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Coach Noll on the Dallas Win

At his weekly press conference, Coach Noll fielded several questions regarding the Cowboys accusations of foul play in their defeat at the hands of the Steelers. “When you have to defend a victory, it’s not much fun,” he admitted.

When asked if beating Dallas is more satisfying, Noll replied, “No, it doesn’t follow. My experience is that every week is a new challenge. You are measure by your last story. It’s a weekly battle. A win like this builds confidence in our ability to get done what we need to get done. They know they have to play like this the rest of the way.”

Rookie Dwayne Woodruff Ready to Start?

Dwayne WoodruffWith Ron Johnson in hospital recovering from a concussion, rookie defensive back Dwayne Woodruff could make his first start in pro football against Washington.  “I never expected to be starting in my first year in the NFL,” Woodruff told the Pittsburgh Press. “I thought I would play a lot of special teams and go in when five defensive backs were needed.”

The BLESTO scouting report on Woodruff indicated he had a 4.7 speed in the 40. “A 4.7 speed is free agent stuff,” said Steelers defensive coach Dick Walker. “We went down to Louisville before the draft and timed him. He did a 4.5.”

The Steelers used a sixth-round pick on Woodruff and it was paying off. “Dwayne has learned the cornerback and safety positions very quickly,” Walker said.

When Mike Wagner was placed on injured reserve the previous week, the coaches were confident enough to make Woodruff the backup for all four secondary positions.

“You sit on the sidelines and anticipate going into a game,” Woodruff offered. “So, whenever I get the call, I’m ready.”

He replaced Wagner late in the Cincinnati disaster and acknowledged, “I got caught out of position and got burned for a touchdown.”

He entered the Denver game in the second quarter at cornerback and performed well. “They didn’t deviate from their game plan when I came into the game, so they didn’t pick on me,” Woodruff noted. “But I guess against Washington, they will try to pick on the rookie. It will be on my mind before the game, but if they want to, they can throw at me all day. I’ll be ready.”

Bad Hands Failing to Halt Stallworth

John Stallworth may become the first receiver to win the receiving title playing without the full use of his hands.

“I sprained both of my wrists in the Dallas exhibition game, “ Stallworth explained. “I was falling backwards and landed on my wrists. The wrists were so sore that I couldn’t pick up my baby girl. I had to cradle her in my arms.”

Despite his setback, Stallworth leads the NFL with 718 yards. “I’ve had my legs and that’s the most important thing,” Stallworth said. “If you can’t run, then you have problems.”
Stallworth’s receiver coach Tom Moore suggested, “He can play with pain. He is able to concentrate even though he has some ailments.”


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