SEAHAWKS PUNT RETURNER
Because return man Jimmy Williams was so shaky in the
divisional playoff against the Redskins, Seattle switched to Warrick in the NFC
Championship Game. Assuming that Warrick keeps the job for the Super Bowl--he
returned two punts for seven yards, total, against Carolina but only eight
punts total over the last two seasons--Iwuoma's superb coverage and physical
play gives Pittsburgh a decided edge in what could be a field-position battle.
No NFL gunner is better than Iwuoma at saving a punt from reaching the end
zone. And while both punters, Pittsburgh's Chris Gardocki and Seattle's Tom
Rouen, are crafty veterans who excel at knocking the ball inside the 10,
Gardocki might get more opportunities to do so. Steelers coach Bill Cowher
likes to play field position--with a fourth down on the Seahawks' 35-yard line,
for instance, he'd rather have Gardocki try to pin Seattle down on the goal
line than have placekicker Jeff Reed attempt a long field goal.