On keeping the players focused given the Steelers' current hot streak:
"I think we've kept it all in perspective. I think we all recognize that
we're kind of hanging onto the chance of getting into the playoffs and the right
things have to happen. We recognize the only thing we can control is how we play
in these last two games, and certainly, the biggest challenge is this
On whether his players have been motivated by their recent wins:
"I don't know if it's motivating. Certainly you'd like to make sure that
your efforts show a little bit more than what happened last time. I think
certainly we were, to a degree, embarrassed by what took place. But, it happened
and the thing we've got to do now is try to prepare ourselves and seize the
opportunity we have this weekend."
On telling RB Willie Parker he made the Pro Bowl:
"It was very nice to see a player like Willie Parker, how far he has come
and how hard he has worked, to see him have the year he's had and to be
recognized. He's special. He's a special kid and I think he's a special back. It
couldn't happen to a better person. I couldn't be happier for him."
On whether he was surprised by the way the Ravens dominated Pittsburgh in
"We don't go into any game expecting to lose. Certainly they handled us
very well and we would like to think that's not something we have happen to us
a regular basis."
On the key to Pittsburgh's turnaround this season:
"[There's] not really [one thing]. I think we've played better. We haven't
turned the football over as much. Like I said, the game we played against
Baltimore, really within the last couple of months, has been the worst game
we've played. They're a good football team. I give a lot of credit to them the
last time we played them. The good thing about it is that we've got a chance to
redeem ourselves this weekend."
On Ravens T Jonathan Ogden:
"He's an unbelievable athlete for a man of his size. He's a tough guy. I've
had a chance to coach him a number of times at the Pro Bowl. He's got a great
demeanor. He's unbelievably competitive. Just for a man of that size to have the
athletic ability that he has is just so unique. He's certainly the best, if not
one of the best, at his position and he's done that year-in and year-out."
On the difference QB Steve McNair has made for the Ravens:
"Confidence. I think the confidence that the players have in him. He's been
there. He's won a lot of games in the National Football League. He's brought
teams back. I think that he re-established that mindset with this new football
team early in the season with some of his comeback wins. I think when he did
that it instilled a confidence and a presence that he has in the huddle that
they believe in."
On whether he was surprised Ravens OLB Terrell Suggs was chosen for the Pro
"Not really. Their defense is awesome. When you look at their linebacking
corps you can probably put them all in there. I think Ray Lewis is having a
great year, Bart Scott has just kind of come into his own. Certainly the outside
two guys made it, but I still say Kelly Gregg is one of the most underrated
players in the National Football League. He is such a good down lineman. The
year Trevor Pryce has had [is great]. The front seven has been solid. Then you
look at the secondary; there's not a weak link with that group. Samari Rolle has
been to a Pro Bowl, [Chris] McAlister is going, Ed Reed is going. Then they've
got the young kid [Dawan Landry] around there, and he's just going to get good
because of the people he's got around him."
On if he tries to prevent questions about his coaching future to avoid a
"I don't. I've answered them and it's all documented and it's pretty
consistent. It's not a distraction; we're just getting ready to play the next
On his memories being teammates with Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome:
"[It seems] any time I come off the practice field, I either see the drive
or the fumble on TV. It seems like they play that classic on ESPN quite often. I
think that Ozzie was so good and I remember so many great catches that he made
and playing with him on that 1980 team - the cardiac kids. He was such a big
part of that. That was my first year in the National Football League and I
thought that was how it always was going to be. I quickly learned that that
wasn't. Ozzie is a special man. He has worked his way up and you can see the
kind of work he's done. He's very well respected around the National Football
League. He's played the game, he's been at every level and I think that he's a
On the difficulty of his decision to continue to coach:
"It will be done after the season. We'll just leave it at that. I'm not
ready to get into too much. I've talked already enough about that stuff."
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