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Woodley thinks Pats and Bengals will "lay down" to keep Steelers out

At a time when Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco claims that coach Marvin Lewis has said the team will go all out on Sunday in an effort to beat the Jets, others think that the Bengals will be tempted to go easy on the Jets, since a win by New York will help keep the defending Super Bowl champs from defending their Super Bowl title.

Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley believes that Patriots and the Bengals will “lay down” against the Texans and Jets, respectively, in the hopes of keeping the Steelers out of the tournament.

“Cincinnati is probably going to go into New York and lay down for the
Jets and not play them hard, just because they don’t want to see
Pittsburgh in it, because they know if we get into the playoffs, we’re
a dangerous team
,” Woodley said after practice on Wednesday, according to WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh.

“All of them will
lay down.  No one wants to see Pittsburgh in it.  That’s just how it is,” Woodley explained.  “Like I
said, everybody knows that we’re a dangerous team once we get into the
playoffs.  No matter how we played throughout the whole year, once we
get in the playoffs, Pittsburgh Steelers is a playoff team.”

Woodley isn’t the only one who thinks that teams are tanking it against the likes of the Jets in order to keep the Steelers out.  Several league and media insiders have expressed to us strong suspicion that the Colts’ real reason for yanking starters against the Jets on Sunday was to let the Jets into the postseason field, in the hopes of slamming the door on the Steelers, who went into Indy and beat the 14-2 Colts in the 2005 divisional round.

One Steelers source doesn’t think the Colts care.

“Our secondary would seem pretty inviting to [Peyton] Manning,” the source said.

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98 Responses to “Woodley thinks Pats and Bengals will "lay down" to keep Steelers out”
  1. Ken1313 says: Dec 30, 2009 7:33 PM

    Yep….must be true if a Steeler says it….right. Cuz everyone is scared to death of an 8-7 team with no pass defense …….yrp….must be true. Unreal
    Woodley…Take your anger out on the Colts for laying down…or your own team for laying down against really bad teams…but keep your moronic conspiracy inside your head where they belong. God knows there’s enough empty space up there

  2. ppdoc13 says: Dec 30, 2009 7:36 PM

    If the $hitsburg Squealers hadn’t tanked it in Oakland, Cleveland and KC it wouldn’t be an issue. Headly LaMarr ought to be more concerned with how lousy the “NFL” champions played this year than if the other teams already in the playoffs are trying to keep the Squealers from having fun in the postseason.

  3. Bob S. says: Dec 30, 2009 7:36 PM

    PFT
    Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley believes that Patriots and the Bengals will “lay
    down” against the Texans and Jets, respectively, in the hopes of keeping the Steelers out
    of the tournament.
    Woodley isn’t the only one who thinks that teams are tanking it against the likes of the
    Jets in order to keep the Steelers out. Several league and media insiders have expressed
    to us strong suspicion that the Colts’ real reason for yanking starters against the Jets on
    Sunday was to let the Jets into the postseason field, in the hopes of slamming the door
    on the Steelers, who went into Indy and beat the 14-2 Colts in the 2005 divisional round.
    ———————-
    There you go, the slippery slope of Goodell allowing this tanking of games to go on year
    after year.
    for the integrity of the sport and this is a slippery slope, if you are allowed to not try for
    that reason of “resting stars” how about for any other reason that of course you wont disclose? and i repeat it affects other teams entire wasted year because of a FIXED GAME and that is what it is if you by not trying your best to win are in effect TRYING TO LOSE. and since you might be close friends with the coach, the owner the gm of another team you take THAT into consideration.
    and what about the other players on your team?
    1- what you think i’m garbage and it’s ok if i get injured?
    2- if the team isnt using the best players to try to win why should i play my guts out and
    risk injury?
    3- team concept- oh, so he is more valuable than me?
    4- a free agent to be in the spring why should i be out there i might get injured and ruin
    my only chance i’ll ever get again to make real money.
    tom coughlin in a nothing game for the giants in week 16 two years ago played everyone
    hard why? to try to knock off the patriots from being 16-0. the patriots at 15-0 tried with
    all of the players.
    did it stop those teams from reaching the super bowl?
    i repeat you cant have teams tank games – it damages the sport and the longer you watch
    sports you will eventually think the same way.

  4. JimmySmith says: Dec 30, 2009 7:39 PM

    Woodley needs to understand that no one cares what he thinks. He will have all off season to think of even more stupid stuff.

  5. hardtolikedabears says: Dec 30, 2009 7:42 PM

    The Steelers are annoying….Cowboys too. Uhh ohh….I need to lock my doors and bar my windows ’cause I have wrongly offended the proud fan base….snicker snicker.

  6. howiseeit says: Dec 30, 2009 7:42 PM

    Ken,
    I agree. The Colts are one of the best passing teams in the NFL and the Steelers, although traditionally very good against the pass, are middle of the pack this year. Why in the world would they not want to play those guys? Now if a loss kept SD off the Colt’s radar then maybe the conspiracy theory would have some weight. Otherwise, it seems ridiculous.
    But then maybe Woodley is trying some form of psychology on the Colts hoping that his challenge pisses them off and they in turn will try harder to win. If so, it won’t work. The Colts historically don’t play their starters in the final week unless it means something. This year they have nothing left to prove in the regular season…undefeated season ruined last week and the number 1 seed is in the bag.
    Psychology won’t work on the Bengals — they hate the Steelers and probably would love to see them miss the playoffs.

  7. Deb says: Dec 30, 2009 7:42 PM

    I love Woodley, but he should just be quiet and focus on the Dolphins. If we don’t beat the Dolphins, none of this matters and he’ll feel pretty silly about these comments. As for the Pats and Bengals, let’s wait and see what they do before we moan about what they’re doing. And if the Colts’ decision-makers gave up a chance to run the table just for the possibility of keeping Pittsburgh out of the playoffs, then they’re even stupider than I think they are–which would make them pretty doggone stupid.

  8. blackglass says: Dec 30, 2009 7:43 PM

    Um, I highly doubt the Patriots are afraid of the Steelers. Anyone remember the last time the Steelers beat the Pats in the post season? Yeah, the 1997 season playoffs. If anything, the Patriots WANT the Steelers as thier first opponent.
    Remember that “Bernanrd Pollard Fan Club” t-shirt? Karma. Keep it classy, you Pittsburgh jerkoffs.

  9. BillsFan27 says: Dec 30, 2009 7:45 PM

    Two things come to mind:
    First, someone should tell Woodley that reverse psychology only works on kids and animals – but then again, it seems someone has already reached him, so…
    Second, if the Steelers wouldn’t have dumped a load all over themselves this season they wouldn’t be on the outside looking in – worried that the Pats and Bengals might lay down.
    Whether or not the teams do tank it, it won’t be out of fear of the Steelers, it’ll be because they’re getting ready for the Colts and Chargers and the other “playoff” teams.

  10. kennethnoisewater says: Dec 30, 2009 7:47 PM

    Hey LaMarr, here’s a novel concept…. how about you beat the Chiefs, Raiders, or Browns, and you wouldn’t have to worry about this. But no, you didn’t….. sucks to suck.

  11. Chapnasty2 says: Dec 30, 2009 7:47 PM

    Mr. Woodley,
    No one fears Pittsburgh this year my friend.

  12. shawnc16 says: Dec 30, 2009 7:51 PM

    Hey the Steelers laid down for 5 straight weeks to keep themselves out of the playoffs why shouldn’t other teams get a chance to do so.
    Even Steeler fans should admit in the last 7 weeks the steelers have only looked dangerous in the Green Bay game. They didn’t look dangerous enough to scare anybody against Baltimore at home last week. I’m not saying that can’t get better, but not much about their recent play is scary.

  13. Kaz says: Dec 30, 2009 7:52 PM

    Ain’t nobody thinking about the Steelers. We’ve smacked them around twice this year and have no problem doing it again. Heck. So did KC, Cleveland, Oakland, and the Bears.
    The more I think about it someone needs to let the Steelers in. Silly Woodley, why spend your week thinking about the Bengals and Pats? It’s nice to know you do tho.

  14. thehoodedone says: Dec 30, 2009 7:52 PM

    Larry Foote thinks that everyone laid down for the Vikings and Packers cause no one wanted to see the Lions in the playoffs. @Bob S. I’m certain you were one of he people saying it would serve them right if Brady got hurt in that game. You earn the right to rest your players by winning. Not by losing to the Browns.

  15. Bob S. says: Dec 30, 2009 7:53 PM

    BillsFan27 says:
    First, someone should tell Woodley that reverse psychology only works on kids and animals

    not even the point!
    he’s right! they are tanking i mean fixing games for whatever reason they choose not the bs reasons(rest manning who never missed a start in his career, is less sacked than any qb in history AND is perfectly sound) they say and theyve been doing for years under goodell and even with tagliabue as well
    it ruins the integrity of the game AND of the standings AND of the playoffs because of it AND the super bowl!

  16. Snowman2008 says: Dec 30, 2009 7:53 PM

    Bengals won’t need to lay down. Jets will beat them outright.
    Numero uno in the NFL in defense. Playing in NJ. Win and in the playoffs.
    The Stripes will be lucky to score a point.

  17. J_Dean says: Dec 30, 2009 7:57 PM

    Yep – That’s it! All teams will lie down for one reason and one reason only: To keep the most over hyped and over glamorized teams in the NFL from going to the playoffs.
    Now we know what the other thumb is for: To stick up your a$$ Woodley!
    Maybe if you “unleashed” that “hell” your coach promised you wouldn’t be looking up at everyone’s ass right now. Sure hurts to be a looser! Lets see how many bandwagon fans jump off after one poor season.
    Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!

  18. cincybkat says: Dec 30, 2009 7:59 PM

    “Like I said, everybody knows that we’re a dangerous team once we get into the playoffs. No matter how we played throughout the whole year, once we get in the playoffs, Pittsburgh Steelers is a playoff team.”
    Whats dangerous is a grown man that cant speak English. What IS you going to do Lamar while the Bengals are playing next weekend and you are not???

  19. tjacks7 says: Dec 30, 2009 8:00 PM

    “Once we get in the playoffs, Pittsburgh Steelers is a playoff team.”
    Really Woodley? Who would have guessed?

  20. Ken1313 says: Dec 30, 2009 8:11 PM

    The Patriots have legitimate injuries and players who could use some time to heal……….that said…..they STILL won’t tank it. They may opt to sit out some players after 2-3 quarters, but there is a huge difference between resting injured players for a game the following week….and sitting out healthy players in the NEXT to Last game of the season for no reason other than the GM ordered it.
    Woodley is just grasping at straws….and again…..his own teams lackluster play is to blame….not other teams

  21. gforce89 says: Dec 30, 2009 8:14 PM

    Dear LaMarr Woodley,
    B-O-O, H-O-O!
    We feel so bad for you and the refs that you might not make the playoffs!

  22. slipkid says: Dec 30, 2009 8:15 PM

    the steeler offense is dangerous. currently the steeler defense is only dangerous to itself.
    woodley is a playground wanna-be bully. he is acting tough because he knows he doesnt have proof they belong or a chance.

  23. Vox's Mommy says: Dec 30, 2009 8:15 PM

    God Woodley, If the Steelers would have won against either KC, Oakland, or the Browns we wouldn’t be worried about this at all. AT ALL. It’s a damn shame you couldn’t step up when you absolutely needed to against HORRIBLE teams. He has no right to be talking trash right now.
    Having said that….
    People seem to forget that IF, big IF, we do get in, Polamalu WILL play. We have won every game Polamalu has played in this year except Cincinnati (a game in which he left in the 1st qtr due to injury). That fact is NOT a coincidence. Just saying….
    I think people would rather play the Jets than the Steelers. Love ’em or hate ’em….you know it….

  24. chunky soupy sales says: Dec 30, 2009 8:16 PM

    Apparently Pittsburgh is another team who doesn’t want Pittsburgh in the playoffs.
    I mean those guys lost to Cleveland, KC AND the Raiders trying to keep Pittsburgh out of the play-offs.
    Go Go Team Danger!!!

  25. Deb says: Dec 30, 2009 8:18 PM

    @cincybkat …
    There are apostrophes in “what’s” and “can’t.”
    Before you ridicule someone else for not being able to speak English, perhaps you should learn to write English.

  26. trickbunny says: Dec 30, 2009 8:19 PM

    Oh, I get it, LaMarr. If the Bungholes and the Pats win, you get to go to the playoffs- and that’s a good thing for you.
    If the Bungholes and Pats lose, it will diminish their “manhood” because YOU have implied that the losses would be because they laid down…. So they’ll fight extra hard to win the game to prove you wrong- and then you’ll be in the playoffs- and that’s a good thing for you.
    Oooooh, psychology!

  27. chunky soupy sales says: Dec 30, 2009 8:20 PM

    “once we get in the playoffs, Pittsburgh Steelers is a playoff team.”
    Lawlz.
    This is right up there with James Harrison saying that had they lost the Super Bowl, they would not have been invited to the White House.
    They don’t pay em for their brains.

  28. Chapnasty2 says: Dec 30, 2009 8:24 PM

    @ vox’s mommy
    Didnt Polo-need-a-haircut play like 3 games?

  29. kazkal says: Dec 30, 2009 8:30 PM

    Woodley forget the bengals already beat you twice,Oh would you like a 3rd bitch slap okay then.

  30. savagenation says: Dec 30, 2009 8:31 PM

    Really? How can u tell when the Bungals are laying down anyway?

  31. SkeeterK says: Dec 30, 2009 8:31 PM

    I think Woodley and Steelers lay down against Browns, Chiefs and/or Raiders to keep Steelers out.

  32. Ralphie says: Dec 30, 2009 8:37 PM

    Steeler fanboys are gonna look pretty phucin stupid next week if Pitt doesn’t get into the playoffs and they start blaming other teams for not “winning for them” in week 16 for ruining their fine 09 campaign. Forget about all the games they should have won this season so there wouldn’t even be an argument (but they choked on). Pathetic.
    To also say Cincinnati does not want to face them is also stupid seein’ they beat them twice this year. Headly Lamarr is as dumb as a bag of hammers.

  33. magsdad1 says: Dec 30, 2009 8:39 PM

    If that is really the reason that the Colts laid down, then what little respect I had for the organization is gone.

  34. BradyGazelle says: Dec 30, 2009 8:41 PM

    Like the Colts or Patriots are the least bit worried about the Steelers. It sounds like Woodley is as delusional as all of the Steelers fans.

  35. East Bay Ray says: Dec 30, 2009 8:43 PM

    It is this kind of arrogance displayed by Woodley here that has led to the Steelers downfall this season. What he says is the very definition of resting on one’s laurels. Hey, Woodley, your ring from last year doesn’t mean jack right now!

  36. Chapnasty2 says: Dec 30, 2009 8:43 PM

    @ Deb
    Wonderful “touche'” thrown

  37. sturmunddrang47 says: Dec 30, 2009 8:43 PM

    What everyone else does will not matter, when the stealers lose to the Dolphins.

  38. Football says: Dec 30, 2009 8:46 PM

    The Steelers would unleash hell if they made the playoffs. And by unleashing hell I mean they would lose in the first round to Cincy or New England.

  39. Football says: Dec 30, 2009 8:50 PM

    Also, it is going to be hilarious when Pittsburgh loses to Miami this weekend.

  40. Miracle Runner says: Dec 30, 2009 8:51 PM

    The Pats passing does not fear a steelers defense this year. GET REAL!!

  41. ryanmc says: Dec 30, 2009 8:55 PM

    Jeez, if I read one more conspiracy theory about keeping the Steelers out of the playoffs this year I’m going to puke. Pitt is a mediocre team this year, their record doesn’t lie. Any team or coach scared to play them in the playoffs should be shot.
    If anything I suspect Cinci are most worried about having to play Houston – they’ve matched up very badly against the Texans the last two seasons, and the Colts will be worried about the Pats and Chargers, and they can’t do anything to keep them out.

  42. Vox's Mommy says: Dec 30, 2009 9:00 PM

    @Chapnasty….
    Yeah, 4 if you include the Cinci and TEN games he left early. But EVERY game he played in, again other than the Cinci game where he left early, he had an interception. He LEADS our team in INTs with 3 LOL. 3 INT’S in only 2 full games played is pretty damn good. Like I said dude…I’m just saying….love or hate….they are a much different defense with him in there. At least with him there 1/2 of the “Tyrone Carter and William Gay Comedy Show” are off the field. I’m not making any wild statements here or anything claiming that if we make it and Troy is healthy we take it all or anything outrageous like that….just saying we’re much better with him as opposed to without. People love to hate, and obviously disregard the fact that we went without the best safety (IMO) in the game all season. It happens, and Tyrone Carter happened to suck in his place. Sucks…but it happens. Like I said before, we beat Oakland and we’re not having this convo right now.

  43. dannerparty says: Dec 30, 2009 9:06 PM

    the truth is nobody will ever really know what these teams are doing. We can only speculate…hey I’m a Steelers fan and I will say Woodleys’ comments sounds like sour grapes to me. And yes, if they would have not played so poorly against the teams they should have beat we would all be talking about something else…but that is the state of Pittsburgh right now…all this does is set the stage for a real hungry team next year (hopefully)!
    However, taking into account Cin’s disdain for Pitt how can one not logically conclude they MIGHT not be too motivated to go full speed..hey, i hope they all win but these teams in question will do what every team in their position will do, and thats take care of themselves first. If that means resting starters etc. than so be it…it might do Pitt good to “sit with it” during the offseason..at the beginning of the year all the veterans from superbowl XL all said they learned their lesson and now know how to handle a super bowl hangover…yeah, they sure did!
    good luck to the playoff teams, represent the AFC proudly!

  44. dannerparty says: Dec 30, 2009 9:06 PM

    the truth is nobody will ever really know what these teams are doing. We can only speculate…hey I’m a Steelers fan and I will say Woodleys’ comments sounds like sour grapes to me. And yes, if they would have not played so poorly against the teams they should have beat we would all be talking about something else…but that is the state of Pittsburgh right now…all this does is set the stage for a real hungry team next year (hopefully)!
    However, taking into account Cin’s disdain for Pitt how can one not logically conclude they MIGHT not be too motivated to go full speed..hey, i hope they all win but these teams in question will do what every team in their position will do, and thats take care of themselves first. If that means resting starters etc. than so be it…it might do Pitt good to “sit with it” during the offseason..at the beginning of the year all the veterans from superbowl XL all said they learned their lesson and now know how to handle a super bowl hangover…yeah, they sure did!
    good luck to the playoff teams, represent the AFC proudly!

  45. Tuscany says: Dec 30, 2009 9:10 PM

    Anyone who reads my posts knows I’m a Steelers fan. That said, I don’t believe teams ‘lay down’ to keep other teams out of the playoffs. I think if the Bengals or Patriots don’t use or minimally use starters it is because it serves their own interest healthwise. I can recall the Steelers doing the same thing in years past.
    I didn’t like it when the Steelers did it and I still don’t like it though. I am amazed that the NFL, which tries to regulate everything from how players wear their socks, celebrate their TDs and what they can have on their headbands, does nothing to curb ANYTHING that screws with the integrity of the game – which resting uninjured starters does. Thousands of fans – not just Steelers fans – hate to see teams not using their best players. I’m sure people who spend hundreds on a ticket don’t want to see some tool named Painter play quarterback.
    And let me add this: For Bengals fans who are trashing the Steelers already for not making it, let’s see what you guys do now that you FINALLY reached the post-season. Heck, I’ll be rootin for you, but try to be a little classy.
    And, of course, gforce89 is STILL a tard who thinks that the Rooneys are behind global warming. 🙂

  46. FireJerryJones says: Dec 30, 2009 9:11 PM

    Just win your game Lamarr. This year’s Steelers aren’t a lock to beat Miami. Looks like someone is looking past the Dolphins this weekend… and wants to play the disrespect card.

  47. comment_submission_error says: Dec 30, 2009 9:12 PM

    Woodley needs to shut up. If the Bengals can keep Pittsburgh out of the playoffs it just means Pittsburgh didn’t take care of their business. Nobody cares about last year’s winner.

  48. bornman3 says: Dec 30, 2009 9:14 PM

    Could this be any more of a “sour grapes” comment by Lamar? You are what your record says you are, and that’s 8 & 7 (hopefully 8 & 8 after Sunday). I’m surprised he can get that fat head into a football helmet. What a moron.

  49. Furious George says: Dec 30, 2009 9:20 PM

    everytime i hear one of these morons in pittsburgh talk i drop to the ground and thank god for bill belichick and his gag orders.

  50. Chapnasty2 says: Dec 30, 2009 9:21 PM

    @ Vox
    Greatest explanation anyone has ever given in a comment on this site. Well played sir.

  51. shaunypoo says: Dec 30, 2009 9:23 PM

    I just think Woodley is pissed that he has to root for the Bengals to win. That must really chap his ass. Frankly, I would rather face Pittsburgh this year, but they are not important, so why bother.
    Can’t hate on the Steelers this year.

  52. HJC says: Dec 30, 2009 9:28 PM

    Colts are pussies; scared to face real men with balls like steelers

  53. Ravens Macg says: Dec 30, 2009 9:29 PM

    Typical squeeler BS. Looks like the players are idiots just like the fans!

  54. stnmmc says: Dec 30, 2009 9:31 PM

    # cincybkat says: December 30, 2009 7:59 PM
    “Like I said, everybody knows that we’re a dangerous team once we get into the playoffs. No matter how we played throughout the whole year, once we get in the playoffs, Pittsburgh Steelers is a playoff team.”
    Whats dangerous is a grown man that cant speak English. What IS you going to do Lamar while the Bengals are playing next weekend and you are not???
    _________________________________
    I am a Steeler’s fan and I could not agree more with you. Have you ever stopped and taken the time to really look at the spelling and grammar in the comments on this site. There are some very scary “grown men” out there!!

  55. sandy70 says: Dec 30, 2009 9:38 PM

    Bob S. says:
    December 30, 2009 7:53 PM
    BillsFan27 says:
    First, someone should tell Woodley that reverse psychology only works on kids and animals

    not even the point!
    he’s right! they are tanking i mean fixing games for whatever reason they choose not the bs reasons(rest manning who never missed a start in his career, is less sacked than any qb in history AND is perfectly sound) they say and theyve been doing for years under goodell and even with tagliabue as well
    it ruins the integrity of the game AND of the standings AND of the playoffs because of it AND the super bowl!
    ————————————————-
    You sound like a bitter Steeler fan…you know, the same team that laid down in Baltimore two years ago to a 4-11 Ravens team.
    Don’t selectively choose when its BS and when it isn’t.

  56. Favre On HGH says: Dec 30, 2009 9:41 PM

    Bengals beat Pittsburgh twice, he shouldn’t really be talking smack.
    Idiotic to assume they would ruin a perfect season to avoid the Steelers, they still have a chance to face the Pats or Chargers who are both playing better than Pitsburgh is.

  57. pghsteve says: Dec 30, 2009 9:48 PM

    Please Mr. Woodley. Stop with this sort of BS. The Steelers (and Ravens and Jets and Broncos and Texans) are not dangerous. They are slightly above average as indicated by their 8-7 records.
    Concentrate on beating the Dolphins and hope you get some help in other games. It was lack of concentration against KC, Oakland, and Ceveland that got you where you are today.
    Go Steelers, but cut the “we are dangerous” stuff.

  58. Frank Burns says: Dec 30, 2009 10:00 PM

    ppdoc13 says:
    December 30, 2009 7:36 PM
    If the $hitsburg Squealers hadn’t tanked it in Oakland, Cleveland and KC it wouldn’t be an issue. Headly LaMarr ought to be more concerned with how lousy the “NFL” champions played this year than if the other teams already in the playoffs are trying to keep the Squealers from having fun in the postseason.
    ————————————————————–
    Exhibit H for “Hypocrisy” from ppdoc (who eats cock): the same guy who whines about others adding nothing but negatives and sore loser stuff to the mix. Why, this whole thread isn’t even about ppdoc’s team, yet here he is, throwing in his whole dirty filthy nasty two-cents’ worth. Oh and “$hitsburg”? (By the way, the actual town has an “h” at the end, geography boy) Way to insult the city itself! You’re all class, pal, all class.

  59. Wick says: Dec 30, 2009 10:04 PM

    @ Deb who says to cincybkat:
    There are apostrophes in “what’s” and “can’t.”
    Before you ridicule someone else for not being able to speak English, perhaps you should learn to write English.

    Deb, you’re absolutely right. In addition, good old English Professor cincybkat doesn’t even know how to spell Woodley’s first name – the subject of his “thesis.”
    Amazing how many errors by “the Professor” in two short sentences – yet the angle he is playing is to ridicule another person’s grammatical skills.

  60. Jungle Juice says: Dec 30, 2009 10:05 PM

    Why would the Bengals or Colts be afraid of the Steelers?
    The Bengals already have owned them this year and the Colts would Pass for 400 yards against them.
    The Refs can’t save you this year Woodley.

  61. DayAllOnJuice says: Dec 30, 2009 10:07 PM

    The Steelers didn’t take care of their own business and the Jets will most likely beat the Bengals whether they “lay down” or not. The AFC north is pretty weak this year.

  62. kravon says: Dec 30, 2009 10:14 PM

    I cant disagree with the statements and I think fans of the Pats, Bengals would agree.

  63. Frank Burns says: Dec 30, 2009 10:21 PM

    ppdoc13 says:
    December 30, 2009 7:36 PM
    If the $hitsburg Squealers hadn’t tanked it in Oakland, Cleveland and KC it wouldn’t be an issue. Headly LaMarr ought to be more concerned with how lousy the “NFL” champions played this year than if the other teams already in the playoffs are trying to keep the Squealers from having fun in the postseason.
    —————————————————
    The more I think about it, the more I have to laugh — ppdoc who once accused me of being “childish” with my comments.
    Whatsa matter, ppdoc, bit cheesed off your boys can’t beat the Steelers unless the backup QB’s in there? Awwww.
    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2200404900

  64. superfan99 says: Dec 30, 2009 10:27 PM

    It doesn’t take much to “disrespect” NFL players. They aren’t the smartest lot.
    Woodley’s comments are obviously the last resort from a team that has a glimmer of hope to qualify for the playoffs. The man is merely challenging the Pats and Bungles, hoping that for some odd reason they feel disrespected.
    Most of the comments on this story are misguided. Who cares if the Steelers lost the Chiefs, Raiders and Browns? The Cards sucked in the regular season, then made the Superbowl. The Chargers were bad for most of the season, but also got hot in the playoffs.
    Two years ago, the Giants beat an undefeated team for the Lombardi. Four years ago, the Steelers won the title after backing into the playoffs as a 6 seed.
    The regular season means so little any more. You want to do just enough to be over .500 and then start playing your best ball in mid-December. That’s what the NFL is.

  65. steelerfanforlife says: Dec 30, 2009 10:29 PM

    Wow Woodley! You sound stupid. The only thing the Patriots and Bengals would fear is their qb’s hurting their arms from throwing the ball all over the secondary. If you guys would have beat the Browns, Chiefs, and Raiders you guys could hav rested players this week as well! Don’t put this on other teams. I hope(maybe even pray) that the Steelers get into the playoffs and make a run like 05 but if they don’t they shouldn’t blame this on anyone else!

  66. Steeler-lady says: Dec 30, 2009 10:41 PM

    lol Bengal fans stroke daily to beating the Steelers twice this year..LOL MERRY CHRISTMAS YA HOMOS!
    U will tank it in the playoffs and will be watching from home like the rest of us.. Maybe if your nice and can get permiaaion from your parole officers we will let u come n see the Lombardis!
    We made our bed losing to scrub teams,KC,Raiders,Browns and BENGALS.. so we have noone to blame but ourselves.
    # comment_submission_error says: December 30, 2009 9:12 PM
    Woodley needs to shut up. If the Bengals can keep Pittsburgh out of the playoffs it just means Pittsburgh didn’t take care of their business. Nobody cares about last year’s winner.
    LMAO AND NOONE CARES ABOUT THE BENGALS.. GET REAL.. ILL BE GLAD WHEN YALL LOSE N YOU GUYS DISAPPEAR BACK IN THE HOLE U BELONG IN.. HEY BY THE WAY… HOW MANY BENGALS MADE THE PROBOWL?? 🙂 EVEN THO ITS A POPULARITY CONTEST THAT SHOULD TELL EVEN MORE.. NOONE GIVES A SHIT ABOUT YA JOKESTERS!

  67. chunky soupy sales says: Dec 30, 2009 10:46 PM

    “Who cares if the Steelers lost the Chiefs, Raiders and Browns? ”
    I would hope Steelers fans and more importantlt, Steelers players and coaches care that they lost to those sorry teams and now have to pray for a spot.
    Had they won those games, he would not have to make up anything about teams laying down to keep them out.. they would be in.

  68. goetta-head says: Dec 30, 2009 11:04 PM

    The only person that can stop you, is you.

  69. Howie Handles says: Dec 30, 2009 11:14 PM

    Hey Woodley, no one is afraid of the Steelers this year. Isn’t this the same team whose coach proclaimed that they would that they would “unleash hell”, and then promptly lost to the Raiders and Browns in consecutive weeks.

  70. SixburghSteelers says: Dec 30, 2009 11:17 PM

    Me thinks Mr. Woodley just put his foot in his big mouth…mainly because of the quote below.
    ————————————————–
    “Our secondary would seem pretty inviting to [Peyton] Manning,”
    ————————————————–
    ….and every other High School QB…and yes, I’m a Steeler fan!!!

  71. SaintCharlie72 says: Dec 30, 2009 11:24 PM

    Even if the Squealers make the playoffs, it’s OK cause the blueprint to beat them was set by Cleveland, KC, Oakland, and the Bengals among others…although, there’s no defense against the refs, right Baltimore? No Troy Headandshoulders, no playoffs, right Squealer fans? Let’s hear the excuses…

  72. thepittsburghkid says: Dec 30, 2009 11:35 PM

    Pittsburgh with Troy Polamalu will slap your neck off your body. Pittsburgh has beat 3 teams that are in the playoffs and 2 that are in the hunt. Believe me when I tell you nobody wants to play a HEALTHY Pittsburgh team entering the playoffs.

  73. stairway27 says: Dec 30, 2009 11:39 PM

    Woodley is clearly baiting these teams into playing their starters, because he wants to get into the playoffs. Obviously they wont bite. If they are going to rest starters, they will rest them. This comment is only meant to bait theses teams. Nothing more, nothing less. It’s motivational fuel for them. He wants them to want to face the Steelers in the playoffs, so they can get a chance to say STFU! But in return, the Steelers would be in the big dance. I for one, hope they take the bait.
    GO STEELERS!!!

  74. inurmouthpittsburgh says: Dec 30, 2009 11:47 PM

    hey woodley, you want to get to the playoffs and not worry about other teams help, all you have to do is “PLAY BETTER BITCH”

  75. GoBrowns19 says: Dec 31, 2009 12:06 AM

    It’s amazing how similar Steeler fans and Steeler players are. Obviously everyone on here is a football fan. And every football fan knows a Steeler fan. Everyone raise your hand if you heard a Steeler fan say this at some point this week. {BOTH HANDS RAISED}

  76. SteelCurtain says: Dec 31, 2009 1:25 AM

    Aahh the sweet smell of hatred. I love it..that means you’re good and no one likes you. The truth is that nobody hates the Bengals or the Jets or the Dolphins. They just show up as contenders every once in a blue moon and we have to pretend that every team has a chance of winning this thing.
    Let’s be honest here, there are bad calls in most every game. Unfortunately, when you play the Steelers it’s usually the most important game of your lives and every call is critical when it doesn’t compensate for your organizaition’s pathetic free agent decisions.

  77. Adam says: Dec 31, 2009 3:17 AM

    I read the responses of some of the other Steelers, I think Ike Taylor, Casey Hampton, and one of the OL. They all called Woodley’s idea silly.

  78. robhug71 says: Dec 31, 2009 3:32 AM

    adam james called and he said, ” i know a tool shed if i see one”. that must be all the steeler haters out there. All you fagbots know if troy comes back we’re danger. We’re a red hot fire. We’re rachel nichols’ bush on speed if we get into the playoffs. Colts? ha ha ha 05? Bengals? they’re on a knee as we speak….. Pats? they dont want the showdown we would all love to see. the team of the decade…… ha.. lamar wooodly vs. pats right tackle? c’mon man. Steelers stay at home for the safety of the weak ass AFC playoffs….. Chargers in a landslide….

  79. robhug71 says: Dec 31, 2009 3:35 AM

    and honestly, should bengal fans have a voice? i mean c’mon man win a playoff game before you can vent….. or add anything….

  80. robhug71 says: Dec 31, 2009 3:45 AM

    i really dont understand how any other fans can talk trash outside of the pats? i mean bengals?, u’ve won 2 division titles in 5 years… yea! we already won 2 in three and won two bowls in the mean time… honestly unless your team is any good…. beat it… your opinion is nothing, like your team….
    oh yeah, i forgot, all the other 8-7 teams have nooo bad losses… theyre essentially flawless. ha… if you’re 8-7 you suck… steelers even suck… but they dont have their ace in the hole (Troy Polamalu)… no other teams have an ace… i mean c’mon they’ve lost 7 games by a total of 27 points. i think we know who the real playoff team is… laydown afc, laydown. ha ha. let the jets and the texans in… they need it…

  81. tatum32 says: Dec 31, 2009 3:59 AM

    they didnt tank in Oakland, they got whooped. Gradkowski threw for 300 on them and Cleveland ran for 200 on them

  82. shaunypoo says: Dec 31, 2009 7:01 AM

    People were afraid to play the Steelers when they were 6-2.
    The game you are currently playing is the most important game. If you don’t treat it that way, you lose, especially in the NFL. The Bengals were that way for decades, but don’t seem to be like that this year. For a division winning team to not have any pro-bowlers means they don’t need to rely on superstars. Everyone thought the season was over when Odom went down. Next man in. Crocker and Williams go down. Next man in. Worry about the next game and everything will work out fine in the end. Now people are hating on the Bengals, which is hard to believe since they are averaging a winning season once a decade, but it means they are having success. Even if it is only one season (hope not), people are still banging on them.

  83. Ranoversquarells says: Dec 31, 2009 7:29 AM

    Feels pretty good being able to lie down and still be bitch slapping the Squealers and their fanbase.

  84. Audient says: Dec 31, 2009 7:59 AM

    If the Stllrs were a dangerous team, they would control their own destiny.

  85. ravmaniac says: Dec 31, 2009 8:24 AM

    Poor LaMarr.. Does he know this wouldn’t be an issue if the his team didn’t lay down for the Bears, Chiefs, and Browns. ( lost to the Browns!! LOL)
    It only goes to prove that if you say something really dumb, steeler fans will swallow it hook line and sinker…
    Which shows the intelligence level of the typical steeler fan..

  86. hineswardcriesafterfumbling says: Dec 31, 2009 9:00 AM

    My imitation of steeler-lady/ half the other steeler fans (excluding Deb):
    We could win three games and still be the greatest team in the history of organized sports! Yinz Bungal fans are stupid because we have 6 rings, and those 6 rings give us mystical powers that allow us to beat crappy teams simply by showing up. The steelers have never struggled, ever because we’re the greatest team ever. Blah blah blah, 6 rings, 6 rings, 6 rings, blah bungals suck bungals suck, blah, polamalu, blah Harrison gets held every play, blah big Ben, 6 rings 6 rings 6 rings. Yinz are going to fall apart in the playoffs, and even though we’re not even in the playoffs, this year was a fluke, and we’re STILL better than the bungals because the 6 rings in the past mean we’re better now. Blah blah, terrible towels, blah blah, *insert lack of football knowledge here* blah Hines ward greatest ever, 6 rings 6 rings.
    Can a Pittsburgh fan please admit that the Steelers were bad this year, and regardless of any injuries, the Bengals were a better team, this year? I’m not asking for past accolades, just someone to say that.

  87. favrecansuckit says: Dec 31, 2009 9:06 AM

    Teams should fear the Steelers making the playoffs, the refs will hand them at least a game or two.

  88. CarsontoOcho says: Dec 31, 2009 9:19 AM

    Let’s face it Bengals fans, the Steelers have little shot at making the playoffs and we should all be happy that they won’t. Not that we wouldn’t beat them again but I would rather not tempt fate. Ben is good. He could put that team on his back if he needed to. I would MUCH rather we played the Jets than the Steelers. All the same, it would be great to knock them out of the first round. IMO Woodley knows that its a long shot and is doing/saying whatever he can to gode us into playing (not that there is a chance in the world that he would impact our decision to do so).

  89. hineswardcriesafterfumbling says: Dec 31, 2009 9:52 AM

    Point proven. Thank you.
    The Bengals have certainly struggled this season. There have been several instances where it was a wonder they ever won a game. Steeler fans who I consider my friends can attest to my realistic nature, and that as a Bengals fan, I am especially sceptical of the Bengals. They were several plays away from lossing on many occasions. HOWEVA! They won those games, which with the exception of the green bay game, the Steelers lost those games.
    I wasn’t in jail last year, I was in college, getting an education–something you should strongly consider (“I know you wasn’t on here” must be from the Woodley Center For Kids Who Can’t Read Good And Wanna Learn To Do Other Stuff Good Too)
    You couldn’t find one expert in the Pittsburgh media to admit that, but can you really say expert and Pittsburgh media in the same sentence? Maybe Paul Failla.

  90. Mongo says: Dec 31, 2009 10:49 AM

    Ahh steeler-lady,
    Thank you for continuing to showcase the sheer idiocy of the typical steeler fan(Deb, I feel bad you get lumped in with idots like her). Last time I checked every team deals w/ injuries and to big time players. The bungles have had more injuries than steelers and they still beat you twice. They lost their top 3 TE, top pass rusher, speed WR, and SS all to IR, not to mention a host of other guys throughout the year.
    As someone else mentioned the fact your team fell apart b\c of one guy proves you aren’t that good of a TEAM.
    Are there teams the bungles would rather play than the steelers, sure, but I doubt they are afraid of a 9-7 team they beat twice and lost to the mighty chiefs and browns. Only thing they (and other teams) fear about the “stealers” is the refs giving them enough calls to win the game.

  91. i'm president charlie! says: Dec 31, 2009 11:19 AM

    Steelers have not lost this year by more than 7 points.
    That means that whether they play good or bad teams they are always in the game. This year they seem to play up and down to their opponents. If they make the playoffs anything can happen.
    Of course if the Pats or Bengals lay down this weekend it will just end up biting them in the ass in the playoffs.
    Carson’s 150 yards passing and the Pats swiss cheese defense will not take them very far this year. Enjoy your playoff failures.

  92. Deb says: Dec 31, 2009 12:50 PM

    @hineswardcriesafterfumbling …
    We were bad this year.
    Yes, all our losses were by less than a touchdown, most in the final minutes or in overtime. But last year we found a way to win those games. Championship teams find a way to win those games.
    Yes, we lost Polamalu and Aaron Smith. Every team lost someone. That’s why teams develop depth.
    Yes, if we made the playoffs with Polamalu healthy and Ben hot, we could be a threat to go further than people expect. But teams aren’t conspiring against us. They have bigger threats to consider. And everyone should stop assuming we’ll beat Miami. For once Furious George is right (about Belichick and his gag orders). Players should do their talking on the field.
    The Bengals have been the better team this year. And the fact that they had no players in the Pro Bowl says nothing about the quality of their team and everything about people voting “name” players. Hall and Joseph should have made it.
    I love my Steelers, and I’m proud they’re still clawing away at it. But this season is what it is.

  93. hineswardcriesafterfumbling says: Dec 31, 2009 1:40 PM

    Thank you, Deb.
    I admit that as a Bengals fan, I don’t want to play the Steelers in the playoffs. I don’t necessarily fear them, and I’ve never been concerned with refs “giving” Pittsburgh victories, but I still wouldn’t like facing them in the playoffs. I make a big deal about Steeler fans using 6 rings as an excuse to be ignorant, but these playoffs do value 2 of those rings as experience. The Steelers have been there before, and know how to win down the stretch. And in all honesty, the Bengals have been woeful for much of their existence.
    Fortunately, if the steelers make the playoffs, they won’t be white hot riding a huge streak. If the Bengals see them again, it’ll be another ugly, potentially sloppy game.

  94. Deb says: Dec 31, 2009 2:31 PM

    @hineswardcriesafterfumbling …
    Thank you! It’s so nice to meet a fan of another team who isn’t blathering about the refs.
    I think of myself as a hopeful realist, but I try never to get ahead of myself. Right now, my only concern is Miami. But obviously, I think the third time would be the charm if we got another chance at the Bengals. Still, they’re a talented team and earned the division title, so I wouldn’t sell them short.
    A hungry Bengals team could well outshine an arrogant Colts team that’s struggled against several lesser teams and is now distracted by bad press. Your corners could make life tough for both Brady and Rivers–and your offense can handle New England’s D. Those aren’t the Pats of three years ago–most of the team doesn’t seem to have the same championship mindset. They’re vulnerable. You’ve already beaten the Ravens twice, and their defense is struggling like ours is.
    I know that was then, but the Bengals have won a couple of AFC titles. People shouldn’t underestimate them.

  95. cgc1969 says: Jan 2, 2010 1:27 PM

    beat the jets this week bengals prove you won’t
    lay down!

  96. the steelman says: Jan 16, 2010 1:53 AM

    Hey Monkeyboys, NFL is an organization based on conditioning and “strategy”. That’s right, strategy monkeyboys. Steelers have been hurting ALL year with KEY INJURIES but managed to come back and do their part at the end. I know that monkeyboys like you talk about KC and Oakland like being nobodys, but in the NFL, every team shows up to play… Hence the phrase, ANY GIVEN SUNDAY! Start watching the NFL more often rookies! Steelers did their best with all their injuries AND your damn right the Colts, Pats and Bengals laid down to keep them out… Wouldn’t any smart, strategic team that saw the Steelers end their season as strong as they did do the same? Remember…. They ARE the Superbowl Champions! We are 6 time Superbowl Champions, you know how many other teams are?? Zero, monkey boys, Zero… Whatever you say, whenever you say it, there is ONLY ONE team in the NFL that has 6 SUPERBOWL CHAMPIONSHIPS – THE PITTSBURGH STEELERS. The End.

  97. the steelman says: Jan 16, 2010 1:57 AM

    Hey Monkeyboys, NFL is an organization based on conditioning and “strategy”. That’s right, strategy monkeyboys. Steelers have been hurting ALL year with KEY INJURIES but managed to come back and do their part at the end. I know that monkeyboys like you talk about KC and Oakland like being nobodys, but in the NFL, every team shows up to play… Hence the phrase, ANY GIVEN SUNDAY! Start watching the NFL more often rookies! Steelers did their best with all their injuries AND your damn right the Colts, Pats and Bengals laid down to keep them out… Wouldn’t any smart, strategic team that saw the Steelers end their season as strong as they did do the same? Remember…. They ARE the Superbowl Champions! We are 6 time Superbowl Champions, you know how many other teams are?? Zero, monkey boys, Zero… Whatever you say, whenever you say it, there is ONLY ONE team in the NFL that has 6 SUPERBOWL CHAMPIONSHIPS – THE PITTSBURGH STEELERS. The End.

  98. Maroussia says: Jan 27, 2010 3:33 AM

    It will be great to watch Super Bowl Package, i have bought tickets from
    http://ticketfront.com/event/Super_Bowl_Package-tickets looking forward to it.

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