Trust makes all the difference

Merriam Webster defines trust as 'Assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something.'

The Pittsburgh Steelers define trust as 'the players in their locker room.'

That trust has carried them on many occasions, but never more than last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Because it took trust, it took that belief in each other, to fully get the job done.

"I have only been here for a short period of time, but from OTAs, to camp, to preseason and the season, we built that bond and togetherness that we have trust in each other," said Terrell Edmunds. "We knew on defense if we got the three-and-out, the offense was going to do their thing. On defense the whole game we were like make them kick three and the offense is going to come in and do their job and we knew how the game would go.

"As soon as we got that last three-and-out, and they punted the ball to us, we knew that the offense was going to come down and score and it was going to be a good day. We just knew we had to get that stop on defense and give them the ball.

"The offense was like, okay guys, just get this quick three-and-out. They just wanted us to get it fast, get it and put the ball in their hands. When we put the ball in their hands, it was like, okay, game over. We were like let Ben (Roethlisberger) do his job. Let Ben do what he does. It went from there."

The Steelers finished last week's game against the Jaguars in dramatic fashion, coming back from a 16-0 deficit to win, 20-16. And they did it late, with the defense forcing three straight three-and-outs, giving the offense their opportunity.

"It was great. They really turned it up when it mattered," said David DeCastro. "We believe in each other. That is the beauty of a team sport. It takes everybody. Sometimes it takes the defense holding up, and they did. They gave us a chance. They believed in us enough to go out there. In a game where they are watching us go three-and-out, and they are having these long drives, battling, they are running the ball tough. Just the fact that they battled it out the way they did and give us a shot that game. We really had no shot without them.

"They knew to get us the ball back. We didn't have to say too much. Just a couple of high fives and a pat on the butt. They knew we had to take care of business."

It was that trust in each other, the trust in every guy on the field, that let the Steelers walk away with victory almost a week ago and will carry forward with them as well.

"That is one of the building blocks that Coach (Mike) Tomlin delivers and strives for us," said Sean Davis. "He drives that point. Each unit relies on each other, special teams included. We depend on each other. It's not a one man game. As long as we get the job done. As long we can do our job. We know we have the talent and capability of walking out of stadiums with wins even in tough situations."

Getting tips from Von: Bud Dupree spent time this offseason working with a player the Steelers offensive line is going to have their hands full with on Sunday – Broncos linebacker Von Miller. Miller held a Pass Rush Summit along with Chuck Smith Training Systems, and Dupree was an attendee.

"Just being around Von and learning form him," said Dupree. "He is one of the best pass rushers in the game. You always want to get knowledge from him. It was classroom work. We did a little bit on the field. It was really just sharing knowledge on what they are looking at in the film room and on the field as well. I took away a lot of snap count stuff, hand usage, the stuff we try to emulate in our game. He just tried to share knowledge and help other guys out."

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