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Notebook: Steelers, grade thyselves

| Tuesday, December 6, 2005 12:00 a.m

Steelers players and coaches had their weekly meeting Monday with a bit of a “change-up,” according to cornerback Ike Taylor.

Each player got out pen and paper and graded his performance from last Sunday’s 38-31 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, who not only pushed the Steelers two games out of first place in the AFC North Division, but extended the Steelers’ losing streak to three games.

“We grade ourselves every week, but (Monday) you took the notebook out and graded yourself and gave a plus or minus for each individual play (from) Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.”

Taylor said teammates then shared their individual grades, as a way of holding themselves accountable for their effort, or lack thereof.

“We have to re-focus,” Taylor said. “Everybody had to take a look at himself in the mirror, see what you can do individually to help this team. See what we did in our first nine games (when the Steelers were 7-2) and what we didn’t do in our last three games.”

The Steelers spent yesterday at the South Side practice facility going through conditioning work and attending meetings.

  • Veteran Steelers RB Jerome Bettis will be featured at 7:30 tonight on “In My Own Words” on Fox Sports Net Pittsburgh.

    “Growing up, it’s funny because I didn’t play football at all, I was a bowler,” Bettis says in the up-close interview. “I have been bowling since I was seven years old. … That was a way that my mother thought she could keep her two boys out of the street.”

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