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Lions quotes: Jim Schwartz's comments from Wednesday

Quotes from Jim Schwartz's media session after Wednesday's Detroit Lions practice.

David Banks

Below is a look at what Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz had to say after Wednesday's practice. (Quotes provided by the Lions.)

On Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger extending plays: "He'll get rid of the ball on time. They run some empty stuff and some quick passing game. It really doesn't matter what the route progression is. He can extend the play from the pocket and outside of the pocket. He's got the arm to make the throw anywhere on the field. It definitely puts a little bit of pressure on the defense."

On if Roethlisberger's style of play potentially enabling the defensive line to sack more on Sunday: "He sees big guys. He's a tough guy to bring down. You have to keep on coming. I don't know if there is any more opportunity than with anybody else, but we have to keep on coming with him. He's a really strong guy in the pocket and he shakes off a lot of free rushers."

On the Steelers defense: "They play their scheme. They had their scheme in there for a long time. Particularly a guy like Ike Taylor, Ryan Clark, (Troy) Polamalu, they're very experienced in their scheme. They don't give up a whole lot of big plays. That's always been a hallmark of what they do. They make you earn your way down the field."

On the Steelers rushing defense being one of the bottom five teams in the NFL: "Some of those stats can get a little tilted when your record is 3-6 like theirs is. There are going to be a lot of times where people are running the ball late in games and things like that. That can tilt you both offensively and defensively when it comes to run-pass stats."

On batted passes not being an emphasis: "I wouldn't necessarily say that. We tried to get our hands up at times. There are some guys that if you put your hands up, the quarterback is going to go right past you. If you put your hands up on (Robert Griffin III) RG3 and some of the other mobile quarterbacks that we faced, (Aaron) Rodgers and some of those other guys, they'll pull it down and make you look bad. There is a balance between rushing and also getting your hands up. (Ndamukong) Suh's ability to get his hands on that ball, that's one of the first ones that he got his hands on that really wasn't a pressure. His other forced interceptions have been from really baring down on the quarterback and maybe getting a hand up on his way to the quarterback. That one he sort of got it up as the ball was going past. Like I said, that was at least a three point play."

On the team staying composed during Chicago's two 2-point tries: "That's what we're paid to do. That's your job. You can't worry about what's happening in the past, you have to go and make that play. They realized the importance of that play. Whether it's letting one bad play affect the next or letting one loss affect the next game, I think our team has a good personality that way to put things in the past, try to correct mistakes and move on."

On Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell: "They certainly trust him with their whole offense. They run wildcat to him. He's a big part of their passing game. He's a full-time back for them. When he got back from his injury, they didn't waste any time getting him back in there. They have a lot of confidence in him. Again, you can't read a whole lot in to those yards per average because they don't have a lot of explosive plays in the run game, therefore their numbers aren't going to be real good. He's been very consistent and churning out yards for them. He's made plays in the passing game also. He looks like a good rookie."

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