PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Although the San Diego Chargers have more or less played their way out of playoff contention, Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley expects a tough test when they invade Heinz Field Sunday.
“They’re really good against the run. Their front four or five…they’re real good front-rushers and run-stoppers. They’re a complete group up front. They get after it…they’re good at creating turnovers. We want to run the ball, obviously…so we’ve got to be on our game against these guys,” Haley told 93.7 The Fan.
The Chargers enter Sunday seventh in the NFL in run defense, allowing just 94.5 yards per game. The Steelers enter Week 14 ranked 24th in the league in rushing offense, averaging 101.1 yards per game.
Haley is hoping, with a healthy Ben Roethlisberger back in the mix, and a group of wide receivers also getting healthier, his offense has the balance it needs for the stretch run.
“I haven’t seen any of that,” Haley responded when asked if Big Ben’s rib injury has hindered the quarterback’s mobility. “Just watching him move around and do those type of things, he looks like himself. I don’t know what he’s feeling when he’s doing most of those things, but he looks pretty good.”
He said he wants Ben, regardless of physical status, to continue to get rid of the ball quickly:
Kickoff between the Steelers (7-5) and Chargers (4-8) is set for 1:00 on KDKA-TV. Pregame coverage culminates at 11 A.M. on SportsRadio 93.7 The Fan with Joe Starkey and Josh Miller live from Tilted Kilt.