Q: Is this a crucial game for you guys because you can either get back into the NFC West race or have the hole be dug a little deeper?
Dilfer: Yeah, it's a huge game for us for those reasons. If we can win this game, it puts us right back in the hunt in the west and it obviously knocks the team that is leading the west down a game in the loss column. It does a lot for us. I think it would do a lot for us for our confidence as well and kind of get momentum on our side.
Q: Do you feel like you have finally found a place or home where you can sit back and play and be appreciated? It is weird that a Super Bowl-winning QB had so many experiences following that sort of accomplishment that you had?
Dilfer: Yeah, I value my experiences. Obviously some of them have come with a little adversity attached, but I try not to get caught up in being comfortable or being appreciated. I think that is dangerous place to live at. I try to take it one day at a time and try to stay very focused on what I am doing right now. I try not to get caught up in what could happen, what might happen, where I'm going to be…all that stuff. I learned my lesson in Tampa that way. I want to give the Seahawks the best year of my life and in order to do that I can't be worrying about what happened in my past or what is going to happen in my future. I have to be very focused on what is going on now.
Q: Can you guys dig out of that 0-3 hole that you started in to make a good run here?
Dilfer: Let's hope so. Losing in the NFL is not much fun. I think a lot of people in this league are motivated by the fear of digging themselves a deeper hole. I've always been a big believer in the bunker mentality, when a team has their backs against the wall and is desperate, usually that brings out greatness in teams and that is what we are hoping for here.
Q: How do you feel in that offense? Does it fit with your skill set?
Dilfer: I am becoming a better player. There is no doubt that it has challenged me. I began to redefine myself as a quarterback with my skill level in late '99 and it felt like I've made improvements ever since. This offense forces me to continue to challenge my thinking and get more skilled in some areas, be more aggressive. I don't necessarily feel like I have arrived, but I do feel like I am getting better and I am having more success in areas that had troubled me in my career at Tampa.
Q: How important do you think the extra week of preparation will be in regards to this game? The Niners, conversely, used that extra week to set the tone to get the Rams off their back. How are you guys addressing this and how much of an advantage is it?
Dilfer: I've never been able to figure out how the bye week helps or hurts outside of getting healthy. In teams I've been on that have been successful coming out of the bye week are teams that took advantage of the rest to get guys healthy. That is what we did here. We were very banged up. We were missing some key defensive starters and those guys are going to come back and some of the guys banged up on offense are going to come back strong and healthy. We worked last week, but we worked a lot of fundamental work…guys were able to rest and get fresh and hopefully that will be our advantage. Maybe the same mentality that the 49ers took with the Rams. I watched that game, parts of that game, I watched the interviews leading up to the game and they seemed like a team that knew they were in a hole and they had to dig themselves out…they played desperate, they played hungry…and just whooped up on the Rams. I believe that we will come out with the same mentality. We are a football team that wants to prove something. We're in a hole and we are going to use the week off to our advantage. And hopefully this week we'll explode Monday Night.
Q: Did you get the sense from Holmgren that this game might be bigger than normal just because his past with the 49ers and Mariucci?
Dilfer: I haven't got that sense. I've been in games like this before where there is deep connections and history, and no matter what you say, they are bigger, they are more special to certain people involved. But I got enough responsibility on my hands. I can't get caught up with all that stuff. We are playing against a very, very good defense. In my opinion, one of the top 5 defenses in the league. We got our work cut out for us and we are going to have to play great football to be successful and I'm going to invest all my energy in thinking about that and thinking about getting ready to perform Monday Night and not worry about the others stuff.