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Ryan Clark is still thinking playoffs

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The Steelers are back to work this week after having a bye in Week Five and their immediate goal is to beat the Jets so they can taste victory for the first time this season.

Safety Ryan Clark says that their larger goal remains the same. Clark stressed the importance of beating the Jets this Sunday because the team needs to win one game before they can start thinking about anything involving the playoffs, a goal that Clark says remains very much in place for the Steelers despite their dreadful start and the historical difficulty teams have had making the playoffs after losing their first four games.

“I just believe we can win. That’s just the bottom line,” Clark said, via Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I think we have the people in this room, the coaches. Also, looking at our schedule, we’re not playing world beaters, we’re not playing gods. We’re playing men.”

You wouldn’t expect Clark to say anything else, just as you wouldn’t have expected Giants safety Antrel Rolle to say something much different last week when he said the Giants would win the 12 games left on their schedule. But, as the Giants showed in Week Five against the Eagles, you don’t need to be playing world beaters to lose games when your team has glaring flaws.

The Steelers haven’t lost four games by accident. They are struggling on both sides of the ball and it’s hard to pinpoint quick fixes that are going to make things all better now that they’re back from their bye. Believing the team can win is great, but it isn’t nearly as important as actually doing it.

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44 Responses to “Ryan Clark is still thinking playoffs”
  1. ravanator says: Oct 8, 2013 11:01 AM

    Hey Clark I think you should worry about winning one game before you start playoff talk. Plus, as you guys lose ever week, the NFl gets better to watch ever week.

    #ravensrepeat

  2. pooflingingmonkey says: Oct 8, 2013 11:10 AM

    Playoffs? PLAYOFFS?

    Regards,

    Jim Mora

  3. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 8, 2013 11:11 AM

    Of course he is. He’s a Steeler, playoffs come with the territory.

  4. All-American Voltron says: Oct 8, 2013 11:11 AM

    Technically he didn’t say what year they’d make the playoffs, so … (tip from Aaron Rodgers, professional bet welcher)

  5. cash804 says: Oct 8, 2013 11:12 AM

    Give that man a concussion test immediately…

  6. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 8, 2013 11:13 AM

    Ryan ssshhh! Win first talk later. Doing it is so much harder than saying and for four games there has been far too much saying and not enough doing.

  7. youcallthatreporting says: Oct 8, 2013 11:15 AM

    “I think we have the people in this room, the coaches.”

    Who else was in the room besides the 2013 Pittsburgh Steelers?

  8. GenoAtkinswillnotbestopped says: Oct 8, 2013 11:22 AM

    2014 is right around the corner…

  9. ravenmomma says: Oct 8, 2013 11:29 AM

    Thinking playoffs?? He should be thinking about trying to get their first win…

  10. steelerstrong says: Oct 8, 2013 11:36 AM

    If things continue on this path, a big shakeup is coming in Pittsburgh. What a coincidence that Cowher will be calling this game.

  11. hakunamangata says: Oct 8, 2013 11:36 AM

    Wow didn’t know denial was one of the rivers in Pittsburgh

  12. originalsteelcurtain says: Oct 8, 2013 11:47 AM

    Win a game first Ryan…then dream about the playoffs.

    On a personal note, Clark has had an awesome career, but he’s lost a step and needs to be phased out.

  13. cincyalldaway says: Oct 8, 2013 11:50 AM

    Ryan Clark is still thinking playoffs……….

    BBWAAHHHHAAAHHHHHAHHAAA! ROTFLMAO!

    That’s so cute!

  14. ampats says: Oct 8, 2013 11:51 AM

    Ryan Clark once again shows what an idiot he is.

    After Sunday, 0-5

  15. deliveredbysherpa says: Oct 8, 2013 12:00 PM

    Is this his way of asking to be traded?

  16. polamalusboyfriend says: Oct 8, 2013 12:07 PM

    What else is supposed to say? He’s a mediocre talent on a bad team right now. They have drafted poorly, done worse in free agency, and are playing even worse than that. There are about 4 guys on that whole team (who are healthy) who would even make another NFL roster, let alone start. The ugly truth is this; many teams go through this, it just hasn’t happened to this team in the last 20 years.

    Good news/bad news: The league is set up so that even teams with a lack of depth, poor coaching, and an unclear plan to recover often win their share of games…usually just enough to be aced out of the elite draft picks and ability to draw good free agents, especially on teams where the owner is notoriously cheap with his (and his sponsors’) millions.

  17. dalcow4 says: Oct 8, 2013 12:19 PM

    Cheer up Ryan Clark– Your Steelers will win the same number of playoff games as the Broncos.

  18. kremis says: Oct 8, 2013 12:26 PM

    theres also visions if sugar plums dancing in his head…..

  19. steelcurtainn says: Oct 8, 2013 12:35 PM

    Playoffs!!!!It could happen. Starts with a win.

  20. Joemontanaflacco says: Oct 8, 2013 12:36 PM

    Having Cowher call the game reminds me of the last scene in Planet of the Apes. You know, when Charlton Heston realizes they’ve destroyed his planet.

  21. jtbsteeler says: Oct 8, 2013 12:45 PM

    See Flacco, Dalton and Weeden in your division will do this to you. He sees a chance…

    Ben is still the best QB in the division. Now that Flacco is under the same duress as Ben you see the difference in the two.

    The book can be closed on any “elite” talk about
    Joe “throw it up, hope for PI” Flacco.

  22. larrydavid7000 says: Oct 8, 2013 1:05 PM

    Clark keep thinking about something that is not gonna happen all you want. As for you Flucco fans just shut up.!!!!!!!! Your not even the number one team in your city. LOL and LMAO. !!!!!!!!

  23. lovefootball4life says: Oct 8, 2013 1:19 PM

    “Ben is still the best QB in the division. Now that Flacco is under the same duress as Ben you see the difference in the two.”

    If it helps you sleep at night cuddled up in your #7 jersey, fine. Your team is 0-4 and the rest of the division is 3-2. Wins and losses matter.

  24. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 8, 2013 1:23 PM

    …reminds me of the last scene in Planet of the Apes. You know, when Charlton Heston realizes they’ve destroyed his planet.
    ———————————————-
    Ravens fans are all too familiar with this scenario. The only thing more fitting is if Heston would have shelled out $120M before it was desroyed.

  25. surfinbird1 says: Oct 8, 2013 1:33 PM

    I’ll have what he’s havin.

  26. Joemontanaflacco says: Oct 8, 2013 1:51 PM

    “Ben is still the best QB in the division. Now that Flacco is under the same duress as Ben you see the difference in the two.”

    Yes, we do. One team is 3-2 and the other is winless.

  27. Raider-in-PA says: Oct 8, 2013 3:55 PM

    Clark must also be thinking that he is getting traded to somebody with a shot at the playoffs..

    Here’s to an 0-16 season for yinz!!

  28. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 8, 2013 4:22 PM

    “Ben is still the best QB in the division. Now that Flacco is under the same duress as Ben you see the difference in the two.”

    Yes, we do. One team is 3-2 and the other is winless.

    Who is we? I got it you and your pet mouse. Until JBJ wins another two SB s Ben is still doing more with less, but don’t let that cloud your thinking skippy.

  29. nofoolidrool says: Oct 8, 2013 4:43 PM

    “Who is we? I got it you and your pet mouse. Until JBJ wins another two SB s Ben is still doing more with less, but don’t let that cloud your thinking skippy.”

    Shhhh…skippy, your logic argument doesn’t make any sense. Ah, nevermind….I get it…it is Pittsamoron thinking. Remember the early bird gets the cheese but the second mouse gets the worm. Its time for my meds.

  30. dontlikecravens says: Oct 8, 2013 5:10 PM

    It’s obvious that Clark is drinking the cool-aid. You can’t fault him. Most decent football players have a problem handling the cool-aid.

    Since so much of the talk here is being done by crow fans, acknowledge this: The Ravens are coming off a Super Bowl win and were expected to be a pretty good team. The Steelers were expected to not do much. They have both fallen pretty short of their expectations.

  31. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 8, 2013 5:57 PM

    nofoolidrool says:
    Oct 8, 2013 4:43 PM
    “Who is we? I got it you and your pet mouse. Until JBJ wins another two SB s Ben is still doing more with less, but don’t let that cloud your thinking skippy.”

    Shhhh…skippy, your logic argument doesn’t make any sense. Ah, nevermind….I get it…it is Pittsamoron thinking. Remember the early bird gets the cheese but the second mouse gets the worm. Its time for my meds.

    3 0 The pride of the Ravens has another alias……pretty weak skippy.be thankful there is no charge to change you handle….geeks are really funny.

  32. steel2372 says: Oct 8, 2013 6:01 PM

    Every team should believe in themselves. If not why even play the game? That is the core of all sports. I am happy he still has faith and they are still playing to win. How many teams in the NFL probably is already saying well maybe next year?
    Stay strong Steelers!! Keep playing hard each week it will eventually break your way. Steeler Nation !!!

  33. tokyosandblaster says: Oct 8, 2013 6:17 PM

    Can’t fix stupid.

    Ask CrownOfTheHelmet. His parole officer has been trying for years.

  34. madjack58 says: Oct 8, 2013 6:24 PM

    I’m hearing Shamarko is gonna see more snaps in base defense . Clark needs to believe because its likely his last year

  35. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 8, 2013 6:36 PM

    Can’t fix stupid.

    Ask CrownOfTheHelmet. His parole officer has been trying for years.

    Your post proves your first sentence to be very true. Still brushing your teeth with foot powder?

  36. tlmoon2112 says: Oct 8, 2013 6:37 PM

    I knew it wouldn’t take long for the Stillers to start their denial tour.

  37. tokyosandblaster says: Oct 8, 2013 6:39 PM

    Nofoolnodrool says:
    Oct 8, 2013 6:36 PM
    Can’t fix stupid.

    Ask CrownOfTheHelmet. His parole officer has been trying for years.

    Your post proves your first sentence to be very true. Still brushing your teeth with foot powder?

    —-

    So you, like Contra the viking fan, have several accounts, so that you can try to convince others that you are popular?

    I bet you and your family are closer than “normal.”

  38. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 8, 2013 6:58 PM

    So you, like Contra the viking fan, have several accounts, so that you can try to convince others that you are popular?

    I bet you and your family are closer than “normal.”

    Try again in English ….I’ll wait or you provide a translator. For someone being condescending get your facts straight……easy stuff even for a troll.

  39. tokyosandblaster says: Oct 8, 2013 7:13 PM

    Yeah, the coolness level of grammar police on the internet ranges somewhere between 50 year old power ranger fans and Bieberfans.

    Your mom’s bed is cold, and she’s calling for you again.

  40. Nofoolnodrool says: Oct 8, 2013 7:57 PM

    Yeah, the coolness level of grammar police on the internet ranges somewhere between 50 year old power ranger fans and Bieberfans.

    Your mom’s bed is cold, and she’s calling for you again.

    Your mom said, use a glass stupid not have a glass of stupid. Your use of mom jokes is off base…mine passed a year ago…do test tube babies have a real mom…you would know?

  41. quittsburghstoolers says: Oct 8, 2013 8:04 PM

    “I just believe we can win.”

    ——————————————-

    Ryan Clark also believes in Santa Claus & the Tooth Fairy….

  42. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 8, 2013 8:06 PM

    And I call foul on whoever created a nofool lookalike. That’s weak.

  43. Joemontanaflacco says: Oct 8, 2013 8:24 PM

    I call foul on his whole thread. Really out of line on many levels, even for me.

  44. crownofthehelmet says: Oct 8, 2013 8:36 PM

    I’m with you jmf – what ever happened to the good ole days of putting down a rival team with some good trash talk.

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