of something that happened in the past. We're not assuming anything - that's a dangerous thing to do. We're simply going to be blue collar and humble and start the process of building our team."

    Ben Roethlisberger didn't talk to reporters, but that had nothing to do with the recently filed Nevada civil case that accuses him of sexual assault - the quarterback never talks on reporting day.

    While the well-publicized Roethlisberger case threatens to be a distraction if it drags on well into the season, even though he faces no criminal charges, neither Tomlin nor Roethlisberger's teammates expect it to affect his play.

    "I have no question about Ben's mindset, or anybody else's mindset. That civil case is just that, it's civil, and we'll assume he's going to handle that business in his personal life," Tomlin said. "We're going to proceed on professionally and the standard of expectation in regards to Ben is the standard of expectation. ... We're just going to focus on football."

    Backup quarterback Charlie Batch has talked with Roethlisberger since the lawsuit was filed, and he also doesn't foresee it disrupting the two-time Super Bowl winner or his team. In 2006, much of camp was spent wondering how Roethlisberger would bounce back from his serious motorcycle accident.
    "Everybody is expecting him to come in here full speed ahead," Batch said.

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    That's exactly how it should be..nobody cares if you are the super bowl champs any more. Everybody starts out with the same record so get out there and prove yourselves worthy of getting back to the big dance! Good job by Tomlin and the Coaches as well as the players keeping themselves focused.

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    I like this mindset, the team had the entire offseason to relish in their victory, but now it's time to get back to work. Focus on today and don't look back, last sason's championship will get you no where this season.

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    Ive been saying this pretty much since before the draft when it came up that the experience of winning in 2006, and not handling it the right way since a lot of the same players were here for this past Super Bowl win and the one in 2005. I said that a lot of the players will use it and make sure that they dont get complacent and take things for granted much like they did going into the 2006 season. Tomlin will clearly have this team more focused and ready to go coming off a Super Bowl Championship, which is clearly something Bill Cowher didnt do in his last season as the head coach in 2006. It will be a big big reason why the Steelers will continue to have success this year and have an excellent chance of getting back to the Super Bowl and winning that 7th Lombardi Trophy...

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