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Free safety Ryan Clark, return specialist Stefan Logan, and wide receiver Limas Sweed field questions on the Steelers' 17-0 preseason win over the Buffalo Bills.

Ryan Clark, FS, Pittsburgh Steelers

Q: What did you guys just show out there tonight?

A: Well, I think that Buffalo was working on some things, and they went out there short some men like T.O., but I think as a team we did well. I think the offense really came out and moved the ball and that was something we needed to see. I was talking to Hines after the game and he was saying he really wanted to get into the flow. He wanted the offense to get into the flow. And, defensively, I think we showed who we are. We're going to give up some plays every now and then – the other people get paid, too – but I think we did a good job.

Q: The Redskins ran on you guys a little bit last week. Was that part of the motivation tonight?

A: Well, no I wasn't concerned. When we were out there as a first group, they broke a couple of plays, but it wasn't a whole game of that. Now, that was a big focus of Coach Tomlin this week, was us stopping the run.

Q: So it was a focus because of the Washington game?

A: That's where Coach Tomlin wanted us to be strong. He wanted the offensive line to control their line and defensively he wanted to stop the run. I talked to Coach LeBeau and that's where it always starts with us, stopping the run. And he wasn't happy at all with 160 yards, or whatever the Redskins had. That's not like the Pittsburgh Steelers. As a team he wanted to come out and stop that. I would've liked to have gone against a team that was really more focused than Buffalo. They were working on things like a no-huddle. I don't think it was really their focus to pound us or run on us. They didn't really give us the rehearsal we would've liked.

Q: The old men -- Hines, Potsie and Deshea -- didn't look very old tonight, did they?

A: No, not at all. Not at all. That's the thing: If you look at the Steelers, they kind of know when to let guys go. To have those guys still here, they get the big deals, so obviously the front office thinks they've still got it, and that's what they showed.

Q: What was Potsie (Farrior) like after having such a good game?

A: Well, you know Potsie's always the same and I think that's what keeps our defense the way it is. When you have a leader like him, he will give you the speech and things like that before the game but he's never up or down. When we're playing really well, he's still honest about the team and its play. When we're not playing as well as we usually do, he's still there being Potsie. When you have a leader who's very even-keeled like that, it reflects in the defense.

Stefan Logan, return specialist

Q: What do you think of your chances of making the team now?

A: Like I said, the coaches are going to evaluate some guys in the next couple days here and we'll see how it works out. I don't know what they're thinking. I don't know what they've got in store for me or the other guys, but, hey, we'll see what happens and hopefully it works out for the best and I'm here.

Q: Stefan, catching the punts is pretty key. How did you do in that regard all camp?

A: I've got pretty good hands as a running back, you know. Plus, I'm out there playing receiver. Like they say, just catch the ball first and then make a move. You don't want to drop it because you made a move too fast. Once you get it down pat, you've got it for good. Mewelde's been helping me. He always says ‘get up under it, catch it, secure it, then make your move.' So that's what I've been doing.

Q: You didn't get a kickoff return did you?

A: No I didn't get a chance today. I was hoping I was going to get that last one, but Joe (Burnett) blocked the field goal, so I was ready to go out there and return one for a kickoff. But, hey, we had a shutout and that's good for the defense and good for the team.

Q: Could you hear 60,000 people groan when you fair-caught that third punt?

A: Yeah. Yeah, I heard them, but hey as long as it's a fair play and the coaches like it, I've got to go with it. You're not going to get a chance to return all the kicks. I had to fair-catch two of them. I'm not really a fan of fair-catching it, but, hey, when you've got to you've got to. You don't want to get yourself in trouble out there.

Q: It must be a nice sign when everyone wants to see you all the time?

A: That's what it's all about with me. I'm always trying to return for positive yards all the time. My mentality is that I'm always trying take one to the house.

Q: I have to ask you about moving from Miami to South Dakota to go to college. Was that a bit of a culture shock?

A: Yeah it was a culture shock for me, but I had to make a move. I had to get somewhere and South Dakota was the place God had planned for me. And when I went there I had a great career, I played four years, I had a great time, I enjoyed myself and I balled out. You see where it got me at now. I'm here playing ball right now and hopefully everything works out for me.

Limas Sweed, WR

Q: Nothing was easy about going up and getting belted in the ribs tonight, was there?

A: All's I can say is it's in the game. It's in the game.

Q: Is that the toughest kind of catch you have to make?

A: No. I think coming off the post and knowing the safety's going to be there to meet you head on. I think that's one of the toughest catches to make and to hold on to it, because the safety's coming down hill. It's a matter of who has the most heart.

Q: You said it's best that you don't have time to think?

A: Well, when I say think I mean a lot of things come naturally the more you do them. When you're thinking you're trying to process everything, like ‘cover two, cover three.' Just see it, believe what you see, and run with it. That's what I did tonight. I saw the coverages. I was watching film and they were supposed to be a blitz team but they didn't blitz so that was another thing I didn't have to worry about. I could just run my routes and have fun and play like I was in high school and college. That's what I did and that's what I intend to keep doing.

Q: Do you think you put the hammer down on the No. 3 job?

A: I don't know. We've got a couple weeks to find out. Time will tell. I felt like I showed up when they needed me to show up. I got my opportunities to make the plays and I made the plays. I can't worry about things that are not in my control.


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