He is an All-Pro cornerback. You have to know that. It is one of those things where he is out and now we have to keep an eye on whoever is over there. We noticed it a couple of times, I was yelling from the sideline that we had a mismatch height-wise with Plaxico (Burress). I said let's get the ball to Plaxico. We did end up throwing a touchdown the second time.
I think you are something like 39 for 49 in your last two games
with four touchdowns, no interceptions. Rookies aren't
supposed to do that.
"We are just trying to take one game at a time. It has only been
five games, We will keep saying it over and over again, let's not
get too excited. We are just trying to keep our focus, keep our
mind on the straight and narrow, and focus on Philadelphia.
Are you surprised that you have adapted so well to the NFL?
"It is more than just me. Obviously we have a great team
offensively and defensively. We are out there playing together.
We are playing unselfish football right now. People are making
plays all over the field. Guys have helped me out a tremendous
amount. I can't say enough about what they have done for me.
That was a really quick start for you guys.
"That's what you want. That's what we talk about. We talk about
starting fast and finishing strong. Whoever thought we'd start that
fast? But we were able to continue to stay in the game. After
halftime, going in, we were up, but we didn't get lackadaisical or
anything. We came back out, got a turnover and we were able to
continue down the field. It was one of those days where
everything was going right for us.
That third quarter drive, you guys ran the ball 13 times in 14
"I talked about that early in the week, sustaining drives. To make
sure that time of possession was in our favor. That's one thing
we did. Any time you're able to have a lead against a great team
and be able to chop some time off the clock, that's text book.
That's how you want to write it down.
When Ty Law went out, you guys attacked the rookie cornerback
"It's like they say, when there's blood in the water, you have to go
after them. We knew that Ty had gone down and they were a
man short. We went after them as far as throwing the ball.
Did you deliberately go deep when he went out?
"We were going to attack them regardless, but more with him
being out. We tried to attack the corners because we didn't geel
they could go out and guard us. Even with Ty being in the game,
we still wanted to go out there and attack their secondary. With
him out, it was kind of a blow for them because they had Eugene Wilson playing out of position. He's a safety. You don't want to
get caught playing out of position in this league.
Your defense really stepped up in this game.
"It was a great team effort, defensively, offensively, special
teams. For the defense to shut down Tom Brady and come up
with some huge turnovers, that was big. It put us in great field
position. It was a great team victory for us and the city of
Pittsburgh. There was so much excitement out there on the field.
It's been such a long time since we've had an exciting game like
that. And for us to win one like that, we've got a long way to go,
but we're 6-1.
Are you the best team in the AFC?
"I don't see why not.
"When you're a running team, you're going to play physically.
That's why it was hard last year. It's kind of hard to be a physical
team when you're a passing team. We've established our run
game and we've got balance now. That''s what we had in 2001
and that's big. We run and when they try to shut down the run,
we've got two great wideouts on the outside, it's hard to defend
Did you guys make a statement?
"I think so. A lot of people say 'You guys haven't played anybody.'
We don't make our schedule. We can only play who's on the
schedule. We were picked third or fourth in our division. But
we've proven a lot of people wrong.
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