When you see Jerome (Bettis) get his fourth straight 100-yard game, what does it say about this running game?
"It's definitely potent. I saw that in training camp when we were
able to have the one-two punch. Jerome's definitely done a great
job the past couple of weeks. That's what you're going to get
from the Steelers. We're going to pound the ball and continue to
rotate backs in and backs out and run the football.
Is there a rust factor for running backs?
"I don't know.
We've been put in some circumstances where the defense has
been stepping up all year. That's a good football team out there.
How bad did you want the shutout, or didn't that enter into it?
"We wanted that goal line stand because they got a couple of
penalties that we didn't think were penalties that kept that drive
alive. We wanted to make that fourth-down stand, but they ran a
good play and beat us.
Bill (Cowher) said he overruled Dick (LeBeau) on that. (LeBeau)
wanted to come after him, do you think that would have worked?
"Probably. Throughout the game, we made him throw some
balls in the dirt just because of the pressure. He was jumping in
the air to throw the ball. Who knows?
Is this the most aggressive this defense has been since you've
"Yeah. We have the guys to do the things LeBeau wants to do.
We have the personnel. Our safeties, it always comes down to
our secondary. You have to have good people up front, but the
secondary has to be able to get you out of some jams. Willie Williams stepping up for Chad Scott and the young guys Ricardo
and Ike are doing a good job.
When you guys are playing this confident, can you play that much
"Yeah. It's a confident group we have on defense. It's a big
difference between now and last year. Last year, there were
packages we ran that guys weren't comfortable with. The
packages we have now, with all the guys being here in the
offseason, we've picked it up really well.
Are you watching what's going on with the other teams?
"We can't worry about anybody else right now. It's not really on
my mind. I don't care what they do.
Have you been more aggressive this year than the previous two
or three years?
"I think so. It's a combination of a lot of things. As well as our
offense has been playing - they've struggled the past couple of
weeks - but they've allowed us to be aggressive. I think they help
us with our aggressiveness.
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