Blake: 'It's a brotherhood'


The talk in the Steelers locker room after practice was exactly what you would have expected it to be on Thanksgiving Day. Food dominated the conversation, from turkey, to stuffing and potatoes, and of course dessert.

But as they prepare for the Seattle Seahawks, there was also plenty of football talk as well, in particular about the challenge Russell Wilson creates for the defense.

"The biggest thing about him is he knows how to get himself out of trouble," said cornerback Antwon Blake. "He gets out of the pocket pretty good. He is a good scrambler and that is one of his biggest assets, that and throwing the ball downfield."

Wilson's feet are just as much a weapon as his arm, one of the best running quarterbacks in the game. Taking that away from him will be a key.

"We all have to just do a great job to make sure he doesn't have good rush lanes and he doesn't escape the pocket," said linebacker Bud Dupree. "That is when he is at his best. You can't really tell when he is going to run. We just have to make sure we get to him."

The secondary will definitely be tested by Wilson, but it's a secondary that continues to get better as the season progresses, while the defense as a whole has gelled as well.

"I think we are getting better each week," said Blake. "Things are meshing together. We are getting turnovers, guys are causing fumbles. I am enjoying it and proud of the way we are coming together.

"It's a brotherhood. The more time we spend with each other, the better we get a feel for each other and the trust aspect grows. I feel like we have been playing like that."

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