Pittsburgh Steelers

Stadium: Heinz Field | Coach: Mike Tomlin
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense4th99.7 (23rd)281.5 (2nd)
Defense6th102.9 (9th)200.8 (4th)

Steelers report: Notes, quotes

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-- Linebacker James Farrior signed with the Steelers as a free agent from the New York Jets in 2002, and said the switch was like night and day for him.

"It was a tough situation at the Jets," Farrior said. "Going through three coaches in five years was pretty tough, but once I got here, I felt like everything was stable. This is a great organization. It is one of the best in pro sports. The Rooney Family does a great job of getting people in here to fit within the Steeler mold. I felt a lot more comfortable here. I knew I was going to have guys in place for the long run."

-- Farrior, a team captain, said he's seen a big change in Ben Roethlisberger off the field since he was accused but not charged of a sexual assault back in March.

"He has become more of a leader. He has become more of a guy who is more accessible. We can go up and talk to him. He is a guy who is always playing around in the locker room. He doesn't really let anything affect him one way or the other. He is like Joe Cool."

-- Hines Ward took Santonio Holmes under his wing when the receiver was drafted in the first round from Ohio State by the Steelers in 2006. Each player was MVP of the past two Super Bowls for the Steelers.

"I know he wants to win more than anything," Ward said. "I texted him the other day. He made a hell of a catch in that game (to beat the Patriots Sunday). I am so proud of him just for going out there and doing the things that he has done. He wants to win just as bad as we want to win."

15 - Championship games the Steelers have reached since their first in 1972, more than any team since the 1970 NFL merger. Dallas is second with 14.

"If you're not getting better - I don't care what business you're in - you're a dead man." - Mike Tomlin when asked if he's improved as a coach through the years.

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