Defensive Coordinator Steve Spagnuolo
December 30, 2015
Philadelphia Eagles, always exciting to play them. Weíre knee deep in preparation for the Eagles. Having said that, Iím just going to let you open it up and fire away.
Q: So Pat Shurmurís going to change everything for this week?
A: I donít know. Thatís the, I donít want to say dilemma, but thatís the guessing game right now. But I canít imagine they change too much. There will be a couple of wrinkles here and there. What is a little challenging is the tendency part of it. Normally we would try to get a beat on the play-caller has a tendency to run this and that. That wonít be there. Maybe two years working with Pat in St. Louis will help.
Q: Does their offense look as explosive as it has in the past two seasons?
A: Down the stretch here, Sam (Bradfordís) really been throwing the ball around real well. Theyíve been throwing the ball quite a bit. With them, Coach Coughlin talked about it this morning, when they run the football effectively, thatís when theyíve won, thatís when theyíve been real effective on offense. I think itís always been predicated on that. They get that going and then it opens up a lot of things behind them. It does seem to be jelling, in my opinion.
Q: You know Tom Coughlin, youíve been a head coach, and youíve been in situations where your job security has been discussed. How does he handle it in your eyes?
A: Tomís great. Tom doesnít change. In my mind, heís a Hall of Fame coach and Iím blessed to be working with him.
Q: Do you even recognize itís going on with him or is he so totally introverted?
A: Weíre focused on the Philadelphia Eagles and, rightly, we should. Itís Wednesdayófirst work day in the NFL. You move on to the next game, and thatís kind of what weíre focused on.
Q: JPP said today he thinks heís showed that heís still a dominant pass rushing end. In the seven games youíve seenÖ?
A: Weíve all talked about it, it took a while to kind of get in gear. I think you see signs of that. I think he would probably tell you heíd like to consistently do that a little bit more. Iím not one to speak for him, but it canít be all that easy when youíre playing with a club on your hand.
Q: Left side, though, is probably his future? Does it just work better for him because of the limitations?
A: I think he feels that way because he likes to put the hand down that doesnít have a club on it. Thereís disadvantages somewhere when youíre playing with that. He seems to be figuring it out. Heís got two fumble recoveries with the club. Maybe heíll have an interception this week.
Q: He said heís going for a procedure after the season.
A: I didnít know that.
Q: Yeah, his middle finger, to help with the grip so he doesnít have to use a club. Do you see real signs every play that the hand, he just couldnít do things?
A: Iíd have to go back and look at them all specifically. My guess is, letís face it, the Good Lord gave us fingers and a thumb for a reason. In this game, itís good to have two hands to do things. When youíve got one that you donít use, thereís got to be times when itís a disadvantage.
Q: I know youíre not a big numbers guy, but do you dangle anything in front of the team this week in terms of you have a chance to not finish 32nd or finish 31st in total yardage or anything like that?
A: No. Iím not a stat guy. I very rarely put anything up there. Itís about winning the game. Itís about winning the game.