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Rabach: 'It's Time to Play Great Football'

Center Casey Rabach spoke with this week as he prepared for this Sunday's game against the Seattle Seahawks:

Q: What were some of the problems the pass protection unit had in Dallas?

A: "I think the problems we had were with technique more than anything else. We got away at times from what we hang our hat on, which is technique. You have to give some credit to Dallas, they're aggressive and they have a very good front line. Everything is correctable. Until we improve, I think everyone is going to come after us."

Q: What can the line do to help get the ground game going?

A: "Obviously the run game needs to be our bread and butter. As long as we do our job up front, Clinton Portis can take any play to the house. It does open up everything for us when we get the run game going. Mark Brunell is going to have an easier day when the run game is going well."

Q: How personal does the offensive line take it when Portis doesn't get his 100 yards?

A: "We take it very personally. We always take pride in our running backs doing well. If Clinton doesn't have a great day, we feel that's our fault. If we do our job, Clinton's going to do his."

Q: How is the communication and cohesion on the offensive line?

A: "I think it's going well. Down in Dallas, it was a real hostile environment and it was real loud when we had to go into shotgun formation. That's going to cut down on your communication. But I thought we handled it pretty well for as loud as it was down there."

Q: What kind of an impact can those last two big touchdowns against Dallas have for this offense?

A: "I think teams will know we have some weapons to do that and that will scare them off a little bit. We knew all along that Santana Moss and David Patten can go deep and make big plays downfield. It builds our confidence."

Q: How is your timing with Mark Brunell?

A: "We're very comfortable. The good thing about training camp was that we had a lot of work with Mark and Patrick Ramsey. The transition [following the quarterback change] or the offensive line wasn't a big deal."

Q: How important is it to get this win against Seattle, with two tough road games coming up afterwards?

A: "It's always huge to play well and win at home, no matter what you have ahead of you. If we get to 3-0, our confidence will be soaring. We'll have our fans, it's in our house. It's time to play great football."

Q: Did the bye come at a good time for the offense?

A: "Yes and no. I think it helped us because we were able to fix some things were having problems with on offense. But you'd rather have that bye week seven or eight weeks down the road when you can actually use the rest for your body. But you have to go with the hand your dealt."

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