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Red Miller, Denver coach: We rush only three in prevent situations because that's our basic defense, a three-man front. The trend now is for 3-4 teams to go to a four-man rush on third-and-long, but we want to do what we know best.
FAN: Yeah, that's why Denver finished last in sacks last year.
MILLER: I'm not worried about that. The whole idea is to prevent a score.
Haven Moses, Denver wide receiver: Personally, I like to run my patterns against a prevent. Everyone's trying to stop the big bomb, and you can nickel-and-dime your way downfield.
Nat Moore, Miami wide receiver: If you have the time, you'll get open.
Bum Phillips, Houston coach: Look, personnel has a lot to do with it. For a few years we didn't have more than two or three guys who were any good at rushing the passer, anyway.
FAN: But how about the psychology of the three-man rush on a prevent?
LEVY: There's no question that psychologically the three-man rush helps the offense.
Joe Collier, Denver defensive coordinator: It helps the defense, too. It's cat-and-mouse. You're sitting back there waiting for them to make a mistake.
Buddy Ryan, Chicago defensive coordinator: Don't forget, when you're not playing prevent, there's always the chance a defensive back will trip and fall and give up the big one.