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Brandon Meriweather on D&H: ‘We want to be physical’

11.15.10 at 12:44 pm ET
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Patriots defensive back Brandon Meriweather made his weekly appearance on the Dale & Holley show Monday morning. Listen to the interview at the Dale & Holley audio on demand page.

Meriweather said a fast start was one of the keys to a 39-26 victory over the Steelers. “We came out, we started fast,”  Meriweather said. “We started early. We didn’t wait to see how the game was going to go.”

Meriweather said the team’s physicality was a huge factor, especially given the hard-hitting nature of the Steelers. “Coach always tells us we have to be physical,” Meriweather said. “The physical team is going to win nine times out of 10. That’s something we try to take into every game, we want to be physical. I’m happy that we started early yesterday.”

When he was asked about the challenges of preparing for multiple weapons in the receiving game, Meriweather emphasized the focus still revolves around the quarterback. “It’s more of taking on their quarterback,” Meriweather began, before directing his comments toward Steelers receiver Mike Wallace, who torched the Pats for 136 yards and two touchdowns Sunday night. ”Wallace is the fastest dude in the league, so you always have to be ready to cover the deep route and get him off something where he can’t catch it in stride and outrun everybody.

“Other than that, it’s more of facing Ben [Roethlisberger] that’s the problem, that the Steelers give you the problem with,” continued Meriweather. “Because he’s so hard to bring down to the point where the receivers get out of coverage. Nobody can cover somebody forever, eventually they are going to get open. Whenever Ben can scramble around and give them a little extra time to get open, it’s hard to beat them.”

While on the subject of quarterbacks, Meriweather was asked for his thoughts on a pretty decent one who’s coming to town next Sunday: Peyton Manning. Rather than get nervous about the tall task of facing another elite quarterback, Meriweather welcomes the challenge. “I’m excited,” Meriweather said. “Any time you get to play against Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, anybody in that caliber, you get excited to play them. I’m very excited to play them. I can’t wait until Sunday.”

Although the secondary has and will be challenged by some of the best quarterbacks in the league, Meriweather believes preparing against Tom Brady every week makes the task far less daunting. “That’s true. That is true. We always have somebody to play against, but going against Tom every day, it makes it so much easier,” he said.

Read More: Ben Roethlisberger, Brandon Meriweather, Mike Wallace, Peyton Manning
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