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"Whis has cards up his sleeve he likes to pull out," Keisel said. "We'll prepare for it during the week. That's basically all you can do."
The one wild card in all the speculation about who has the strategical edge is whether the Steelers adopt a win-one-for-LeBeau mindset. At 71, LeBeau is the NFL's oldest assistant coach yet is one of its most skilled, and his players talk openly about their love and respect for him.
LeBeau is giving no sign he might retire after this game but, at his age, he admittedly goes season to season. And what better way to go out than to win a second Super Bowl in four seasons, then retire to the golf course?
"It is a young man's job, I am aware of that. I think that my players will probably let me know when I'm too old. You would have to ask them, but they haven't given me any indication that they want me out the door," LeBeau said. "I like what I'm doing and I love the guys I'm doing it with. I don't know how you're supposed to feel at 71, but I feel pretty good."
Doesn't sound like a coach ready to ride off into the Super Bowl sunset. Still, it could be an incalculable motivational boost should his players get any sign this might be LeBeau's last game.
The Steelers also want to be mentioned as being one of the best defenses of their time, and shutting down Air Arizona and winning the Super Bowl would help accomplish that. As linebacker James Farrior said, "This last game is going to determine a lot with how we're remembered."
"You've got to go out there and win the Super Bowl or it's nothing," defensive lineman Casey Hampton said. "It's like your season was nothing."
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