Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Mike Tomlin Weekly Press Conference

We were able to listen to Mike Tomlin's weekly press conference on ESPN 1250, and here are some of the highlights:

  • Willie Parker has a sublaxation of the shoulder [this is in direct contradiction to a couple of media reports], but is scheduled to practice this week. The injury is similar to the one that Ryan Clark suffered earlier in the season.

  • Marvel Smith is scheduled to practice this week, but has to show that he is ready "technically" before he returns to the starting lineup.

  • Health Miller "is questionable at best."

  • Bryant McFadden is out; but it is hoped that he will return "soon."

  • Deshea Townsend is out

  • LaMarr Woodley is scheduled to practice this week
Player Personnel Move

In an effort to add depth the Steelers have signed Fernando Bryant, a former Jacksonville Jaguars and Detroit Lions.

Upcoming Opponent
  • The San Diego Chargers "have some weapons."

  • Because of their size and strength the Chargers' wide receivers "create matchup issues on the perimeter," and are "legitimate weapons."

  • Antonio Gates (TE) is "the best route runner, at the position, in the league."

  • On defense, Jamal Williams "is the man in the middle," and "it all begins with him."

  • The San Diego corners ~ Antonio Cromartie and Quentin Jammer ~ are among the very best iin the league.

  • San Diego's special teams "are the best in the world."
Last Week's Game
  • The pass play called near the end of the first half (i.e. the pass that was intercepted) came from the sideline and was approved by Mr. Tomlin.

  • Ben Roethlisberger did not turn in a "winning performance" on Sunday; and he should benefit from a full schedule of practice; as will the "timing and cohesion" between the quarterback and receivers.

  • Nobody on the offensive line "is performing great."

  • Mr. Tomlin indicated that, because of its inability to consistently run the football, the Steelers' offense "lacks an identity."

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