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Coach Daboll Weekly Q&A

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

Q: Like anyone who's been in the NFL for a long time, you've coached in your share of short weeks. What's the biggest challenge – is it mental, physical or just covering everything on offense, defense and special teams?

Daboll: "It's really everything. I think it starts, first and foremost, with the players and getting them right physically. Obviously, they're sore. Tuesday is usually their day off and we did two walk-through type practices. We already had one on Monday. I would say for the coaching staff, you don't have a lot of time. Your normal schedule is off routine, so you have to make sure you're up to speed on some of the things. And then once that game (last Sunday) was over, kind of get right at it. And put together a plan you think will work, so you condense stuff. You don't want to give the players too much to handle. You want to give them stuff they know, and you want to let them get fresh."

Q: Did you have the position coaches start working on Dallas during Detroit week? Don't they usually do that, so the coordinators don't have two gameplans on their minds?

Daboll: "I think each week, as the week goes (on) and the season gets longer, they have prep work that they have to finish. So, those guys do that every week. And then you've just got to meet a little bit longer, a little bit earlier, to make sure you got stuff put together for the players because we really got onto Dallas (on) Monday morning. So, meetings on Sunday night – that's what we've got to do."

Q: You're kind of a Thanksgiving regular – second year in a row, third time in four years your team is playing on Thanksgiving.

Daboll: "I think it's my sixth one."

Q: Last year it was similar: You (the Buffalo Bills) lost a home game on the previous Sunday. You took a three-hour flight and you played on Thanksgiving (in New Orleans) and won the game. Is it helpful to have done it before?

Daboll: "I think there's always an advantage just in terms of scheduling and how you've done things in the past. I think you always try to improve it as you go. But certainly, being part of these games and going back and reviewing schedules and how other organizations – other head coaches did it – obviously was helpful for me."

Q: This is the first of four straight division games for you. Do you look at it as a crucial stretch?

Daboll: "I don't. You just focus on the things you can get ready for this week and try to go out there and play and coach your best."

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