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flippy
10-30-2011, 07:34 AM
The conspiracy theorist in me says Ward isn't hurt. This is just an excuse to unleash the offense and get the undefendable trio on the field together.

By the end of the season, no one is going to be able to cover Wallace, Brown, and Sanders. We just need more reps for these guys so come playoff time, Ben's never missing any of them when they're wide open down field.

Mister Pittsburgh
10-30-2011, 11:37 AM
Is Worilds really hurt or will his quad heal up the day Silverback can play?

ROLROC
10-30-2011, 11:48 AM
same with Farrior

SteelBucks
10-30-2011, 11:55 AM
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Pahn711
10-30-2011, 12:06 PM
The conspiracy theorist in me says Ward isn't hurt. This is just an excuse to unleash the offense and get the undefendable trio on the field together.

By the end of the season, no one is going to be able to cover Wallace, Brown, and Sanders. We just need more reps for these guys so come playoff time, Ben's never missing any of them when they're wide open down field.

Wow...why not say the coaches are concerned about Ward saving face so they claim he has an injury instead of benching him? Theres a number of things wrong with that. For one, they don't tend to play three wide all game, so even with Ward out one of those guys will still get less reps. I don't know the distribution of snaps they get, but I'd have to imagine on any serious passing down they are going four wide anyways. Sitting him for that reason also causes them to lose out on one of their best blockers.

Brown and Sanders are getting plenty of reps already, as has been established, this is a passing team now. The real benefactor IMO is Cotchery.

BradshawsHairdresser
10-30-2011, 08:03 PM
Don't think we missed Ward all that much today...although he might have been a good red zone target.

Pahn711
10-30-2011, 08:12 PM
Don't think we missed Ward all that much today...although he might have been a good red zone target.

If you look at it that way, he definitely was missed. What was it, three field goals in the the redzone?

hawaiiansteel
11-01-2011, 02:31 AM
Steelers Notebook: Brown steps in with Ward out

Monday, October 31, 2011
By Ray Fittipaldo, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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The Steelers' Antonio Brown pulls in a pass as he's defended by the Patriots' Brandon Spikes in the third quarter Sunday at Heinz Field.

The Steelers had to play an entire game without veteran receiver Hines Ward for the first time since the 2007 season, but the offense didn't miss a beat against the New England Patriots with Antonio Brown filling in.

Brown, a second-year pro out of Central Michigan, set a career high in receptions for the second consecutive week in the Steelers' 25-17 victory at Heinz Field.

One week after catching seven passes in a victory at Arizona, Brown caught nine passes against the Patriots. He was the main target for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who threw Brown's way a team-high 15 times.

Brown had 67 yards and several key third down conversions on a day when Roethlisberger threw 50 times for 365 yards.

"He's a baller, man," said fellow receiver Mike Wallace, who had seven receptions for 70 yards. "That's all I really need to say. He's a football player. Hines is our leader, but if a man is down the next man has to step up. That's how we do it around here. We expect nothing less around here."

Brown has quickly developed into another dependable threat for Roethlisberger. He is second on the team in receptions (34) and yardage (431), second only to Wallace in both categories.

"It's kind of paying off, but I'm still not where I want to be," Brown said. "I have to see the little things Ben needs me to see and make the plays I need to make."

Roethlisberger sang a similar tune afterward. He said the passing game can be even more explosive if Brown and Emmanuel Sanders develop a deeper understanding of the offense. Sanders had five receptions for 70 yards and has 20 receptions for 243 yards for the season.

"I've said it a thousand times, the sky is the limit for those guys," Roethlisberger said of Brown and Sanders. "We can be as good as we want to be. There are a few things here and there we can clean up. We can be even more dangerous."

Ben streaks on

Roethlisberger threw for 300 yards or more for the 18th time in his career and the third this season. It was the second time in his career he threw for 300 yards in consecutive games (he had 361 against Arizona Oct. 23). He first accomplished the feat in 2006 against Oakland and Denver. It was Roethlisberger's 16th consecutive game with at least 200 yards passing.

Roethlisberger had thrown for much of his yardage before Sunday on big passing plays down the field to Wallace and his other receivers. That was not the case against the Patriots, who forced Roethlisberger to complete short and intermediate passes.

"They were giving us a lot of the underneath stuff," Roethlisberger said. "It felt like they were trying to take away the big plays early."

"We knew they were going to play two deep and make us go all the way down the field," Wallace said.

"We took we what we could get. Our quarterback is smart. He wasn't going to force anything. If everyone was where they needed to be we were going to win the football game."

Big day for Miller

Heath Miller was one catch shy of tying his career high for receptions in a game. Miller finished with seven catches for a team-high 85 yards.

Miller caught six passes in the first half. That ties the most catches in a half for a Steelers tight end since the team started keeping track of that statistic in 1991. Miller and Eric Green share the record.

"Heath is a great football player," Wallace said.

"It's crazy how underrated a football player he is. He's one of the best tight ends in the league. We don't use him as much because we have so many guys, but he's the most consistent guy on the team."

Woodley exits with injury

Linebacker LaMarr Woodley left the game early in the third quarter with a hamstring injury and did not return. It is an injury that could prevent Woodley from playing in Sunday's AFC North showdown against the Ravens, although Woodley attempted to downplay the severity of the injury afterward.

"I'll be good," he said. "I don't know how serious it is. I think I'll be pretty good. I didn't want to mess it more than it already is."

Woodley did plenty of damage in the first half. He sacked Patriots quarterback Tom Brady twice for a total of 21 yards. It was the 16th multiple sack game of his career.

Woodley also became the first Steelers player to register multiple sacks in four consecutive games since the NFL began keeping sacks as an official statistic.

Rookie Chris Carter replaced Woodley. A fifth-round draft choice out of Fresno State, Carter finished with one tackle in his most extensive playing time of the season.

"It was exciting," Carter said. "It [stinks] that I had to get it when someone went down. [Woodley] is a big part of our defense. But at the end of the day someone has to step in and fill the role.

"I did cool. I didn't do perfect. There are some things I need to work on. I just have to keep improving every day. I thought we did a good job as a defense."

Woodley's injury was believed to be the only serious one for the Steelers. Offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle) and cornerbacks Ike Taylor (shoulder) and Keenan Lewis (shoulder) sustained injuries, but came back to finish the game.

Woodland Hills matchup

Steelers safety Ryan Mundy and Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, a couple of Woodland Hills High School graduates, were matched against one another in a few of the critical plays of the game.

Mundy, a 2003 Woodland Hills grad, made a big hit on Gronkowski at the goal line with 4:15 left, preventing a touchdown. Gronkowski thought he had crossed the goal line for the score, but officials said he was stopped short at the 1.

"Yeah, I was in," Gronkowski said. "But we didn't get the call and you have to move on. And we couldn't waste a timeout. Had to accept the call and move forward."

Had the Patriots challenged the ruling and lost, they would have forfeited a timeout.

"I thought about it [challenge], but there was no evidence to challenge it," Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. "I certainly couldn't see it from my angle and they replayed it in the box. There was nothing to tell us."

New England scored its second touchdown two minutes later.

The Steelers did a much better job of defending Gronkoswki than they did last season, when he had five catches for 72 yards and three touchdowns.

Welker shut down

The Steelers held Patriots star wide receiver Wes Welker in check Sunday, holding him to just six catches for 39 yards.

Welker, who came into the game with 51 catches for 785 yards and six touchdowns, said the Steelers gave them a different look on pass defense.

"They played a lot of man coverage," he said. "And they did a good job all the way around."

Inactives

The Steelers' inactives were quarterback Dennis Dixon, linebackers James Farrior, James Harrison and Jason Worilds, offensive lineman Doug Legursky, nose tackle Chris Hoke and Ward.

The Patriots' inactives were quarterback Ryan Mallett, receiver Julian Edelman, linebackers Dane Fletcher and Jermaine Cunningham, safety Josh Barrett, running back Shane Vereen and offensive lineman Donald Thomas.

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aggiebones
11-01-2011, 10:02 AM
Ward has done well this year and is a good asset to have. The young guns are certainly all progressing. But Sanders has been gimpy early, Wallace gimpy recently. We play 4 and Ward will continue to be a 3rd down asset.
Let's not forget that the Pats have a ****e D. Against better teams, we might need Wards ability to find the pockets of space on 3rd down to secure games.
I know everyone loves the new flavors, but vanilla is pretty good.

RuthlessBurgher
11-01-2011, 10:12 AM
"I did cool. I didn't do perfect."

I don't think I've ever heard anyone analyze a performance by saying "I did cool." I'm not even sure what that is supposed to mean. He definitely didn't "do perfect" in English class.

7 UP
11-01-2011, 10:15 AM
Don't think we missed Ward all that much today...although he might have been a good red zone target.

Im a little surprised they didnt use Cotchery in that role. With his size, and reliable hands, he could be a huge red zone threat for us.

Shawn
11-01-2011, 10:28 AM
I must admit Flippy...this crossed my mind as well. I think the problem with that theory is selling Ward on faking an injury.

Scarletfire1970
11-01-2011, 11:14 AM
No way Ward fakes an injury. I don't even know how that conversation would go: "Hines, you suck and the young guys are better then you are so take one for the team and pretend you are hurt so we don't have to bench you"

Yeah, Hines would go for that. lol.

Slapstick
11-01-2011, 11:31 AM
Personally, I think that Ward will use the elevated play of the "Bugatti Boys" as further motivation to elevate his own play...he always plays his best with a chip on his shoulder...

Out of the Steelers top 5 receivers (Wallace, Ward, Brown, Miller and Sanders) only one of them has a multiple TD game...

Pahn711
11-01-2011, 12:12 PM
Ward has done well this year and is a good asset to have. The young guns are certainly all progressing. But Sanders has been gimpy early, Wallace gimpy recently. We play 4 and Ward will continue to be a 3rd down asset.


Gimpy? For real? How so?

RuthlessBurgher
11-01-2011, 01:37 PM
Ward has done well this year and is a good asset to have. The young guns are certainly all progressing. But Sanders has been gimpy early, Wallace gimpy recently. We play 4 and Ward will continue to be a 3rd down asset.


Gimpy? For real? How so?

Wallace has been on the injury report each of the last two weeks with hamstring issues. But it wasn't severe enough to prevent him from playing in either game, obviously.

Pahn711
11-01-2011, 03:46 PM
Ward has done well this year and is a good asset to have. The young guns are certainly all progressing. But Sanders has been gimpy early, Wallace gimpy recently. We play 4 and Ward will continue to be a 3rd down asset.


Gimpy? For real? How so?

Wallace has been on the injury report each of the last two weeks with hamstring issues. But it wasn't severe enough to prevent him from playing in either game, obviously.

It also wasn't enough to prevent him (or Sanders/Brown) from having big games, so I don't understand that comment at all.