Q&A: Bruce Arians

Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians took all the blame for the disastrous offensive showing in Philadelphia on Sunday night. He only asked that reporters "spell my name right" when they report his part in the loss.

Bruce Arians, offensive coordinator, Pittsburgh Steelers

Q: Considering this past game, how's the week going so far?

A: It's Baltimore week, so the other one's over with. If you're thinking about it, you're in trouble. So it's going very well so far. Big, big challenge.

Q: Baltimore doesn't have to imitate Philadelphia, does it?

A: They're the No. 1 defense. I don't think they have to imitate anybody. They have enough blitzes to last a lifetime. They're hard enough to get ready for. You always go back and look at what happened before, be ready for that, correct it, and get ready for the next one.

Q: What's the best thing about Baltimore's run defense?

A: The players. They're really good. And they have a good scheme. They're great tacklers; they don't miss any tackles. They're very stout up front. It's always a great challenge to run the football against them.

Q: It looks like you'll have to throw the ball to beat them. How do you do that in light of last week's events?

A: Well, you have to protect better. And you throw it and you catch it like you did last year. Now they've got their starting corners back and that makes a big difference. It's always been a tough game against Baltimore. I think last year's game here was a little bit freakish in that they were missing some guys and there were some scrambling plays that were made.

Q: Will you use Rashard Mendenhall the same way you used Willie Parker?

A: Everything's the same, yeah, just like with any player on the team. We don't change anything for anybody. You step in and you're a starter for the Steelers and you run the Steelers' offense.

Q: After reviewing the Philadelphia tape, what are your thoughts?

A: Well, I'll say this: If anybody is still trying to look for a story about Philadelphia, and who to blame, just spell my name correctly, all right? So Philadelphia can go to bed. Anybody that wants anybody to blame for Philadelphia, you just blame me, and that way we can get ready for Baltimore.

Q: But don't you look at that game as a learning experience?

A: Every game is a learning experience. They all are.

Q: Do you go through it and say ‘this isn't working and this isn't working'?

A: You do that every single week; every single week. You identify good things, bad things, and then you try to correct them and go to the next one so it doesn't happen again.

Q: But wasn't there more …

A: It's all on me and it's over. So you don't have to ask any more players or anybody else. It's Bruce Arians' fault. Just spell my name right.

Q: Why do you take that all on yourself?

A: Because I'm the offensive coordinator. I call the plays. If they don't work, it's mine. So don't ask any more players any more questions about Philly. They need to be thinking about Baltimore.

Q: Is everybody correcting their mistakes?

A: You still got to block people. You can correct them, but those one-on-one matchups are tough. And they're tough this week because Trevor Pryce, Terrell Suggs, those are big-time pass-rushers. Guys have their work cut out for them.

Q: Are you taking the blame for the communication problems?

A: The whole thing.

Q: But with the communication problems …

A: The whole thing. The whole thing.

Q: How do they look without Kelly Gregg?

A: (Justin) Bannan's pretty stout. I think Kelly's one of the toughest there is stopping the run, but this Bannan kid's pretty stout, probably a better pass rusher, so I don't know if they miss him all that much.

Q: Do they bring Haloti Ngata inside more?

A: Yeah, he's kind of like our ends. They're very similar. That's their big run-stopper. Their pass-rushers are outside. Now, Trevor Pryce, he's kind of freakish. He can do everything. He should've been in the Pro Bowl a couple years ago; really one of the best you'll ever see.

Q: Is Ed Reed the same kind of player as Troy Polamalu?

A: The same cat. He's a Pro Bowl player. He and Troy are ballhawks. I'm not going to say any more that Ed's better than Troy; I got a lot of crap the last time. Troy's better, all right? I'm keeping Troy, but Ed is great.

Q: Is Ray Lewis still the dominant player he once was?

A: The last couple of years Ray had some nagging injuries and I thought he was on the decline. Right now, he's probably playing at a level I haven't seen in about four years. He's obviously healthy and he's really playing well. I was extremely surprised when I watched the tape how many plays he's making out in space again. So his legs are back.


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