Ryan Clark Records Steelers First Takeway Of 2013 Season In Win

Thanks to a third quarter interception Sunday by Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark against the New York Jets, the team avoided becoming the first in NFL history to start a season with five consecutive games without a takeaway.

Clark picked off a pass by Jets quarterback Geno Smith intended for tight end Konrad Reuland at the Steelers one yard-line with 8:01 left in the third quarter to end the 18 quarter takeaway drought.

The turnovers did not stop there as linebacker Lawrence Timmons also picked off a Smith pass with 3:08 left in the game at the Steelers own three yard-line. The interception was mostly a result of good pressure on Smith by rookie linebacker Jarvis Jones.

Clark nearly had a second interception in the fourth quarter but couldn’t hold on to a pass by Smith intended for wide receiver Jeremy Kerley.

Linebacker Jason Worilds also forced a fumble by Smith in the first half, but the Steelers defense was unable to recover it before Smith.

Thanks to the Steelers offense not turning the ball over during the game, the team takeaway differential now sits at minus nine through five games.


  • WilliamSekinger

    I’m happy for Jarvis. Already pretty stout against the run but only really has one useful pass rush move atm (Speed rush). Give him an off season to hit the weights, he’ll be much better next year.

  • Curtis

    Everyone was quick to tell Clark how to do his job and learn how to tackle. He needs to quit promoting himself for a job after football. After all he was right, stop Ben from being Ben and stop turning over the ball we would win. No turnovers from Ben and we won and guess what, who got the first turnover of the year.

  • dgh57

    Finally we get a TO! I had forgotten what it felt like to get one.

  • Crazy Bone

    Jarvis only made a play because he was being blocked by a running back. If an OL blocks him, he is not heard from. I am not sure he is ever going to be a great pass rusher. When Woodley was a rookie, you saw much more potential as a pass rusher with limited opportunities.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Clark didn’t do anything special…it was a awful pass right to him…do not forget he also dropped one right to him…lets not give the guy too much credit. He did have a good game and that was a plus and I hope it continues.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I think it was the first drive the Jets had where Jarvis did a nice move to put pressure on Smith but he missed the sack.

  • Dale

    I’d forgotten what it felt like to get a win.

  • Riverstko

    RC shouldve had two picks, but he got one. Nice win

  • WilliamSekinger

    Ever seen Woodley in coverage? There is more to the OL in the 3-4 than rushing the QB. You must’ve forgot Woodley was a DE in college so yeah he had more bulk when he entered the pros. Jarvis has always been an OL so he does need to bulk up a bit.

  • Kelly A

    I completely disagree with this statement as you are undervaluing what he did and what his interception did for this team. But if want to get more specific about that interception, I hope they get video of it here because he read that play beautifully and made the interception.

    Let’s talk about Ryan Clark, this was the same guy people were chastising for going on national television and telling showing the entire nation that he was confident in his team and himself despite what everyone else perceived (including this fanbase). But guess what, he put his money where his mouth is, he and his Steelers allowed just 6 points on a team that was 4 -1; and the team produced one of their best defensive performances in a long time, 2 ints, 3 sacks, and 1FF.

    So I completely disagree, the man did something very special, he had the courage to stand by his team and the confidence obviously has infected the entire team. If this Steelers team ends up going 4-4 after week 9 (and I believe they can), he will look like a prophet. This team needs to believe in themselves and take every accomplishment they get from this point on and capitalize on it.

    For once, I would like to see this forum spend the week and feel optimistic, rather than search for ways to be pessimistic.

  • Jonas

    This William.
    & He obviously was to good in college to study some pass rush moves!
    With his mentality I’m sure he will bulk up & develope his skills. Right now we have a semi-stout coverage and containment OLB and the game time and experience he is collecting obviously won’t hurt him..

  • Xclewsive

    Ryan Clark was gifted a couple INTs yesterday. I don’t believe Ryan Clark words created anything honestly. Ryan Clarks best play was a dropped INT, which goes along with how he’s played this year. When Ryan should make the play he hasn’t for the majority of the plays. There isn’t a player in the Steelers locker room who doesn’t believe they can turn it around. The biggest difference is that non of the players in that locker room outside of Ryan Clark are auditioning for a job.

  • SteelerFanInMD

    I think Clark needs to work on hand-catching the ball. On the interception and the one that he dropped, he body-catches or tries to arm-catch the ball.


    Well…no doubt Ryan was more right than wrong referring to Ben’s play, (you have to know he wasn’t the only DEF player feeling that way…since Farrior was shown the door aside from maybe Keisel no one else would actually speak up so Clark did.

    The problem is, until yesterday his play left a lot to be desired as well.

    To Shannon…nothing special…yeah he should’ve had to 2 picks, but that was a huge play in the game and the result set the tone for LeBeau to stay aggressive.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I love Clark and what he has done for the Steelers. This year he has been flat so I am not going to crown him king when he has had a hand in 4 loses. I like what Clark says for the most part but it doesn’t look good when everytime you look up you are running off at the mouth yet your play is undesireable. I am not undervaluing what he did but I am not going to put him on a pedastal for being where he should have been and catching a ball right to him. This isn’t about being pessimistic rather keeping things in perspective, calling this play very special is going to far in the other direction. It was a good play by a player that has played well for us over the years and thats it.

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  • PA2AK

    Thank GOD Ben was being Ben…shrugged off a sure safety. put his head down for a critical 1st down on 3rd and 10. actually got up after being PUNISHED in the pocket. Motivating the OL on the sidelines (aka coaching). Clark is solid. He still needs to get his head out of his ass and quit calling out his teammates on national tv. Didn’t hear Ben calling him out for all those missed tackles did we?

  • PA2AK

    That INT was more a result of William Gays jam on the TE and a duuuuuumaaaaassss throwing the ball into triple coverage. Looked like a punt return.