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Ryan Clark: You lose one game and the sky is falling

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The Steelers have lost two straight games, dropping their record to 6-5 and giving rise to plenty of thoughts that their season will end without a playoff berth.

As of now, though, the Steelers still hold one of the two Wild Card spots in the AFC and veteran members of the team are talking about how the teams’ playoff destiny remains in their hands. Safety Ryan Clark points out that all is not lost because the Steelers lost to the Browns because winning that game wouldn’t have made winning this week in Baltimore any less of a necessity.

“You lose one game in Pittsburgh and the sky is falling, it’s just part of the culture. It’s part of winning six Super Bowls, it’s part of being 12-4 three of last four years. We’re a spoiled bunch and overall we’ve become entitled,” Clark said, via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “But you can’t be entitled, you can’t walk into places and just think because you’re the Pittsburgh Steelers you’re going to win. We need to execute and we haven’t been executing. Do we need to win next week? Without a doubt. We would have needed to win next week had we won this game.”

Even with all of the injuries that have sapped the Steelers roster in recent weeks, they had chances to win in each of the last two weeks. Execution was sorely lacking in Cleveland, as evidenced by their eight turnovers, and the team needs to be much sharper to hold onto their postseason berth. That’s true regardless of the identity of the quarterback, the right tackle or any other player on the field.

There’s definitely reason to worry about the Steelers, but the sky hasn’t fallen just yet.

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16 Responses to “Ryan Clark: You lose one game and the sky is falling”
  1. Steeley McBeam says: Nov 27, 2012 10:08 AM

    Would have traded the win vs KC for Ben coming out of that game healthy because no way the Ravens or Browns beat the Steelers with him in there.

    Still, Ben, Troy, Decastro, AB, Cotch all getting healthy at the right time so if Steelers hold on to that wild card spot I dont think anyone is comfortable playing them in January.

  2. ravenator says: Nov 27, 2012 10:16 AM

    It wasnt just a loss Clark, it was a loss to the browns with 8 turnovers committed. Horrendous. You should be ashamed of your teams performance as are your fans.

  3. steelernator says: Nov 27, 2012 10:19 AM

    Cue the couple Raven fan trolls who anxiously await each story about the Steelers.

    Since everyone apparently expects the Ravens to beat the Steelers this weekend, what will people say if the Steelers happen to win, with so many key people injured? What would that say about the Ravens? I think it proves they are over-hyped and over-rated, and perrenial playoff losers.

  4. juliodamfoolio says: Nov 27, 2012 10:22 AM

    “There’s definitely reason to worry about the Steelers, but the sky hasn’t fallen just yet.”

    Agreed. I think even if Ben had played against the Brownies it would have been a tough game – especially with all the RBs playing with their heads deposited up their arses.

    With the D playing as well as they are, key people (hopefully) starting to get healthy and a last 4 very winnable games, anyone who thinks they are out of it is a moron.

  5. varnbo says: Nov 27, 2012 10:31 AM

    Clark hit the nail right on the head.

    The comments by stiller fans after the loss to the browns were comical, hypocritical, and also delusional.

    After a game like that, you just burn the film, and get ready to play the next one, but no, not in pgh.

    Fans were writing , “the team is done”; “Tomlin is overrated, doesn’t know what he’s doing”.

    Some fans want half the team released.

    Clark is correct, the stillers fan base is one of the most spoiled there is due to their past success.

    Try being a browns fan if you want to test your loyalty. The current generation of stiller fans have no idea on how fortunate they’ve been over the years.

  6. dowhatifeellike says: Nov 27, 2012 10:31 AM

    It’s not one game, Ryan, it’s 5 out of 11, soon to be 6 out of 12. It takes two hands to count 6 rings, but also two hands to count 8 turnovers.

  7. southpaw2k says: Nov 27, 2012 10:42 AM

    Steeley McBeam says:
    Nov 27, 2012 10:08 AM

    Still, Ben, Troy, Decastro, AB, Cotch all getting healthy at the right time so if Steelers hold on to that wild card spot I dont think anyone is comfortable playing them in January.

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    Polamalu practiced Friday in a limited role, so I think it’s a little premature to suggest he’ll be fully healthy this week or anytime particularly soon. And now Woodley and Adams are both hurt, so even if the other guys are able to play before season’s end, I don’t see how things are improving that much for the Steelers.

    Having said that, I’d still bet my money they’ll grab a Wild Card spot, but be eliminated by the second round of the playoffs.

  8. steelpenbucs87 says: Nov 27, 2012 10:52 AM

    I agree to an extent with Ryan Clark. The fact of the matter is that a loss to the Browns definitely raised some alarms in Steeler Nation – as it should have. But now that knee-jerk reactions subsided we can take a dispassionate view of what’s going on.

    If the Steelers can get to 10-6 they are in (presuming that that 6th loss isn’t to the Bengals). The Bengals and the Colts schedules the final four weeks are significantly harder than the Steelers’. So the question remains – can they get healthy and win 4 very winnable games?

    With Ben back for the final four, and hopefully picking up AB, Troy, Cotchery, and others along the way this should be a very manageable task. Without them, then we’re 9-7, 8-8 and (likely) missing the playoffs.

    The sky isn’t falling just yet but it looks ominous.

  9. blacknyellablacknyella says: Nov 27, 2012 11:01 AM

    Yawns. Shrugs shoulders. We’ll lose at Balt and it’ll all hit the fan but, in the end, we’ll finish up 9-7, grab a wildcard spot (there is NOBODY in contention for it #cincinnati #sandiego #miami?!), and visit New England or Denver in the wildcard round. I’m hoping for the sixth seed because a Matt Schaub-qb’d team puts zero fear into me.

  10. mclovinib says: Nov 27, 2012 11:03 AM

    news flash to pitt fans….your team is not the only team in the league with guys hurt and not playing…this is a contactsport…this is what happens when your o-line is shaky…this is what happens when your qb hangs on to the ball longer then most qbs, he is gonna take extra hits and might get hurt…this is what happens when a bunch of your defense is over 30 years of age, they take longer to recover from injuries and miss games…you think you guys would be used to ben missing a handful of games a year, it is becoming a pattern…your supposed braintrust might of prepared for this better then they did…just saying

  11. realitypolice says: Nov 27, 2012 11:05 AM

    Umm…..Ryan? I don’t think everyone is going nuts because you lost one game.

    They’re going nuts because you’ve lost FIVE.

  12. mostlombardisintheleague says: Nov 27, 2012 11:54 AM

    The Steelers have been to the Superbowl 3 times in the last 8 seasons. The sky in Pittsburgh can fall occassionally, there’s plenty of brightness gleaming off of those 6 polished Lombardi trophies sitting in Pittsburgh. Losing sucks and always will suck, but what does the Steelers organization need to prove that they haven’t already proven ? They stick with a coach, they can draft, they can coach up discards and UDFA’s, Steeler Nation, multiple championships. There’s nothing left to prove, we’ve done it all.

    Black and Gold……Forever.

  13. t8ertot says: Nov 27, 2012 12:22 PM

    The sky IS falling, Ryan. The Bengals are taking your wild card.

  14. blacknyellablacknyella says: Nov 27, 2012 4:22 PM

    haha. somebody just suggested the bengals were going to make the playoffs. hahahaha!! thanks! feel better now : )

  15. bubbahotepp says: Nov 28, 2012 12:58 PM

    No matter what happens, I look forward to Baltimore’s customary early exit from the playoffs. At least when the Steelers ruled the roost they brought home the hardware.

  16. thebonus44 says: Nov 29, 2012 9:03 AM

    At least when the Steelers ruled the roost they brought home the hardware.
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    You mean like the time they were in the Super Bowl? Oops! Too soon?

    I love how Steelers fans love talking about their “hardware”. Give me a break, your shortsightedness is embarrassing. The Steelers have been around for 80 years. Do you people forget when your team was basically irrelevant for stretches of time that spans DECADES?

    Get a clue, you can’t even keep your team colors straight. It’s black and yellow.

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