The Steelers return home on Sunday to Heinz Field to take on the Denver Broncos, who are coming off a 16-14 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Monday night.
Broncos Coach Vic Fangio, who is in his second season leading the Broncos, is no stranger to Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as he spent four years (2006-09) on the Baltimore Ravens defensive coaching staff, and was also the defensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears the last time the two teams played. He knows what Roethlisberger can do and doesn't think his game has changed much since he last faced him.
"I don't think his game has changed much at all. He's still a great quarterback as we all know," said Fangio. "He's a big man in the pocket. He can make all the throws starting with the quick game to all the deep throws. He's courageous in the pocket. He'll hang in there. He'll move around, buy time. He commands their offense.
"They have in their past gone no huddle where he can call it at the line of scrimmage. In some shape or form the offense hasn't changed a whole lot in the last 10 years. He's the beneficiary of that in that he's very confident and operates it very well."
In addition to Roethlisberger, the Broncos weighed in on the Steelers defense, including T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree, and more.
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Coach Vic Fangio on what stands out about the Steelers defense:
"They're very sound, number one. I think over the years, they've actually kind of simplified their defense from the days past where they were very multiple with their looks and their pressers. They're playing very sound, fundamental football with a highly talented group. They've worked very hard over the last couple of years through the draft and player acquisitions to upgrade their defense. They've achieved that. They're solid across the board at all three levels with high draft picks and good players. You're seeing the benefits of that from their perspective. They were one of the best defenses in the league last year, had a good start last week. They'll just probably keep playing that way. They're young, but yet experienced to a certain degree and playing really well."
Quarterback Drew Lock on the Steelers defense front seven:
"They just attack 24/7. They're extremely athletic. Their box in general is extremely good, not to mention their secondary. You get the box talked about a lot and the secondary is not talked about as much. Those guys back there fly around and make plays on the ball in the air. What's good about those guys up front is they attack, they're aggressive and they're also quick. There's not a play that you can take off with those guys. Our O-line is going to have to be ready to go."
Linebacker Bradley Chubb on Roethlisberger:
"When you go to a place like Pittsburgh, you know they have a great tradition of having a good fan base and a good team. It's going to be a little weird not having fans there. At the end of the day they have to go through it as well. I know it's going to be an even playing field. Then with Ben, they call him Big Ben for a reason. He's a big guy. He can get out of tackles. He can look downfield to make big plays. Our job up front is going to be to get him down. If we get there and get him down and be the first to get him down if he is moving around and scrambling, we can try and get the ball out as much as we can."
Fangio on the Steelers ability to stop the Giants' run game:
"They're tough to run on—everybody has a tough time running against the Steelers. They're highly talented. They're physical, good schemes."
Chubb on T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree:
"T.J. Watt for sure is one of the best in the league. Bud Dupree is an amazing rusher as well. I watched those guys in the offseason just going against certain tackles and stuff like that. I love those guys' game. They play well together. I feel like it's going to be a huge challenge for our tackles, but I know they're going to step up to the challenge. I know it's going to be a good battle on both sides of the ball."