Notes: Newman forgets; Cook remembers; Tomlin salutes Harrison; Short takes

Posted Sep 11, 2013

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin needed a laugh track for Wednesday's conference call with the Cincinnati media when it came to his old defensive leader and new Bengals linebacker, James Harrison, and Hard Knocks.

James Harrison

Updated: 9-12-13, 12:20 a.m.

Bengals cornerback Terence Newman is playing in his 150th NFL game Monday (8:40 p.m.-ESPN, Cincinnati's Channel 5) and he got there by not dwelling on losses such as last Sunday's downer in Chicago.

Asked about what happened in that one Wednesday, he responded, "What happened this past week?" Asked about some of the mental mistakes, he asked, "When?" Reminded of the personal fouls late in each half he said, "I don’t even remember that. What day did that happen? What happened? I wasn’t there. I don’t know what happened. I’m trying to figure out today’s Wednesday?

"I don’t know what you’re talking about. You guys have to help me out here. I’m a DB, I have short-term memory."

But Newman's long-term memory must be pretty good because he remembers those Monday Night games while playing with the Cowboys.

"What makes Monday night games special to me is when you’ve got to play a divisional rival and everybody gets to see that. It’s the only game on TV; now that’s exciting," Newman said. "The nature of this being Pittsburgh-Cincinnati, I think last year and the year before the way the teams went at it, it’s definitely going to be exciting and it’s going to be a fun atmosphere.

"Playing for Dallas, I know what the divisional rivalries were like. We had our fair share of Monday night games against guys like the Giants and whatnot. So I understand exactly what’s going on with it. Last year, the Monday night game (in Baltimore), it was a good taste of what was to come."

COOK BACKS SULLIVAN: Bengals center Kyle Cook saw Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh's cut block at the knee on John Sullivan and Cook agrees with his fellow center that it was uncalled for after an interception on which Sullivan had no shot of being a factor.

Cook objects because this year's rule change designed at preventing low blocks on defensive players followed Texans linebacker Brian Cushing's torn ACL at the hands of then Jets guard Matt Slauson back in October.

"What happened with Cushing and Slauson wasn't malicious. I don't think he meant to hurt him. It was during a play (from scrimmage). We try to take care of those things," Cook said. "This is legal and this is illegal and we're looking out for the defense. So when a defender, I'm all for making the game safer and not wanting to get cut, turns around and cuts an offensive guy, it just blows my mind.

"Wait, you guys have been fighting to look out after (us) and we came through and said, 'OK you can't do this now, we're getting better at understanding this,' " Cook said. "Then you go out and Sullivan is not going to make that play. No way close. There's no room for that. If we did that to the defensive line, Suh or some others would be the first to say, 'That’s BS.' I can see 100 percent where John is coming from."

Cook recalls what everyone else does. Suh stomped on a Green Bay offensive lineman a few years ago. Now he's been fined $100,000 for this. And people seem to forget how he manhandled Dalton two years ago ripping off his helmet in a preseason game, and drawing a roughing the passer penalty.

But the Bengals don't forget it. And they play Suh next month in Detroit.

"He is who he is. When he threw Andy down, do I think he's cheap? I don't know. Or do I think he's dirty? I don't know," Cook said. "I think some of the things he does is questionable. Do I think he plays hard, aggressive, gives it his all? Yeah. Do I like the ways he plays? Sure, kind of.

"The stuff after the play? You don't know. Go back to the Packers. Going back to us and what happened this other game. That's not part of it. Do I think he plays hard between the whistles? Yes. When we play him he'll have to deal with us and we'll have to deal with him."

TOMLIN ON HARRISON: Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin needed a laugh track for Wednesday's conference call with the Cincinnati media when it came to his old defensive leader and new Bengals linebacker, James Harrison, and Hard Knocks.

"I don't watch that reality television. That's Channel Zero," Tomlin said. "I know James, I don't need to watch."

Tomlin got another laugh when asked about Harrison's leadership abilities.

"He leads more by example than he does verbally. James isn't always social," Tomlin said and after the laughter died down he said, "I see you know James."

"If you do know James, you can appreciate that about him. It's less about what he says and more about what he does. That guy is a hardcore professional. The way he works. He provided a great example for the young guys around here."

Tomlin, by the way, would have nothing to do with Hard Knocks.

"Obviously that decision would be up to the Rooneys from an ownership standpoint," he said. "But I don't see the advantages of it from a personal standpoint."

SHORT TAKES: In recent seasons under coordinator Mike Zimmer, the Bengals defense gets a pair of orange "Brotherhood" shorts with a logo. This season there has been added the term HEET Swarm. As tackle Geno Atkins explains it, that stands for Heart, Effort, Execution, Technique and swarm to the ball.


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