Inside the locker room: Ben talks Lions


Re: Detroit's defense:They are a very good defense. This morning, we reviewed the last game. We've done a little bit of a look ahead. But I don't think it's any secret what those guys have, especially on the defensive line.What makes Antonio Brown so good?A lot of things. He's a hard worker. He is a guy that has great hands. He has great ability to adjust to any throw, bad throws. Did I say he has good hands? He has great hands. I've never seen anybody adjust to a ball the way he does. We've seen him catch it with his helmet and with his facemask. His ball awareness and skill is probably nothing like I've ever seen before.Re: Last Sunday's red zone performance:We scored twice down there but we kicked field goals. That's why I think I was so disappointed after the game. We won, and I am happy about that. But we should have been better. The first time we got back down there, I think it was after Ryan Clark's interception. We really tried to pound, bring the extra tight end in, Mike Adams, and really tried to run the ball, because it worked the last time down there, when we grinded, picked up the extra yards and got the touchdown. That time it didn't work. Their defensive line stopped us. I just think when we get down there we need to keep staying aggressive and not get too conservative and bring in the extra lineman and play that conservative role. We have great weapons. We can still spread them out and run the ball. So we will take a look at what we can continue to do to get better down there. **Are you talking about taking more shots?Not necessarily, just having the people on the field, the right personnel groups at times. Like I said, the first time we got down there after Ryan's interception, it worked. We had all the big guys. We used it. They stopped us. We just have to make sure that we go in there with the right mentality every time. Just because it worked last time doesn't mean it's going to work the next time.Has Jerricho Cotchery lobbied to get the ball more?No. He's a pro. When he comes and tells you that something is there or something is open, you believe him, because he's not just coming to tell you those things because he wants the ball. He is a pro's pro, and he works hard at what he does. You reward him. Just like on the touchdown he scored, he came and told us that he set up the play, the future play that we ended up scoring on. It worked great.Are teams really keying in on Heath Miller this year to take him away?Yeah, I've noticed that. Teams do a really good job of trying to look him up. They send two guys on him, hold him and do anything they kind of can to slow him down.Re: Balanced offense being important this game:We haven't really got into too much Detroit stuff yet. We are going to go up here in a little bit and try to work on our install. I would assume with that defensive line – the other side of that though is that if you drop back to pass too much, they are getting after the pass. They are getting after quarterbacks a lot. There will be a line to walk but we will have to be balanced.Ndamukong Suh has picked up fines in the past. Any concerns along those lines?Try not to upset him. [Smiles]Do they push it a little bit? Do they play to the whistle and then some?I've yet to play him. I like to judge people off of what I see, what I do and what happens with me. Obviously, he has gotten penalties in the past and has been fined and things like that. I've never had a chance to play against him. After the game, we can talk about how I feel about it personally.Re: Possible shootout this Sunday:Honestly, we can only control what we can control offensively. They obviously have some big time players and can do a lot of things on offense. We are going against their defense, so we have to be the best we can be.You won by stopping the run and running the ball. Is there any familiarity or comfort in that?It doesn't matter, as long as we get the win.Re: Jonathan Dwyer providing a spark:It's just that, he's bringing a spark. It's fun to see the energy he brings. I am not sure the exact number of carries he has every week but they seem to come at an opportune time. He gets the linemen fired up when he runs someone over.Do you look at the division race, since no team is running away with it?Nope. I look at one game and one game only. I don't think you can afford to look at where you sit and what other teams are doing. All we can do is control what we need to control.Re: The rumor last Sunday:To me, it's about this game. Things like that take away from this team and what we are trying to do. It's a non-issue with me. It's silly. It's not worth addressing. To me, the focus is on this week and the Detroit Lions.

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