Starting fresh today


Starting anew: It's a fresh week, and a new outlook. The Steelers have had three days to get past the disappointing overtime loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Thursday night and now it's all about getting ready for the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night Football.

"That is the beauty of the Thursday game," said linebacker Arthur Moats. "We had all weekend to get it out of our system and come back here today focused on San Diego. We get an extra day so that is a huge plus for us to get healthy and mentally focused. And there is nothing better than to bounce back on prime time."

Safety Mike Mitchell agreed, knowing that the challenge the Chargers will bring is what the primary focus has to be.

"We have a very good opponent coming up in San Diego," said Mitchell. "That will be a hostile environment in a prime time game. We have to be professional. There are still plenty of games for us to improve and ultimately get to where we want to be."

It's still Blitzburgh: The Steelers put plenty of pressure on Ravens' quarterback Joe Flacco last week, something that Mitchell said is a part of what the Steelers' defense has been and always will be about.

"I think we do have the nickname Blitzburgh," said Mitchell. "That is the Steelers personality. With the secondary we have the type of guys who can get up and challenge. Why sit back and wait if we can get after you."

Mitchell said it's too early in the season to know if that is going to be the norm with defensive coordinator Keith Butler, but he will play whatever type of defense the coaches ask of them.

"I like playing good defense," said Mitchell. "Whatever our coaches decide to call, I do a lot of studying, but they spend so much time game planning that I trust them. I trust every call that they make, and it is my job to go out there and execute what they call."

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