Chiefs Coach Andy Reid brought his matter-of-fact approach when talking about the Steelers, not going too deep into analyzing the team he will face on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, but at the same time understanding what they bring.
“This will be a very big challenge for us coming up here against the Steelers,” said Reid. “They have what I think is a very good defense. Their pass defense is phenomenal.”
The Steelers pass defense is ranked No. 1 in the NFL through five games, and when watching film on the team Reid can see why.
“People are not connecting on throws,” said Reid. “If you are going to get it in, you are going to get it in a very tight window. You better be on your ‘A’ game. You better be tough. They are going to challenge you in all areas. (Defensive coordinator) Keith Butler does a great job with the defense.”
Reid also weighed in on quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the run game and more.
On what he has seen from Roethlisberger this season:
“As I know him and have followed him in his career, we are getting ready to play a future Hall of Fame player. That is what we are getting ready for. Anything less you are thinking the wrong way. That is how we are going about it. We don’t look at it any different than that. We don’t care what anybody says or does. That is what we are getting ready for. I respect the heck out of him and the job he has done over the years.”
On how Roethlisberger has adapted later in his career:
“He is a good player. A great player. He has been that for a lot of years.”
On if last year’s loss to the Steelers in the playoffs is motivation:
“They will bring everything. Anything short of that I would be surprised. That is what we are getting ready for. We don’t have time to think about anything other than that. We are just trying to get ready for this crew. We know how good they are. Anything that gets in the way of that thinking is a problem.”
The Steelers prepare for the Week 6 matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs.
On Ryan Shazier:
“I appreciated getting to know the kid over the Pro Bowl. He’s a good kid too and a heck of a football player. He’s not a real big guy, but he plays so physical and he’s so fast, he’s got a great feel. He covers almost like Troy Polamalu, just did it at the level two instead of the backend. They just let him do some things to have a little freedom there to move and roam and read the quarterback. He does it very well. He’s a heck of a football player, a good person too.”
On if they will watch film from last year’s game:
“We look at it. I know they looked at it too. That is what you do. You have to go back and look at it. It would be silly not to. Both teams are a little different, but doing about the same thing. They did it better than we did. That was the bottom line there.”
On if there is a blueprint to stop the Steelers run game:
“We know they are explosive there too. We just have to make sure we cover all of the gaps. That is a challenge because they have a good offensive line.”
On if they watch film of Martavis Bryant from this year and 2015:
“You give them a little of both. You have to make sure they have this one covered and then go back and look at the other stuff. We understand how good he is we will make sure we do our homework.”