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Chucky's Chalk Talk

By RICK STROUD, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published December 15, 2002

On not overlooking the Lions:

"It's a great opportunity. It's like walking down No. 16 with a foursome of teams that are all tied. Green Bay is right there, the 49ers are right there, Philadelphia is right there, the Saints are breathing right down your neck. It's very, very exciting. Somebody is going to make the shot and somebody is going to win the tournament and set themselves up for the playoffs. Our No. 1 goal is to get in this tournament. We haven't done that yet. We need another win and we need to get it this Sunday."

On the Lions defense:

"We know what they're capable of. We watched the games from last year, carefully. One of them was decided in Tampa, a low-scoring affair where a Hail Mary basically beat them. It was a 7-6 or 10-6 type ballgame. We know what (Robert) Porcher is about, we know what the middle linebacker (Chris Claiborne) in Detroit is all about. They have players, very good players. Luther Ellis is a very talented player. We know what their capability is and so do our players."

On the Lions offense:

"(James Stewart) is a big back that can catch it. He's a good in and out runner with finishing speed. He's a very good football player. We've seen him do a lot of damage over the last few years. We've got to deal with him and we've got to deal with a very diverse scheme that Detroit runs and a young quarterback (Joey Harrington) that when he finds his rhythm is also very dangerous."


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