Q: Do you feel the same about Perry Fewell’s system?
A: We won a Super Bowl in this system. I think that’s the main thing. We have the same signal caller that we did last year. So for us when things are out of your control, there’s no sense in worrying about that while you’re still going through the thick of it.
Q: What did you learn from the season following the first Super Bowl victory?
A: That it doesn’t matter what you did last year. When you cross those lines, nobody cares and they shouldn’t. You hoist that trophy for a couple of seconds and then you’ve got to be able to put it behind you and move on because this business is ‘what have you done for me today?’ It’s not even lately anymore. What I take from it is that we have to work on our craft every single day and we’re not going to be given anything and when you do have that most recent trophy you have a big target on your back so you’ve got to play for everybody’s best shot.
Q: You guys have won two Super Bowls in five seasons, but there are also those teams that get to the playoffs several years in a row.
A: I’d rather have the rings to show for, to be honest with you. That does not mean that we don’t want to make a run in the playoffs. I mean that’s the objective right now and then when you make that step, it’s all about one game at a time. But if I had to choose between being consistent and making runs and having rings, I think those seasons are special and we’re in the middle of a situation now where we have the ability or you have the chance or opportunity at least to create another really special season and so I think that’s the positive thing.
Q: Could you see why repeating is so difficult?
A: I just think winning in this league is difficult. I think every week you go out there and teams are very evenly matched and things can swing one way or the other. So winning a championship, in general, is a very difficult thing. We’re not thinking about repeating. We’re thinking about this unique group right here trying to make a run to get us a ring and I think that’s the most difficult thing.
Q: I would think people look at you and say we’re playing the Super Bowl champs and we want to knock them off.
A: Absolutely. When you have the most recent trophy, you’re going to get everybody’s best shot. You have to play with that expectation. It doesn’t matter what a team’s record is. When they see you on the schedule, they’re going to say this is an opportunity to beat the world champs and so we have to be able to play with that mentality.
Q: You guys had the toughest schedule in the league. Does it seem like you had a contender week after week?
A: I feel like it’s always a grind, to be honest with you. You could have a tough schedule, but until the season is played out you never really know how good or bad those teams are going to be. Everybody comes in with these expectations and then some teams fall off. So at the end of the season you can look back and be like, well, maybe their schedule wasn’t so tough because this team didn’t do too well. So it’s not something that I worry about when you’re in the thick of it. You just keep going out there and playing.
Q: When you look at the teams you’ve played, these teams are all contenders.
A: To be honest with you, that’s what we want. We want to be able to play the best. I think it gets you primed and ready to make a run because that’s what you’re going to see in the playoffs.