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Q: Your thoughts on Tebow as a quarterback. There are a lot of doubters out there. Are you one of them?

A: The issue people get confused with is that people bash Tim because of his faith. Nobody does that. People talk about him as a quarterback. Tim is a winner. He finds ways to win games. Sometimes that’s all that matters in this league. Look at me. I am not going to put up pretty numbers and stuff. As long as you win, that’s all that matters. That’s what he does. He is a competitor and a winner.”

Q: You think the criticism comes from the amount of attention put on him?

A: Yeah, you have blame ESPN for that. I don’t think Tim calls up ESPN and says ‘Hey, put me on every day and make it Steelers vs. Tebow. It is probably tough for him to deal with all that stuff.”

Q: Do players resent Tebow for attention he is getting?

A: Maybe. I can’t speak or his teammates but I know a lot of guys who had to change their offensive schemes and how they run and the offense they run. They probably don’t get the pub that they do and that kind of goes along with the quarterback position.”

Q: Expectation level of the offense as regards of being dominant

A: It is always going to be the best we can be and score points and continue to try to do well on third downs because it keeps us on the field and our defense off the field. We just keep saying that we are close. It is just a matter of when we can get over that hump and hopefully it is now because now is the time that it matters.”

Q: Isaac Redman and what he can bring to the table

A: Isaac has been in the game a lot. It is not like he has only been a third-down back. We are going to miss Rashard, but Isaac is just going to be fine. He is a great running back who can do so much in the run game and the pass game. We are going to have to get some production from John Clay as well.”

Q: Do you still get nervous with the start of the playoffs?

A: Not yet, but I am sure you will once you get to the game because it is do or die. You win or you go home. As a competitor, you love it.”

Q: Talk about Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller

A: They are beast. They are hard to block in both the pass and run game. They find a way to get pressure with speed and power. I have been playing against Elvis since college. They are beast.”

Q: Surprised with Von Miller

A: Yes and no. I say no because you see how good he is and how touted he was. As a rookie, you never really know what to expect from the guy. He comes out and he is everything and then some.”

Q: You think teams have figured out how to contain Tebow

A: Coach LeBeau is one of the best in the business. If anybody can find a way to stop him, it will be him.

Q: Giving up a lot of deep balls.

A: Some of their zone coverages he has hit receivers running up through there. It depends on what Dawkins doing. He likes to come down in the box. He is kind of a leader of the defense in the secondary. We will see if he is out there.

Q: More quick-hitting passes this week

A: We are going to have to get the ball out. WE are going to have to hit them with runs and stuff like that. The biggest thing is for our receivers to win on the outside against man coverage.

Q: Simple as how well you play is how well the team plays?

A: When I play bad it because of turnovers or not completing passes or whatever. If you have the ball in your hands every play it has a direct result of how you are going to play a little bit. I defeniotely have to pick up my level of play. Now is the time to do it.

Q: What advantage do you have going to Denver

A: We have been there before and we have a lot of guys in this locker room who have done it before from the wildcard seed to the first or second seed. We have guys who know what to do and how to do it.

Q: What have you taken away from some of the losses on the road

A: Usually when we lose a game is because we turn the ball over or not play well enough and usually it is the turnover thing. We have to take care of the ball. It is starts with me and not turning it over.”

Q: Feel like same quarterback?

A: I felt really good going into the Cleveland game. I had a little setback in the third quarter. We are working really hard with the doctors and trainers to get back to even where we were before the Cleveland game. I felt pretty good going in, and even moved a little bit at the beginning of that game. It is a little setback, we will get moving.”

Q: What happened?

A: Early in the third I don’t know if I caught it on the ground wrong or got hit … we’ll see, we’ll be alright.”

– Mark Kaboly




Author: Mark Kaboly

Mark Kaboly is the Pittburgh Steelers beat writer for the Tribune-Review. Mark has covered more than 300 NFL football games in all 32 NFL cities as well as four Super Bowls -- XL in Detroit, XLIII in Tampa, XLV in Dallas and 50 in San Francisco. A Belle Vernon Area graduate, Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a specialization in journalism from California University of Pennsylvania. Mark lives in Port Vue with his wife, Jennifer; daughter Briella; and boys Rocco and Bugsley Pug

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