The Steelers host the Minnesota Vikings in their home opener on Sunday at Heinz Field and the Vikings are giving their take on Antonio Brown, Ben Roethlisberger, and the team in general.
Coach Mike Zimmer has seen his share of the Steelers through the years, serving as the defensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals from 2008-13, facing them multiple times each year.
“Pittsburgh is a really good football team,” said Zimmer. “They perennially are very good. They have a great quarterback, great receiver. The defense played really well last week with seven sacks. It will be a tough environment for us to go into.”
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Zimmer on Antonio Brown:
“He is amazing. He gets open. He is tough. He gets the ball in space. He is tough to tackle. He is a big play waiting to happen.”
Xavier Rhodes on Antonio Brown and working out with him in the offseason:
“Good guy. Good in space. He finds ways to get open. You just play your game. You do what you can do.
“Every offseason we find time to work out. He loves the game. He loves playing the game. He is always smiling. He goes out there and does what he does best, catch the ball and try and score touchdowns.
"We grew up in the same neighborhood. We went to the same school. It's more going to be a brotherly type thing."
Sam Bradford on facing the Steelers:
“It’s definitely going to be a challenge for us. They are a very good football team, very good defense, their home opener. I’m sure it’s going to be a pretty rowdy environment. Just from watching some tape they’re pretty multiple in their looks. They throw a lot at you. We’re going to have to be able to recognize a lot. I think this week will definitely be challenge for us.”
Rhodes on Le’Veon Bell:
“Bell is patient when he runs. It’s going to be difficult. But at the same time we are going to play our defense.”
Zimmer on the challenges the offensive line presents:
“They are thicker, more powerful kind of guys.”
Zimmer on Mike Tomlin coached teams:
“They win. They are physical, tough. They play physical, aggressive defense. They have always been able to be physical in the running game. They have huge guys up front, the offensive line.
“With Roethlisberger, he has always been able to take the shots down field, scramble, move around in the pocket, and hold the ball. He is a tough guy who is going to stand in there and take his shots.”
Bradford on the Steelers defense:
“They’re a really good group. You look at them and there’s not a lot of weaknesses on that group. They’re very multiple in their pressures, in their coverages. They throw a lot of different fronts at you. I think being on the road it’s going to be loud. Our communication is going to be key this week, just making sure everything is identified correctly and we’re all on the same page.”
Zimmer on linebackers T.J. Watt and Anthony Chickillo who had two sacks each against the Browns:
“They played really well. The front guys got a lot of sacks. They did a good job in coverage, mixing things up. These are two young guys you have to account for.”