Parcells: Freeney has "Earned My Respect"

When Dallas head coach Bill Parcells spoke to the media this week, he talked about Tony Romo, the Colts' Dwight Freeney and Peyton Manning, the Cowboys' 3-4 defense and much more...

(on Tony Romo and his performance)
"It's been a little less than perfect as I've said. I couldn't help but be pretty well satisfied with what's happened."

(on the difficulty of making a QB change)
"It was pretty difficult. You know I have a long-standing relationship with Drew (Bledsoe), but we hand three games in a row on the road and that was kind of tenuous. It was difficult, but I felt like we needed to do it. Hopefully, he (Tony Romo) can continue to improve."

(on Tony Romo being more mobile and its impact on the offense)
"It has helped us from time to time because he is a little bit more active in the pocket. I wouldn't call him a scrambler of sorts. He's not one of those tear around guys. He's really trying to throw the ball. It's not like he's a rookie. He's been here developing. I think if we put him in two years ago it would have been too soon. I really erred on the side of caution. I always liked him, and I'm not telling anybody I told you so, but I did that to follow the course of his development. Nowadays in this league, a lot of these quarterbacks don't get the opportunity to do it kind of the way we use to do it. I think that's a big disadvantage for some of them because they get labeled so quickly if things don't go well immediately for them. I think that can sink a player's confidence. He wasn't ready in his first and probably not his second year. At the end of last pre-season I thought that he had a real chance to be pretty good. This year we gave him 10 quarters out of 16 in pre-season. I really didn't even bring in a fourth quarterback of sorts to compete with him. He did a good job and then I felt confident that at some point during the season I was going to need him this year, and I think he has proven to be somewhat ready. I wouldn't say he's ready, I just say somewhat ready."

(On Colts pass rush and lack of sacks)
"I had a player once like Dwight (Freeney), and I have never met this kid, but he is a high effort. What he brings is a dynamic type of attitude to the game. I had a guy like that and I've see the evolution of what teams will do to not allow this player to disrupt the game. I saw them do it to (Lawrence) Taylor, put two or three guys out there on him and just say, ‘Hey, he's not going to do that.' A lot of teams are doing something similar to this player. That's a tribute to the guy because it certainly gives others an opportunity to do well. He does command a lot of attention. He's a very high effort, disruptive player. I haven't coached against him, I don't believe ever, but he's certainly earned my respect just looking at the film."

(on his preferences of the 3-4)
"I know the defense much better than the four-man line. I think all teams in the league pretty much have certain aspects of the three-man line and certain aspects of the four in their repertoire. Here are what I think the key things are, regardless of what it is, I think you have to have a philosophy and I think you've got to know what personnel fits that philosophy. You've got to try to the best of your ability to integrate that type of personnel in. I'm not saying that I don't like four-man lines. If that's what my personnel suited when I first came to Dallas, that's all we were suited for, so that's what we had to play. As time went on, I got kind of a little more opportunity and got a different style of player here and we kind of reverted to the other way."

(on the hit of losing Greg Ellis)
"Oh, it's a big loss. It would be like any team loosing one of their premier players. He's a team captain, a team leader, he's your vet, he's a defensive pressure player. He's all of the above."

(on his ability to co-exist with strong personalities)
"When organizationally we decide to bring a player in, then it's my job to try to make it work. That's what I've tried to do. I've tried to make it work. There have been a few little things that I would say would kind of test that a little bit. Overall, I'm doing my best to try and make it work and that's what I'm charged with doing. It would be easy to just go ahead and have a big blow-up confrontation like everybody thinks is coming or would come and just throw your hands up and just say I can't do it. I'm at a point and time in my career where I really want to do things with the idea and intent of trying to make them work. It's in everybody's best interest if it can. So, that's what I've been trying to do."

(on the worth of being the third team to take a chance on Terrell)
"It takes a little work on everybody's part. It's a continuing process, but hopefully things will get better as we go."

(on his perception of the Dallas mystique upon his arrival)
"I'm really not very cognizant of that. They (Dallas) were a big rival for a long time. I had a different view point of them when I came here of the franchise. There's a tremendous interest in football in Texas. Obviously the Cowboys, along with a couple of the major universities in the state, are what the people are interested in, a majority of the people. There's a tremendous interest in football. I'm an east-coast guy, so the passion on the east coast is a little different from what it is here. There's strong interest here, but we have a different kind of fans here than we do in New York, Philly or Washington. That's just kind of what I've been getting used to, but as far as that ‘America's team' and all that, that is kind of irrelevant to me and what I'm trying to do."

(on the development of QB-Peyton Manning and if he is better than he has been in the past)
"Yes, but I think the whole offense, that's a veteran offense there except for the runner. Those guys, across the board, have been playing a while and know what they're doing. It's obvious. They're in a system that's allowing them to function. They all understand it. It's really good. They do a good job. They're not real fancy…They spread you out, they look at you and they decide what they're going to do. It's obvious. They all understand the offense. It's always about execution and that's what they do well."

(on the Colts winning the last 30 of their last 33 regular season games and what that means)
"It's very difficult to do, but they've been able to do it. So, that's a tribute to them and their organization and what they're doing. Enjoy it while you have it."


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