"Initially, we were really disappointed," Pro Bowl left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson said on Wednesday. "We had high hopes of the Super Bowl and were very close, but we just missed. But now that the season's over and we've kind of transitioned a little bit, we really can reflect and say, 'Hey, we had a hell of a year.'
"Especially the guys out here, we're just happy to be here and trying to enjoy ourselves."
Oh, and don't forget about the offensive line.
Greene, Thomas Jones and Leon Washington (before he went down for the season in Week 7) were the beneficiaries of a punishing offensive line that produced the NFL's No. 1 rushing attack, which upped the ante in upset road wins at Cincinnati and San Diego in the playoffs.
"We just wanted to have a ground-and-pound mentality. That was something Rex really wanted to push," Ferguson said. "And with our backs in Thomas and Shonn and Leon early in the year, it really allowed us to have a lot of success doing that."
The running attack also simplified things for Sanchez. In his rookie season, Sanchez certainly didn't impress with his numbers, but he delivered in the playoffs -- making better decisions under pressure and connecting on some clutch throws.
"Sanchez has leadership. He has poise," Ferguson said. "He understands how to come into a situation that might be very critical in the game. He doesn't let that rattle him. Despite the adversity that we faced as a team, he was able to overcome."
"He's just confident about what he believes and about what we're trying to accomplish as a team."
"We wanted to go to the Super Bowl. That was our main goal. The fact that we didn't did disappoint us," Ferguson said. "But again, we do take pride in the way we played this year and our accomplishments. Those are things that we're very pleased with."