PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — All things considered, it’s easy to say “Same Old Steelers” after Sunday’s unimpressive and, effectively, season-killing performance, against the Bengals. But according to safety Ryan Clark, the problem was, it wasn’t the same old Steelers.

“It’s very frustrating. Those are the teams that dominate. The teams that get offense, defense, and special teams playing at a high clip at the same time,” Clark said after Sunday’s loss to the Bengals. “Those are the teams that win 12 games, or win 13 games, and win home-field advantage. We weren’t that team this year.

“It doesn’t matter what your personnel is…or how many Super Bowls they’ve been to…if you don’t perform, on gameday, you’re not that type of team.”

Clark, who finished with two tackles and recovered a fumble, was asked whether or not he thinks the sub-standard finish is an indictment of this group of players:

He also gave his perspective on the catch by A.J. Green, who finished with a game-high ten, that led to the game-winning field goal by Josh Brown, as well as the close losses his team has endured this year:

“It says you don’t finish, and you don’t make plays to win football games,” he said.

The Steelers end their 2012 campaign next Sunday at Heinz Field against the Browns at 1:00 on KDKA-TV.

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