Steelers N Stuff: Behind Enemy Lines Bills At Steelers

LinesSteeler Nation ,The Steelers are returning home with a 2-6 record to face the  3-6 Buffalo Bills . Lets go behind enemy lines and see just what the enemy is saying about the Steelers and this up coming game…  Proceed with caution!

Bills Head Coach Doug Marrone  : from conference call to Pittsburgh reporters.

Q: What do you see when you look at the Steelers’ defense?

 Head Coach Doug Marrone  :
A: “I’ve gone against the Steelers’ defense for a while. I did it when I was obviously with the New York Jets and we had the playoff game there, then when I was with New Orleans and we went to Pittsburgh and competing against Coach (Dick) LeBeau, obviously three or four times. I’ve always had great respect and I’ve always said this publicly, that I think for me, when I was involved heavily with the game-planning that was always one of the most difficult teams we ever had to game plan against. I always thought that their coach did the best job in breaking down protections. I think that for whatever reason they went out there and didn’t play as well this past week. But I know that we’ll get the best from them because I know that organization and Mike Tomlin and the coaches and the players that are there how much pride they have. So we’re prepared to see their best.”

 

Q: Can you talk about what Shamarko Thomas did for you (at Syracuse)? 

 

Head Coach Doug Marrone  :

A: ” He was outstanding for us. When you talk about, we were involved from the beginning; from the recruitment stage. Someone who has really overcome a lot of adversity in his life which has been pointed out. And as far as a football player, that’s what he is. I think that he represents what it means to play. He’s a guy, I remember talking to him in his senior year and he had an injury to his shoulder; one that he could’ve continued playing with or could’ve gotten surgery. I remember when I brought him in and I knew that he had a future in the NFL. And when I spoke to him I said, “Listen, I know you have a future in the NFL and I would understand, but I want to make sure you make a decision: do you want to have surgery now or do you want to wait until after the season?” He said, “Coach, I’m finishing the season and we’re going to a Bowl.” I was like ‘Whoa.’ He’s probably one of the best strikers or hitters that I’ve been around.”

 

Q: Has his lack of height ever been an issue?

Head Coach Doug Marrone  :

A: “No. He’s so strong, can jump. I think if anything he uses that to motivate himself.”

 

 

Wide Receiver Stevie Johnson  : from conference call to Pittsburgh reporters.

 

Q: Stevie I’m wondering, you see a defense that gives up 600 yards, 55 points, do you start licking your chops a little bit? Or do you still see them as sort of the Steeler defense that was number one in the league last year?

 

Wide Receiver Stevie Johnson  :

A: “No, I don’t see them as being the number one defense last year. I don’t see them as being a terrible defense because a team put up 600 in one week. I just feel like, you know, they’re still good. Every defense is good, it’s the NFL. Any week it could be something different. So they could come out and shut us down for 60 yards or we could come out and put up 600 like the Patriots did. So they’re still a good defense, you know it’s any week, anything can happen any given Sunday.”

 

Q: Stevie have you noticed they’ve given up a lot of big pass plays, you as a receiver do you take note of that? Have you seen anything that’s gone on that maybe has created some of those?

 

Wide Receiver Stevie Johnson  :

A:”Yeah, I just watch technique. Once again, just because you see a guy make a big play down field, doesn’t mean that that DB is susceptible for it every play. Means you got to watch the technique that the receiver used and that the DB used in certain situations and maybe you can take advantage of it. That’s how I see it.”

 

Q: When you talk about technique, I gather you’re talking mostly about the corners? And you’ve played against Ryan Clark and Troy Polamalu in the past. Do you see anything different from those guys this season then when you played against them before?

 

Wide Receiver Stevie Johnson  :
A:”No they’re still busy. Troy is still busy from what I’ve seen. Ryan Clark, I have seen him play aggressive and play aggressive is how he usually do. But he know how the game go. And if you aggressive, you got a 50/50 chance of making a big play or a big play being made on you. You know so hopefully it will be our big play.”

 

Q: Do they look more vulnerable than they did? You know you guys almost beat them a couple years ago, obviously had your chances. I mean, do they look more vulnerable than they did the last time you saw them?

 

Wide Receiver Stevie Johnson  :
A: “You know I don’t see them as looking vulnerable at all. They’re probably missing a couple of guys that that city is used to cheering for, but they still don’t look vulnerable to me, they’re still the Steeler defense.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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