Chuck Pagano has spent all week planning how to pound Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, slow down wide receiver Mike Wallace and limit Rashard Mendenhall to less than 50 rushing yards against the Ravens for a fourth straight game.
But the Ravens defensive coordinator said Thursday he's glad he doesn't have to find a way to contain a pair of athletic, pass-catching tight ends like Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta.
That problem belongs to Steelers defensive guru Dick LeBeau.
"You spread those guys out and you get them in space, it's a nightmare for the guy calling the defense," Pagano said without the slightest hint of empathy for his Steelers counterpart.
They are likely to see a lot of action in Sunday night's AFC North showdown at Heinz Field.
The Steelers enter Week 9 with the NFL's top-ranked pass defense, but in eight games, they have allowed 462 receiving yards to tight ends. Just seven teams have surrendered more.
Dickson will be the more productive of the two, but neither is a TE1.