PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan)- Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward joined The Fan Morning Show on Thursday morning to talk about the prep for the Detroit Lions, who will be at Heinz Field this Sunday for a 1 p.m. kickoff.
He says it starts with stopping the run and Reggie Bush. Heyward says the Lions have done a great job using all of his skills into their offensive package, but it doesn’t end there.
The Lions also have quarterback Matt Stafford putting the ball up to this guy they call Megatron. Of course we’re referring to Calvin Johnson, who will be the real one giving this defense fits.
“He is a dominant force on the field,” Hayward said. “He is living up to the name.”
Heyward says he is so big, strong and smart and can make plays even when he is in triple coverage. He makes a defense work.
“We have to take care of business or he will make you pay,” Hayward said.
He says he has to be considered the best wide receiver in the league.
It will help if the defense can get pressure on Stafford so he can’t get the ball out quickly to Johnson. He says if they can get Stafford down, this defense will be successful.
If not, could they be looking at another embarrassing day like the 55 points given up at New England?
Heyward says that the defense knew they didn’t hold up their end of the bargain and too many guys may have gotten in trouble trying to do too much and not doing what they were supposed to do.
“Everyone thinks they have to be a superhero on every play,” Heyward said. “We just need to do our job and we will be fine.”
He admits the 3-6 record has been tough, but you learn from it and know that each game has come down to four or five plays that made the difference. If they can figure out a way to make those plays down the stretch, maybe the end will be better than the start.
Listen to the full interview here: