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Bruce Arians Q&A

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The Steelers offensive coordinator addresses the move at left guard, Emmanuel Sanders and Hines Ward’s role in the passing game

Q: Did Legursky becoming the starter at left guard have anything to do with Chris Kemoeatu’s health?
A: A little bit, a little bit. They both have kind of swapped that out for a month. Dougie is healthy and Doug played extremely well when he was in there; Chris did not play poorly. We just have some good depth in there for the first time in a long time. And it’s not a benching as much as it is putting Doug back in. Chris has played extremely well.

Q: What are the advantages of starting Legursky?
A: It’s like having two centers out there as far as the calls and everything, and especially the noise. He’s a very athletic guy, and he’s had a heck of a year going as far as giving up pressure. He’s been extremely solid. He’s a good football player _ that’s the only way I can describe him: He’s just a football player.

Q: What have you seen from Emmanuel Sanders?
A: I’ve been real pleased with him. He’s knee’s not swelling, and he’s not exactly where he was when he left off, but I think he will be by Sunday night and I’m looking forward to getting him back on the field.

Q: Where does Hines Ward figure into the passing game?
A: He still has a prominent role and I think this is probably the healthiest he’s ever been at Thanksgiving. He’s a pro and we’re going to everything we can to make sure all our guys stay in the game plan. That’s my job to manage that, that everybody has away of contributing in a major way. He’s still a great player in the red zone, third down. We’ve got something for everybody we think and not enough footballs for all of them. Whoever gets open is going to get it and Hines can still get open.

Q: Is that why you addressed the offense this week about staying focused on team goals?
A: It’s the time of year, if you’re on a poor football team you think about the Pro Bowl. If you’re on a good team you think about the Super Bowl and you let a Pro Bowl happen. We need to think about a Super Bowl, everybody’s got a role, accept a role, stay in it together because one little thing can break a team up. I’ve seen it happen. We don’t have that here. It’s just a reminder to the guys.

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