Steelers N Stuff: Behind Enemy Lines Dolphins at Steelers

LinesSteeler Nation ,The Steelers are 5-7 and taking on the 6-6 Miami Dolphins at Heinz field. Once again the Steelers find themselves fighting for their playoff lives and former wide receiver Mike Wallace makes his first return to Pittsburgh as a Dolphin. Lets go behind enemy lines and see just what the enemy is saying about the Steelers and this up coming game…  Proceed with caution!

Mike Wallace  : from conference call to Pittsburgh reporters.

Q :Asked why he is expecting to hear boo’s on Sunday…

Wide Receiver Mike Wallace:  “Just the way things happened when I left. I don’t think everything ended on the highest note. I know between myself and the organization, we all know what the deal was, so I am good with it. It is what it is.”

Q :Asked if some Steeler fans unfairly have a bad impression of him and the way he left…

Wide Receiver Mike Wallace:

“Oh definitely. I think some people definitely have a bad impression of me, but you can’t please everybody. So you just pray about it and move on.”


Q:Asked how much insight he has on the Steelers defensive backfield and how much he has shared with the Dolphins already…

Wide Receiver Mike Wallace:

“It could be very insightful, but at the same time those guys have been together for so long that when they get out there they are still going to play well. You know just let them know the personnel, all I’ve really told them was each guy, described each guy to them, but for the most part I really haven’t said anything. The tape speaks for itself about those guys, they are great players, we all know that they have been together forever. They are going to always be in the right spots, smart players, crafty guys so its going to be a tough challenge but we are up to it.”


Q:Asked if he misses Ben Roethlisberger throwing him the ball…


Wide Receiver Mike Wallace:

“Definitely. That’s my guy; it’s not really even about that its more so just friends. That’s like my big brother. So anytime you play with a guy like that you are automatically going to miss him, but things they happen for a reason. You just take it and roll with it.”


Q:Asked if he was surprised about the way things ended and if he had thought that he would play for the Steelers for his entire career…


Wide Receiver Mike Wallace:

“Not really surprising because you see it happen all the time, but it was nothing personal on each side. We both had to make the best decisions for ourselves, (the Steelers front office) for the organization and me for myself and my family. I am fine with the (Steelers) organization, I love those guys to death there are no hard feelings whatsoever from Mike, you know it’s all love.”


Q:Asked if he expects to see Ike Taylor cover his exclusively …

Wide Receiver Mike Wallace:

“I’m not sure what their game plan is, but for the most part, Ike (Taylor) is probably the guy every single week so I’m looking forward to him following me. But if not, I really wouldn’t be surprised.”

Q: Asked if there is any grudge held against him for holding out last year, with the Steelers when he held out ..

Wide Receiver Mike Wallace:

“With who? I mean maybe with the fans, but I don’t think so with the coaches, my teammates. I could be wrong but when I came in, it was nothing on my part. When I came in I was happy, happy to be there, just ready to play some football. I got the same impression from my teammates and my coaches. Me personally I never really felt anything toward anybody or felt like anybody felt any type of way towards me. I’m not sure, I can’t really answer that question, but I don’t think so.”


Q: Asked when he scored last week did he do the ‘Jet’ celebration, and if he has something planned for this week?

Wide Receiver Mike Wallace:

“I have a little something in mind, I have a little something in mind, I can’t tell you what it is. But I’ve got a little something.”


Q:Asked if he had any thoughts on Mike Tomlin’s fine/issue?…

Wide Receiver Mike Wallace:

 “I think it’s pretty funny. I won’t make fun of him about that but I’ll have a couple words to tell him when I see him. That’s my guy, I’ve got a lot of love for Coach Tomlin. He’s one of the best coaches I ever played for in my life. Not just as a coach, but as a person and a motivator. He’s one of the greatest I’ve ever played with, I’m definitely going to have a couple words for him but it’s not just going to be about that. That’s just an incident that happened on the field, the Soul Train picture was kind of funny though.”


Q: if he feels that the play could have been intentional?


Wide Receiver Mike Wallace:

 “Do I think he did it on purpose? As far as Coach Tomlin and the type of guy he is, he’s never given me a reason to think he would do something like that. People are going to draw their own conclusions. No matter what I say, no matter what you say, everybody is going to have their own opinion of it. I think the NFL handled it in the way they had to handle it. I think Coach Tomlin is a guy, he’s always a standup guy, he’s going to take whatever punishment it is and deal with it. I don’t think he’s going to try to put it on anybody else or make an excuse. He’s going to deal with it, take care of the situation and it’ll be over.”




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