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Coach Daboll Weekly Q&A

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Dabs' Digest: 'Everybody understands the stakes now'


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

Q: Last week, you manufactured a bye week by resting most of your starters. How important was that as you prepare for your playoff game this week?

Daboll: "I just think we had to do what was best for the team, and that's the decision that we came up with. The most important thing is how we prepare in practice this week to get ready to play our best on Sunday."

Q: You said all year you treat all games equally, and the game on Sunday is the most important because it is the next one. But the game on Sunday is different because if you don't win, you won't play again until September. How do you treat it as a normal week while conveying it's more than a normal game?

Daboll: "I think we stick to our process. That's what's most important. I think everybody understands the stakes now, the new season that we're in. So, focusing on what's going to happen and the scoreboard and all that stuff, we've never really done that. We just try to go about our business, work hard, play as hard as we can, as smart as we can and just focus on our next play. That's all we're going to do. There will be some energy in the building. There always is this time of year, and the guys have earned the right to play in that."

Q: Everybody knows what's at stake and what time of year it is, but coaches leave no stone unturned. Do you still have to say that and emphasize it as the week goes on?

Daboll: "I say certain things in my meetings throughout the entire year that I think will help us. That'll be no different. But again, everybody knows that we're in the playoffs. Everybody knows that it's, 'Win and you move on. Lose and you go home.' I think that really can't be the focus. I think the focus has to be, 'How do we prepare for this team?' We go out there and practice well, and ultimately (it comes down to) how you execute on Sunday. That's what's going to decide it, how you execute."

Q: You've been a part of 30 postseason games in the NFL. Is there a different feel to them on the sideline? Are they played at a higher speed with greater intensity?

Daboll: "I think for every person it's probably a little different. What you have to maintain is your focus and your execution, your concentration, your teamwork. That's where you have to really channel your energy. But I'm sure certain guys will feel a certain way. I think that's perfectly normal. I want guys to be prepared going into the game. I also want them to be loose and confident. And whatever it is they do before a game, I want them to continue to do. I'm always here as a resource, but it doesn't matter how many games you've been a part of, every year's a new year. And every game's a new game. They're all different. Like I said, I've been part of some where I didn't have a lot of experience, and we won. I've been part of others where I gained a lot of experience, and we lost. And really all it came down to is how we played that day. And that's what we're going to try to do – play our best football."

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