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By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published January 27, 2001

BRIAN BILLICK ON PREPARING HIS TEAM FOR THE ONSLAUGHT OF MEDIA, ETC., THAT GOES WITH SUPER BOWL WEEK: "Like anything, you prepare them for it. You make them aware of it. Again, fortunately we have a number of players that have been in this game. So they can share that, and the older guys that haven't been here these next couple of days, you're going to stay cool and calm. But when you come out of that tunnel, and grew up as a kid watching that same scene, being in that scene, dreaming about being there, the flood of emotions is going to be incredible."

BILLICK ON GETTING TO THE SUPER BOWL IN HIS SECOND SEASON AFTER EIGHT SEASONS IN MINNESOTA: "The fact that it's happened in two years, it's just too new to me to put any kind of historical context for myself. I don't know if it's something I can really appreciate this year. Even when this is all said and done in a week or two from now, when you finally rest and relax and look back and reflect on the year."

BILLICK ON HOW THE NFL HANDLED THE WEEK BEFORE THE SUPER BOWL: "I had an outstanding week. Again, I want to compliment the NFL and the orchestration of this, the people, the hotel and the job they've done at the practice. Everything is first class, very efficient of the player's time."

BILLICK ON WHETHER HE'S HAVING FUN THIS WEEK: "I tell you what, I haven't had as much fun as I've had at that opening press conference in a long time. This team has fun. I've never been around a group that can enjoy itself, even in a practice structure, be loose, cut up, do those type of things that you worry about as a coach, and then when it comes time for them to step in and do their job, can change gears. They're very, very good at that."

BILLICK ON IF HE'S THINKING AT ALL ABOUT NEXT YEAR AND PERSONNEL MOVES: "Not right now. It is not a time to think about that. ... But yes, once you get to this point, you have to recognize there is only one constant in the NFL, and that's change, because of the free agency, the cap, and the transitory nature. ... But no, I'm not thinking about that right now."

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