Reporting Andrew Fillipponi
Filed underFootball, Heard on The Fan, NFL, Radio.com - Sports, Sports, Sports Talk Shows, Steelers
PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – Steelers safety Ryan Clark is excited about the beginning of the new season. And of the team’s home opener loss, Clark says at least the Titans didn’t beat the Steelers as bad as the Ravens did a couple years ago.
Clark has never seen a game start the way that this one did and he thought that it was a good omen.
These obituaries are the same ones that people have been bringing out for a few years now, and Ryan believes that they are no closer to being accurate. The young players need to get used to their roles. Kelvin Beachum spent a great deal of time practicing tight end packages last week yet still did well filling in at center.
Clark calls top draft pick linebacker Jones, “Uncle Jarvis” because he is built like Ryan’s uncles. It’s nice to see a player live up to his billing on the field. Somewhat sarcastically, Clark claims to never be sarcastic. He is looking forward to mentoring younger players and taking on the role of play caller for the defense.
Clark is glad for the success that the Pirates are enjoying this year.
It’s time to move on and prepare for Cincinnati on Monday Night.
Clark thinks that James Harrison “looks horrible” in the colors of the Bengals. The longtime Steelers linebacker still has a distain for the NFL but a lot of the stuff on Hard Knocks was for show. When Clark met Harrison, he was still “Jimmy” and he welcomed Clark to the team as he appreciated the physicality Ryan plays the game with.
“Every year goals are different” for players as they progress through their careers.
Clark sees Kent State keeping things close against LSU this week and only losing by 30 or 40. He has had a great experience with coach Gregg Williams in his career and he is happy that Williams is getting another chance with the Titans.
Clark prefers to play in Sunday Night football so he can watch Monday Night football and get an extra day of rest. On the other hand, Monday night is a huge stage.
Clark is interested to see what happens when the rest of the league catches up to what the Eagles are doing.
He was also “extremely impressed” with what Anquan Boldin was able to do in his 49ers debut. Peyton Manning’s seven touchdowns were “surgical.” Clark disagrees with Suh’s $100,000 fine even though the Lions defender deserved to be punished.
Ryan is a big fan of Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel and feels that he is in a completely new and unique situation in for a player in his college career.