According this article in the PG Denver was all over those comments from Ben as a key motivation for them to stop the run this week and just basically get fired up with bulletin board material that we didn't need to be giving them. Mike S. is a helluva coach and given time to prepare he can be lethal especially given that his team was backed into a corner and playing in "desperate for win" mode. Stacking the line and daring us to throw against them, they blitzed like crazy and took us out of our game for 2 quarters till we rallied in the 4th quarter."It looks like the handoff might be a pretty nice option on Sunday," Roethlisberger said in obvious reference to Denver's ranking as the worst rush defense in the league.
"I told the wide receivers and Bruce [Arians, offensive coordinator] that I'm going to have to get my throws in before practice, it might be the last throwing I do all week," Roethlisberger said.
Shannahan also might have been thinking it was a ploy to try and get the Broncos to think we were going to run this week and then we come out passing. It worked because we didn't sell the run for **** in this game and when we did try it was sporatic success until the 4th quarter mostly.
Either way this concerns me a bit:
Almost as if we figured that it was good enough to tie it up and they wouldn't try anything in the last minute? Maybe Im wrong on that one but they had 2 timeouts and over a minute to go and we did nothing to shut them down."I thought we were going into OT," defensive end Brett Keisel said.