Q: With (quarterback) Mike (Glennon) starting third, you’ve seen him play a few games now. Can you tailor games for him in the game plan now that maybe suit him better, are more comfortable with, or run better with?
Judge: “I think Mike led our attack. Coaches have already done a good job on game plans doing things that are suited to Mike’s strengths and putting our players in positions where they can win games and have opportunities in space to do games.”
Q: You are 4-0 at home against division teams. You’ve won your last three home games. Do you have the feeling that you are developing an advantage on the pitch here?
Judge: “Only if we play our best football. We love the crowd here. We love the energy. We love the atmosphere, but it always depends on how you play that day.”
Q: (Defensive lineman) Raymond Johnson III was the only rookie free agent to make the original roster, and after (defensive lineman) Leonard (Williams) came out he played 25 snaps, a season high last week. How did he progress? What did you see of him last week during his long stay?
Judge: “The more experience Ray gets, the better he plays. get a good idea of the league’s speed. He has a good idea of the patterns and techniques he needs to play with, so I’m happy with where he’s at at this point. He’s nowhere near what he’s going to be as a player, but he continues to develop. “
Q: You picked up an in-game kick last week. How many successful in-game kicks have you had in your NFL career?
Judge: “I can think of three right now. We didn’t have to throw a ton of kicks in play. I think it’s three right now. “
Q: Is this one of the hardest games to convert?
Judge: “It really is. It’s gotten more difficult for the hands team this year, but it is. to the team’s hands and give them the perspective to judge the ball and react. It takes good execution. You need the right bounce at the right time. This is one of those games where you have to be very precise because the team is kicking the ball. You have to take advantage of a mistake or mistake on the part of the hands team at some point. “
Q: Is (punter) Riley (Dixon) just better at doing it than (kicker) Graham (Gano)?
Judge: “It’s really not too unique to the NFL. Normally it’s between the specialists. And look, I’ve had (defensive back) Nate Ebner kicked to the sides for me before in. matches with his rugby background, so it’s not too unique to just find the one with the best kick on the team. Graham has different types of kicks than Riley. Riley has a variety of kicks. foot too, so we make fun of a lot of things. These guys do it in practice, and we use the best for this game. “
Q: A question about league-wide special teams. Last week in the Chicago-Green Bay game we had the first punt return for a touchdown in the NFL this season. Why do you think there have been so few now? I can see it on the kickoff returns because there are so many touchbacks. Why do you think that happened with the punt return touchdown?
Judge: “Well, I think it’s a combination of a lot of factors. First, the bettors have improved a lot. Second, the threat of scythes on the fourth and short forces a lot of people to play eight into the box, which puts the singles on the shooters. The shooters are quick and talented. They can go down and force fair catches and cover more effectively with singles. Then the other thing is that league wide infractions are in a better position on the field on punters. When you’re closer to midfield, it changes the way you approach the returns, and it changes the way you approach the patterns of the game. Often this limits opportunities and makes it a longer return for the team. back. I think there are different factors there. I don’t think it’s forever. I think you’ll see him come back. A lot of times it’s based on who the returlers in the league are, to be honest with you. When (former All-Pro returner) Devin Hester is over there, he’s going to catch that ball and bring it back. Often it depends on who are coming back and what opportunities are available to you. “
Q: You’re hosting Dallas on Sunday. When you face a division opponent two months after the first meeting, how useful is it to go back and review the first game?
Judge: “It’s essential. You need to be able to see schematically and also by correspondence with your own staff what happened and what was the result? But there are also differences. You have to see what they have changed since your first game schematically and from a personal perspective. How do the different players play for them? Young players play better. Was there a player that we took advantage of in one way or another? What did the different teams do against them to neutralize some of their forces? And then, what do they do with regard to the different modes? What has changed in their game plan throughout the year? “
Q: The Cowboys are number two in the league in scoring and yards per game and are ranked in the top 10 for running and passing. Do you think it’s a team as talented as the one you’ve played all season?
Judge: “Yeah, absolutely. First of all, I think the way they’ve built this roster over the years – this offensive line has always been one of the strongest in the league, and that really allows you to do everything. You can run the ball, you can pass the ball, you can sit there with time. Then when you have a successful attack, the defense can play with the lead and play more aggressively because the teams need to catch up with you. But, Dak (Prescott) does a phenomenal job. I think he’s a really great player. I love the way he behaves off the pitch. He’s a tough competitor. did a great job coming back from that injury last year and he really doesn’t miss a beat. “
Q: Defensively for many years, DeMarcus Lawrence was their only regular player. Now they have several. You mentioned (linebacker) Micah (Parsons) this week. (Defensive end Randy) Gregory has six sacks. (Cornerback Trevon) Diggs has nine steals. Does Dan (Quinn) (defensive coordinator) move Parsons a lot?
Judge: “They move it in all their packages. They find different ways to match him in the rushed play of whoever they want to put him on, whether it’s a top player or one of your guards inside. They can put it in a pile and then swerve on some moves in front of them, so they do a good job moving around and disguising it. He is a very athletic, very efficient player. He’s strong, he has good speed in the first step, and he has good power to lean and get a good dive in the rush. He does a very good job. He obviously evolves very quickly throughout his career. “
Q: When you have a really good player who moves a lot, do you tell the quarterback he needs to know where that player is before every snap?
Judge: “Depending on what program you use, absolutely, but they have a number of players that you need to know where they are, so you can’t send it all to one player.” But absolutely, you must be knowing where “11” is at all times. “
Q: When you go up against a team that has 27 takeaways and leads the league in interceptions, I know you remind the team all the time about ball safety and ball maintenance, but is that an emphasis? particular this week?
Judge: “Ball safety is always our priority. Turnovers and penalties are the two biggest factors in winning and wasting a lot of time, and these are things that you control. So in terms of ball safety, that’s obviously a point for us. We will continue to emphasize this throughout training this week. “
Q: Their kicker, (Bryan) Anger, leads the league in kicking the net. I don’t know if (running) Tony Pollard is going to play, but he has the best kickoff average in the league. You always talk about (special teams coordinator) John Fassel and the work he does. What makes his band so special?
Judge: “I think the success of the bettor has, and he’s a very talented bettor, but it has to do with the pattern that Bones (Fassel) gives him. Really, look at Bones’ story with the scythes, it feels like a lot of teams are playing eight in the box against them. And like I said earlier, when you have really fast shooters, like (Cornerback CJ) Goodwin, you put him on the outside in a single, and you get a big-legged punter hitting him, you knock out a lot of comeback opportunities, so it all has to do with how the teams have to play schematically to make sure they eliminate the scythe by playing extra players in. a box in front and give them that position on the ground. “
Q: Their kickoff return average is one of the best in the league, their punt return average is the lowest. Why the big difference in your opinion?
Judge: “They had the touchdown (100 yards) against the Raiders, that’s a huge comeback. Normally when you have the only big comeback, one thing about the return game is statistically you almost want to make a curve. bell and take away the high and low numbers to really see where you are in the middle. Special teams can be very misleading in stats because often times it takes a big comeback to go from 32nd in the league to the top 10 , and that’s just the reality of it. Coaching special teams for a long time, you watch it without the top and bottom. But they have explosive returns there in both phases. A lot of it. the difference, as we talked about pretty much earlier in terms of punt returns, is sometimes the opportunities just aren’t presented to you, and you can’t force it into the return game. You have to take what comes to you. “