PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) – Broadcasting live from Nakama on Carson for another installment of the Ryan Clark Show, the Steelers safety details the ingredients that allowed the team to pull out a win over Detroit on Sunday.
Winning changes the attitude of fans, but Clark and his teammates realize that there is still a long way to go to get where they want to be.
Clark thinks that the problem wasn’t with the play-calling of the coaches, instead the Steelers players on the field didn’t give Lions receiver Calvin Johnson enough respect in a first half in which he ran wild for 179 yards and two touchdowns.
In the second half, the double teams and greater attention on Johnson made Detroit quarterback Matt Stafford take greater risks in order to try to get the ball to his monster receiver which he was unable to do.
Lions running back Reggie Bush had a hard time hanging on to the ball on Sunday and Clark definitely believes that the weather and field conditions limited the great running back talent.
Reacting to the failed Detroit fake field goal that he recovered and was a turning point in the game, Clark says, “Five yards is a long way for a holder to run with the ball.”
The perception by many is that failing while going for it on fourth and five invites more ridicule and criticism for the coach that makes the call than a fake kick try that does not succeed.
Listen to more of Clark’s thoughts on the controversial end of the Patriots and 49ers losses as well as the upcoming game in Cleveland below: