Steelers safety Ryan Clark called in to the Fan Morning Show a day early because of the short week for the team. Clark called the personal foul call against him “inexcusable” and doesn’t think it was a legitimate penalty.

The Steelers defense could not hold the lead in the fourth quarter and Clark said they never gave the offense an opportunity to win as a whole, not just in the fourth.

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Clark and the Steelers are now preparing for a Thursday night game against the Carolina Panthers. He says he will not start feeling Sunday’s game until Tuesday. He said a short week is tough mentally because the players are used to a couple of off days during a normal week.

With Troy Polamalu out due to an Achilles injury, Ryan Mundy started in his spot. Clark said, “Mundy played a good game.”

However, there is a big difference between the play of Polamalu and Mundy. Mundy was more concerned about making the right calls and right checks. But, Polamalu has a green light to make his own plays, Clark said.

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After Sunday’s loss, the Steelers found out they have clinched a playoff spot. However, winning the last two games of the season is important them so they can earn a first-round bye, Clark said.

Clark said, “there is a sense of accomplishment each step of the way. You don’t throw a party, but it is good morale for the team.”

Clark addressed Jim Colony’s wake up call and said he likes the way the playoffs are and there is no need to change the rules. Once you get in the playoffs, each team has one goal and it doesn’t matter where you play, Clark said.

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