Steelers' Carter looks to 'bad communication'
By John Harris
Published: Thursday, Nov. 26, 2009,
A day after Steelers coach Mike Tomlin dismissed talk from some of his defensive players that not everyone got the play call before Kansas City's Chris Chambers' 61-yard reception late in last Sunday's 27-24 overtime loss, strong safety Tyrone Carter said he was out of position on the play.
"We didn't play the call right," Carter said Wednesday. "Guys didn't have the call. It's our fault. In a crucial situation, we all should have communicated and made sure everybody had the call. We did a poor job of that.''
During his weekly news conference, Tomlin, responding to post-game comments by his players, said the defense's "knowledge of the call was not an issue in that circumstance.''
Carter, who's expected to start against Baltimore on Sunday night for the injured Troy Polamalu, said he was late returning to the huddle following cornerback Ike Taylor's near-interception on the previous play.
"We thought Ike had an interception, cheering a little bit, and all of a sudden — bam — they're at the line of scrimmage," Carter said. "They got out of the huddle fast. So we had to run, and I didn't know what call it was. I looked to Potsie (inside linebacker James Farrior, who calls defensive signals) to get the ball, and I just ran to play my half (of the field).
"I was supposed to have been on the left side. I was on the right side. (Free safety) Ryan (Clark) had to go from the right to the left.''
Said Clark: "No excuses. They just made a play. I knew what the play was. I'm not going to point the finger at anybody.''
Carter said the defensive plays are sent in from the sideline to Farrior, who relays them to his teammates.
After Carter told reporters he didn't receive the call, Tomlin said his defensive players were told what the third-down call was prior to taking the field.
Carter, however, repeated yesterday that he didn't receive the call — while also accepting blame for not making a better adjustment to seek out the call.
"There were a couple of people in there that were involved who (coaches) said the next call was going to be (for)," Carter said. "We weren't a part of that. We didn't get what he was saying. It was just bad communication.
"Even though we have signal callers on the sideline that signal the call in, we should have had our eyes on him. I take the blame for that. I wasn't able to look at the sideline to see what he signaled to Potsie.
"It put us in a bad situation. By the time I got the call, I ran back and, shoot, they snap the ball.''
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