Despite a number of run-ins with opponents and a mouth that never stops, third-year center Olin Kreutz was voted by his peers to the Pro Bowl last season as a second alternate. The team's fourth starting center in five seasons, Kreutz is an exceptionally fast, technically superior blocker. "I was with Mark Stepnoski [in Houston and Tennessee], and Olin's just as good," says defensive line coach Rex Norris. "Olin's just as good as anybody my guys go against." He's also just as mean; in camp Kreutz tangled with defensive tackle Jerome King during a one-on-one drill. Said defensive tackle Jim Flanigan, "[Olin] got in about 10 punches before that rookie knew what was going on." Like the rest of the NFL, King knows now.