Steelers keep comments short, to the point

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Perhaps some of them didn’t know what to say, and perhaps some of them had reactions that couldn’t be printed.

But it appears the Steelers made a conscious effort to keep a lid on their reactions to Myles Garrett‘s helmet-swinging assault at the end of last night’s game.

Via Mark Kaboly of TheAthletic.com, the team “tried to limit the exposure of the players after the game,” with many interviews cut short, and some (including coach Mike Tomlin) refusing to comment.

“To be honest with you, I refuse to comment on it,” veteran guard Ramon Foster said. “It’s shocking, but that’s all I got.”

Others were able to work in bigger reactions, in the short amount of time allotted.

“Bulls— and I will just leave it at that,” linebacker Mark Barron said. “Bulls— because that’s precisely what it was. There’s not much else to be said about that.”

“For a guy to use a helmet to hit a guy in the head is uncalled for,” defensive end Cameron Heyward said during a two-minute exchange with the media. “I am all about being competitive. It may have been one of the stupidest things I have ever seen.”

Players were obviously irate after the incident, and the fact the team made a concerted effort to stifle discussion to keep from adding fuel to the fire is worth noting.

The two teams play in Pittsburgh on Dec. 1.

11 responses to “Steelers keep comments short, to the point

  1. NBCSports will probably censor this … But watching it from start to finish …. Garret should get 4 games suspension, Pouncy should get 2 games suspension …. but what was Rudolph doing there on the ground with his hands in Garrets helmet and twisting it on Garrets head and why is that being ignored?

  2. Kwjsb,
    Don’t think it’s being ignored but by itself that isn’t a huge deal. Normally a person doing that would get fined. He did start it but that doesn’t excuse Garrett from ripping his helmet off and hitting him in the head with it. Doesn’t excuse Pouncey from throwing kicks and punches. Doesn’t excuse Ogunjobi from running from out of nowhere to push Rudolph down from behind. I see 2 fines and 2 suspensions for the 4 players I mentioned, a bigger fine for Rudolph and bigger suspension for Garrett.

  3. They don’t fine or suspend guys for grabbing a facemask and twisting a helmet in the manner that Rudolph did. They fine and suspend Garrett for using the helmet as a weapon and striking a player in the head and Pouncey for punching and kicking. And Obiwankenobi flexing after he blindsided someone weighing 120 pounds less than him was really unnecessary.

  4. What started it was Garrett taking Rudolph to the ground long after he’d gotten rid of the ball. That should have been unnecessary roughness, it had nothing to do with the play itself. Rudolph tried to get Garrett off him and things went from there.

    Let’s not forget Garrett’s teammate knocking Rudolph down as well, right after Garrett hit Rudolph. Rudolph still had no helmet and it was a hit from behind. He should also be fined and suspended.

    All this happened when the game is was nearly over with, which underlines how unnecessary it all was.

    Go Steelers!

  5. Agree in part. Pouncey and Garrett both exhibited a level of violence that is unprecedented. In fact , kicking a man in the head while he’s being held down on the ground by your own teammate seems even more egregious. Wasn’t Pouncey the one who campaigned to free Hernandez??? Rudolph needs to also go because he provoked the whole thing. The guy is not ready to be a starter and he took his frustration out on Garrett. He’s also extremely reckless. People were calling for Earl Thomas’s head when in fact Rudolph ran right into Thomas and knocked himself out. This whole Steelers’ orgAnization needs to look itself in the mirror and consider some radical changes. They haven’t moved on from the days of dirty Hines Ward and James Harrison. No one on this team takes responsibility for anything as evidenced by their ridiculous statements last night. At least the Browns fessed up and made no excuses. Pouncey was basically proud of what he did.

  6. Garrett should be suspended for at least the rest of the season. In fact, criminal charges should be filed. Any normal Joe does that in the street and they’re in jail. Why should an idiot be protected because it happened on the football field? Rudolph got very lucky he appeared to escape serious head injury.

  7. TimTebowGodOfFootballKarma says:
    November 15, 2019 at 8:28 am
    Agree in part. Pouncey and Garrett both exhibited a level of violence that is unprecedented. In fact , kicking a man in the head while he’s being held down on the ground by your own teammate seems even more egregious. Wasn’t Pouncey the one who campaigned to free Hernandez??? Rudolph needs to also go because he provoked the whole thing. The guy is not ready to be a starter and he took his frustration out on Garrett. He’s also extremely reckless. People were calling for Earl Thomas’s head when in fact Rudolph ran right into Thomas and knocked himself out. This whole Steelers’ orgAnization needs to look itself in the mirror and consider some radical changes. They haven’t moved on from the days of dirty Hines Ward and James Harrison. No one on this team takes responsibility for anything as evidenced by their ridiculous statements last night. At least the Browns fessed up and made no excuses. Pouncey was basically proud of what he did.

    So kicking someone in the head who is wearing a helmet is more egregious than hitting someone on the head with a helmet who happens to not be wearing a helmet? Right. And Rudolph knocked himself out in the Ravens game? Sure. Rudolph provoked nothing to warrant being hit in the head with his own helmet. And Garrett pulled on his helmet several times before he was able to get it off. Rudolph was trying to get Garrett to let go of him as he was throwing him to the ground way after the play. I bet you think that Smith-Schuster and Johnson also gave themselves concussions by leaning their heads into the helmets of the Browns defenders.

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