By Teresa Varley
Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers will get one of the biggest tests of his young career when he faces the Steelers defense. Defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau can throw a lot of things out there to confuse a young quarterback and it's likely he will do just that on Sunday night.
"They're a solid group," said Rivers. "They're always where they're supposed to be. They're fundamentally sound. They don't miss many tackles. They're a pressure defense. They like to apply pressure to the quarterback.
"That helps also with the run, which they are very stout against. It's just another challenge this week. Coming off a disappointing loss last week in a game I felt that we controlled for 55-plus minutes. We're regrouping and all our focus is on Pittsburgh and Sunday night. We're getting geared up for it."
If there is someone who knows first-hand what the Steelers defense brings, it's Ben Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger faces the defense on a daily basis and knows that Rivers will have a lot coming at him.
"I face them every day in practice and it's not fun as a third-year guy, let alone a first-year guy," said Roethlisberger. "They're a fun defense to watch. I love watching those guys, the way they fly around, the way they make plays and you never know whose blitzing. You don't know if Troy's (Polamalu) going to do a summersault before he blitzes or what's going on out there."
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Roethlisberger isn't looking at the Steelers 1-2 record and worrying. He knows that the team is better than that and feels that they are close to proving it.
"As much as people may not believe this, I think we've been playing pretty well offensively," said Roethlisberger. "There were a couple of mistakes that were made that really hurt, but overall we are just about a hair off on offense. We're almost clicking and when we do start to click and those wheels start turning out there, I think we can be pretty good, pretty dangerous. But I don't think we're as far off as people think."