Previews for Sunday's matchup with the Steelers are in full swing so let's take a look around at the headlines involving the two teams...
Despite being in the middle of his worst season as a professional, Steelers Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger still has his CONFIDENCE in-tact. Ben admits he is frustrated by the season so far, but also believes there is still time for the Steelers to turn it around --
While he doesn't shy away from accepting his share of the blame for the team's poor start, he isn't throwing in the towel. He has plenty of confidence in his ability and that of those around him.
"Just because I'm frustrated in the way I played doesn't mean I'm not as confident," said Roethlisberger. "I have confidence in all the guys around me. I have confidence in the offensive line. The receivers are going to catch the ball when I put it around them. I have confidence in myself that we can get it done."
The interesting part of the column is Big Ben's admittance that he'd understand if Bill Cowher chose to bench him --
Leave it to ESPN to reveal in depth news coverage like the following headline -- BRONCOS AREN'T BLITZING LIKE THEY DID A YEAR AGO. Great find Espin. In their defense, they are just running with an AP story, but still....Anyway, as everyone knows, the Broncos have played much more base defense this season, and it was having great results, until getting torched last week by you-know-who. The problem then wasn't the defense, but the lack of adjustments, especially on the most important play of the game, the 2-point conversion. Though the prevalent though is that the Broncos' Brain-trust made the switch because of the pounding the Steelers laid on us in the AFC Championship Game, Shanny says not so fast --
Still, he insisted that Roethlisberger isn't the one to thank for the change in defensive philosophy.
"We kept a lot of people off-balance but we know that in order to play consistent defense, you have to be pretty sound," Shanahan said. "We took some chances that are uncharacteristic of what
great defenses do. Even though we'll still blitz and do those types of things, it got to the point where we were doing it too much."
"It took us all the way to the championship game, but the Steelers kind of had an answer for our blitz package. When that happened we were kind of in a bind."
Finally, Nick Ferguson was one of many Bronco players that had a hard time GETTING PAST the AFC Championship loss to the Steelers. Ferguson actually wasted no time getting back to work --
"I needed to blow off a little steam and at the same time tried to move on," Ferguson said. "And in the process of moving on, you have to try to work through it. I had to come back in. I kept thinking, 'What more could I have done, what more could I do?'"
"I stayed an additional week after that," Ferguson said. "We played the game Sunday, had our exit physicals Monday. And after we met with our coaches that Monday, I went in the weight room - the very next day. I just felt like I had to."
"I just turned them off," Wilson said. "I had seen enough."