Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell
November 20, 2014
Q: Surely you like what you saw better this week on the defensive side?
A: Yeah, we responded better. It was a better performance by us. Obviously, I think we could do some things better.
Q: What was it that you saw as the real difference?
Q: Did you see any difference in the way the approach was made during the week? Did you really think it had a positive effect on the team and did you get good feedback from them?
A: I think it did have a good effect. We installed it and we walked through it. We came back and installed it and watched it on video. I think the way we re-taught it had a positive effect, definitely.
Q: How do you think Mark Herzlich played?
A: I thought Mark played with a lot of passion. I thought he played with a lot of heart. He made some football plays for us in the football game. He brought some toughness to the defense I thought.
Q: How does [Herzlich] do in pass coverage? How did he grade out?
A: He had limited opportunities in pass coverage. He was okay. He didn’t hurt us. There was nothing that was glaring from the performance.
Q: You had some trouble with their second tight end last time… Do you rotate Spencer Paysinger in now?
A: Spencer is a little more athletic. We would probably use Spencer in some of the passing situations.
Q: When it comes to a guy like Dez [Bryant] and the way [the Cowboys] like to move him around… They were unafraid to find that matchup… Does it become even hard to not have DRC [Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie] at full strength to be able to matchup against him consistently?
A: I think Dez is really playing great football. He has gotten so much bigger and stronger over the years. His chemistry with Tony [Romo] has obviously gotten better. Yes, it does make it difficult to matchup and without a full strength ‘21’ [Rodgers-Cromartie]. ‘21’ has really done a good job of practicing and he has done a good job of trying to stay in the ball game and play as much as he can possibly play. I am encouraged by what we see out of ’21.’
Q: Do you think that is because he is feeling better or it is because you don’t have a lot of people behind him?
A: Obviously he is feeling better. Before he just couldn’t practice.
Q: Do you see that playing out on the field?
A: Yes, definitely.
Q: Do you think he is in shape to take a full game against them or is he going to have to come out?
A: Only you can ask him that. We never know. We never know because he sometimes he is going along well and he will tighten up in the ball game, and sometimes he needs a little bit of relief. We never know exactly how that situation will play out, but he is in condition. When you say in shape he is in good condition.
Q: He’s in shape but sometimes you can’t get back out there because of the injury.
Q: If he does have to come back out how confident are you in the guys, Jayron Hosley, and whoever else you choose to put over there?
A: I am very confident in Chykie Brown. He has come in and he has done a nice job for us in the couple of weeks he has been here. Very good student in the class room, does it with a smile, loves the challenge. I am very encouraged by what I see from him.
Q: With Dominque Rodgers-Cromartie when sub him in and out. Is that all health related or are you trying to mix and match?
A: We don’t sub him in and out. It’s strictly health related.
Q: You are not taking him off the field in certain situations early, later?
Q: Does he have to come to you and say, ‘Hey it’s acting up?’ Or do you spot something?
A: No, he comes off the field. We are looking and he comes off the field. So we know to sub.
Q: How hard was that last game? You lost a lot of players on the fly it seemed like. How hard was that too adjust?
A: You get out of the flow of what you are trying to call. You are trying to make sure, you have the proper personnel in the game, have an attacked based upon what you have worked on all week. It takes you out of your rhythm a little bit of how you would like to attack the opponent.
Q: When you look at the video from the first Dallas game. Dallas had a solid second half. Was it an example of where you just tip the cap and guys making plays, or did you look at it as the execution on you guys?
A: Again, I think he is an outstanding player. We know he was the go to player. Prince Amukamara made an outstanding play on him; on the side line for a fade ball catch one down. He tried the fade ball catch again and he made the outstanding play again, so we won one and lost one. I think the one he caught it landed on the one yard line. We tried to do several things to help and cover that up, but again his chemistry with Tony Romo; he hits some spots in the zone. I just think he rose to the occasion and played very well.