G Justin Pugh
December 7, 2016
Q: How are you feeling?
A: I am feeling good. Obviously today was a little half and half, it wasnít a full practice and tomorrow will be good to see, you get uppers on, get pads on, see how I am feeling, so that will be the true test.
Q: How has the day after been?
A: It has been really good. My knee is feeling great, so I have all intentions of going out and playing on Sunday. We just have to make sure that we are taking the right steps and like I keep saying, I feel like a broken record, making sure that we donít have any setbacks, but every day I am feeling good, so it is solid.
Q: You know we love percentages. Do you have a percentage?
A: Do I have a percentage? No, I donít have a percentage for you.
Q: What about a gut feeling?
A: I really donít want to tell you until tomorrow. Tomorrow I will probably have a better idea for you based on how we go on uppers. That will be the closest to game action since getting hurt, so we will see.
Q: If you do come back, this is quite a stage to come back on
A: Yeah, why not? What are they, 11-1? Their one loss is against us, we know how to play them, we know them very well and it is going to be exciting to go out there and give them another loss.
Q: Has it been hard for you to take it step by step?
A: It has been miserable. I obviously want to get back out there and I tried to get back out there and ended up pushing myself further back than I wanted to and it is probably my fault that I am further behind than I want to be because I tried to push to get back out there, so that has been the hardest part, learning to make sure that I am listening to the doctors, listening to my body and that is something that I am definitely going to learn from.
Q: Does it get any bigger than this?
A: It doesnít get any bigger than this. This is what you play for, these games in December, meaningful games. If we want to be a playoff team, then we have to beat playoff teams and they are the best team in the NFL now, so we have to go out and beat them.
Q: Do you think people have kind of forgotten that you guys beat them way back when?
A: I know that no one around here forgets that we beat them, but I bet you that a lot of people in the NFL donít even remember who that one loss is, so maybe we can go out there and remind him again.
Q: Odell likened this to a playoff game in his mind. Do you feel the same way?
A: I think that these next four are playoff games. We are not solidified, we havenít clinched a playoff spot, so to get in, we have to win these games. All these teams we are playing are contenders, so every game from here on out is a playoff game.
Q: What has changed for them defensively?
A: I think their offense is keeping them off the field. I think their offense does a good job of eating up clock and their defense is fresh. They have got DeMarcus Lawrence back out there who is a good player. They moved Tyrone Crawford out to end, they brought some new, young guys up that are playing well, so they have some guys that are playing hard and they have a really good scheme over there. But they definitely benefit from Ė I think their time on the field is the lowest in the NFL because their offense does such a good job.
Q: When you guys are going right; you are usually doing the up tempo stuff. Against Dallas, do you think you have to try and slow it down?
A: I think that we can do a little bit of both. I think that we have shown that we can do both. But putting points on the board and making that offense play from behind, which they havenít done much of, is the goal.