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Turner: We have to do a great job of getting pressure and wrapping up

Posted Dec 6, 2012

Head coach Norv Turner


How is it to have Darrell Stuckey back and what does he mean to your special teams?

“We’ll see if he’s back. We’ll see where he’s at on Saturday. He has a chance of being active, yes.”

How much does football conditioning factor into Darrell Stuckey being able stay in the game Sunday?

“It’s a lot. We’ve worked him pretty good and you have to be aware that he hasn’t been doing a lot so there’s a fine line of overworking him and not having him ready. I think that he’ll go out and compete and I think he’ll do fine.”

Do you have any concerns that if there are a lot of injuries like last week, how you’ll get through it?

“Yes, we have real concerns about that. We’ve had to look at all the different things that could happen and we have guys and a plan depending on what circumstances we have.”

Do you think that Mike Harris will play Sunday?

“I think that you have to keep it open. We’ll see where he is on Saturday. We just talked about if we were in a situation, if he could give us ten snaps we would consider it.”

What does it do for your planning to know what quarterback will start for Pittsburgh?

“I think that’s the mindset we have in terms of preparing for Ben (Roethlisberger) and then you adjust the other way if he’s not playing. You know that if he’s playing there’s a complete offense, you know that he keeps plays alive, we know we have to do a great job of getting pressure and wrapping up. We know that the ball is going to be thrown up the field so we have to be prepared to defend the big play.”

Do you practice tackling someone the size of Ben Roethlisberger?

“You work on it real hard in terms of understanding in terms of aiming points and leverage of the quarterback. The thing that you have to do with him (Roethlisberger) is you have to get more than one person there. That’s the key, just like if you’re going after a real good back or anyone who has a special skill. It’s hard for one guy to get it done, so everyone just has to be alive and hustling on every play. Everyone has to be aware that it’s hard to get him on the ground.”

On the possibility of the Steelers doing things to get the ball out of Ben Roethlisberger’s hands quickly:

“That’s been an emphasis of theirs with the change offensively and the ball is coming out quick. But there are still going to be a number of plays where the balls aren’t going to come out quick and that’s whether it’s by design or not. He makes a lot of plays keeping the ball alive and using his feet, shuttling tacklers and all of those things. That’s the way he plays and I don’t think that’s going to change.”

On the probability of Vincent Brown not playing this season:

“He’s not ready. He’s working and he’s making progress. He ran some routes this week and I think he’s getting closer, but he certainly isn’t ready to go and play in an NFL game.”

Has Takeo Spikes had to do a lot more?

“He has had to do a lot more. He’s had to be on the field a lot more than we would have liked him to be on the field. He responds to it and handles it, but takes a toll over a period of time. He’s out there on third down, he’s covering more and we had gotten to a point where he wasn’t in that nickel package a great deal, now he’s in it every down. We’re trying to win and we’re going to play the best guy we can. Spikes plays better than the other guys. He’s an amazing guy and he’s a great competitor. He’s got great experience and he understands what his strengths and limitations are.”

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