Steelers coach Pat Shurmur: ‘It’s a big part of the team’s identity’

Pat Shumur said the Steelers’ identity has been built around “playing hard, winning, being physical, and winning in the trenches.”

The Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3) were one of the league’s better teams in 2015 and Shurm said that was an advantage he believes has translated to this year.

The team finished third in the AFC North in points allowed and was the only team to allow less than 30 points in the first six games of the season.

“It’s not just us,” Shurmsaid.

“It’s our team.

It’s our identity, and we’ve got to play that way.

Shurm, however, added that the Steelers will not shy away from controversy.

When asked about former Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell being suspended for violating the league policy, Shurminger said he is “not sure” if the suspension was warranted.

While it is a bit premature to say whether Bell will miss any time, Shumursays it will be tough for him to get back to 100 percent.

Bell is expected to miss the rest of the 2015 season after being arrested for domestic violence against his girlfriend.

The Steelers, who have the fourth-best defense in the league, have not faced the highest-scoring team in the NFL since Week 4.

The Steelers are one of four teams to have two-straight losses.

The others are the Detroit Lions (3-4), New York Giants (2-5) and Baltimore Ravens (3.5-4).

The Jaguars, who also lost to the Steelers last season, play at home on Saturday.