Linebacker James Harrison says he’s getting better each day with adapting to the Bengals defense.
“If you had asked me that yesterday, I would have told you I was down bad,” Harrison said, per Bengals.com.
“But today I had a chance to go over all the stuff we put in yesterday. I think the first week we put in a few things. And then yesterday I think we threw in maybe as three times as much as we did the whole first week. I had a chance to go back last night and go over the defenses and had a whole better time of executing.”
Harrison claims that playing in the Bengals 4-3 defense isn’t a lot different than the Steelers 3-4.
“Yes, you all do,” Harrison said when asked if the media has made too much of the differences. “I’m playing SAM, so I’m basically doing the same thing I do in a 3-4 defense. It’s just that I’ll switch where I’m lining up. I’ll be in a 40 or 30, stacked behind a tackle or guard or whatever it may be. And I’ll do my job from there.
“Their terminology is some of the same terminology, but it means something different. Every now and then I’ll revert to doing something that was previously done with the Steelers but means something different here. Once I get the terminology together and just getting used to certain fits, I think I’ll be all right.”
Harrison believes he’ll be rushing the passer more with the Bengals.
“It’s really not that much of a difference. Actually, with some of the stuff they’re doing now, it looks like I may be rushing a little more than I had in previous years,” Harrison said. “I think I’ll be covering a little less here.”