Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell
October 31, 2014
Q: What is your understand of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartieís status? Tom Coughlin said he is unsure.
A: We are working him. It depends on how he feels. Sometimes he is really good, when I say good he has been good back to back practices so we will see tomorrow if he tightens up, stiffens up, what have you. That is how we kind of approach it Ė it is a day-to-day kind of assessment with him.
Q: So it is almost like if you have a game plan he may or may not be a part of it?
A: Thatís correct.
Q: He has been good for back to back practices
A: Well, yesterday and today was a back to back for him. The last time we played we didnít do that with him. He stayed here for treatments during the bye week so we felt like we can push him a little bit.
Q: So you were happy with what you saw these two days?
A: Yes, I was.
Q: You will be interested to see how he feels tomorrow?
Q: We were caught off guard when Jerry Reese comes out and says to us, ďI want to see Damontre Moore out on the field moreĒ. I assume he talked it over with you before he told us.
A: No, we have an open book. As far as communication with front office, as we all as coaches. We would all like to see him play more obviously. He is a talented guy. I think we are all kind of waiting for him to come out of his shell and be consistent in what he does so that we can put him in the football game and get him more snaps.
Q: What have you seen from Mathias Kiwanuka and how he has played? Statistically maybe he hasnít been getting the sacks like that, what have you seen that keeps him out there?
A: I think Mathias Kiwanuka has played very well, better than he did a year ago in the run game. Obviously, in order to get sacks, in order for Damontre Moore to play more we have to do a better job, which we havenít done, of playing the run game. I think Mathias Kiwanuka has done an excellent job in our run game for us.
Q: This is a pass heavy team. Will he naturally be more a part of the game plan?
A: That is a good assumption, yes. We would love to involve him a lot more in this game plan.
Q: They want to throw the ball.
A: Yes they will. Ahmad Bradshaw is coming back to New York and I am sure he is in that coordinatorís ear saying, ďman gives me that ballĒ.
Q: They throw it to him to now.
A: Oh, yes they do. He is playing very well for them. They are a passing team and they love to throw the football. If they tell me when they are throwing it we will get him in the game. Can you guys handle that for me?
Q: With the numbers that Andrew Luck puts up, you donít want to give him anything. If you can still win the game and he puts up 400 yards, he threw for 400 yards last week and they didnít come close. Do you have to kind of let the guys know we are going to get beat, beat, beat, but as long as you donít lose the whole battle?
A: When we play an offense like that I donít want to use the term beat, beat, beat. They will move the ball, we have to get red zone stops and we have to get turnovers, we have to get those red zone stops. A team with good skills and with an excellent quarterback like that they will move the football on you.
Q: What has been the problem stopping the run?
A: Against Philadelphia, we just werenít gap sound. Against Dallas, I thought we hustled Ė I thought we played hard. DeMarco Murray made some good plays, and we just didnít do a very good job of tackling sometimes. We didnít have a lot of missed tackles, the runs, he had some big runs that we thought we were going to shut those things down and knock them down and we just didnít do a very good job of that. For the last two weeks, in the bye week, we looked at our run game. We made some adjustments and some of the things that we are doing in our run game, so I look for that to improve.
Q: Andrew Luck has thrown nine interceptions. Maybe based on sheer volume of how much they throw do you think there will be opportunity for you guys to have turnovers and get those?
A: No, doubt. I think because anytime they continue to put the ball in the air that gives you the opportunity to have some interceptions.
Q: Bromley might have a chance to play a lot more this week than he has so far this week with Cullen Jenkins injury. What have you seen from Jay Bromley in practice?
A: We wanted to involve Jay Bromley a couple of weeks ago, in one of our game plans. He came to us as kind of a pass rush kind of guy. When you test him in some of the other aspects he didnít kind of pass that test for us a couple of weeks ago. This is a pass happy team, I wonít say pass happy, but because they pass the ball a lot. We can definitely involve him we think in some of our rush opportunities, and I think that is where his strength lies right now with the rush opportunities.
Q: Week to week Jon Beason was playing some weeks, some weeks he wasnít. Now you know he is gone. Even though Jameel McClain is playing middle linebacker, how much of a void does that fill. You expected to have Jon Beason and Jameel McClain.
A: Itís a relatively huge void because your captain is gone. They guy that came in a year ago and was my voice on the field is now gone. That is a pretty huge void. The voice in that meeting room when I would ask questions and he would gather the guys together after practice, or before practice, or what have you, that type of voice is gone for us. Some other guys will take up and carry the flag, but that was a pretty strong voice.