No word yet on whether Cowher plans to do it again this year, but Tuesday would be the day if it happens.
Cowher ran practice Monday afternoon as if he was testing the
team to see if it deserved a movie day, as the team worked in full
pads with a lot of emphasis placed on the running game.
Of course Kendrell Bell and Alan Faneca didn't practice - both sat
out with shoulder problems - so two of the more key players in
any running drill weren't there.
As they began the drills, Cowher yelled out at the players, "This
is not for everybody guys, this is not for everybody."
And indeed, some of the collisions were monumental. Dan Kreider and Clint Kriewaldt had a massive meeting that echoed
on the hillside, as did Daryl Kennedy and some poor soul who I
couldn't pick out of the mass of humanity that clogged the
At one point, Max Starks drew Cowher's ire by lunging to make a
block and losing his balance. "Stay on your feet Max," Cowher
Ben Roethlisberger had the football follie of the afternoon,
pulling a Mike Tomczak and losing the ball from his hand as he
cranked back to throw after stepping up in the pocket.
Later, Tommy Maddox made a perfect throw for about a 40-yard
pass play to Plaxico Burress, who had gotten behind Chidi Iwuoma. Burress made a great over-the-shoulder catch on the
perfectly placed pass.
During the one-on-one pass rush drills, Alonzo Jackson drew
the wrath of line coach John Mitchell, who told the
underachieving Jackson after his fourth straight attempt to speed
rush a blocker, "You can't go to the outside every time son.
Sometimes you have to hit his ass right in the chin."
I don't know if that's possible, but it was a funny line anyway.
Maybe one good enough for the movies.
Monday afternoon practice report
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