Ramon Foster: Vance Was The Bear Monday Night

Steelers guard reacts to a 30-27 win

Matt Koll
September 25, 2018 - 11:25 am
Vance McDonald

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan)- It was a much needed victory for the Pittsburgh Steelers Monday night as they held on to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30-27. 

The tone-setter for Pittsburgh may have come in the first quarter, already down 7-0, when quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hit tight end Vance McDonald for a 75-yard touchdown. What made the play even more special was McDonald's burly, nasty stiff arm of Bucs safety Chris Conte in open space to spring himself free and effectively knock Conte out of the game. 

Steelers guard Ramon Foster joined The Fan Morning Show in his weekly spot on Tuesday mornings at 8 am and talked about the impact of that play.

"[When it happened] we just knew that was going to be a legendary play and more than anything man, you don't see a grown man get disrespected like that," said Foster. "All respect to that guy but Vance made one heck of a play. That's why everybody's always like, 'be patient with Vance, let him do his thing to get healthy' because that's what he brings." 

"Did I make fun of him (Conte)? Nah, I didn't because I mean, sometimes you get the bear and sometimes the bear gets you and Vance...he was the bear last night." 

Foster said that was definitely a momentum swinger and vaulted the Steelers to a 30 point first half. 

"It was like, 'OK we got something, we can roll, everything's going to be alright,' we started off slow but they did, too and to see Vance come out like that...it gave us a chance to come out hot. We knew big plays were there to be made and they can score but we can, too." 

As for the rest of the Steelers offense, Foster was very complimentary of fellow linemates Matt Feiler and BJ Finney who filled in for the injured David DeCastro and Marcus Gilbert. He also said that James Conner looked really good, particularly late in the game when the Steelers were trying to put it away. He also doesn't mind blocking a little longer for a more mobile Ben Roethlisberger and doesn't worry about Ben's potential injury risk in playing that way.

"When he's on the move that's when it seems like he's really in his comfort mode," said Foster. "I look at it as, if he's extending plays, then we got an opportunity down the field for a big play. That's never a thought in my mind (injuries) I love it when he's moving around, we've just got to know up front...'hey, when you block for Ben you block longer' and that's awesome because he makes us look good."

Foster also told of an interesting conversation between the Steelers two top wide receivers in Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster and how the young guy is still respecting the top dog in the passing game.

"JuJu knows that his stardom right now has come because everybody is double teaming AB and he's verbally told him that," said Foster. "He knows his place. He knows AB is the guy. He knows that he is getting his opportunity and is taking advantage of it because of the attention Antonio gets. So, I'm excited for him but he absolutely appreciates 84."

Foster also believes James Washington is following right in Smith-Schuster's footsteps of last season in establishing himself as a rookie receiver in this offense.     

You can hear the entire interview with Ramon Foster on The Fan Morning Show Tuesday morning below. 

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