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Perry Fewell, 10.22.10

Q: The Cowboys have turned the ball over a lot. What can you guys do to try to coax them into more of those mistakes?
A: I think we just have to play our game. We have to be aware of the ball - if it's on the turf or in the air - and obviously we have to go out and hit hard and play hard and play with great intensity in order to create some of those turnovers so that we can get off the field.

Q: What are the advantages and disadvantages of playing the same team twice in one month?
A: The familiarity is really good, so you like to think that you've got a better feel for the opponent once you play them twice within a month, but they see some of your strengths and they see some of your weaknesses and they're able to expose them. You do the same - you're trying to expose each other's strengths and weaknesses. You just hope that your plan is better when it comes to looking at their strengths and weaknesses when you play each other in that short period of time. There have been some opponents that have completely changed and you wonder how they do that on such a short notice, but there have been some opponents that do that when you play them within that time frame. You're just trying to expose each other.

Q: Would you be one to want to show them a completely different look the next time?
A: You really can't answer that until you go into the game, you find out what your plan is like, how the plan was executed, how they responded to the plan, then you take some of the good and some of the bad and you try come up with a different plan, so it will be difficult to answer until we actually play these guys.

Q: It appears that you're going to get Keith Bulluck back. How does that help you and your defense?
A: Veteran leadership, physical presence, knowledge and know-how of how to play the game, leadership, so that's a big plus for us when he comes back.

Q: You've had a lot of success with the three safety alignment. Does his presence change your thinking on that?
A: Some. We'll do a number of different things just based on what the opponent will do, but just having Keith back in and back in the huddle, it definitely helps us from a defensive standpoint.

Q: What have you learned about your top three corners since you've gotten here?
A: They're good cover guys. They compete each and every down. Nobody is perfect, we can do some things to help them and they can do some things to help us from a coverage standpoint. I'm able to do different things within the game because of them and using their strengths and some of their abilities and they give me a lot of flexibility. They really do. Even in a ball game, I'll ask them, "We haven't done this in a while. Can we do this?" And they're veterans and they're able to step up to the plate and say yes, we can do these things.

Q: Of the sacks you've gotten, how many would you say have been coverage sacks so to speak?
A: There have been a number of coverage sacks. I couldn't give you the exact number, but I think that that group as a whole has worked really well together and there's been good coverage with sacks and there has been some not so good coverage and we've gotten some sacks, so it's worked hand in hand.

Q: Are you reluctant to reduce the use of the three safeties?
A: No. When you study an opponent, you try to figure out if that particular package can work and if you can make it work and if it fits with what the opponent is doing, etc. How can you dictate to the opponent what you want him to see? So having Keith back in there is a plus for us and it doesn't really lessen the three safety package at all.

Q: Have you seen many wide receiver groups as big as these guys?
A: No. And as talented? No. Very impressive outfit.

Q: It must help that your corners are not tiny either.
A: Yes, that does help. This group - they're big and they're physical, so we have to try to match that physical intensity and physical play that they display on Sunday or Monday.

Q: Are most teams keeping three corners on the field against them?
A: Some three. A lot of them three, yes, and sometimes four. Various people have attacked them different ways, but most of the time three corners are on the field with those guys.

Q: How have you guys been able to get so much pressure?
A: I just think that the guys up front are really good at what they do. Again, the secondary is able to compliment them by some of the things we're doing in the secondary that hopefully make the quarterback hold the ball another second or so and I think it's just a good marriage right now the way we're working together in order to get those sacks as well as get the turnovers.

Q: How do you explain Osi's dramatic turnaround?
A: I wasn't here. I always viewed him as a hell of a football player and that's what he's showing me. He's just playing the game.

Q: Some teams play their corners on certain men. You play yours on the side of the field. Why do you choose to do it that way?
A: Just philosophy. Sometimes I go in and I match them up, sometimes I say that it's better to see everything from the left brain than the right brain and then switch brains, so it's just philosophy.

Q: Do you feel like Osi bought into your scheme right off the bat?
A: I can't speak to... He's been great. I'm telling you - as a matter of fact, he's even come and helped. Whether you say he's bought in or what have you, I think he's just made a commitment to be the best football player that he can be this season and he's playing lights out and as I've said before, Osi is a leader in his own way and he's showing his leadership qualities and he's doing some great things out there. I'm enjoying watching him display his talent.

Q: Did you have to have any heart to heart talks with him?
A: Osi has been professional from day one.

Q: You coached Jamon Meredith last year. Were you asked about him?
A: Our scouting department asked about Jamon. When he was in Buffalo, we acquired him from the Green Bay practice squad. He's a young man with a lot of potential and this environment and this system may be beneficial for him.

Q: Have we seen what Keith Bulluck can bring to this defense?
A: No. You haven't seen that yet just because number one, he's played in two or maybe three ball games and then was injured, but he didn't play as much against the Colts as we would have liked him to, so no you haven't seen that.