CBS-TV employs former Steelers coach Bill Cowher and former Cardinals offensive tackle Dan Dierdorf. Each has his own perspective, outlook and thoughts on Super Bowl XLIII.
Here are some of their ideas on some of Sunday’s issues:
- The keys to Super Bowl XLIII: “The key to any game is the turnover situation. Kurt Warner has proven throughout the playoffs that he’s not only played productive football, but he’s played smart football. The Cardinals have run the ball enough to make the play-action work, and a big key from Arizona’s standpoint will be not to turn it over against the best pressure defense in the National Football League.”
- Having quarterbacks on each side that have both won Super Bowls: “Playing in your first Super Bowl is quite an experience. The fact that Ben Roethlisberger was just there three years ago, I would be surprised if he didn’t play well. Throughout this year Ben has proven what type of quarterback he is, particularly in the fourth quarter. That is what has been most impressive. The fact that both Kurt Warner and Ben have played in the Super Bowl before will lend itself to both of them not letting the stage get too big.”
- Arizona Head Coach Ken Whisenhunt: “I’m happy for Ken Whisenhunt, Russ Grimm, Kevin Spencer, Mike Miller, all of those guys. What Kenny has done is turn around a culture in that city and with that football team. The run they have made is nothing less than spectacular. Certainly you would like that to culminate with a victory. Without a doubt he has changed the whole persona of the Arizona Cardinals franchise and its history with this year.”
- Pittsburgh Head Coach Mike Tomlin: “Mike Tomlin has come in and put his blueprints on this team. Certainly with Dick LeBeau and the same staff that was there three years ago in that Super Bowl, one can argue that Dick’s defense this year is one of the greatest defenses of all time. When you look at the starters on this football team, I believe 15 of them were there three years ago. So there is a lot of experience. The experience factor will be big. Mike has been to one Super Bowl as an assistant. That will help him tremendously.”
- Cardinals making Super Bowl: “I’m thrilled and delighted. You don’t want to be a part of that graphic that is put up when someone talks about how long it’s been since a certain team has or hasn’t won a playoff game, or how long it’s been since they’ve had a playoff game at home. This current edition of the Cardinals team has removed the Cardinals from that list. Now the list just got a little smaller and for that I’m grateful. I’m proud and happy for them since it’s the only team I played for during my 13-year career in the NFL. Even though it was here in St. Louis and now they’re in Arizona, it’s still the same organization. I played for the Bidwill family, have known them all of my adult life and am very proud of them.”
- The keys to Super Bowl XLIII: “The Cardinals are decided underdogs in this game on so many different levels. It’s going to be harder for them because it’s their first time in the Super Bowl. Granted Kurt Warner has been there before, but the vast majority of these guys haven’t. They can’t act like tourists in New York City staring up at all of the tall skyscrapers. They can’t get caught looking up because the Pittsburgh Steelers are going to be looking down. The Steelers are going to have their eyes fixed on what they have to do to win this game.”