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<p><b>BRENT ALEXANDER</b></p> <p><b><i>Ever play against Manning?</i></b></p> <ul> <li>This will be my second regular-season game against him. The first one was his rookie year. He was kind of rattled. They put a little pressure on him and we ended up winning the game. He still showed all the signs, at that point in time, of things to come; and the next few years he had some big seasons.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p>

What's his best asset?

  • He's able to come out and see the defense. A big part of their offense right now seems to be that he's calling all the plays, or a big portion of them, at the line. Not only that, he reads the coverage well after the camp. Teams are disguising and he's able to see the disguise and pick up things on defense and deliver it to the right person.


Are defenses adjusting after he calls his audible at the line?

  • That's what it seems like a few teams have done. Baltimore did it to a degree. But every game we go into, teams all know how much we disguise; and it's always not a matter of changing your defense as much as it is not showing what we're in. You know, they're going to expect that anyway because it's something we do all the time.


Will this be the ultimate cat-and-mouse game?

  • Yeah, somewhat. You have to expect him, a couple times, to quick snap to get it out of there. There might be fewer so-called package plays, where he's making audibles. They may just come out and run a quick game to get it going and get us uncomfortable and out of position. New England was kind of like that. They quick-snapped it and didn't give us a chance to move around a lot because their (New England's) defense is the same way. It might be a good idea to go back and see the game between New England and Indianapolis, just to see how they reacted to it.


Because of the New England game, will you be more prepared for the quick snap?

  • Yeah. We're kind of expecting them to get us out of the disguise aspect because it's such a big thing. A lot of teams have done it to him, and they've kind of stuck to it and sometimes they quick snap. They've been back and forth. At this point in time, it's more recognition of what's going on

  • For the most part, we just do a lot of disguising. We don't want them to read our mail. We're going to try to line up with something different, give them a false look before we go to our coverage.


Compare and contrast Burress and Ward?

  • The differences are fairly obvious. Plax, being the taller guy going up for the ball, you expect him to be more of a downfield guy and Hines more of the possession receiver.


  • I think the similarity is the physical side of both of them. Hines is known for those big hits and blocking, but if you ever look out the other eye, Plax really makes some good downfield blocks and really hustles on the run plays. They both put a lot of effort into each play.


  • From my standpoint, when Plax is getting the ball short, he's really just trying to bait you in because everybody's expecting him to get the deep ball. Hines, on the other hand, whenever he catches that deep ball, he catches you off guard after nickel and dime-ing you all day because you get sick of him nickel and dime-ing you. With Plax it's the opposite. You're trying to keep him from making that big play and then here he is running a hitch in front of you, and the minute you tighten down, there he goes.


LEE FLOWERS Memories of the 95 game:

  • That one play that sent us to the Super Bowl,  Harbaugh threw that Hail Mary and it was knocked down by Randy Fuller. You could hear Myron Cope, "The Steelers win! The Steelers win!" It was a great opportunity. My rookie year, I didn't know what to expect in the NFL and here it is, I'm going to the Super Bowl. That was a great moment.


Assume you'd be back regularly?

  • No. I wasn't that naïve. It was a great way to start your career off and I've been chasing that ever since. It keeps me hungry.


MARK BRUENER Memories of the 95 game:

  • Ernie Mills, his catch on the sideline by our locker room that Neil (O'Donnell) threw, that's something that really stands out in my mind. We were down; the momentum was not in our favor and that really helped us recapture the momentum. We scored and went up.


Highlight of your rookie year?

  • It's one of the things that I always remember when they ask me about the highlights of my career. I remember that game as being the highlight. The emotion we felt, the excitement, the celebration after that game when they brought the stage up and Coach Cowher was holding the AFC Championship trophy, the hats being passed out. That's a feeling I know I'll never forget. We work every day – during the season and the off-season -- to get that feeling back.


JASON GILDON Memories of  the 95 game:

  • I remember the dropped interception by Quentin Coryatt that could've lost the game for us. That's what I remember most. You watched the game and it was, "OK, we've got it going." Then you see that pass and see him break and it was that sudden that the game was over. But he dropped it and there was a big sigh of relief. Then you had to live through the Hail Mary; but that pass, if Coryatt would have caught it, there wouldn't have even been a pass to Ernie Mills or a Hail Mary. That one was almost as bad as the pass my rookie year in the San Diego game, the deep pass that put them ahead late in the AFC Championship Game.


What about Willie Williams' play?

  • I don't know if he was supposed to blitz or not, but it was one of those plays you actually need in some games where you just get lucky. It was one of those plays. If Willie didn't make that play, they would've got the first down and we wouldn't have been able to get the ball back.


KORDELL STEWART Memories of the 95 game:

  • Me stepping out of bounds and catching a touchdown pass; Bam Morris scoring a touchdown and John Jackson getting a half inch off the ground because he was celebrating.


What about the touchdown catch?

  • Jason Belser was covering me and when Neil scrambled to the right, I stopped, gave a stutter move and tippy-toed down the line, and the referee was getting out of the way and he didn't see it. I went up and caught it for a touchdown.


Did you know you stepped out of bounds?

  • No. I didn't know until I looked at the film and I was thankful we hurried up and made the kick after. Nobody knew I stepped out until they showed it on the Jumbotron. Everybody was like, "Whoaa." But we'd already kicked the extra point.



KEVIN SPENCER On his old kicker, Vanderjagt:

  • He's good, very good. He's a very confident guy, verging on cocky. He's very flamboyant. He works the deal very good. But when you get beneath the Broadway stuff, he's a heck of a kicker. He's made some big kicks. Last week is a good example

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