Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell
December 26, 2014
Q: Regarding this weekís game plan, how much do you use what you did the last time against the Eagles versus what you think in hindsight?
A: We looked at what we did, we looked at how we can improve on what we did, and how we did that. We added different ideas that we studied throughout the season. We had the different ideas of thoughts that we had coming out of that football game, and then we really researched some of the thoughts that other people had in stopping that offense. It was a collaborative effort of our ideas, our thoughts, and then how other people defended them
Q: How much of the previous game plan is in place again this week? Is it a clean slate or do you build off of what you had?
A: That is a good question. In this respect, probably about 40 percent of what we did last time, and the other 60 percent is new thoughts and ideas.
Q: Do you have any regrets in that you were in nickel and they were running the ball last game?
A: When you say regrets, I think they force you to play a certain personnel group whether you are going to play base, whether you are going to play sub, or what have you because of the pace of the game. When you try to match their personnel, a lot of people have gotten in trouble in doing that. You look at Seattle when they played them. They played them in all base. You look at another team, they play them in all sub. Because of the pace of the game, they allow you to sub only on certain situations. If itís an incomplete pass, if the ball isÖ.the clock stops, or you can get caught with 12 people on the field. Those things can occur for your defense. They force you to line up and get lined up quickly. That was our approach, that is why we did what we did. We will try to get lined up, we will try to not have guys out of position, and we will try to play the game as fast as they play the game.
Q: It is sort of picking your poison with them? When you go to base or the nickel, you are giving them certain advantages with their personnel?
A: I donít know if it is advantages or disadvantages. I think itís what your people feel comfortable playing because of the speed of the game. The speed of the game is really the difference. They want to run as many plays as they can possibly run. You have to condition your defensive football team to think and play in that manner.
Q: You played against Mark Sanchez pretty much every preseason while he was here and a couple of times in the regular season. Does he look different? Does he look the same? I know he is in a different offense now.
A: Obviously, in a different offense. He looks like he is having fun in this offense. I would say that would be the difference for me. Obviously, he has some talented running backs to hand the ball off to, and heís looked good in certain games throwing the football. Heís looked lights out throwing the football. When we saw him in the preseason, and when we saw him in the regular season, I think it was 2011 last time I saw him in the regular season, we were able to do some things to confuse him a little bit. In the preseason games, you really donít, you are really running a training camp game plan. I donít know if that is a fair assessment of when you compete against him then.
Q: Do you feel like you can still do those things to confuse him? He has a lot of turnovers?
A: I would say yes, and I would say no. It is the pace of the game. If the pace of the game allows you to do that, I would say yes. I think our guys have done a really good job this week in preparing for the pace of the game.
Q: There has been a lot of debate about Jason Pierre-Paul this season. Looking at sack numbers, his value, and what he has done. Can you assess with one game left what you seen from Jason Pierre-Paul over the course of the season?
A: We know he is a very talented young man. He came off a back injury and really didnít play a lot of football a year ago. When he played football a year ago, he played it in pain. I think as the season grew on, I think Jason Pierre-Paul became more comfortable in playing in the game. I think he came into training camp having fun. I saw the old Jason Pierre-Paul smile, enjoy playing football, and football is a game that the more your practice, the better you get. We expect because he had such an outstanding second and third year, we expect a lot of him. When he doesnít get those sack numbers, or make a lot of those wild plays that we are used to seeing him make, we are often disappointed. We think that in Jason Pierre-Paul, that he is not playing good football, but I think he played steady football throughout the season. He didnít have a lot of wow plays in that late November, October run, but I think he rebounded and made some wild plays and did some good things in the month of December. I would say that for us, I wouldnít want to play without him and I think he is a valuable part of this organization.
Q: If this is your last game with the Giants, how do you look back on your tenure, or have you yet?
A: I havenít really thought about it. I wouldnít even reflect on it.
Q: Do you at all think about that this could be the last game?
A: No, not really. I just prepare for the next opponent, and I go at it like that.