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8-3 Player Quotes

C-JEFF SATURDAY (on when he first got together with Manning) “I remember being nervous as all get out, man.  (In ’99) I played mostly guard and I didn’t get to snap with Peyton then, Larry Moore would take all the snaps and occasionally we would get a few snaps.

C-JEFF SATURDAY (on when he first got together with Manning)

"I remember being nervous as all get out, man.  (In '99) I played mostly guard and I didn't get to snap with Peyton then, Larry Moore would take all the snaps and occasionally we would get a few snaps. 2000 was when I started playing center with him and from day one on, we clicked."

C-JEFF SATURDAY (on if you closed your eyes and bent over would you know it was Manning)

"Absolutely. There is only one man's hands that have been back there. That's the way I look at it. If there is hands under there, they better be his."

C-JEFF SATURDAY (on Kevin Mawae and Saturday with most wins as starting center)

"Obviously, you could not spell out a better career for where you wanted to play and the time and history that I got to play Obviously playing with Peyton goes a long way; Edgerrin, Reggie and Marvin, all these guys who have just done phenomenal things. To be able to play like that for that long, it's gone a whole long way to making me win."

C-JEFF SATURDAY (on how much longer he will play)

"(I'll play) until they kick me out of here man. They are going to drag me out of here kicking and screaming. Whenever they are done with me they are done with me and until then I am going to keep on strapping it up."

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DB-ANTOINE BETHEA (on defense being overshadowed by offense)

"We go out there every Sunday and do what we do. We go out there and play hard. There are a lot of great players on our defense. On offense, the respect that they get, they deserve it. We are cool with flying under the radar and we will continue to do that, but we have some great players out there and we can all make plays."

DB-ANTOINE BETHEA (on defense having fun and feeding of that energy)

"You've got to be able to play football like that. You can't be out there mad or angry. You can be mad and angry at the other team, but when you are out there having fun with your comrades, your friends and your teammates, you are supposed to be out there enjoying yourself."

DB-ANTOINE BETHEA (on that attitude being a good match for the defensive scheme)

"Coach Coyer has put some new things in there for everybody to go out there and have fun and make plays. We have a lot of talented guys out there, so for him to do that is good for us."

LB-PAT ANGERER (on it being tough to be patient)

"Yes. Yesterday I messed up quite a bit and I was pretty down. You just have to keep chipping away and sometimes you will break through."

LB-PAT ANGERER (on getting the pads on today)

"It has been a while and it's a little bit different, but football is football."

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LB-PAT ANGERER (on veterans helping out)

"I think they all know and can relate. They will tell you it takes a long time and just be patient, continue to work hard and to not make the same mistake twice."

LB-PAT ANGERER (on practice ending early because of the rain, disappointed?)

"(Laughs) I need the work, I need the work."

LB-GARY BRACKETT (on giving advice to Phillip Wheeler on his trying to break through)

"I think he came a long way from where he was last year at this time in training camp to where he is now. Obviously playing in those games helped him a lot, but I think he worked at his craft in the offseason and it shows. He is a smarter player and he is more confident whereas before he was out there and would not communicate with you, wouldn't talk and just kind of lock in. Now he can relax a little bit, make some calls and help out a little bit. It just helps me out a little bit not being able to make all the calls, being able to make one or two and let him make one to the offensive line. The more guys that are out there and can communicate on the same page, the better you are going to be as a defensive team."

LB-GARY BRACKETT (on being in pads today)

"Everyone looks good in shorts and helmets, but when you get the pads it really separates the men from the boys so to speak. It is good to be out there running around and getting hit, hitting people. That's what football is all about."

LB-GARY BRACKETT (on Pat Angerer)

"I think he is still a young guy that is still learning the system. There is a lot getting thrown at him. We are a lot more than the three coverages we used to run for five or six years there. We are a little bit more exotic now. It is going to take a little while to learn things, but obviously you can see (it) in him; (he's) athletic, got some fire in him and can explode as a tackler."

LB-GARY BRACKETT (on defensive expectations under second year D-Coordinator Larry Coyer)

"Obviously we should develop a little bit more in the system. I think Coach (Tony) Dungy was famous for saying it's always the second year where you see the players really start to increase as far as their football IQ. I think the same thing with this system. Just learning things, knowing exactly what he wants out of us, and we know how to prepare and go out there and execute the game plan."

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