S Landon Collins
November 30, 2016
Q: What are your thoughts when you hear something like that? Roethlisberger saying you could possibly be the Defensive Player of the Year.
A: Thatís an honor. To hear that from a two-time Super Bowl champion is an honor. This is my second year and Iím making a good amount of plays. You definitely recognize that but Iím just taking it week-by-week and game-by-game. Just keep working hard to become the player that I am.
Q: What type of problems does Roethlisberger present?
A: He has the experience, the talent level, the offense. Him knowing his offense and the disguise. He does a good job getting his guys the ball. His arm strength. Heís phenomenal with that and just knows how to put the ball in the right place.
Q: How does Antonio Brown present a challenge for this defense as well?
A: Heís a great athlete. Heís going to do his thing. You can stop him or try to stop him but there are some guys you just canít stop. You try and contain him and do the best at that.
Q: What about Benís ability to keep plays alive? That has to be in your head?
A: Iíve been watching that since I was a kid. I was always saying how do you miss a sack on him? Well, heís really strong and big. Heís tough. If he keeps that arm loose like he always does, he always hits his guys no matter what. You could be on his ankle and he could still make a throw out of the pocket down field. Just his arm strength and ability to keep his eyes downfield even though heís under attack.
Q: Heís not going to go down the way Drew Brees did?
A: No. I have to bring all of this. You have to bring all the weight to take him down.
Q: You feel like this defense is getting better and better every week?
A: Definitely. Itís becoming sound as a unit and becoming as one. Just knowing everyoneís position and knowing where everyone is going to help at. Also, where we can work at. Weíre getting better as a defense, we definitely are.
Q: You guys have put yourself in position to play December football. Is this where you start really counting or is it just another game?
A: Some people take it as being just another game and some people take it as a playoff game. For me, I just look at it as a game. Itís a game with another team thatís in our way. You have to fight to the end. Just continue pushing to where you want to go.
Q: Do you feel your defense is good enough to get to where you need to be without the offense getting 30 points?
A: We expect a lot from our offense. Whatever they put on the scoreboard, we have to make do with. Thatís what a defense does. Iíve had a template and always lived by it since I was a kid. Defense wins championships, offense wins games. If they put up 10 points and we have to hold the other team to seven, thatís what we need to do.