The most recent Steelers Digest ran an interview with Safety Ryan Clark. This Q&A is worrisome.
Q: What are some of the differences between the Steelers and the Redskins?I’m not sure a family-friendly practice schedule is the right tonic for this team. They were 0-4 in pre-season and are 2-5 in games that count. Most of those losses were due to horrible, sloppy mistakes--fumbles, interceptions, dropped passes, and stupid penalties.
A: I would definitely say the practice schedule. It’s a lot more player-friendly here. Coach Cowher definitely takes care of us and lets us get some time at home with the family.
Maybe that’s what is lacking this year. The team (coaches and players) are relying on their will to win on Sunday while ignoring the need to prepare Monday through Saturday.
"It's not the will to win, but the will to prepare to win that makes the difference."
(Bobby Knight, Bear Bryant, Vince Lombardi)
Police trainers have a saying that fits in here:
"You won't rise to the occasion - you'll default to your level of training."