Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark has never shied away from guarantees. But his latest guarantee just shows how much confidence he has in his football team. As NFL.com reports on October 8, Clark feels the Steelers will make it happen as far as his team’s ability to turn their season around and make the playoffs.
So far this young NFL season, the Steelers haven’t been the team fans have been accustomed to. They have struggled on both sides of the ball and have been absent of a consistent running game. Even at 0-4 with a 1.2 percent chance of making the playoffs, the Steelers do have a shot in the AFC North where the Bengals, Ravens and Browns all set at 3-2. They are just 2 behind in the lost column, but the team needs to get that first victory.
Clark is confident in the players around him and his coaching staff to start winning football games. He told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
“I think we have the people in this room, the coaches (to win). Also, looking at our schedule, we’re not playing world-beaters, we’re not playing gods. We’re playing men.”
The Steelers still have five division opponents left which give them the opportunity to make some noise and get back into the thick of things in the AFC.
“We’re playing football teams that have vulnerabilities and teams I think we can beat. That’s five division opponents left, so it’s in our own hands. I think we can win those games, and I think we will.”
Unfortunately for Clark, the Steelers seem to have deeper vulnerabilities at this point. Until they fix and correct some of those issues, the only guarantee will be that the Steelers won’t make the playoffs. The focus has to be on winning one game before even considering thinking about weeks ahead.
But for Ryan Clark or any player playing for a struggling team, there has to be a belief things will get turned around and there has to be a confidence instilled to make things happen on the field where it matters most.