A week ago Perry Fewell came out swinging at his defense, criticizing their will, effort and passion against the Saints and coming very close to calling some of them quitters.
Today, the defensive coordinator said he doesn’t regret anything he said during that fiery discussion in which some blush-worthy PG-13 language was used.
“I just spoke from the heart,” Fewell said. “I didn’t try to demean the players or demean anything about what we do or how we do it. I just tried to tell the truth. I probably shouldn’t have said some things I said. But I just spoke from the heart.”
It seemed to work. The Defense did play with more enthusiasm. Of course, they also gave up a drive for the game-winning field goal in the final minute.
“I thought we played with more energy, we played with greater purpose last week,” Fewell said. “We look for them to play like that every week … We want the W. We didn’t finish it. If we had gotten the W and finished it obviously we would have been pleased. But I think we proved to ourselves that we can play hard for 60 minutes.”
The Giants have 240 minutes left this regular season (assuming there are no overtimes) to prove that they are a playoff team. They have to make sure they bring that same kind of spark with them to Dallas on Sunday.
“I’m confident it will make it to Dallas,” Fewell said. “This is a big important game … I think the passion and the fire will be there.”