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This is an article from the Sept. 5, 2005 issue
Their bibles are team-issued binders crammed with hundreds of meticulously designed plays. Their mission is to change their teams' fortunes in the blink of an eye. They stretch to the first-down marker on third-and-long. They make the stop on fourth-and-inches. They are PLAYMAKERS
They're bold and brash, and with the trend toward multireceiver sets, there are more of them than ever--and they all want the ball. When the pass arrives, be it on a slant or a deep post, something electrifying tends to happen
They are the new wave of defensive stars, delivering bone-jarring hits in run support and patrolling the middle of the field in coverage. And when they get their hands on the ball, watch out!
In a city where expectations run mile-high, the pressure is mounting on passer Jake Plummer to lead his team deep into the postseason
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