Did injuries to you and Kordell Stewart, in addition to the turnovers of the receiving corps, throw off the timing of the passing game?We're coming along. It's taking some time because we don't play a whole game in the preseason. So that takes a lot longer to come together. When we all get on the same page, the sky is the limit for our passing game. That's what's happening with Kordell right now. He's just trying to get a feel for Antwaan (Randle El) and Plaxico (Burress).
Do you think you could win as a quarterback for the Steelers?I could have probably. When I played quarterback, it was more to help the team out. I probably could have if had some good coaching.
How do you see Antwaan Randle El progressing and where do you think his natural position is?Antwaan comes in on third down. We're not asking Antwaan to do a lot of things. He doesn't have to be an every-down guy. It's not that he can't do it. But we're not asking him to come in and block linebackers. On third down when he comes in, that's his job. That's all Bobby's job was. He's found a niche doing that. He's a vital part of this offense."
Why haven't Plaxico and Kordell been on the same page this season?It's really just because this year's team has a lot of talent on it. And we're not winning right now. So if one guy's doing it, another guy isn't doing it, there's going to be some scrutiny. It's all about opportunities. If you've got one-on-one matchups, that dictates where the ball goes. Then it's just a matter of Kordell picking a receiver. We're in continuity right now. But as far as Plaxico is concerned, he'll get his chances. That's what happened last year. If they want to take me out of the game, then Plaxico is going to get his. If they want to take Plaxico out of the game, then I'm going to get mine. Then, if they want to take both of us out, Bobby Shaw did a great job of picking up the slack last season. Right now, there aren't enough balls to go around. It's not about one guy having a bad year, it's all about opportunities. We're a primarily running team. We're only going to throw the ball 20 or 25 times a game. There aren't a lot of catches.