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In his words: Rutgers defensive leader talks on Notre Dame QB

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Rossi impressed with Rees' ability

Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 10:18 pm

NEW YORK - Rutgers interim defensive coordinator Joe Rossi spoke with the media on Thursday regarding the play of Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees.

The Scarlet Knights will face the Fighting Irish Saturday in the Pinstripe Bowl (12:15 p.m., ESPN) at Yankee Stadium. Here is what Rossi had to say after evaluating Rees:

On what he sees from the Irish senior:

"He's an experienced guy who does a great job running the offense. I think what he does well is that he runs the whole operation: setting the protection, identifying the blitzes, checking, (and) identifying coverages. You can tell that he's well coached. He's a smart player."

On defending the Irish offense:

"They are a multiple team. I've seen it run it 50 times in a game if that's what they need to do to win. I've seen them throw it 50 times if that's what they think they need to do to win. When you see a team like that, both of those are things that worry you.

"I think that you have to look at yourself and see how we think that they'll attack us."

On serving as the interim defensive coordinator:

"Throughout the course of the year, I'm involved defensively. Obviously, my primary role was special teams, but it's not something that I haven't done before. So I jumped in and got on it and went.

"You have to work within the scheme and the things that are already in place. When you get into that type of situation, you look at what you've been doing and try to do it better, and try to do it in a way that can help you win a bowl game.

"We're looking to win one game, so there isn't the time to make major changes."