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Coach Daboll Weekly Q&A

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Dabs' Digest: 'I enjoy every part of this job'


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Dabs' Digest,'s weekly conversation with head coach Brian Daboll:

Q: How did you spend your bye week?

Daboll: "I got to spend some time with my wife and kids. Really, that's all I did. I went to flag football games. I went to the horse farm with my daughter. But you're never too far away from it (coaching). I have a little office at home that I was able to get some stuff done. But I got a little bit of rest, and I look forward to the second half of the season."

Q: Do you enjoy the short break from the weekly and daily routines, just getting away from it a little bit?

Daboll: "I think it's a good thing for everybody. You're going long hours, and you're competitive every week. Again, it's hard as a coach to get away from it fully. I don't think you ever do that."

Q: So, you do spend some time working at home?

Daboll: "Yeah, absolutely."

Q: Do you watch football?

Daboll: "I do. I'm fortunate because my five-year-old loves to watch football. So, I watch it on television. I'll do some work on the computer system that we have with the games. You never get too far away from it."

Q: Are you able to watch at any point in your life now as a fan? Or you're always watching as a coach?

Daboll: "Pretty much as a coach. Always trying to learn."

Q: I think every coaching staff spends the bye week self-scouting. What is the focus?

Daboll: "I've said this plenty of times: I think our staff – not just the coaches, but the younger coaches who look at it week-to-week that present stuff, analytics guys – each week we're trying to improve things that maybe we haven't done the last week well enough or a cumulative three weeks well enough. This particular bye week, you've got an eight-game sample size. So, there's certain things that pop up that you want to make sure you address, but we address those every Monday and Tuesday when we're looking (at the previous game). I think before you get on to the next opponent, you need to look at your strengths and weaknesses and make sure you're doing a good job of correcting those things."

Q: We're basically halfway through the season now. Have you settled into a routine as far as when you watch the opponent's tape, meet with the coaches, etc.? What does your typical week look like?

Daboll: "It's pretty consistent with what I do. The night of the game, I watch all three phases of our team. If it's a road trip back, I'll watch it on the bus and the airplane. If it's a home game, I go right home. Whether my wife has people over or not, I go into my office and I watch the game in its entirety. I make my points of things we need to get corrected, pull out some good plays, pull out some teaching plays. So, that's Sunday night. Monday, I come in here and get started on the next week's opponent. I have a staff meeting. I talk about the stuff that I saw on the tape. We watch a lot of the stuff together – all of us. So, we're evaluating our players. We're also looking at scheme, anything we need to talk about. It's a whole staff.

"And the players come in. We have meetings with them. Give them my team meeting and split up individually. They go through their stuff. We have media obligations. I meet with the doctors and the trainers and really get back onto the team that we're playing. Tuesday is a great day for me because it's all football. There's nothing else to do besides what I'm used to doing as a coordinator. All day Tuesday is watching tape of who you're playing, game-planning, meeting with the offense, meeting with the defense, meeting with the special teams. We have pretty in-depth meetings later in the evening when the game plans are put together a little bit. I have my questions and thoughts and things that I want to put in and just good discussions. And then Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (are) normal practice days. Your other obligations – the press conferences and things like that – show up on some of those days. All that's been pretty consistent."

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