Defensive quotes

<b>Troy Polamalu</b><br> <i> You said Carson (Palmer) had always gotten the better of you in college, did you even the score a little bit?</i><br> "Oh no, I'm sure we're going to have plenty of battles ahead of us. He'll get the best of me sooner or later.

Did you see Carson at the goal line? You went right over him. "Oh, that was him?
I don't know. That was a blessing to be in that situation with the ball in my hands.

What did he say to you after the game? Did you talk?
"Yeah, we did. He wished me good luck and asked me how I read that play. He was still trying to learn something from me and I was trying to learn something from him. I asked him questions as well."

Did you kind of bait him into that?
Not really. They ran the same play when we were in the same defense earlier in the game. I was just out of being in the right spot. Later in the game I had the opportunity to be in the right spot.

What do you think of Carson as a quarterback? (We have a new winner for dumbest question of the year)
He's the best quarterback I've ever played against?

Really? (And there's the runner-up)
"Yeah. He's the typical quarterback. He's got a strong arm, the all-american name. He's the golden boy. It's been a blessing to learn a lot from him. We're going to go back and forth in the future."

Have you ever had a return like that? You must have ran 50 yards to go 26.
"I don't know, it all happened so fast."

I guess you didn't hear coach Cowher yelling to get down from the sidelines?

Your defense wasn't dominant, but when you needed to make a big play, you found a way to get it done. Do you feel like you can build some confidence out of that?
"I think we played pretty well the past two games. The great thing is that we won as a team. We've just got to persevere.

You said you did not recognize any of Palmer's tendencies. Were you fibbing?
"No, not at all. I was very lucky and fortunate to be in the right spot."

James Farrior
In addition to Troy's interception, you guys almost had a few more.
"Yeah. We dropped about three of them. Our defense needs to get on the Juggs machines at practice."

Did you do anything different to confuse the young quarterback?
"No, I don't think we did anything extra to confuse him. We just did what we normally do. Our defense is complicated anyway. We can give a veteran quarterback a difficult look just by playing our regular defense."

Did Palmer look confused at times?
A couple of times. But I think we did a good job of getting pressure on him. We weren't giving him easy throws. Our D-line did a good job of pressuring and we had some blitzes that got there. Even though we didn't get a lot of sacks, we did put a lot of heat on him."

Bill said you guys put extra emphasis on stopping Chad Johnson and that hurt your run defense. Do you feel that way?
"No. We need to do a better job of tackling. We were there and in position, but we didn't get (Rudi Johnson) on the ground. He's a good back, but we have to do a better job of tackling."

Chris Hope
You want to get turnovers, but do you also try to incorporate turning turnovers into scores?
"Every DB on this team has the athletic ability to run after the catch. Being that we don't get our hands on the ball as much as we'd like, that one chance you get, you have to make it count. Troy definitely showed that by breaking tackles and reversing field and doing whatever it took to score that touchdown."

Do you even know what to do trying to block for him on that? He was going every which way.
"Call him the Tasmanian Devil. You have to get our of his way because you don't know what he is going to do."

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