Perry Fewell, 12.23.10

Q: So, is this going to be like going back to Buffalo?
A: (Laughs) I was in the press box in Buffalo. I guess with the elements it'll have the feel. I've had the opportunity to play in Green Bay on a Christmas Day when I was with the Bears and it's a great atmosphere. The cold, the fans are awesome - it's going to be a great setting.

Q: As a coach, do you have to bounce back too? How do you recover?
A: Yeah, you definitely have to be able to bounce back. You feed off the players a little bit too and they feed off of you. If you don't put it behind you and move forward and give them a plan and show them how we've got to go win and have your stuff together for the next opponent, then they'll see that too and they won't bounce back. We're obviously in a situation that we need to move forward and step forward and put what happened behind us.

Q: When did you turn the page in your mind?
A: Late Monday. Maybe Tuesday morning. We told the players that after we watched that film with them that we had to put it behind us and we had to forget about it and I tried to do that and I had to get my mind into Green Bay and make sure that I understood the Packers and knew what they were doing and how they were doing it and that type of thing, so I would say after we watched the film with the players I tried my best to put it behind me.

Q: This one sounds like it has stuck with you a little bit more.
A: I've never had that happen, so obviously that's tough. George Allen said that every time you lose a little piece of you dies and so I think that's very true in that sense.

Q: How much of you died on Sunday?
A: A little piece, but I'm still breathing, I'm still here. We're ready to pump it up and go. We've got to go get a win.

Q: How does Tom Coughlin help to put the past behind and move on?
A: Well, I'll just speak about Tom. Tom is excellent at moving forward. He doesn't forget the past because he doesn't want history to repeat itself, but Tom is excellent at putting what occurs behind to move forward in order to move forward for the purpose that we have coming up and so he gives you - it comes from the top - he says we've got to get off our duff, we've got to go, we've got a game to win on Sunday and you better get off your duff, you better go and you better get ready mentally as well as physically and get the players prepared to play. He's very instrumental as far as that's concerned.

Q: Is it verbal reinforcement?
A: It's verbal, it's Tom's mannerisms, it's his actions. Tom is a quote guy also, but it's just the message, how he delivers it, and how he goes about it. Tom doesn't mope, he's very passionate, he has great energy when he speaks, when he talks and that type of thing, so you feed off of that energy that he gives off. When Tom is like that, you rev up your engine because he's going and you better be ready to go.

Q: How do you get your defensive front back to form after last weekend?
A: They were there on Wednesday at practice. We had an excellent practice on Wednesday - I didn't see anything that was any different from our guys. They were ready to roll.

Q: Is getting ready for the Packers a good thing for them because it requires a little extra focus?
A: That's a hard question for me to answer. I would say because of all of the things that are on the line that the focus is on the Packers, we're preparing for the Packers and that's the single purpose.

Q: What about the diversification of their offense? Are they one of the more complex offenses you've had to scheme against?
A: No question about it. They make you work because they have a lot of different personnel groups, they have organized chaos with their offensive personnel sets, so you have to be on top of your game, you have to have a plan and the players have to be ready for that organized chaos because you have to have organized chaos in order to match it, so yes, this is one of the more difficult groups.

Q: You do more film study then?
A: I wouldn't say I do more. I do a lot.

Q: Do your players do more?
A: We've asked them to, yes. Because we don't play the Packers every year, so yeah, we've had to do more film study on these guys.

Q: What about their quarterback?
A: Very talented - strong arm, good leader, he's a runner also and he can win a football game.

Q: How does he differ from Vick as a runner?
A: Michael Vick is in a different stratosphere. He breaks down all structure. I think Rodgers is a quarterback that can run the football, but he runs it to gain yards. Michael can run it and hurt you and beat you.

Q: Is there anything you changed in the last eight minutes?
A: I didn't really change from that sense. I wanted us to keep playing fast, I wanted us to keep playing physical, I wanted us to stay aggressive, I wanted our players not to feel like the game was over or to start letting up. I wanted us to put them to bed, so I didn't really change that much.

Q: You didn't go to a zone or prevent?
A: No.

Q: What was the toughest loss you remember prior to this?
A: The Dallas Cowboys when I was in Buffalo in '07. They beat us on a Monday night on a last second play.

Q: When they called the timeout?
A: Yeah and they had to kick it twice. I think we scored two or maybe three touchdowns on defense, we shut them out pretty good during the course of the ball game and they just kept hanging around and it was one of those things where they got lucky at the end.

Q: What about Rodgers' accuracy?
A: He is extremely accurate. That's the thing that makes you nervous. You need to have vision on the ball when you play against him because he hits those receivers in stride. They can get so many yards after the catch. They're very good and take a lot of pride in doing that. You can see it when he throws and he strikes and they catch the ball, you can see that they want to gobble up yards from there, but his accuracy is extremely key, probably one of the best in the league.

Q: So what do you emphasize to your guys?
A: Vision on the ball. We have to win the game up front. We have to get to Aaron. That's the bottom line.

Q: Isn't that always the way it's been with this team?
A: That is. That's why we're built like we're built.

Q: Is there any part of you that says a great player just beat you on Sunday? Will you ever be able to look at it like that?
A: Probably after the season or after a few and I sit down and watch it again and truly think about it, but at this point in time I haven't really thought about it that way.

Q: Because you didn't change anything it's like Vick just stepped his game up.
A: We made some mistakes. I could have done better. I know I could have done some things better, but I just think that there was a situation where the young man rose to the occasion and he put his team on his back and he played a hell of a game that last eight minutes. Not that he didn't play well the first 52, but you saw one of the classic performances in the National Football League those last eight minutes.

Q: You've had a lot of turnovers, but no points.
A: That's pissed me off. I'm a score on defense guy. We return the ball and score every time we get a turnover in practice. We emphasize scooping and scoring when the ball is on the turf and I want to score on defense. We're going to get that done in these last two ball games. We've been emphasizing it during the first 14, but we will get it done. We will score on defense.

Q: What do you do as a coach to make that happen?
A: I think it's practice habits. We do practice it and it's in the players mind. You have to have a little bit of luck too and luck is going to be on our side this week and then the following week.

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