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Steelers' Tomlin plans to 'feed' Parker

On the dominance of the Steelers' defense through the first two games:

"They're playing the game at a high level and they're playing with a great energy and enthusiasm. Those guys take a great deal of pride in how they play. They care about one another and it shows. "

On Willie Parker having 50 carries two games into the season:

"We're going to ride Willie until the wheels come off. He's getting better with each carry as these games go on and I'm starting to realize that about him, he's a rhythm runner so we're going to feed him."

On the Steelers spreading the ball around in the passing game:

"Yes, there are some playmakers -- some Hines Wards, some people of that nature -- that you know can deliver for you when things get tough, but I don't want anyone to think they're less of a playmaker than anyone else."

On how first-team fullback Carey Davis has done as a blocker:

"He does a nice job of sticking on people in space, sifting through traffic and getting on guys he's supposed to get on. He's growing every week."

On the chances of him wearing a tie Sunday as 49ers coach Mike Nolan does for games:

"Very little, unless Mr. Rooney asks me (to). I'd prefer to be in a sweatsuit."

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