With both press conferences for Pittsburgh and Arizona finished, most of us print guys are hammering at our keyboards in the media room, trying to meet our deadlines for tomorrow's paper.
But I wanted to take a break to give you my thoughts on today's press conference.
Pittsburgh had its briefing first, and I was very impressed with Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin. When you hear him speak, it's hard to believe he's only 34 years old. He speaks with a commanding voice and seems very comfortable talking in front of the press corps.
Tomlin said they're not going to bunker down and try and put a wall around all the distractions. Instead, his team will embrace the moment and enjoy being in Tampa for the week, then turn their attention to the game after all of the media engagements have been met. Tomlin called it "joyful lifting."
I think that's one thing that helps Pittsburgh. A lot of their guys have been through this before and know the routine.
The Steelers players followed the lead of their coach. Most were calm and joked around when answering questions. Safety Troy Palamalu was an interesting contrast to the fierce, high energy way he plays on the field.
It was hard to hear many of the Pittsburgh safety's responses, particularly with the substantial crowd surrounding him. One response got my attention, however. When asked how the Steelers were going to stop Larry Fitzgerald, Palamalu talked about the difficulties containing the talented receiver, and then said the best way might be getting to the quarterback.
So it would appear that Pittsburgh plans to blitz Warner and hit him as much as possible, which is the same thing Seahawks defensive players have always said heading into a game with the Cardinals.
Anquan Boldin was a popular target for the media, particularly because of he questions he raised about his contract situation during the preseason, and the incident he had at the end of the NFC Championship game with Arizona offensive coordinator Todd Haley.
Boldin remained calm when asked whether or not he wants to be traded after the season is over, saying his focus is on the game. He also said the incident with Haley is behind him and no longer an issue.
I also talked to a member of the national media about Seattle's prospects for drafting Texas Tech receiver Michael Crabtree and how he felt the redshirt sophomore would do as a pro.
The reporter acknowledged Crabtree's talents and his play in college. However, he did mention that he'll be interested in what Crabtree's 40-yard time is. And he also talked about the struggles big receivers like USC's Mike Williams and Dwayne Jarrett have had making the transition to the pros.
While guys like Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin have had success, some bigger receivers have struggled to create separation against athletic corners in the NFL. So drafting a guy like Crabtree creates some uncertainty to how his skill set might translate in the pros. And with Seattle having relatively few opportunities to draft this high, they might want to make a safer pick and grab an offensive lineman.
He also mentioned how receivers who come out of the spread offense are not always great route runners and have to polish up those skills at the next level. Some interesting things to think about.
Also, I talked with KJR's Ian Furness about the Leroy Hill situation and the Super Bowl this afternoon, which you can listen to in this audio link.