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10-08-2010, 12:32 AM
Tomlin pleased with Roethlisberger's progress in practice
By John Harris, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Friday, October 8, 2010
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›› Coach Mike Tomlin said Thursday he was pleased with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger's first three practices since returning from a four-game suspension. Next, Tomlin is anxious to see how Roethlisberger, who hasn't seen regular-season action since the final game of last season, performs Oct. 17 against Cleveland at Heinz Field. "He looks sharp. Looks good. No doubt, he's taken advantage of his time away from us," Tomlin said following the final practice of the week. "Of course, what he's done with that time ultimately is going to be measured in how he performs. Practices are one thing. Playing is another."
›› Nose tackle Chris Hoke (knee) and guard Trai Essex (ankle) missed another week of practice. However, both players could return for the Browns game. "Based on the information I have right now, both guys have a chance to play next weekend," Tomlin said. Hoke said he plans to practice Monday.
›› This is the earliest bye week for the Steelers since Tomlin took over in 2007. As a result, practices emphasized providing work to younger players and giving more rest to "senior" veterans, according to Tomlin. "I mentioned to the team the bye week is coming at a very early portion of the season," Tomlin said. ''We probably would have addressed it differently had this bye week occurred a month from now. (The set up was) very much like a mini-camp."
›› The Steelers are 2-1 under Tomlin in their first game following the bye. "Bye weeks are measured with how you come out of them," Tomlin said. "We have a big game next week."
10-08-2010, 12:37 AM
A productive week of practice
By Teresa Varley - Steelers.com
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The Steelers wrapped up their bye week practices on Thursday and Coach Mike Tomlin was pleased with what was accomplished, including getting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger back in sync with the offense.
“He looked sharp. He looked good,” said Tomlin. “No question that he has taken advantage of his time away from us. He has utilized it and continued to prepare himself. What he has done with that time ultimately is going to measure in how he performs. He understands that, we understand that and we will push forward to next week with that understanding.”
Tomlin did say that the Roethlisberger getting back into action is still a work in progress, and the full results won’t be seen until the team takes the field against the Cleveland Browns on Oct. 17.
“I think we are in the midst of it,” said Tomlin. “Practicing is one thing and playing is another. So we will see how that goes.”
The extra practices also allowed Tomlin to give some of the younger players extra work, something that will come in handy as the season rolls on.
“The younger guys, guys who are still in need of growth and development as professionals were provided work opportunities,” said Tomlin. “Guys like Keenan Lewis and Crezdon Butler, pitted against Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders, those are some of the highlights. But we have a lot of young guys and like I mentioned to our team this week, the bye is coming in early portion of the season. It is important that we took advantage of it in the proper manner and probably address it differently had this bye occurred from a month from now.”
Practices were handled in a similar fashion as they are during mini-camp, with just working on their own game as opposed to preparing for the Browns.
“It was primarily Steelers vs. Steelers,” said Tomlin. “We didn’t want to have anybody working off of cards and things of that nature. We wanted to use our language, our assignments, and the details of our assignments so guys can grow and we can evaluate them.
“It’s very similar in structure (to mini-camp) in terms of not only what we did from a competitive standpoint but in the utilization of individual time, the skill development things that guys do regarding positions prior to the competition.”
And for the coaches, with practices ending early and no meetings afterwards, it allowed them time to work on some extra things.
“We do the normal things that you do during the bye week in terms of self-scouting, evaluation, making sure that you are utilizing personal properly, that you do things that play to your strength and do things that minimize your weaknesses,” said Tomlin.
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While many of the players will get away from football for the weekend, it will still be in the forefront for Tomlin.
“I don’t get away from it. I don’t desire to,” said Tomlin. “I love my job and I enjoy the challenges that it presents. I’ve got some husband and father duties that come with the bye weekend, but given the opportunity I am going to enjoy doing what I enjoy doing, which is football. I will be watching some football just like everyone else and probably working a little bit in terms of preparing for next weekend.”
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The bye week was a time to heal for several players, including nose tackle Chris Hoke and guard Trai Essex.
“We will play it by ear,” said Tomlin of their availability for the Browns game. “I think everyone and those two guys specifically have a chance to play next weekend. Their level of participation in the week leading up will be determined based on how they feel. Based on the information I have right now, both guys have a chance to play next weekend.”
10-08-2010, 12:52 AM
On the Steelers: Roethlisberger 'sharp'
Friday, October 08, 2010
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Physically and mentally, Ben Roethlisberger looked "sharp" in his first week back in practice with the Steelers, according to coach Mike Tomlin.
Now comes the next test, playing in his first real game since he helped the Steelers beat the Dolphins in Miami Jan. 3.
"He looked good," Tomlin said Thursday after the conclusion of the team's off week. "No question that he has taken advantage of his down time or time away from us. He has utilized it and continued to prepare himself.
"Of course, what he has done with that time ultimately is going to measure in how he performs. He understands that, we understand that and we will push forward to next week with that understanding."
Tomlin did not let up during his team's off week, as he did last year when he held just one practice. But then, last season, the Steelers hit their open week on a roll, four consecutive victories to go 5-2. They followed their off week with a victory in Denver to go 6-2.
The Steelers lost Sunday at home to Baltimore, 17-14, to run their record to 3-1 and a tie for first place in the AFC North.
During a normal week with a game on Sunday, the Steelers practice three days, and that is what Tomlin put them through this week with full practices Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The only concession he made was to give his seniors a rest. Five of them did not practice -- quarterback Charlie Batch, defensive end Aaron Smith, wide receiver Hines Ward, linebacker James Farrior and tackle Flozell Adams.
Tomlin also mixed things up by having the first teams practice against each other and by pitting some young players against one another.
"Guys like Keenan Lewis and Crezdon Butler, pitted against Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders, those are some of the highlights," Tomlin said. "But we have a lot of young guys and of course, like I mentioned to our team this week, the bye is coming in the early portion of the season. So it is important that we took advantage of it in the proper manner and probably address it differently then had this bye occurred a month from now."
Tomlin said he took no satisfaction from his team's 3-1 record through the first quarter of the season even though they were without their first two quarterbacks, Roethlisberger and Byron Leftwich. Leftwich had been slated to start the season but has not played because he sprained the MCL in his left knee Sept. 2, the final preseason game.
"I don't measure it in that way," Tomlin said. "I don't measure it quarterly or anything of that nature. I know what you mean, it's just that we are on a journey and I am not going to analyze it, I am going to live it. The things that we do we understand are going to determine how it unfolds, so I am going to keep my head down."
Tomlin must decide who now will be his No. 2 quarterback. Batch started the past two games and played three-fourths of the second game after Dennis Dixon was injured. Dixon had surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus and was placed on injured reserve, ending his season.
Leftwich has been the No. 2 quarterback the past two games but has not played and still wears a brace on his left knee.
The transition with Roethlisberger went well this week, both in their clubhouse and on the field. But, as Tomlin noted: "Practicing is one thing and playing is another. So I think his quote-unquote transition, I think when you ask that question you are talking about playing and we have yet to play. So we will see how that goes."
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