Dean Pees, 11/2
|11.02.09 at 2:40 pm ET|
Thanks to the Patriots’ PR staff, here’s the complete transcript of the conference call between Dean Pees and the media from earlier this afternoon:
Q: How do you feel like calling the defense from the booth is working out?
DP: I think the advantage of it is the ability to see the game and see the personnel changes and see the formations – just to see the game, period. Also, I feel very comfortable with the guys down below to make adjustments and for us to communicate and them to talk to the players. They’ve been doing a very good job of doing that and obviously Bill [Belichick] is down there too and can make adjustments and tell guys certain things. I think so far it’s worked pretty good.
Q: Can you look at film of what other teams have done against other Wildcat or is Miami different where you can only focus on what teams have tried against just Miami and that offense?
DP: Yeah, I think what you do is when you’re playing a team, you really just kind of focus on just that team you’re playing and how they run their particular offense or particular sets. Now, you also look at teams they’ve played and the success or lack of success they’ve had playing certain fronts or certain coverages or certain techniques. Everybody always tries to look at what you can do to help yourself stop the team. But, I think if you’re watching somebody else’s Wildcat, or for that matter any formation, [it] can be totally different with two different teams. Like I say, that’s not only Wildcat, that could be just a two-back pro formation or a slot formation. What one team does could just be so entirely different than the way another team runs that same formation, so I think you always really kind of study the team you’re playing and what they want to do from it and their personnel and how it fits that particular set.
Q: How impressed were you with the way the New York Jets defended the Wildcat and brought people down to fill in the gaps? Does that emphasize that you might have to bring some guys down there?
DP: Again, I think you do whatever your personnel dictates that you do, whether that’s bringing extra guys down in the box – whatever that might be. Obviously they [New York Jets] held them [Miami Dolphins] yardage-wise very, very well. I thought they played them pretty well. It’s hard to believe they lost the game after holding a team to 104 yards of total offense. But hey, you have to do all the things in every aspect of the game. But I thought they did a good job. Again, you have to do what your personnel dictates and allows you to do. Obviously, I’m not privy to their game plan, but evidently Rex [Ryan] felt that was something he needed to do and could do and I thought they were very successful with it.
Q: Do you feel that with all the things the Dolphins are going to throw at you, do you feel your players have to be extra sharp in terms of making adjustments and substitutions, etc?
DP: Yeah, but I think that goes really every week. When you see a team that has multiple personnel groups on offense, you always have to be sharp and our guys have to do a great job of communicating and obviously tackling is going to be an issue this week as it is every week. You’re facing two excellent running backs here. It doesn’t matter which one of them has the ball. And receive-wise, these guys can stretch the field. I know they haven’t necessarily always done that, but there were some plays in that Jets game where receivers were behind the defensive backs. He [Dolphins QB Chad Henne] just didn’t hit them. That still scares the heck out of you when you’re watching the film and watching the receiver run by a defensive back. I think we’ll always have to be sharp and our communication has to be good.
Q: Tully Banta-Cain has had a nice start to the season. What has been the biggest surprise to you in his performance to this point?
DP: Tully did a good job when he was here before and I know he’s had a good start to the season. But I think the thing with Tully is he came into a situation already knowing about the situation when he came back from San Francisco. He’s worked really hard. I think he’s prepared very hard. I think he knows what the expectations were coming back here. He knows what Bill [Belichick] wants and what we expect. I think he adapted so easily because we already all knew him and knew what he could do and what his strengths and weaknesses were. He’s tried to work on his weaknesses and tried to improve just like all the other players. I think he’s had some excellent games. I think he’s had some so-so games just like all of us. But, he’s working really hard and that’s the biggest key.
Q: You’ve used a lot of different personnel groupings in the secondary to start the season. Would you say that’s a case of figuring out the best combination or more adapting your personnel to the opponent you’re playing? It seems as though you have the secondary personnel more defined than you did at the beginning of the season.
DP: No, I wouldn’t say it’s necessarily more defined. I think it’s the latter of what you said there. Every week, you are trying to look at what is the best matchup you can possibly have – whether that be linebacker, whether that be secondary, what front you’re going to play and what coverages you’re going to play. All those things come into account. Maybe certain weeks means certain coverages- these guys are a little bit better at playing that coverage and we’re going to kind of concentrate more on that coverage. A lot of it depends on who the receivers are and what the formations are. There’re just so many things you take into account when you put your personnel on the field. That’s what you’re really trying to do is put that best personnel that you can put on the field for a particular – whether it be a personnel group they have or overall scheme or whatever it might be. I think that’s one of the things you try to do as a coach. So sometimes that means different combinations of different people and I don’t think that it’s ever that we’re down on one guy or high on another guy. It’s just, ‘Well this guy might do this thing a little better and that’s kind of something we need this week.’ And that’s kind of why you see a multitude of different personnel groups. But that’s not only in the secondary; That’s kind of across the board.
Q: What’s been keeping Ron Brace off the field? What does he need to be doing better to see some time?
DP: Well, I think Ron’s working hard and he’s learning the system and he’s doing a good job in there. I think it’s just a matter of us trying to say, ‘Who fits the role that we need this week in this particular spot?’ So it may not necessarily have anything to do with whether Ron has not done well or has done well. It’s more a factor of ‘this guy kind of fits what we want there.’ Again, he’s working really hard. He’s working every day and he’s in here all the time studying. He’s doing a good job. It’s just a matter of…you never know when you might see him. It’s just like all the players. There’s nothing negative there, it’s just a matter of we’ve been using some other guys in certain positions because we need them to fill a certain role.
Q: On the flip side, we have seen a little bit more of Myron Pryor. What has he done well to earn that time and what have you see from him?
DP: Myron’s done a good job. Again, those guys are going to work their way into the system and just a lot of times, it depends on the front we’re playing. Maybe we have a better grouping with a certain group of guys. A lot of the times it’s based on their offensive personnel – ‘will this guy hold up against their offensive tackle or guard or tight end?’ – or whoever it might be. We just try to figure out and do the best job that we can as a coaching staff of which guys need to fit in there. Sometimes that means your role is really increased and sometimes it’s decreased. I don’t think that’s ever going to change, but in both of their cases, we’re very happy with them. They’re working very hard. They’re doing well. It’s just a matter of Myron played quite a bit in this last game in our sub package. We felt he gives us a little something because of the way we were going to play a certain front. That was kind of his role in that Tampa game. So that can change week to week. We’re pleased with both Ron [Brace] and Myron.
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