Steeler Nation, the Steelers now have their first winning streak and are 2-4 . Sunday they take on the Oakland Raiders (2-4) at Oakland. Lets go behind enemy lines and see just what the enemy is saying about the Steelers and this up coming game… Proceed with caution!
Raider Head Coach Dennis Allen: from conference call to Pittsburgh reporters.
Q: Is Troy Polamalu even harder to account for than he has been in past years? Are they still moving him around a good bit?
Coach Dennis Allen: “They’re moving him around and he’s still an outstanding player. You never know where he’s going to be or what he’s going to do. It seems like every time I turn on the tape he’s jumping over somebody and making some kind of big play. He’s definitely a guy that we’ve got to account for. They’ve got a lot of guys that we have to account for, both offensively, defensively and in the kicking game. It’s certainly going to be a great challenge and they’ve got a really good football team.”
Q: What have you noticed, if anything, different with the Steelers play the past two weeks, as opposed to their previous four games?
Coach Dennis Allen: “I think they’re playing Pittsburgh Steeler football. They’ve run the ball very well the past couple of weeks, specifically last week against Baltimore. They’ve done a good job of controlling the time of possession and they haven’t made the critical mistakes. They haven’t turned the ball over and their defense has done what they’ve generally done. They don’t give up a lot of points. They’re pretty stingy. They don’t give up a bunch of explosive plays and when teams get down there in the red zone, they don’t let them score points. They make them have to kick field goals. They’re playing at a pretty high level right now.”
Q: Do you take anything from last year’s game?
Coach Dennis Allen: “Not really. I think both teams are different teams and obviously, with our quarterback, we’re a different offense than we were a year ago. I try not to take too much from year-to-year because I think from year-to-year everything is different. You kind of have to look at what they’re doing now and who’s playing well for them and maybe what are some areas that you might be able to try to attack.”
Q: Getting back to Polamalu, have you seen many players try to anticipate the snap count and jump over the center on an extra point?
Coach Dennis Allen: “Well, I don’t know. I’ve probably seen it somewhere before, but that’s the type of stuff that he does. He’s a very instinctive football player, a very smart football player, and he has a flair for making the big play. We’ve got to be ready for him at any point in time to try to get a good jump on us.”
Quarterback Terrelle Pryor
Q: Did you follow any Steelers growing up or root for them?
QB Terrelle Pryor: Absolutely. I remember when I was younger watching LaMarr Woodley. I am a big “Big Ben” fan. Troy Polamalu. Ike Taylor is out there. I can name a bunch of guys. Brett Keisel. There are a lot of guys on that team that I liked to watch. If you really think about it, it’s being blessed, and understanding the blessings you’ve got. It’s surreal in a way that it’s my favorite team and I get to go head-to-head with them.
Q: Do you have to put that out of your mind? Will it be strange lining up and playing against guys you grew up rooting for?
QB Terrelle Pryor: No, not at all. I already played them five times in my mind watching film on them. I’ve watched so much film I’m over that point. It’s time to get on the field when the time comes and start making plays. There’s not so many plays in an NFL game, so if I take a play off thinking about anything like that it’s not very good. I’ll be very sharp mentally and ready to go.
Q:You said you played them five times. How did your record come out?
QB Terrelle Pryor: I can’t tell you that. I always win, though, in my mind.