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Steelers defense vows to rebound

9/16/2011

Warren Sapp called the Steelers old and slow on Showtime's "Inside the NFL"after Pittsburgh lost to the Ravens by 28 points. Sapp was especially critical of the Pittsburgh defense that gave up 35 points and 385 yards to the Ravens.

It's true that the Steelers start eight players on defense in their 30s, but it's the same eight who started last season when Pittsburgh led the NFL in fewest points allowed. That's why the Steelers say it's too early to bury this defense.

"I wouldn't kick any dirt on us," defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau told The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "We'll be back. We'll be back."

Sapp said James Harrison is at 70 to 75 percent. He also took at a shot at Troy Polamalu's speed when he allowed a touchdown pass to tight end Ed Dickson.

That led to this evaluation from Sapp: "I have three things: Old, slow and it's over."

"Warren is acting like he's the first person to say that to us," defensive end Brett Keisel told the Post-Gazette. "We've been hearing that for a long time. I don't think we're old, I don't think we're slow, I don't think we're done. But that's up to us. We have to go out and prove that."