Steeler Nation ,The Steelers 5-6 are set to battle the Baltimore Ravens 5-6 at Baltimore Thanksgiving night. This should be another great showdown between these two division rivals. Lets go behind enemy lines and see just what the enemy is saying about the Steelers and this up coming game… Proceed with caution!
Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh : from conference call to Pittsburgh reporters.
Q: The Steelers defense and what you’ve seen from them the past couple weeks:
Coach John Harbaugh : “They look really good, as usual. They are well coached. They are flying around. Troy Polamalu is a big factor. They are a great defense.”
Q: The Steelers defense didn’t have many turnovers leading up to your first game. They seem to be coming in bunches now. How do you feel turnovers work?
Coach John Harbaugh : “I think they come in bunches. That’s how it works.”
Q: How is your team different from what we saw in the first meeting?
Coach John Harbaugh : “I really don’t have those answers for you to be honest with you. I am just trying to get ready for this game right now.”
Q: Dick LeBeau talked about going back to page one a few weeks ago. Is that necessary to do that when the going gets tough regardless of whether it’s on offense, defense or special teams?
Coach John Harbaugh :” I think it’s always important to execute the fundamentals. If you don’t execute the fundamentals in football, that’s always going to be tough. I’m not sure what Coach LeBeau is referring to for his defense, so I certainly don’t have a comment or observation on that.”
Quarterback Joe Flacco : from conference call to Pittsburgh reporters.
Q: Re:The Steelers defense and Troy Polamalu:
Quarterback Joe Flacco: “You’re seeing what you always see from those guys. They’re physical. Obviously, Troy can run around in the back end and make some plays. He can get up around the line of scrimmage where he likes to be and get involved in the run game. The biggest thing with those guys is they’re physical, they get after the quarterback and they stop the run. They do a lot of things well.”
Q: I’m not sure how far long you are on your film study. If you have been looking at the Steelers, do you see anything different than when you played here from their defense?
Quarterback Joe Flacco: “I haven’t paid it too much attention yet, just getting in and getting started. These guys are a good defense, and I’ve played against them for a long time. They’re going to do the things that they’re good at and that their coordinator likes to do. They have a couple new pieces in there, and I think they’re probably feeling that out a little bit. Now the season is kind of growing on them and their team is getting a little bit better, and it’s getting down to the point where it is really going to mean something. They’re playing well and responding to it.”
Q: With this log jam of all these teams fighting for the final Wild Card spot, teams such as yours and the Steelers have been down this road before. Do you think there is any advantage with that?
Quarterback Joe Flacco: “I don’t know. I think the biggest advantage is with the team that has the best team. Right now, we feel like we have a very good team. We just have to go out there on Sunday and on Thursday this week and prove it. We’re not going to talk about it. We just have to go to practice and go about our business. You’d like to think that teams that have been in this situation before at least can have the wherewithal to stay calm and play within themselves and not let the moment be too big. It really just comes down to what kind of team you have, and I think the best one will end up prevailing in the end. “