Joey Porter shattered the peace of sweet comments expressing deference for Steelers opponents yesterday when the Pro Bowl linebacker sneered at what he called the Indianapolis Colts’ finesse style of play, and said they did not dare line up against the Steelers and play “football.”
“They don’t want to just sit there, line up and play football,” Porter charged. “They want to try to catch you off guard. They don’t want to play smash-mouth football, they want to trick you. … They want to catch you substituting. Know what I mean?
They don’t want to just call a play, get up there and run a play. They want to make you think. They want it to be a thinking game instead of a football game.”
Edgerrin James ran for 124 yards Nov. 28, ending the Steelers’ streak of 22 games not allowing a 100-yard rusher. He carried 29 times and did not have a carry longer than 10 yards. But Porter even scoffed at that accomplishment.
“I still think it was a cheap 100.”