Thursday, August 9, 2007

There Will be NO Talking at Steelers Training Camp!


A few more thoughts from our trip to training camp yesterday...

- The title of this post comes from a yinzer parent who was angry at his kids for talking. He was deeply invested in a 7-on-7 drill and could no longer tolerate the silly banter of his toddler children. I plan on using this phrase with increasing regularity throughout the rest of camp.

- It is hard to really explain how or why it occurs, but at the beginning of stretching, and the Steelers start clapping their hands and chanting "Hoke, Hoke, Hoke", which causes Chris Hoke to break into a Russian can-can type of dance. We're talking arms crossed, legs kicking, bending, flailing...it is quite a spectacle.

- "Something" is always going on around Anthony Smith, and I love it. Yesterday he made a leaping interception off of Ben in the red zone and, because he couldnt run it the 90 some yards for a TD, threw the ball as far as he could onto the other field. He just seems to get all the other DBs riled up, and in a good way.

- Nate Washington: do you want to make this team? Yes, you caught some long balls, but you dropped two big ones (Bouchette says one in his article, but Nate dropped another in a different drill we were watching).

- The offense was freaking clicking at the end of practice. Ike Taylor was not.

- Best catch of the day: Jonathan Dekker laying out for a six yard grab.

- They gave both Smith and Clark reps with the first team D. I hope the job goes to Smith.



- An interesting scene at the end of camp yesterday: as soon as camp broke, Polamalu started running sideline to sideline sprints. On the adjacent field, Faneca was running his own sprints (Faneca did not practice). Now, you could make a case that Troy was exuding extra commitment to winning while Faneca was merely trying to stay in shape to get a fat paycheck next year, but really, it was a scene of two of the best players on the team showing why they deserve the accolades they continuously receive.

- Jeff Reed is turning into a cultural phenomenon

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