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Ryan Clark: Steelers can no longer live off historic lore

It’s time to stop living in the past according to the former Steelers safety

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Ryan Clark was one of the hardest hitters of his day, and a vital part of the Steelers’ defense of the late 2000s and early 2010s that made trips to two Super Bowls, winning Super Bowl XLIII over the Arizona Cardinals in the 2008 season.

Now, the current ESPN analyst and host of Inside The NFL says the Steelers need to stop living in the past.

“The problem for me is, is when Mike Tomlin says he’s going to fix a problem, I expect him to fix a problem. If the offense was going to be the issue, that means you were supposed to execute everywhere else. You were supposed to execute in the linebacker position. Minkah Fitzpatrick comes back, I expect you to take a step up defensively. But simple things like quarterback exchange, right? Being able to snap the ball from center to Mitchell Trubisky. You’re already playing with a backup. What are you going to do as a team to execute and play complementary football that allows you to win? The Pittsburgh Steelers have to start to accept that they’re no longer the organization that can live off of the fact that there are six Lombardi trophies in the staircase.”

The former Steeler has been outspoken about his former team plenty of times in recent memory, including criticizing Diontae Johnson for his lackluster effort on a fumble against the Bengals, and Matt Canada’s poor offensive play-calling that was dealt with for too long. Clark referred to the Steelers as “Imposters” earlier this season, as well, noting that they are not good enough to make a run in the playoffs.