Steelers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt was a guest on Sirius NFL Radio this week and talked about his team's early problems prior to hitting their stride.
"You know, I think we were struggling a little bit to find out who we were or what we were doing," he said. "We had some new guys in some roles earlier and we were trying to learn a little bit and we were doing some things that were not characteristic of Steeler football. We were making some dumb turnovers, and that hurt us."
But Whisenhunt pointed out that the key to the turnaround for Pittsburgh was largely due to the players not giving up hope.
"You've got to give credit to the players because they've really -- instead of getting discouraged and wanting to point fingers -- they've hung in there together," he said.
And as the team got things turned around, they drew strength from some of the
parallels to last season's experience that ended with a Super Bowl victory.
"The biggest thing now is these guys believe in each other and they're starting to have fun," he said. "And one thing we've got to draw from is last year. We know we were in this situation last year and we take it one game at a time, nothing else really matters. We're focused on who we're playing this week and let everything else take care of itself."
Listen to the complete audio, compliments of Sirius NFL Radio, as Whisenhunt also talks about what's changed for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger over recent weeks and the his assessment of the progress of rookie wide receiver Santonio Holmes. He also shares his thoughts on finishing up the regular season against the Ravens and the Bengals.