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    Quote Originally Posted by steelz09 View Post
    Here's an ALARMING statistic. Clark had more tackles than Chris Carter, Lawrence Timmons, LaMarr Woodley, and Larry Foote COMBINED
    In the first quarter, Luck dropped back to pass 13 times and handed the ball off 4 times. That might have something to do with that statistic. Those 4 first quarter runs gained them a grand total of 6 yards, too, so it's not exactly an indictment on the prowess of our linebackers in the run game (Brown runs for 4 yards and is tackled by Keisel & McLendon, Brown runs for 1 yard and is tackled by Clark & Woodley, Ballard runs for 3 yards and is tackled by Hood & Foote, and Ballard gets thrown for a 2 yard loss when he is tackled by Timmons & McLendon).

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    Quote Originally Posted by RuthlessBurgher View Post
    In the first quarter, Luck dropped back to pass 13 times and handed the ball off 4 times. That might have something to do with that statistic. Those 4 first quarter runs gained them a grand total of 6 yards, too, so it's not exactly an indictment on the prowess of our linebackers in the run game (Brown runs for 4 yards and is tackled by Keisel & McLendon, Brown runs for 1 yard and is tackled by Clark & Woodley, Ballard runs for 3 yards and is tackled by Hood & Foote, and Ballard gets thrown for a 2 yard loss when he is tackled by Timmons & McLendon).
    I seem to recall the LBs playing after the 1st quarter.

    And I don't think it's just this game either... it's a trend and it's been a trend. Look at Clarks tackle statistics from last year. Why in the world is a Free Safety having to come up and make all those tackles? He's the furthest guy from the LOS on a play-by-play basis. Yes, playing "center field" gives you the best vision of a particular play's development but still.... I think there is an obvious problem when you're free safety is making significantly more tackles than your ILBs especially in a 3-4 scheme.

    Just because it's a pass play doesn't mean the FS should be making all of these tackles. In many situations, the CB should already have tackled the WR before the FS even arrives. You could be talking 5+ targets (between WRs, TEs, RBs). Are the CBs, and LBs missing tackles after a completion causing Clark to have make these tackles in addition to his run support?

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    Troy was a non-factor in both run and pass defenses for the most part. I don't think the 1st teamers were giving it all they got... and there is no reason for them to do so.

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    Outspoken veteran Steelers safety Clark vows to tone it down

    By Mark Kaboly
    Published: Tuesday, August 21, 2012



    Steelers saftey Ryan Clark during practice at St. Vincent College Aug. 2012

    Steelers safety Ryan Clark made some inflammatory statements last year that he believed ultimately hurt the Steelers.

    About NFL commissioner Roger Goodell: “I don’t know if he had some type of high school dreams or Pop Warner dreams of being an NFL football player, but he’s made himself the NFL. He is the most popular — or infamous — commissioner in sports right now, you know?”

    About getting fined for what he thought was a clean hit: “It’s going to turn into, if you are going to fine me $40,000, I might as well put him to sleep for real or I might as well blow his knee out.”

    About the Steelers not signing off on the new CBA: “A big issue, for us, especially, as a team, is Roger Goodell ... being judge, jury and appeals system.”

    Ryan Clark is outspoken, opinionated and, sometimes to a fault, brutally honest.

    It’s a combination that tends to rub people the wrong way, and Clark has been fine with that stigma.

    But when being forthright starts to affect the way your team is viewed and the perception of the organization, it’s time for a change.

    Following a year in which Clark routinely denounced NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (referring to him as Roger in an admitted sign of disrespect) and was seemingly involved in a daily war-of-words with somebody, the veteran Steelers’ safety is going quiet — all for the greater good of the team.

    “Some of the attention that you draw when the statements you make are against the people who make the rules, I think it makes it harder on your team,” Clark said. “When it starts to affect the way your team is viewed, when it starts affecting the perception of your organization, you have to look at it and understand the greater good.”

    The Steelers have been at the forefront of a number of hot-button topics over the past two years, from illegal hits to fines to suspensions.

    They’ve spoken out about their dissatisfaction with Goodell and more than a dozen fines levied against them last year for nearly $200,000, including Clark’s record-setting $40,000 fine in November.

    The Steelers were the only team that didn’t vote in favor of the new collective bargaining agreement last August, citing Goodell would have too much power when it came to disciplinary actions.

    They even questioned their own leader — NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith.

    “The perception of our team was starting to be tainted,” Clark said. “It went from us being hard-nosed, tough football players to maybe being dirty and not really caring about rules. That wasn’t the case; It was that you were feeling that you were mistreated.”

    The realization that the organization was being viewed in a negative light was a big factor for Clark’s sudden change of philosophy.

    “I think image is important for a lot of things, especially in the entertainment industry,” said Troy Polamalu, who Clark had a conversation with about toning it down this year.

    Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said Clark’s decision of not lashing out this year was not mandated by the organization.

    “We believe that players are entitled to their opinions, but we try to give them guidelines as the best way to go about it for themselves and the organization,” Colbert said. “We encourage them to handle their business in a professional manner because it is a part of their job.”

    Clark has never been disciplined by the league or the organization for what he’s said publicly, but he has had to repeatedly defend himself, mostly after critical social media posts.

    Clark tweeted about the Saints bounties and the “snitches” that turned them in, how “nobody” wanted to sign with the Dolphins because general manager Jeff Ireland is “not a good guy making decisions” and boasted about the New England’s Super Bowl XLVI loss to the N.Y. Giants when he tweeted “0-2 post spy gate!”

    And then there was that public feud between Clark and ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless this spring on “First Take.”

    “As players, we are expected to be muted soldiers,” guard Willie Colon said. “They want us to play and not complain and not have opinions and not express emotions. I have never had problems with what he said because when he would lash out, I always can count him talking with an educated mindset.”

    Clark found himself being the sounding board on not only issues involving the Steelers, but those involving other teams. That’s when he realized it had gone too far.

    “We were starting to fight other people’s battles,” Clark said. “Any time a hit came up, they asked us and we would go off about the commissioner … and that wasn’t helping us out at all.”

    Clark, who signed with the Steelers in 2006, knows the end of his career isn’t far off. He will turn 33 in October and has two years left on his contract — two years, he said, he would like to enjoy alongside Polamalu rather than being outspoken against the commissioner.

    “I want to focus on football,” Clark said. “Our time to win a championship is winding down so I want to put all my focus into that. But I am (still) going to give my opinion.

    “There is no situation where I said I am going to shut up. I am going to be me, I am going to speak out and be honest.”

    http://triblive.com/sports/2420896-8...nfl-perception

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    Quote Originally Posted by hawaiiansteel View Post
    I highly doubt that Eric Reid will still be available with the 32nd pick in the 1st round
    Very good chance. There are some really good safeties coming out next year. Bacarri Rambo, T.J. McDonald, Robert Lester, Kenny Vacarro, etc. I have seen all of those guys projected as first round picks. I love Bacarri Rambo, but he did have a dirty test for marijuana earlier this year. He's a flat out ball hawk.
    Steelers 2014 Draft

    1-Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State
    2-Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt
    3-Jordan Tripp ILB/OLB Montana
    4-Christian Jones ILB Florida State
    5-Brent Urban DE Virginia
    5-Michael Schofield OG/OT Michigan
    6-Kadeem Edwards OG Tennessee State
    6-Ben Gardner DE Stanford
    7-Aaron Colvin CB Oklahoma

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    Steelers safety Ryan Clark made some inflammatory statements last year that he believed ultimately hurt the Steelers.

    Ryan Clark is outspoken, opinionated and, sometimes to a fault, brutally honest.

    It’s a combination that tends to rub people the wrong way, and Clark has been fine with that stigma.

    But when being forthright starts to affect the way your team is viewed and the perception of the organization, it’s time for a change.

    Following a year in which Clark routinely denounced NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (referring to him as Roger in an admitted sign of disrespect) and was seemingly involved in a daily war-of-words with somebody, the veteran Steelers’ safety is going quiet — all for the greater good of the team.
    Good thing. We need a safety bad, not a bad safety.

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