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LaMarr Woodley On Mark Sanchez: 'We've Got To Hit Him Hard'

Like most blossoming young quarterbacks, New York Jets second-year man Mark Sanchez has been a bit Jekyll and Hyde this season. There has been 'Good Mark,' like last week against New England when he went 16-of-25 and tossed three touchdown passes. There has also been plenty of 'Bard Mark,' like the 17-for-44 effort in December against the Miami Dolphins.

LaMarr Woodley and the Pittsburgh Steelers hope to do everything they can Sunday to bring out 'Bad Mark' in the AFC Championship Game.

"He’s a quarterback who can move around in the pocket so he’s just not going to stand back there and take a hit. So I just think we have to do a good job getting pressure on him, and when we get back there we’ve got to hit him hard,' Woodley said during on appearance on the Colin Cowherd Show on ESPN Radio. "Hey, that's what the Pittsburgh Steelers do best. We apply pressure on quarterbacks and when you apply pressure on quarterbacks and hit them, that's when turnovers happen; that's when our secondary goes back there and makes plays."

Woodley pointed out that star safety Troy Polamalu did not play earlier this season when the Jets defeated Pittsburgh, 22-17.

"This time we're going to have Troy Polamalu back there, and you know how the defense runs when he's back there," Woodley said.

-- Read the whole transcript at Sports Radio Interviews.


Passing Rushing Sacks
G Rating Comp Att Pct Yds Y/G Y/A TD INT Rush Yds Y/G Avg TD Sack YdsL
2010 - Mark Sanchez 16 75.3 278 507 54.8 3291 205.7 6.5 17 13 30 105 6.6 3.5 3 27 171