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Coach talks about Dawson….


(On Dawson’s success in cold weather environments)- “I really like Phil. It’s a tough environment to kick in. It’s different than kicking in a dome or something like that where the elements are controlled. He’s done a nice job kicking for a long time.”

 (On if Dawson is underappreciated)- “I think kickers understand across the league, special teams coaches understand. Other coaches are always excited when you have bad weather. I remember the snow bowl where Adam Vinatieri nailed a couple that you’re thinking, ‘How did he do that?’ Just really impressive, clutch kicks in a difficult, difficult environment. I should’ve named one of my kids Adam. He’s amazing. Phil, to be able to do the same type of thing in cold weather, it’s hard. It’s hard and you appreciate that. Like I said, he is a perfectionist and I’m excited to have him here at camp.”

(On how he thought Phil Dawson looked and if he expected him here)- “I expected him here and I’m glad he is here. He looked pretty good, I thought, for his first day of kicking. In terms of how he felt I didn’t talk to him about that but I thought in the opportunities he had he looked pretty good. He is a perfectionist and he is always going to be hard on himself so I would expect him to feel rusty.”

 (On finishing number one in kickoff coverage last season being a testament to Dawson and unit)- “Yes, it’s everybody together. You need good kicks in order to allow the coverage team time to get down there. Good hang time on the kicks. Good distance. That is really important and then you need the group to go down there and play the proper leverage and technique and things like that.”

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