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hawaiiansteel
05-26-2010, 03:18 AM
Big Ben misses another practice

By Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Wednesday, May 26, 2010


• Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who is still awaiting word from the NFL as to when he can resume practicing, missed Tuesday's voluntary practice. Roethlisberger was suspended for violating the league's personal conduct policy. He has not been permitted to practice or train at the team's facility since the suspension. He has missed the past seven practices, including three mandatory workouts.

• Byron Leftwich, who has been taking the first-team snaps in Roethlisberger's absence, said his return has been simplified because of his familiarity with Bruce Arians' offense. "When you like something, you never forget it," said Leftwich, who played with the Steelers in 2008 and returned to the team in a trade last month. "I never forgot B.A.'s offense. Especially when he makes it as easy as he makes it. It makes it a lot easier for me, him having the type of system he has — I know the way he thinks. It makes it easier to pick it up."

• Despite the heat, Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau continued to honor his players by wearing a black No. 98 Casey Hampton jersey yesterday. Last week, LeBeau wore his own number (44) and those of inside linebacker James Farrior (51) and defensive end Aaron Smith (91), two of the oldest veterans of his starting unit. "That's how he shows his love, wearing a guy's jersey," Hampton said. "You've got a Hall of Famer out there wearing your jersey. That's kind of a big deal."

• Three backups — outside linebacker Andre Frazier, strong safety Will Allen and defensive end Ziggy Hood — played with the first-team defense in the absence of starters James Harrison, Troy Polamalu and Aaron Smith. Doug Legursky took first-team reps at center instead of Justin Hartwig, who was in attendance but did not practice. First-round pick Maurkice Pouncey played center with the second team.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... 82899.html (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_682899.html)

LordVile
05-26-2010, 03:33 AM
Big Ben misses another practice

By Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Wednesday, May 26, 2010


• Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who is still awaiting word from the NFL as to when he can resume practicing, missed Tuesday's voluntary practice. Roethlisberger was suspended for violating the league's personal conduct policy. He has not been permitted to practice or train at the team's facility since the suspension. He has missed the past seven practices, including three mandatory workouts.

• Byron Leftwich, who has been taking the first-team snaps in Roethlisberger's absence, said his return has been simplified because of his familiarity with Bruce Arians' offense. "When you like something, you never forget it," said Leftwich, who played with the Steelers in 2008 and returned to the team in a trade last month. "I never forgot B.A.'s offense. Especially when he makes it as easy as he makes it. It makes it a lot easier for me, him having the type of system he has — I know the way he thinks. It makes it easier to pick it up."

• Despite the heat, Steelers defensive coordinator bad word LeBeau continued to honor his players by wearing a black No. 98 Casey Hampton jersey yesterday. Last week, LeBeau wore his own number (44) and those of inside linebacker James Farrior (51) and defensive end Aaron Smith (91), two of the oldest veterans of his starting unit. "That's how he shows his love, wearing a guy's jersey," Hampton said. "You've got a Hall of Famer out there wearing your jersey. That's kind of a big deal."

• Three backups — outside linebacker Andre Frazier, strong safety Will Allen and defensive end Ziggy Hood — played with the first-team defense in the absence of starters James Harrison, Troy Polamalu and Aaron Smith. Doug Legursky took first-team reps at center instead of Justin Hartwig, who was in attendance but did not practice. First-round pick Maurkice Pouncey played center with the second team.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... 82899.html (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_682899.html)

Good. let's get that big boy in there. :Beer

Discipline of Steel
05-26-2010, 06:59 AM
Good, never understood the G talk.

StarSpangledSteeler
05-26-2010, 07:21 AM
Wouldn't it be great if he beat Hartwig out of camp?

Oviedo
05-26-2010, 07:53 AM
Big Ben misses another practice

By Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Wednesday, May 26, 2010


• Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who is still awaiting word from the NFL as to when he can resume practicing, missed Tuesday's voluntary practice. Roethlisberger was suspended for violating the league's personal conduct policy. He has not been permitted to practice or train at the team's facility since the suspension. He has missed the past seven practices, including three mandatory workouts.

• Byron Leftwich, who has been taking the first-team snaps in Roethlisberger's absence, said his return has been simplified because of his familiarity with Bruce Arians' offense. "When you like something, you never forget it," said Leftwich, who played with the Steelers in 2008 and returned to the team in a trade last month. "I never forgot B.A.'s offense. Especially when he makes it as easy as he makes it. It makes it a lot easier for me, him having the type of system he has — I know the way he thinks. It makes it easier to pick it up."

• Despite the heat, Steelers defensive coordinator bad word LeBeau continued to honor his players by wearing a black No. 98 Casey Hampton jersey yesterday. Last week, LeBeau wore his own number (44) and those of inside linebacker James Farrior (51) and defensive end Aaron Smith (91), two of the oldest veterans of his starting unit. "That's how he shows his love, wearing a guy's jersey," Hampton said. "You've got a Hall of Famer out there wearing your jersey. That's kind of a big deal."

• Three backups — outside linebacker Andre Frazier, strong safety Will Allen and defensive end Ziggy Hood — played with the first-team defense in the absence of starters James Harrison, Troy Polamalu and Aaron Smith. Doug Legursky took first-team reps at center instead of Justin Hartwig, who was in attendance but did not practice. First-round pick Maurkice Pouncey played center with the second team.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsbu ... 82899.html (http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/steelers/s_682899.html)

Seems like 2nd Team Center is where everyone is getting looked at yesterday at OTAs


Second-year offensive lineman Kraig Urbik continues to get some work at center. He again lined up there with the second-team offensive line at center

steelblood
05-26-2010, 08:03 AM
I'd love to see pouncey at C and Urbik step up and win the G job. That could really turn us into a good running team.

Oviedo
05-26-2010, 08:14 AM
I'd love to see pouncey at C and Urbik step up and win the G job. That could really turn us into a good running team.

I really think that the future is Pouncey at Center and Urbik at RG (although he has already been identified as a bust by many) but for Urbik to dress on gameday this season he needs to prove he can handle Center. All non starters on the OL under Tomlin seem to have to be able to play two line positions to make the gameday roster.

BradshawsHairdresser
05-27-2010, 09:24 AM
I wonder, if Tomlin had required "position flexiblity" in other areas of the team, how many of our current players would have made it?

For instance, linebackers have to be able to play inside or outside...DL have to be able to play end or tackle...DB's have to be able to play corner or safety...kickers have to be able to punt and placekick...receivers...running backs, etc..

ikestops85
05-27-2010, 11:52 AM
I think we on this board probably have blown the "position flexibility" statement out of proportion. I'm sure if we have a great offensive guard who can't play another position we will keep him over someone who is average but plays multiple positions. Tomlin is NOT stupid ... no matter what some on the board think.

:tt2

Oviedo
05-27-2010, 12:16 PM
I wonder, if Tomlin had required "position flexiblity" in other areas of the team, how many of our current players would have made it?

For instance, linebackers have to be able to play inside or outside...DL have to be able to play end or tackle...DB's have to be able to play corner or safety...kickers have to be able to punt and placekick...receivers...running backs, etc..

Positional flexibility is essential on the OL because you typically only dress 7 OL and 5 start. In case of injury the more position flexibility you have on the the OL the better you are and you don't have to dress as many OL on game day.

That allows you to dress more players at other positions where they typically also play special teams. Few OL play on special teams but you do need WR, DBs and LBs for those units.

hawaiiansteel
05-28-2010, 10:38 PM
well, let's see now...with Hartwig recovering from his shoulder surgery the Steelers have had Legursky, Urbik and now Pouncey playing center.

guess we want to see who has that position flexibility needed to dress on game days.

Polamalubeast
05-29-2010, 11:47 AM
Maurkice Pouncey plays Center with the second team?

BUST ALERT :HeadBanger :roll: :wink:














Is a joke! :P

focosteeler
05-29-2010, 07:37 PM
i hope he can beat hartwig out before the season starts...i just cant see hartwig being able to hold his own against Ngata or Cody week 4

ALLD
05-29-2010, 08:14 PM
I wonder, if Tomlin had required "position flexiblity" in other areas of the team, how many of our current players would have made it?

For instance, linebackers have to be able to play inside or outside...DL have to be able to play end or tackle...DB's have to be able to play corner or safety...kickers have to be able to punt and placekick...receivers...running backs, etc..

Or LB James Harrison is also our backup long snapper. Going to be Hartwig's last season as a Steeler.

Psychoward#86
05-29-2010, 08:24 PM
Legursky playing 1st team center....looks like he's making strides too!

BURGH86STEEL
05-29-2010, 10:44 PM
I think he will end up at guard unless Hartwig can't play. Playing guard for one year may help to make him a better center.

hawaiiansteel
06-02-2010, 07:37 PM
Ben works with first-team offense

By Bob Labriola – Steelers Digest
6-2-2010



If the questions were asked with the future in mind, Mike Tomlin answered them based on the present.

During Day 2 of Ben Roethlisberger’s return to the Steelers’ offseason program, he worked with the first-team offense just as was the case the previous day, but what made this seem a bit more significant was the fact all four quarterbacks participated in Wednesday’s on-field workout. On June 1, Roethlisberger also worked with the first-team offense, but Byron Leftwich was absent that day because of a previous commitment.

So it was not until today that Tomlin’s plan for a division of labor was revealed, and following the session he explained it.

“Because he’s missed opportunities, quite frankly, to work with some of those guys,” said Tomlin when asked why Roethlisberger ran plays with the first-team. “Of course, Byron has been doing it the vast majority of the offseason. Ben’s back in the building, so we put him in the huddle to get acclimated with the guys that he usually works with.”

The Steelers are in the unique position of knowing now that they will be without their starting quarterback at least for the first four games of the regular season, and so Tomlin is blazing a new trail for coaches in terms of dividing work at a critical position.

It long has been a mantra throughout the NFL that every backup is “one play away” from having to come off the sideline and perform on the field, but that typically refers to injuries, and nobody knows when an injury might occur or how severe it might be. This is a situation where the Steelers know who will be missing, and they also have a decent idea of the duration of his absence. For those reasons, planning for it is possible.

For his part, Tomlin said he will work through it in stages.

“As we sit here today, and that’s really all I’m focused on – what we’re doing this week, this section of OTAs – and what we really want to do is give Ben quality reps so he can get re-acclimated and improve and work on his game,” said Tomlin, “and we want to continue to give Dennis Dixon his reps because he is a young guy. When you’re talking about working with four quarterbacks, reps are going to be scarce at some instances. For the purpose of this week, if there’s a reduction it’s going to be at the expense of Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch.”

It was another well-attended OTA session from a media standpoint, and that figures to be the case at least until Roethlisberger addresses the media. When he does, it will be his first public comments since he issued a statement in response to being suspended by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in late April.

“I don’t mind the circus atmosphere because I can’t control it,” said Tomlin. “We’re trying to focus on the things we can control. We recognize as a professional football team that’s trying to be a world championship caliber team that there are certain things that come with being who we are that we have to accept, and we need to stay focused on what it is we are here to do, which is to improve. He will address the media at an appropriate time in the near future and continue to move forward.”

Tomlin made it clear that he sees this situation as a process, and that making a quick pronouncement on Roethlisberger’s demeanor over the last two days serves no purpose.

“It’s less about how we respond to this in the short term, and even further less important what we say about it,” said Tomlin. “It’s more about how we move forward largely in the long term, knowing that Ben has a commitment to being what we desire for him to be and what his team needs him to be, and that’s my focus.”

INJURY UPDATE: Both Hines Ward (hamstring) and Justin Hartwig (shoulder) have been regular attendees of the OTAs, but neither has done much on-field work. “Hines is getting closer and getting better. Justin is as scheduled,” said Tomlin. “Justin’s going to be limited in terms of some of the exposure that his shoulder might get in terms of contact. Of course the emphasis in OTAs is non-contact, but when you are playing in close quarters, things could happen accidentally, and we want to exercise caution in regards to him with that. It also provides an opportunity for some young guys at the position to get quality reps. Doug Legursky has done a nice job at center for us. Maurkice Pouncey is getting some quality work at center. And of course the same can be said at the wide receiver position. Hines is not getting work so it provides opportunities for young guys like Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown to get some work.”

http://www.steelers.com/news/article...f-cf7a592d98a7