Are either Keith Price or Nick Montana feeling pressure filling Jake Locker's shoes?
SS: They're not showing it if they are. Both of them have a good demeanor about themselves. Their teammates really respect them and their work ethic. They have earned the right to be in this position, and they've embraced it.
SI: SINCE LEAVING USC YOU'VE BEATEN IT TWICE IN A ROW. HOW DOES THAT FEEL?
SS: BEING FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, HAVING COACHED AT [USC] FOR SEVEN YEARS AND HAVING THE RESPECT FOR THE PLAYERS AND COACHES THAT I DO, IT'S BEEN VERY GRATIFYING.
You had a three-game stretch last year when you were outscored 138--30 but then won your next four games. What changed?
SS: We got better up the middle, and we started playing better on the corners. Quinton Richardson and Desmond Trufant started shutting guys down in the secondary, and we were able to start playing man-to-man. It allowed us to get a push inside and create some uneasiness on the quarterback while stopping the run on first and second down.
Your biggest concerns going into 2011?
SS: First is linebacker. We need to find guys who can play consistently. And then the offensive line, we need to find five guys we believe in and who we can grow with.