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Reich, Pagano talk Steelers, Gates and more

Notes and quotes from offensive coordinator Frank Reich and defensive coordinator John Pagano.

Every Thursday, the coordinators speak to the media, answering questions on a number of topics. Here are some of the notable notes and quotes:



On CB Patrick Robinson:

"Number One: He’s quiet; Number Two: He asks a lot of questions; and Number Three, he comes to work every day. He takes unbelievable notes in the meeting rooms; he wants to do every little thing correct. If you looked up “professional football player” you would see [Robinson's] face probably right next to it … He’s big. He’s physical. He tackles. He can play multiple positions and it’s important."


On Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell:

"He’s one of the best backs in the National Football League. He’s very patient. He has great vision. He has great start and stop ability. He has a knack to be almost smooth into the hole. You’ve gotta go out and tackle him because he is the type of guy who will lower his shoulder in the hole and you’ve gotta have a good base, great technique and fundamentals."


On rookie Denzel Perryman:

"He’s getting better. You see the production that he’s doing on special teams, you see him growing into that position, and then you start working him into the mix of being able to get those reps. You’re always looking for ways to get football players on the field. If they’re players who can make plays and do the things you ask of them, you find ways to get them out there."


On struggling to stop the run:

"You just keep working on it. Probably the most disappointing thing is I see our red zone defense improving, I see our third-down defense improving … We’ve got to fix this run defense. You can’t let big plays creep in. You’ve got to win those one-on-one matchups."




On the return of Antonio Gates:

"He looks explosive as ever. He steps onto the field and the first route he runs, it’s eye-popping. That’s what makes him a future Hall-of-Famer. I guess as coaches we have to ourselves be careful … Even as I say ,“Future Hall-of-Famer,” no -- what we need is him to be who he is this Monday night against the Steelers. And that’s who we expect him to be. He’s been working hard and we’re glad to have him back."


On Gates’ role Monday:

"I’m hoping he comes in and makes an immediate impact. How many plays he plays is hard to tell at this point. You have a number in your mind, a range in your mind. You certainly don’t want him playing every snap, but you want him to be in there enough to get his touches and make the impact a guy like that can have."


On center Trevor Robinson:

"Trevor’s outstanding. We love Trevor. When he stepped in at the end of last year, we really realized we had a winner. Philip [Rivers] has an extreme amount of confidence in him. He just understands the game, communicates extremely fast, processes things very quickly and is tough. He’s the right guy for the job."

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