New England Patriots Links 10/25/11 - Patriots Steeling For Pittsburgh

The Patriots offense had a big day last November at Heinz Field.

Bill Belichick speaks to the media for the first time coming off the bye week and getting ready for the Steelers.

Back at it here. We have the players coming back in tomorrow. Today's a good day for us to go back over all the things we worked on last week, pull it back together, get ready for the players coming in tomorrow and practicing, have a good week for the Steelers. They look good as usual - the AFC champion last year - a lot of the same players, same schemes. [It's a] big challenge, a lot to get ready for. They do a lot of things to make it tough on you. They're well coached, [they have] a lot of talent in all three phases of the game. Both teams know each other well, so I don't think there will be a ton of surprises here. It will come down to preparation, execution and decision making on game day. Hopefully we can do a good job of that.

Bill O'Brien elaborates on what he sees from the Steelers defensively.

You just look at, they're number three in the league in defense and they're number one against the pass. They haven't given up 100 yards to a receiver reception wise, and they haven't given up a 300-yard game to a quarterback. They're, again, stout against the run, just like they always have been. They're a typical Steeler defense. We're going to have to have a great week of preparation and then put together a good plan and go up there, and we're going to have to play a really good game to have a chance.

I really believe this is a tough defense, a smart defense, a really well coached defense. You look at Troy Polamalu - he's in his ninth year and this guy is playing as well as any safety in the league. That's an example of a bunch of veterans on their defense that are playing well, as well as their younger players.

Nick Caserio explains what he sees in Steelers WR Mike Wallace that is different from when he was coming out of college.

Coming out he was a big, fast receiver. His production, just in a relative base - I think he had back-to-back 30-catch years. Some of that was the offense, some of that was some other factors but since he's been in the league, since year one up until this point, he's really improved just as an overall receiver. I think he was big and could always run. He's just become more consistent in all phases - route running, catching the ball, understanding coverages, just understanding how the defense is playing. Really these last couple years, including this year, he's played at a very high level. He had a real productive year for their offense last year. I think he's averaged, I want to say, 20 yards or close to 20 yards a catch since he's been in the league, so he's always been a big play receiver who can attack the third level part of the defense - the vertical part of the defense. He's done some other things just with the underneath route running and he's improved. It's a credit to him and a credit to the Pittsburgh coaching staff for what they've done with him.

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  • Scott Brown (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) Steelers ready to face nemesis Brady. Showing remarkable restraint, 'asterisks' and 'spygate' aren't mentioned until the second sentence.
  • Ed Bouchette (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) Archrival Patriots up next for Steelers.
  • Teresa Varley (Steelers.com) Room for improvement.
  • Dejan Kovacevic (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) Steelers aim to do it for Aaron. DE Aaron Smith was placed on IR with a neck injury.
  • Bob Smizik (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) Is it Roethlisberger's time?
  • Ron Cook (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) Wallace speeds up his greatness.
  • Mike Bires (Beaver County Times) Young receivers have been money for Steelers.
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