Smith offers another guarantee - once again

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  1. mikiemo83

    mikiemo83 On the Game Day Roster

    this is this years version

    Some guys never learn
    Smith offers another guarantee

    New year. Same big yapper.

    Pittsburgh safety Anthony Smith, who guaranteed a win over the Patriots before last season’s contest against New England only to be pan-fried during and after the game, has told reporters that with this year’s Patriots-Steelers game looming Sunday, he’ll say the same thing again this season.

    While he stopped short of offering the same flat guarantee he made last year, he still didn’t back down when asked about last season’s ill-fated boast that put him right in New England’s crosshairs.

    “If they ask me again, I’ll say the same thing,” Smith told Pittsburgh-area reporters.

    “We’re the No. 1 defense,” Smith told the Indiana (Pa.) Gazette recently when asked about his take on this weekend’s Patriots-Steelers game. “If we play like we’ve been playing, and our offense comes around and has a good game, and we’re clicking on all cylinders, we’re going to win the game.”

    Smith’s point is undeniable: Pittsburgh is the top-ranked defense in several categories, including total yards allowed, average yards per game allowed, rushing yards allowed per game, total points and average points allowed per game. Buoyed by the likes of linebacker James Harrison (12 sacks) and safety Troy Polamalu (five interceptions), they are one of the best units in the NFL. But the spectre of Smith guaranteeing anything is sure to cause some consternation among the Steelers and their fans, many of who viewed Smith as a scapegoat for last season’s loss to New England.

    Before that one, Smith told the media: “I can guarantee a win. As long as we come out and do what we got to do.” The Patriots then went out and made an example of the young safety, targeting him on a number of occasions. There was a sharply executed play-action fake in the second quarter where Smith took the bait, leading to a 63-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Randy Moss. The Patriots followed that with a third-quarter play that featured a pair of long laterals involving Brady and Moss before Brady found Jabar Gaffney for a 56-yard score over Smith. And New England fans had a chance to taunt the young safety in the waning moments of the 34-13 blowout when Smith was shown repeatedly on the scoreboard.

    After the game, New England coach Bill Belichick took a few shots of his own.

    “We’ve played against a lot better safeties than him, I’ll tell you,” Belichick said. “The safety play at that position was pretty inviting.”

    While opponents in the past have been able to provide the Patriots with plenty of bulletin-board material, it’s been a bit of a mixed bag this season. Miami linebacker Joey Porter was clear about his intentions before New England met the Dolphins prior to Week 3 — and managed to back it up on the field. But this past week, Porter’s mouth wrote a check his body couldn’t cash, failing to back up a week’s worth of trash talk when the Patriots rolled to a 48-28 win.

    It remains to be seen what will become of Smith and his latest pregame boast. It couldn’t end any worse than it did last time, an outing that left a veteran receiver like Jabar Gaffney chuckling.

    “He basically called us out,” Gaffney said. “He’s young. He’ll learn.”

    That last point might be debatable.

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  2. CheerforTom

    CheerforTom Third String But Playing on Special Teams

    Well on one hand he's a real brave guy for saying that in this situation when the guy who torched him last time is currently out.

    On the other hand he's going to look like the biggest idiot in the world if we beat them again. Especially if Cassel ends up throwing one over his head.
  3. Leave No Doubt

    Leave No Doubt Supporter Supporter

    They never learn:D
  4. JSn

    JSn Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

  5. Deus Irae

    Deus Irae Retired Jersey Club Supporter

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    Steelers' secondary hoping to hold its ground against Patriots

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  6. FreeTedWilliams

    FreeTedWilliams I'm no Mona Lisa Vito.... Supporter

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    Has anyone watched any of these games? The Steelers have the #1 defense only because they play in the same division as Cinncinnati, Cleveland, and Baltimore.

    I not sure if you guys have noticed, but these teams all stink on offense!

    The closests thing to a good team they have beaten is the Redskins, they have losses to both the Colts and the Giants.
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  7. emoney_33

    emoney_33 Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

    They can only play who is on the schedule, and it's not like their defense has gotten roasted by any good teams. A good defense will play good against bad teams, so just because they have played bad teams doesn't mean they do NOT have a good/great defense.
  8. madmike77

    madmike77 On the Roster

    Smith's words don't really mean much when the guy isn't even starting.
  9. The Dog

    The Dog Banned

    It isn't much of a guarantee when he says all sorts of things have to happen first. The biggest trash talking that blew up in a face was by Tom Brady. He mocked and laughed at Plaxico. That didn't turn out too well for him.
  10. dryheat44

    dryheat44 Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

    #11 Jersey he's saying if their defense plays great, and their offense plays great, they're going to win? Really doesn't seem so controversial.
  11. PatsWickedPissah

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    I would like to make a simple request that in this game that The Hut simply holds onto the ball when Cassel puts it right there in his hands. Mistakes cost us 2 big AFC games. We need some 'old style' Patriots play that is mistake free, while forcing Rthlsbrgr, the TO machine, to be himself.

    I suppose us piping in the sound of a motorcycle reving its engine and squealing its tires would be frowned upon by Goodell.
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  12. NEPatriot

    NEPatriot Banned

    In this economy crisis, why would anybody want to guarantee anything?
  13. spacecrime

    spacecrime Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal

    So? What does that have to do with the comment that thier defense is rated high because they play in a division with three horroble-offensed teams?

    Ratings are kind of lame, anyway. If a team has a lousy pass defense, their run defense will look great. Who'd run against a team who can't stop a pass?

    And if you play teams that cannot move the ball no matter who they play, your overall D looks good.
  14. emoney_33

    emoney_33 Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

    The comment states that is the ONLY reason their defense is rated high. Arguments that dismiss positive results because of the opposition always come off as wishful thinking. Unless there are opposite results when playing different competition, the fact that a team does well against inferior teams cannot be used to declare them overrated.
  15. Jetssuck

    Jetssuck Practice Squad Player

    Plaxico was the one trash talking. Get your facts straight. What was Brady supposed to say about Plaxico's comments? That Plaxico is right the Giants will win by 6.
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