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    Keisel out for Miami game

    By Scott Brown, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
    Monday, October 18, 2010



    The Steelers defeat the Browns, 28-10, Sunday October 17, 2010 at Heinz Field in Ben Roethlisberger's 2010 debut.


    • The Steelers may be without Brett Keisel next Sunday in Miami as the starting defensive end sustained a hamstring injury against the Cleveland Browns. "That could be an issue moving forward," coach Mike Tomlin said after the Steelers beat the Browns, 28-10. Nick Eason and Ziggy Hood played in place of Keisel, with Eason getting first crack after Keisel went down. Tomlin said either player is capable of starting against the Dolphins if Keisel is unable to play in the 1 p.m. game. "They're 3 and 3a, if you will, in terms of defensive ends," Tomlin said. "At the end of the day, they usually play a similar number of snaps."

    • Right tackle Flozell Adams and starting guards Chris Kemoeatu and Doug Legursky left the game with injuries, but all later returned to action.

    • Tomlin said nothing should be read into the Steelers' late touchdown against the Browns. The Steelers, leading 21-10, seemed content to run out the clock following an interception by inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons. The Browns, however, called two timeouts. The Steelers responded by throwing a third-down pass with a minute-and-a-half left, and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and tight end Heath Miller hooked up for a 14-yard score. "We've got big-time respect for those guys," Tomlin said, "but at the same time we weren't trying to get the ball back to them, either."

    Byron Leftwich, at least for now, is the backup to Roethlisberger. Charlie Batch served as the Steelers' No. 3 quarterback.

    • Right guard Trai Essex (ankle) did not play against the Browns because of an injury. The other six players that did not dress were cornerbacks Keenan Lewis and Crezdon Butler, wide receiver Antonio Brown, offensive tackle Tony Hills, running back Jonathan Dwyer and outside linebacker Thaddeus Gibson.

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    Default Re: Brett Keisel out for Miami game

    I remember seeing a lot more of Eason than Ziggy...WTF? This is an opportunity for Ziggy to step up...he needs to put his big boy pants on and start playing at a higher level.
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    I remember seeing a lot more of Eason than Ziggy...WTF? This is an opportunity for Ziggy to step up...he needs to put his big boy pants on and start playing at a higher level.
    How often have we seen the young guy chosen over the vet when it comes to Defensive playing time? the only time a young(er) guys get the chance to start is if there's nobody of vet status ahead of him on the depth charts or the FO gets rid of them (Haagans, Foote, Porter ..) . I'm skeptical that starting time is decided on who the better players is when it comes to defense since LeBeau is very vet biased

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    • Tomlin said nothing should be read into the Steelers' late touchdown against the Browns. The Steelers, leading 21-10, seemed content to run out the clock following an interception by inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons. The Browns, however, called two timeouts. The Steelers responded by throwing a third-down pass with a minute-and-a-half left, and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and tight end Heath Miller hooked up for a 14-yard score. "We've got big-time respect for those guys," Tomlin said, "but at the same time we weren't trying to get the ball back to them, either."
    Anyone that's witnessed our 4th Quarter defense the past season and 5 games should clearly understand that no lead is safe with the Steelers. If that means piling on the points tio the point of the 2007 Patriots, then so be it. I don't trust our defense with an 11 point lead and the opposition having time on the clock
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    How often have we seen the young guy chosen over the vet when it comes to Defensive playing time? the only time a young(er) guys get the chance to start is if there's nobody of vet status ahead of him on the depth charts or the FO gets rid of them (Haagans, Foote, Porter ..) . I'm skeptical that starting time is decided on who the better players is when it comes to defense since LeBeau is very vet bia



    Anyone that's witnessed our 4th Quarter defense the past season and 5 games should clearly understand that no lead is safe with the Steelers. If that means piling on the points tio the point of the 2007 Patriots, then so be it. I don't trust our defense with an 11 point lead and the opposition having time on the clock
    this is so true our D cant seem to win in the end, we need points!!!!!

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    Not looking good for a number one pick not to get the okay when the chance comes. Wasn't Tomlin singing Ziggy praise during camp and pre-season ?

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    Ready to be road warriors

    By Teresa Varley - Steelers.com


    The Steelers embark on what could be one of the toughest stretches of their schedule this week when they travel to Miami to take on the Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on Sunday. It will be first of three straight road games for the black and gold, something that is never easy in the NFL.

    “Three straight on the road, it’s going to be tough,” said linebacker James Farrior. “There is a tough challenge ahead of us. We just have to stay focused, take it one game at a time. Miami is next week. That’s all we have to focus on.”

    The Dolphins are coming off a 23-20 overtime win on the road against the Green Bay Packers, improving their record to 3-2 and the energy from that is expected to carry over into Sunday’s game in Miami.

    “You look at the games ahead, it starts in Miami,” said tackle Max Starks. “We will be going in there to a hyped-up Miami team that is successful right now. They are playing pretty good. They pulled a big win out against the Packers. It’s going to be a tough, hostile crowd down in Miami.

    “The biggest thing is to go in there, have a great attitude, and study extra hard because you know it’s going to be noisy and loud and you have to contain that crowd noise to be successful. It’s easy to do it at home, the crowd is quiet and you can run everything you want to in your offense. This is where it really counts.”

    The Steelers are 2-0 on the road so far this season, winning in Tennessee and Tampa. Pulling out road wins is a must if they are going to go far this year.

    “When you put it in to perspective, in order to be successful and to make it to our ultimate goal, the playoffs, you realize there is going to be a gritty part of the schedule,” said Starks. “Right now we are getting into that gritty part.”

    A stretch like this often times reveals what a team is made of, and it’s a challenge that the team is ready for.

    “This is the part of the schedule where you really find the identity of your team,” said Starks. “You can see how this team is going to be this year based off the next couple of weeks. I think we are ready for it. We have had to do it before. Every team is going to have that patch. We just have to be better than the rest of them.

    “When you look at it, you know what your base is. We have set a great foundation, but now you find how deep your team goes, to be able to go on the road and pull out victories. I think that is the biggest thing. It’s not just about home dominance, but how you do on the road going in to other people’s stadiums. You realize at some point you are going to have to do that to get to your ultimate goal – the biggest game of them all is an away game.”

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    How often have we seen the young guy chosen over the vet when it comes to Defensive playing time? the only time a young(er) guys get the chance to start is if there's nobody of vet status ahead of him on the depth charts or the FO gets rid of them (Haagans, Foote, Porter ..) . I'm skeptical that starting time is decided on who the better players is when it comes to defense since LeBeau is very vet biased
    The thing is that Eason is not a difference maker, but rather, a decent/good backup. I cant believe that Ziggy hasnt displaced him yet! Kind of a red flag IMHO, given Ziggy's physical tools...he must be having a tough time learning his reads?
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    The thing is that Eason is not a difference maker, but rather, a decent/good backup. I cant believe that Ziggy hasnt displaced him yet! Kind of a red flag IMHO, given Ziggy's physical tools...he must be having a tough time learning his reads?
    Or just that Tomlin chose experience over youth, as seems to be the Steelers mantra more often than not... Yea, it may not be right, but it is also not a knock on Hood unless there is more than us lowly fans know about.....
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    Hood or Eason will start at defensive end against Dolphins

    By Scott Brown, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
    Wednesday, October 20, 2010


    » With defensive end Brett Keisel out for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Nick Eason or Ziggy Hood will take his place in the starting lineup. Eason got the initial nod when Keisel left the Browns game with a hamstring injury. "Both are capable," Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said of Eason and Hood. "Both are going to play."

    » Tomlin appears to be leaning against signing tackle Steve McLendon from the practice squad so the Steelers have six defensive linemen for the 1 p.m. game. McLendon played in two games earlier this season because of injuries to nose tackles Casey Hampton and Chris Hoke. "Six guys is probably more of a requirement in early September than it is in the latter part of October," Tomlin said. "Early on, you worry about conditioning."

    » Tomlin said he is concerned about the heavy workload running back Rashard Mendenhall has shouldered through the first five games. Mendenhall, who is sixth in the NFL with 495 rushing yards, is tied with San Francisco's Frank Gore for the fourth-most carries (116) in the NFL. Mendenhall is on pace for 371 carries, which would be the third highest single-season total in Steelers history. "We had limited options here over the first month of the season," Tomlin said. "Hopefully, as we proceed, we'll find ways to lighten his load." Mendenhall will be limited in practice today, Tomlin said, because of a shoulder contusion.

    » Starting right guard Trai Essex, who is still recovering from a high ankle sprain, is questionable for Sunday's game, Tomlin said. He is expected to practice on a limited basis today.

    » Doug Legursky, who started the last three games at right guard, sustained a sprained knee against the Browns. Tomlin said the injury shouldn't limit him this week.

    TOMLIN'S TAKE

    Steelers coach Mike Tomlin's point of view on:

    Outside linebacker James Harrison saying he likes to hurt though not injure opposing players:

    "James says a lot of things he doesn't necessarily mean. He's a tough talker like a lot of guys that play the game at this level. If you want to get to know James, catch him on a Tuesday when he's walking through the building with his son. He's a big softie."

    Whether Emmanuel Sanders or Antonio Brown will serve as the Steelers' No. 4 wide receiver and kickoff returner Sunday in Miami:

    "We're going to continue to pit those two young men against each other so that we can get the desired results that we want, which is third down conversions like (Sanders) has provided for us, which is quality kick returns like Antonio Brown has provided for us. They're both still growing and developing."

    The Steelers' No. 24 NFL ranking in pass defense:

    "We're not a finished product and we don't even pretend to be. We're a team that's getting better, and hopefully we can win games along the way. We're probably not going to be perfect in Miami, but we better be good enough to win."

    Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Marshall, who had 11 catches for 112 yards while playing for the Broncos against the Steelers last season:

    "There's a lot of big receivers. What makes him unique is his ability to run after the catch. He's got little man's quickness in terms of his ability to drop his weight and change direction. He's got great balance. He's a tough guy to tackle once he catches it."

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    Tomlin has already said that Ziggy has failed to step up.

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    Not looking good for a number one pick not to get the okay when the chance comes. Wasn't Tomlin singing Ziggy praise during camp and pre-season ?
    Hell, I was singing Ziggy's praise during the preseason. What the **** happened he looked good from what I remember. Maybe because he was against the 2nd stringers?

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    Hood, Eason fight nagging injuries

    By Mark Kaboly
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    Thursday, October 21, 2010


    Defensive end Ziggy Hood hasn't lived up to expectations of his No. 1 draft status from 2009 to the point where he can't get on the field ahead of journeyman defensive end Nick Eason. One reason is Hood has been hampered by an ankle injury for a large portion of the regular season. "I got a little nicked up, and it took away from my speed," Hood said. "That's what I bring to the table, but it's getting back to where I need it to be. And I'm getting ready to play." With defensive end Brett Keisel already ruled out of Sunday's game in Miami, Eason or Hood will start at right end. Eason also is hurting from knee and ankle injuries he suffered during last week's game. "It is nothing severe or a situation where I am going to miss any games," Eason said.

    • Trai Essex said his injured ankle that kept him out of the past three games is good enough for him to get back on the field Sunday against Miami. In fact, Essex said he is absolutely going to play against the Dolphins. "I am about 85-90 percent healthy," Essex said. The question remains that if Essex will regain his starting right guard spot that has been filled by Doug Legursky.

    • The Steelers have yet to wear their road white jerseys and that will continue this week. The Dolphins have selected to wear their white jerseys at home, forcing the Steelers to wear their black home shirts in temperatures expected to be in the mid 80s at kickoff. The Steelers will wear their white jerseys for the first time Halloween night in New Orleans.

    • Keisel (hamstring) and James Harrison (personal) missed practice, and Essex was limited. For the Dolphins, running back Lousaka Polite (knee) missed practice, and defensive end Jared Odrick (ankle) was limited.

    Mark Kaboly can be reached at mkaboly@dailynewsemail.com or 412-664-9161.

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