The outside linebacker, tamer personality-wise than he's been in recent years, met with the media to discuss the upcoming game, Joe Flacco's Wildcat comments and how tough it is to defend Ben Roethlisberger.
Here's what he had to say:
On there is any need for extra motivation to beat the Steelers: "No, especially considering they beat us the last time we faced off. If you aren't ready for this game, then you have no business on either one of the two teams. I have a feeling both teams are preparing. We're both getting ready, and we'll you see you guys out there Thursday night."
On the Steelers' improvement since the last time they played: "I really checked out Ben [Roethlisberger], and he has looked like he is getting back to being Ben, shaking guys off and making plays just when you think the play is broke down. I think that's when he's at his best - when he's most comfortable. They definitely have gotten a lot better, and we realize that. So, we're going to have to prepare for them."
On if the defense measures itself against top quarterbacks: "No. At the end of the day, the only thing that really matters is the win and the loss. You can't really measure yourself by [that], because when we played a top quarterback in Week 1, it didn't work out so well for us. But if we had got down on ourselves, who knows? We would probably be packing it up, ready to go home. But we knew that it was just one game. When you play elite quarterbacks, you do want to play good and firm on defense. That's just the No. 1 thing. If we score more points than them, then we win."
On how much he treasures bringing QB Ben Roethlisberger down: "Being that he is the hardest guy to tackle, it's something I really take pride in, and I'm really happy [about it]. But it also doesn't count because I play him two times a year. I guess you have to compare against a guy who is not his division that he doesn't see every year. But like I said, he is the hardest quarterback to sack in the league. It's a good feeling, but I'm not sure what the win/loss ratio is. I think he has more wins than me, so we'll see."
On if the team expects QB Joe Flacco to play his best football at this time of year: "We look at things as a team. And as a team, we need to all start playing our best football. We all know we need to make a run, and he's our quarterback. We're going to do it on his arm. We've done it on his arm in the past, and nothing is going to change that way."
On not having a sack in the last three games: "I was thinking about that, too, but it wasn't like I wasn't winning [one-on-one]. Last week, I had some success rushing the passer, [but] I just didn't register a sack. I can't get down on myself. I've still got games left, and I'm going to continue to play."
On if he has gotten increased attention from blockers: "No. I don't think anybody could count Chicago. It was just a terrible field to play on. Me and [Andrew] Whitworth have had some battles, but he just happen to win [one-on-one] when we played ‘Cincy.' We won the game [though], so I'll take that. I didn't get one last week, but facing Rex Ryan, not giving up a touchdown, and winning 19-3 - I'll take that, too. We've got five left, and I'm just going to continue to play, continue to work."
On the Steelers using the Wildcat formation the last time the Ravens played them: "It was just good it happened early. You don't want to have to defend that in a must-win playoff game. We definitely didn't expect them to run the Wildcat. It's all NFL Football; we knew it existed. I think we've got that pretty much honed in. We saw it a little bit with [Josh] Cribbs."
On if he considers the Wildcat a gimmick: "I don't know; it's still around. It showed its face in 2008 and kind of disappeared. Some teams still run it; some don't. Who knows?"
On trying to stop RB Le'Veon Bell: "He's a really patient runner. He's a good back, a rookie, and a big guy. We've got to play him with patience before we can try to tee off on a good back. You've definitely got to wait for him to make his move first before you tee off. In our defense, we've only allowed one rushing touchdown, so maybe you all need to do a little more research." (laughter)