Here’s how the Pittsburgh Steelers plan to stop Tom Brady next season

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) calls a play at the line of scrimmage during the second half of the AFC championship NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) calls a play at the line of scrimmage during the second half of the AFC championship against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017. –AP Photo/Matt Slocum

Tom Brady hasn’t lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers since 2011. And he hasn’t thrown an interception to Ben Roethlisberger’s team since 2005.

Brady is 10-2 all time against his AFC foe, averaging 294 yards at least two touchdown passes per outing. So how does Pittsburgh’s defensive coordinator Keith Butler plan to stop Brady and the Patriots next season?

“He’s sitting there pumping the ball and we had a lot of opportunities to sack him and we didn’t,” Butler reflected on his team’s 27-16 loss in Week 7. “Rush and coverage go together. If we would have gotten some pressure on him and sacked him a couple of times and get him to cuss his dadgum offensive linemen out, hey man, it’s a beautiful world for us.”

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“We have to be able to develop a four-man rush and not just blitz all the time,” he told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. “This year we have to be able to play conventional coverages with conventional people playing those coverages and conventional people rushing the passer. We’ve got to be able to do that in order to advance defensively, in my opinion.”

The Patriots will play the Steelers on December 17.