Dean Pees Q&A, 12/14
Posted on December 14, 2007
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Thanks to the Patriots’ PR staff, here’s the complete transcript of Dean Pees’ Q&A with the media today at Gillette Stadium:
Q: How will loosing Mike Wright affect your guys?
DP: Obviously we’ll miss Mike, just like Rosie [Colvin]. You’re always going to miss a player. He’s a versatile player for us and has held some different spots for us. He was getting better all the time so obviously we’re going to miss him. It’s kind of like what we’ve always said and how we’ve always kind of been here – and how you’ve really got to be everywhere – it opens up the door for someone else, whether that is Le Kevin [Smith] or whoever it might be. We’ve got to adjust and somebody else has got to step up and take his spot.
Q: How is that going to affect your rotation? Is it fair to say that some of the guys you have been trying to rest a little bit are going to have to play more?
DP: It just depends. It depends, again, on Le Kevin and the versatility because he’s been working hard and he’s got some versatility too, so we’ll just have to see how the rotation goes. I can’t guarantee… I can’t really tell you one way or the other that they’ll play more because Le Kevin won’t or Le Kevin will play more. It just kind of depends on how well he plays and comes along. [That] will give us that flexibility.
Q: Will you be able to play as much 4-3?
DP: Whether we play 4-3 or 3-4, we’ve always kind of traveled with the same number of defensive linemen, so generally that doesn’t make a lot of difference what form we play.
Q: What about Adalius Thomas in the 4-3? He played end in the Colts game. Can you envision more of that, or was that just a specific package?
DP: It really depends on the [opposing] team and what all they do. It really is more of a tactical question that I can answer based on a particular team because you just can’t play the same front, necessarily, against somebody that maybe shifts a lot or doesn’t shift a lot. And [it depends on] how many checks are going to be involved. There are a lot of things that go into it. It would be too hard for me to answer quickly. We could do it in some situations and not in others so there’s always that possibility.
Q: Bobby Petrino was a college coach for a long time and he left the University of Louisville and went to the Atlanta Falcons. He recently left the Falcons after 13 games. Having your background in college football, why do you feel it’s a tough transition for coaches like Bobby Petrino and others we’ve seen come from the college game, and then go back?
DP: I don’t think it is necessarily a tough transition. I think it’s all up to the individual. If it was a tough transition for him, I can’t answer that. He has to make all the decisions based on what he thinks. I didn’t feel it was a tough transition. Maybe that was because of the players I had and because of the organization I’m with [or] whatever. I’ve felt really comfortable from the day that I came from college football to here. I think to blanket all college coaches into one and say they are Bobby Petrinos, or to couple all guys like me that don’t feel like it was a hard transition — I don’t think you can do that. I think it’s really on an individual basis whether a guy has a hard time with it or doesn’t.
Q: I understand that you probably didn’t have much knowledge of it, but what did you think when you heard about Petrino’s departure?
DP: The only thing I would say because I don’t feel like it’s my position to ever criticize anybody or condone anybody for what they do. My first thought was that it puts the Atlanta Falcons in a very awkward and tough position with three games to go. It’s one thing if you get fired; they made that choice to fire you with three games to go. But when you leave with three games to go, I feel like it puts the players in a tough position and the organization in a tough position. But again, I don’t know all the facts. I don’t know why he did it so that’s his personal decision.
Q: Did it require some soul searching for you when you made the jump?
DP: I can’t state that New England was not a real long discussion in my mind and I don’t mean that negatively toward Kent State. I just felt like having the chance to come this organization was… I felt like it was a great opportunity. There were a lot of things involved in the decision, but that was an easy decision. That took about two seconds to call my wife and say, ‘I’ve already accepted the job.’
Q: So you were leaving?
DP: We were leaving and she knew it. She knew I only had to talk to Bill [Belichick].
Q: Knowing what we know about the linebackers in that room and how they like to give each other hell, I’m guessing that with an Ohio State guy like Mike Vrabel that Kent State has to have come up at some point.
DP: Mike is from Kent. His house, his home where he grew up is in Kent, Ohio. He went to Akron to high school, to a Catholic high school, but he grew up in Kent so we’ve gone around and around with that stuff. I’m from Ohio; my whole family went to Ohio State, except for me. I’m a Buckeye-guy, not by choice, but they didn’t recruit me. I didn’t have any choice.
Q: I want to ask you about Eugene Wilson. Obviously, injuries have limited him a little bit this year, but how much has his decrease in playing time been health-related, or is it something else?
DP: I think it’s quite a bit. I would say that he certainly has not been healthy and he’s been working hard to get back. He’s doing well. He’s had a good week of practice. But I would also say that James Sanders has played himself into a position where it could have been a rotation had there been an injury or not. But I think all three of them were playing well and Eugene was hurt so that made the decision a little bit easier.