WHAT A RIVAL COACH SAYS
"I WILL BE INTERESTED to see how this offense looks minus Ben Roethlisberger [suspension] and Santonio Holmes [trade]. The Steelers have to get back to running the football, and it's going to limit the passing game to some extent. Byron Leftwich knows the system from his one year in Pittsburgh, but this isn't going to be the same passing offense that it was under Roethlisberger. You will see a lot of screens and short stuff designed to get the ball into the playmakers' hands. When Roethlisberger comes back, if the Steelers need to throw it more, then they'll have the right guy to do it. Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians would still love to pass for more than 4,000 yards a year, believe me.
Rashard Mendenhall is a strong and fast running back. The Steelers want him to be the starter; that's why they let Willie Parker go. Mendenhall will probably have a good year, since this team will lean on him more.... Mewelde Moore is their third-down guy. He understands blitz protection better than the other backs.
Hines Ward does not scare me as much as he did. He's still tough and competitive, but he's running out of gas at 34 years old. He can't run. You could really tell toward the end of last year.... The Steelers are going to stretch defenses with Mike Wallace. He's as fast as all get-out, and he has pretty good hands, too. He will have to step up now that Holmes is gone.... Antwaan Randle El is a gadget guy.
We have a lot of respect for Heath Miller. If the ball is in his area code, he's going to catch it. He and Ward are big for them in the red zone."
ONE TO GET, ONE TO FORGET
The team's trading of Santonio Holmes can be interpreted as a sign of its confidence in Wallace, who takes over as Pittsburgh's top deep threat.