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Q: This year it seems like you guys have slowed down the pace of the offense. How has that transition gone? A: It's gone well. We had the ability. We did it last year at the end of the year. We slowed it down. We have the ability to go fast and slow. We just look at it from game-to-game and situations and when we want to speed it up and when we want to slow it down. We're doing what we have to do to try to win. Q: How has the sale of the team affected you guys? A: I don't know if it affected the day-to-day operations, as far as us trying to prepare to win football games or the players trying to win football games. There's no doubt there's a sense of excitement, obviously not just here for the team, but for the region. Having Terry and Kim purchase the team and them being so invested in the region, I think it was very important for everybody. I think, from that standpoint, everyone is extremely excited about that. Q: What has it been like to work with Brandon Spikes? A: It's been good. He's really done a good job. He's been here throughout the whole offseason and has worked extremely hard. He really showed a lot of really good leadership ability. Obviously, the team voted for him as a captain. I think he's come in and he's performed well for us. We've been very pleased for him. Q: How do you deal with a player who has an oversized personality like Brandon? A: I don't see him as an outsized personality. Maybe I have one too, but I don't know what that means. He's been great since he's been here. Q: How have you used him? A: I think we've used him situationally; where we've wanted him in our matchups and wherever he gives us the best chance to win. Q: How's the transition at defensive coordinator been for you guys? A: It's been going very well. Jim [Schwartz] is a great communicator and has done a great job with the coaches on the defensive side of the football and, obviously, the players. I think they play very hard for him and understand what we're trying to get accomplished. I think, defensively, they're doing a great job. Q: What would you attribute the improvement in the rushing defense to? A: Communication, understanding from the players and the fact that we have good players on defense. Q: What has Pepper Johnson brought to your staff? A: He's done a very good job coaching the defensive line, being with those players from a technical standpoint, communicating to help our defense. I think he's been good for some of the younger players that we have that are coming into this league. I think we have three coaches on our staff that played over ten years in this league and he's really an asset to the young guys on learning what it means to be a pro. Q: How much have you tapped Pepper's experience with the Patriots system? A: Everybody wants to win. I think I look at it more for what's on tape. Obviously, I was with New York for four years and obviously we played against them twice a year. I think you rely on those experiences, but more ...
Patriots Defensive Line Coach Pepper Johnson addresses the media during his conference call on Tuesday, September 28, 2010. Q: What's been the main difference for Ron Brace this year? He looks productivity-wise like a different player.
Patriots defensive line coach Pepper Johnson addresses the New England media during his conference call on Tuesday, November 28, 2010. Q: We saw Eric Moore in a couple of different types of roles against the Bills.
Patriots defensive line coach Pepper Johnson addresses the New England media during his conference call on Tuesday, November 16, 2010.
The Patriots announced the hiring of Dean Pees as linebackers coach today, Pepper Johnson to coach Defensive Line.
BB: We’ve got the faithful here – Friday faithful, Saturday faithful. Q: Where does Matthew Slater rank in your hierarchy of great special teams players you’ve coached? BB: He’d be right up there. Yup, he’d be right up there. [Larry] Izzo was a different type of player. He was a linebacker, played ...