COMING SUNDAY: Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt -- a former standout player at Richmond Academy and Georgia Tech -- shares his thoughts about Super Bowl XLIV with Chronicle sports columnist Scott Michaux.
Among the coach's insights:
EXPERIENCE: "Indianapolis has a distinct advantage because the last time they won the Super Bowl it was in this same stadium (Miami, in Super Bowl XLI). As far as the routine for practicing and preparing and knowing what's coming, that's all familiar to them and that has to be an advantage."
THE STADIUM:"I truly believe that the reason the Saints have had success, especially defensively in the playoffs, is the advantage of having the noise at home (in the Superdome). That's going to be negated somewhat by playing at a neutral site with pretty much a split fan base.
EXECUTION: "On the flip side, New Orleans has a very good offense and has been successful and the quarterback is playing at a high level. The matchup is going to come down to Indianpolis's ability to get pressure on Drew Brees and more importantly to tackle their players and limit run after catch."
GAME PLAN: "They're going to try to get the ball in the hands of the Reggie Bushs and some of their underneath players that run with the football. If they don't perform better than they did against Minnesota's defense (in the NFC Championship game), it's going to be tough for them to be successful in the Super Bowl."
Coach Whisenhunt also talks about what it was like to coach in last year's Super Bowl and more in Sunday's Augusta Chronicle.