Veteran experience does matter


The Steelers host the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football at Heinz Field and will be dealing with a savvy veteran quarterback in Matt Hasselbeck, who is in his 17th season in the NFL.

Several players shared their take on Hasselbeck, as well as a look at some other Colts' weapons.

  • Safety Mike Mitchell on what veteran Matt Hasselbeck brings to the mix:
    "He is a guy who has seen it all, been there done it, doesn't need a lot of reps. He is always evolving, that is why he has been able to stay around. He is going to present some challenges for us, especially from the neck up because he has seen it all. It makes our job that much harder because we know we can't tip them off or he will dissect us."
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Here is a look at the statistical leaders for the both the Steelers and Colts heading into the Week 13 contest at Heinz Field.

Wide receiver Antonio Brown on T.Y. Hilton, who is from his hometown:**
"When The Ghost (T.Y. Hilton) comes to town you know it's going to be a show. So bring your popcorn and your hot dogs and keep it ready because he's going to motivate. I think we are always competing against each other. I think all in all we want to see each other do well but we both want to win for our teams."

  • Safety Will Allen on Matt Hasselbeck and the challenge he presents:
    "He doesn't make a lot of mistakes. He understands the timing and when to get the ball out. He has been around and seen a lot of football. He brings a veteran presence to the team that they need. It is impressive to play as long as he has at a high level."
  • Coach Mike Tomlin on the play of the Colts secondary:"They are playing very physical. They are doing a nice job of coordinating the rush and the coverage and making plays collectively together. I think they're opportunistic because of that. There's enough video here in the last month to occupy our time this week. So that's kind of been my focus and that's what I want the focus of our group to be."
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