Q&A: Alan Faneca

LATROBE – Alan Faneca might be the best lineman in the NFL after playing in his fourth consecutive Pro Bowl in seven NFL seasons. Faneca is a team leader of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the perfect man to field 10 questions on the last day of training camp.

Q: Who do you think is the best guard in the game?
A: I look at Will Shields as the best guard in the game. He's the best guy and he's been doing it the longest. I learn a lot from watching him and how he plays the game.

Q: Considering your newborn child, are you looking forward to getting out of here more than in years past?
A: It's definitely added a new aspect to training camp and being gone for three weeks. Not only am I away from my wife, I'm away from my little one who's growing up. You're missing things every day and you want to get back home.

Q: How was camp for this team?
A: It was good. It was fairly smooth; not too many bus trips, rained out practices, gym practices, all that stuff we're normally battling, so that was a different aspect of the camp this year.

Q: In retrospect, was the Hines Ward holdout a distraction?
A: I don't think it was a distraction. It happened early on when we were still getting our feet wet again and settling back in to learning things and getting used to being back on the field. Everyone had a lot of things going on themselves.

Q: Are you worried about the sluggish offense at this point?
A: I don't think so. I think it'll come around. It's just a matter of putting it all together. We're doing it at times; we just have to do it play in and play out.

Q: Are you worried about the sluggish quarterback?
A: No. I think a lot of that has to do with game-planning, and we're not doing that. We're just coming out here running plays and trying to get better. When the season comes we'll put the right plays in for the game that we think will work against a certain defense.

Q: How's the line coming along?
A: It's coming along good. We're starting to fire on all pistons a little bit here and we're getting to a point where we're picking up the offense again, and when we refine how we're doing it we're going to start playing really good physical football.

Q: Is the offense as physical as it was coming out of last year's camp?
A: I'd say yes, and I think we are, but we won't prove that until the real games start. There's a definite preseason tone and then there's a definite Game One tone that takes over and will really show what we are.

Q: What would you tell someone who hasn't seen the team about the surprises to look for?
A: I don't know if there are surprises. We have a lot of the same guys we had last year, except for Ced (Wilson). I don't know if there are any surprises.

Q: What's your prediction for this year?
A: It's not about winning the conference anymore; it's not about winning games; it's about winning the Super Bowl, and that's the only goal I've got my mind set on.

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