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Perry Fewell, 12.30.10

Q: How much different is this team and what they do under Rex Grossman than Donovan McNabb?
A: I don't think there's a whole lot of difference in what they're doing. I think there's been a little bit more emphasis on the run game. We see them playing extremely hard, much harder than what they played earlier in the season. Torain is back I think and he's running well. The offensive line has jelled a little bit better and they're blocking well and I think the run game is a concern.

Q: Are they moving the pocket as much?
A: Yeah. We see some boots and some rollouts and that type of thing, you see some drop backs, so to me the scheme hasn't really changed as much. McNabb has a really big arm, Grossman has a good arm, but he doesn't have the big arm like McNabb has.

Q: How do you explain the difference in the defense in the last five quarters of play?
A: Well, we just haven't played well for whatever reason. Last week we thought we prepared well, I thought we were ready to play, I thought we would perform well, we got a hold of a hot quarterback, he was extremely accurate, which we thought he would be and he was good that day and we've been knocking out quarterbacks and he knocked us out and then we just didn't finish against Philly, so we're trying to redeem ourselves, we're trying to come back, we want to put a win on the board, we want to play much better than how we've played. When I look at the tape I think it's some of the little things that get away from you a little bit. We weren't as physical as I would like for us to play last week and we need to get back to being a more physical football team.

Q: On the line of scrimmage or all around?
A: All around as a defense. Period. We pride ourselves on punishing and being physical and we weren't as physical as I thought we should be.

Q: Well what happened?
A: That's a great question. I can't answer that question because if I could it wouldn't happen. You don't know what happens in the psyche of a player or what have you, but we just weren't as physical in that physical battle. We battled, don't get me wrong, we battled, but when I say physical I mean we've been dominating and we didn't dominate. They dominated.

Q: That first play to Kuhn right up the middle was almost like a statement that they were going to match you physically.
A: I thought that they tried to match the intensity, they tried to pick the intensity level up and I thought that we were going to pick the intensity level up, but that first play - the opening drive of a game is a tempo setter and whether that was the key or not, I can't say, but I just didn't think that we - we haven't finished well in the last five quarters.

Q: How much does Corey Webster's injury affect your planning this week?
A: We've inserted another player. We hope that Corey will play, but it won't affect what we'll do and how we'll do it. He's still in our plans and we're going to attack and go after Washington like Corey was on the field.

Q: How much of a difference do you think a guy like Mathias Kiwanuka would have made the last two games?
A: I think about that all the time. Tom tells me don't cry over spilled milk. You never know the impact of a player, but I think about him like, ‘boy if we had him, we could do this, we could do this, we would be like this, we would be like that, we could change our complexion a little bit more,' but we'll never know, but we do miss him. There's no doubt about that.

Q: Do you find it interesting that the Vikings kind of used your plan as a blueprint against the Eagles on Tuesday?
A: I did find it interesting. I did.

Q: It also means that it could work if you ever got the chance again?
A: Yes it could. It can work and it will work if we get back to it, no doubt. I look forward to that.

Q: How much is that potential for a rematch in the back of your mind?
A: Let's just win this weekend and then I'd love to answer that question next week.

Q: How do you motivate your players after what has happened the last two games?
A: I'm a upbeat, emotional, I'm a get after them, talk to them, pat them on the butts, chew them if I have to chew them - I take the approach with them that whatever we need to do to get ready, I'm going to try to do it to help them get ready and get us ready to perform, so sometimes it's some chewing, sometimes it's some patting on the butt, sometimes it's some loving. Each guy is different, you push buttons with different guys different ways, so it's not like I have one blueprint for the whole defense. I try to speak to as many of them individually as I possibly can because each of them ticks differently.

Q: What are your feelings on what has happened the last two weeks?
A: I have to disregard that because I've got to move on to the task at hand.

Q: You were plus-five in the last Washington game. Do you have more turnovers when the defense is more confident?
A: I don't think they think at a different level. I think that they feed off of - the way we perform in practice and the way we have performed in ball games is that we feed off of hits and turnovers and plays like that. Just like an offense feeds off of big plays, we feed off of our plays and our intensity level rises, our acuteness rises, we become more aggressive and so when that happens in succession for us it seems like there is no stopping us. That's that snowball effect. When we don't have those things happen for us frequently, we play steady football, but we don't play turnover, get after it football, so we have to - I try to keep an aggressive mentality and I try to do that with calls, I try to do that with a lot of different things that we have in our package to keep us acute, aware and aggressive.

Q: So you need to get back to that early on Sunday?
A: We need to start fast. That's one of our deals. We need to start fast, no question.