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Weddle: It’s a tough task playing in Pittsburgh

Posted Dec 5, 2012

Safety Eric Weddle

 

On continuing the tour of the AFC North and the tough level of play:

“It is shown in the past two weeks. We are trying to get a win. It is not all it was cracked up to be. Just like any other game, you have a good, tough opponent coming in. It’s a tough task playing in Pittsburgh. We haven’t won there in how many years. It is good time to go get a win.”

On what he expects from Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger:

“I hope he plays. He is a good friend of mine. If he is in there we know what to expect. If Charlie Batch is in there, he played a great game last week. Take back that throw that Ed Reed picked off, I mean he really took control of the game. He didn’t force anything. He threw some great balls and led them to a victory. If either quarterback plays, we have a tough task. They run the ball extremely well. They are obviously playing very well on defense. Our defense has to play exceptional to go out and get a win.”

On tackling Ben Roethlisberger:

“Just go out and play your game. Tackle his arm. If you go around the waist or legs he will just shrug you off. He makes plays with his legs.”

On how he became good friends with Ben Roethlisberger:

“We just played over the years and in this off season we met up and hung out. He is a great dude. I have earned a lot of respect for him. We’ve kind of just texted throughout the year and each week. It is a nice relationship I have with him and I wish him the best.”

On whether he has given Roethlisberger parenting tips:

“I’m sure he will be asking. It is pretty exciting for him. He had his baby boy; maybe I’ll see him this weekend. There is nothing like having a kid. For me personally, it has been the best experience I have been a part of, to see my baby be born, all three of them. I had a chance to pull one of them out too.”

On why he hits it off so well with Ben Roethlisberger:

“Our personalities, hanging out in the Pro Bowl. He is an easy guy to get along with and I’m an outgoing kind of guy. He just got married, they were pregnant, and we have a lot in common.”

On what makes the Steelers defense so consistent:

“They keep the same core, the same coaches, same system, and the belief. When you run the same system with the same guys it becomes second nature. You know what everyone is doing and that is how you build chemistry. You can’t build it overnight. They have shown over many years as time tested that they know what they are doing. Coach LeBeau is one of the best ever.”

On whether he is starting to see that with the Chargers:

“We have a good group. We have to put a few years together before we can get to that status. We like what we are doing. There is still a lot of room for improvement but guys work extremely hard. We take coaching. We take criticism from player to player, from coach to player. There are no egos, which is nice. We just feel that we have to continue to play at a high level and go out and win a game.”

On what there is to play for if the team is unable to make it to the playoffs and whether they are focused on giving younger players experience for next year:

“I’m not really worried about what the future holds. I’m worried about getting a win in Pittsburgh and trying to play my best to help this team win. Each week I’m out to prove that I’m one of the best players in this league. I’m striving to be the best and help my team. There is no quitting with this team and coaching staff. We will play out this season and deal with next year when that time comes.”

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