St. Louis Rams Coach Jeff Fisher doesn't face the Steelers as much these days as he did when coaching the Tennessee Titans, but he is definitely familiar with aspects of the team, the offense in particular.
Fisher gave his take on Wednesday on quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, the offensive line and the team going for two.
"I think Ben has gotten better and better each year. His understanding, his anticipation, his ability to change things on the line of scrimmage, putting them in the best-case scenario on the line of scrimmage – he's just matured. He is one of the top quarterbacks in the game. That's kind of the point we expressed to our defense this morning. You are going to have to bring your A-game, and even with that he is still going to make his plays. He has an outstanding group of receivers. I'm just very impressed with his pocket presence and his ability to extend plays, like he has done for years." On the offensive line:
"It's very familiar to me. Mike Munchak coached my offensive line. They are very sound. They are very solid. They are well coached. They don't make mistakes. They finish plays. The pass game, they are sound in protection. They are just very well coached. Mike is doing a great job. That's not surprising. I noticed that a little bit last year. They had some carry-over games. I just watched them play. He's done a great job there. It's a good group. It's a physical group. It's going to be a great matchup for our defensive front."
On the team going for two:
"I'm very impressed. Obviously they have two-point plays that are working. Obviously we are going to have to spend a lot of time on it. That's Mike Tomlin's choice. It has certainly worked out for them. I think we will see more and more of this as the season goes on. I am really impressed with the overall team. Having not played the Steelers in a few years, but I've watched them, had some overlap as far as games are concerned. But once you really study them, they are a complete football team. They are outstandingly coached. Ben Roethlisberger is playing really well. They have a good group of players all around them that make a lot of plays. Their run game is impressive. I know Le'Veon Bell is coming back. So he will be eager to make a statement. We are going to have to play good defense and just make plays. But I am just very impressed with the team overall."