"It wouldn't be better if you beat him," Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward said (via TribLive) when asked if they'd prefer the far less-seasoned Jimmy Garoppolo. "Our best against their best. (No.) 7's (Ben Roethlisberger) gonna be there -- 12's (Brady) gonna be there. So let's join the party."
While it's certainly better for the viewing audience, Heyward probably isn't speaking for first-year defensive coordinator Keith Butler. Butler has the unenviable task of taking over for longtime coordinator and zone-blitz legend Dick LeBeau.
Teeing off on a first-time NFL starter is one thing. Prepping for an angry -- and vindicated -- Tom Brady is quite another.
This is what we've always admired about the Steelers, though. There is a certain fearlessness within the culture coach Mike Tomlin has created. If nothing else, it helps build the hype for a game that everyone was already going to watch.