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DE Trent Cole

On what makes Roethlisberger so difficult to bring down: "Just his size. He's a big guy. You can't tackle him low so you have to tackle him high. That's one of the keys to getting him on the ground."

On whether he feels like the defensive line will explode for multiple sacks soon: "It's coming. I'm going to let you know it's coming. We're going to keep working hard at what we're doing. We're having some great practices and keep digging and trying. It's going to come, it's going to pop. We just have leaders who keep working hard and doing what we're doing, trying to win games and it will come."

LB DeMeco Ryans

On the challenge of playing the Steelers: "They're a good team. Regardless (of their record) they're still a good team. We don't want them to break out this week and start running the ball well so we have to continue to be diligent in the run game, and focus on continuing to stop the run. That's every week so we still have to focus on that this week."

On what it says about the defense that they have performed so well without collecting a lot of sacks: "We have three wins. That's the biggest number for me that matters. It's the wins. The sacks and the stats are nice to have but wins are a lot nicer."

On how tough the Steelers' offense is: "Their offense is pretty tough. Pittsburgh has always had playmakers. Playmakers on the outside, Roethlisberger, his ability to make plays, so you have to stay tight on coverage throughout the entire play with these guys because they have the ability to make a lot of big plays on you."

On whether the defense has flown under the radar compared to the offense: "We don't care about going under the radar or anything about that. I don't care about it. We have to continue to hone up on our things and get better at what we're doing. (If) people are talking about us or not talking about us, it really is not something we are worried about or something that we even talk about. We focus on winning. That's the only thing that matters to us."

S Kurt Coleman

On what kind of challenge the Steelers pose to the defense: "They have a lot of weapons. You have Big Ben but he has a plethora of guys. (Steelers tight end) Heath Miller is actually having a great season so far with four touchdowns. Like I was saying, (Roethlisberger) knows how to extend plays for long periods of time. And his wide receivers are fast and know how to work for the ball."

On what it means that the Steelers are expecting RB Rashard Mendenhall back in the starting lineup: "Rashard, he's a great running back. We have to be able to just continue playing our game plan. We have to be able to limit the big runs and allow our coverage to take care of itself because our D-line will get pressure. You just have to give them time."

C Dallas Reynolds

On his comfort level in the run and pass blocking schemes: "The schemes here are great. (Offensive line coach) Howard Mudd is a great coach and he knows his technique. He's been doing it a long time. It's just a matter of getting that down where it just becomes natural."

On his performance the past two weeks: "When you look at the film I see a lot of good things. I know you guys have heard this before (but) I've seen some good things that I've done well and things I need to get better at. That's what I am focusing on and trying to get better every week."

S Colt Anderson

On whether he lines up in a specific place on special teams: "No, I'm all over, doing whatever helps to win the game."

On whether he feels he can make a difference on special teams: "You know, special teams is just an attitude and we've got to get the right attitude. We've got to have confidence in what we're doing and we're going to get that fixed."

On whether he feels pressure to perform on special teams after the team struggled in that area against the Giants: "I feel no pressure. Just going to go out there and compete and do what I do. I know the other 10 guys are going to do the same."

On how he feels when he is double-teamed: "Anytime you get double-teamed is a good thing. You're freeing up another guy and you can take it as a compliment or whatever you want. I'm just going to continue to do my one-eleventh and if I get double-teamed, like I said, another guy is going to make the play."

On what has been the main issue on special teams this year: "We've just got to win our one-on-one battles. We've got to have the right attitude and we've got to be confident in making our plays."

LB Adrian Moten

On whether it was frustrating to not receive calls from other teams while he was a free agent: "No, I can't be frustrated about, you know, what happened. It is what it is. It's a business. Everybody's got to do what they've got do to get ahead and get wins. The Eagles didn't see me with them before then, but now they see me as part of the team. So, I'm just happy to be back. I'm happy being back in the groove and back working."

On whether he feels his ability to play special teams is why he is back with the Eagles: "Of course. I showed I'd give it all when I was here. I'm going to come in wanting to play special teams a lot. I know that's the biggest thing they brought me in for but you never know how the NFL goes. It's a business, so you never know. I could be playing linebacker one week. You never know. So, I'll come in and do whatever they need me to do."

On whether he carved his niche on special teams during his time with the Colts and the Seahawks: "Of course. Of course I did. I think that's the reason why a lot of people see me as a special teams guy and a guy that can play linebacker. I (consider) myself a good special teams player."

On the key to being good on kick coverage units: "There's just no key. Just going down and covering. Going down and getting to be a ball hawk on kickoff and then on kickoff return, block your guy. In Seattle, they had a saying, 'not my man,' and I kind of like to live by that now. Not my man on any return teams and on kickoffs, I'm going to be a ball hawk; go get the ball."

LB Jamar Chaney

On what makes Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger so difficult to defend: "He's about 260, 270 pounds, so arm tackles (are) not going to tackle him in the pocket; grabbing one leg or something like that won't work against him or sacking the quarterback with one arm. Most quarterbacks, you probably can do that, but with him you can't. When he gets outside the pocket, some of their receivers just take off down the field and he just throws it up."

On whether Roethlisberger is a quarterback that can frustrate the defenses if you don't get him down early: "I don't think he can frustrate you. He'll probably frustrate you if he breaks a couple of tackles and then throws it down the field; big plays. But we just have to be disciplined in our coverage. I mean, we want him to run the ball, so until he crosses the line, we can just stay in coverage."

On what makes this team more mentally tough than past Eagles teams: "Not too much bothers the defense right now. (Defensive coordinator) Juan (Castillo) and the linebackers coach, Coach (Mike) Caldwell always preach that it doesn't matter what the offense does, it doesn't matter what the situation is; just go out there and take care of your job no matter the situation. I think that's what's happening on the field and just more familiarity with the defense. (CB) Nnamdi (Asomugha), (CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie), (S) Kurt (Coleman), everybody that's out there (is more familiar), that's just a (a few) on the defense. A whole offseason to get ready and do things, so people are more comfortable."

DT Cullen Jenkins

On why the run defense is playing so well: "Just playing together as a team; everybody just being accountable for their gaps and assignments. It's just a team effort."

On whether confidence in your teammates plays a role in why the run defense is playing so well: "There's definitely a level of trust out there and I think we have that this year. You're confident the guy next to you or the guy behind you is going to take care of their assignment and you know that you just need to care of your assignment to make it easier on that person."

On why the team has been able to win close games early in the season: "Because we've been fighting; fighting through the whole game. It's never any doubt in us. It's never any let up. Guys aren't pointing their finger out there. You know, heck, if the offense doesn't have the best day, the defense tries to step it up for them and then again if the defense is struggling late in the games, you know, we've given up some points and allowed teams to get the lead, and the offense steps it up for us and they come right back down and get the lead back. This has been a great team effort so far this year where everybody has each other's back."

S Nate Allen

On how tough it is to keep an eye on Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger when he has several deep threats at receiver: "It's tough with fast guys, but it's something, as a DB, you've been doing ever since you've been playing the position. When a play breaks down and you're in coverage, you've got to find somebody and go get them because they can run any route they want. They just get open."

On whether he feels as if the defense is flying under the radar at this point of the season: "I mean, I don't even know. I don't even worry about if we're flying under the radar. We're just going to keep playing and getting better week to week and just getting better."

On whether there is one quality that he feels the defense is better at this season: "The defense, I think we're just playing well together and we're feeding off each other. We have a good chemistry as an entire defense and you know everything is coming together pretty well."

LB Mychal Kendricks

On why the defense has played so well against the run: "I think we bring a certain intensity to the game and us working as a collective effort of the D, really, no one lets each other slip. We all check each other and I think that has more to do with it than anything."

On whether LB DeMeco Ryans is the biggest influence on keeping things calm on defense: "Yeah, I mean, he's our quarterback on defense. He brings the guys together, you know, when we huddle up and he makes sure we're cool, calm and collected."

On his first look at QB Ben Roethlisberger and his ability to extend plays: "Yeah, he definitely has the ability to extend plays and make things happen. He's a big guy. Him going down is not going to be easy. He's 270, 275 (pounds). That's a big dude."

On the process of becoming a starter as a rookie: "The pressure was just what it was in any situation. Going into a game, people are counting on you and your teammates are counting on you. You want to be perfect, you want to do things right and you want to do your best."

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