Monday, October 14, 2013
Q: Welcome to Buffalo, what do you like about this opportunity here with the Bills?
A: I’m excited, excited to be here. I think it’s a great opportunity. Get to come in and learn a different offense. Just get to keep playing. That’s the main thing. Just being around here all day I’ve just being around the town, being around the guys and the facilities and everything like that. I’m excited and ready to start digging in to the playbook.
Q: What have your first impressions been of Doug Marrone and Nate Hackett?
A: Yeah, I just got done meeting with Coach Hackett and I think we’re going to hit it off well. I like what they’re doing offensively. I didn’t know a whole lot about it coming in, but as soon as I knew I was coming in for a workout I tried to do as much research as I could. I feel like I fit in to this offense.
Q: Since the offense is rooted in West Coast principles, how much carry over are you anticipating there being just on the glances you’ve had so far?
A: I anticipate a lot of the same concepts that I’m used to. How it’s called, I don’t really know yet. I’m sure that if there doing some fast pace tempo stuff, it’s going to be calling it a little bit different than an actual long huddle call or something like that. I think conceptually it’ll be easier to pick up.
Q: Can you walk us through the last couple of days?
A: Yeah. I knew I was coming in for a workout last week; it was just a matter of getting it set up. What day it would work out and obviously game planning for yesterday’s game, can’t really do much towards the end of the week or anything like that. You get the call from the Raiders on Monday or Tuesday, I don’t know what it was and then a couple days later get a workout set up. I was excited for the opportunity, been spending the rest of the week with my wife packing and doing all that stuff. It’s been a fast week for sure.
Q: How have you dealt with the ups and downs since going to Seattle?
A: I guess overlooking it has all gone by pretty quickly. Obviously hasn’t turned out the way I wanted to in either of the last two spots, but just picking up different offense and learning two different offenses the last two years, has really expanded my knowledge of the game. Expanded my knowledge of what people like to do. Just hearing different, every coach and every OC has a different way of thinking, different way of breaking down defenses, so I feel well equipped to come in and learn a new offense and try to pick it up quick.
Q: Why do you think it didn’t work in Oakland?
A: I don’t know. It was just one of those things that didn’t work out. With the timing and whatever it was, just weren’t right for each other. It just didn’t work out. I needed to play better and things like that, but it’s one of those things where I’m happy I’m getting a fresh start. I’m that getting this opportunity with the Bills and I’m excited about it. Hopefully this works out.
Q: How has your perspective changed since Green Bay?
A: You can’t let anything effect you. You have to learn from what you didn’t do so well and just learn from it. Try not to make the same mistakes twice. Obviously leaving Green Bay, I was extremely confident and I don’t think that’s shaken any. You always have to have inner confidence; I’ve always been hard headed like that. Always think I can get the job done. There is some games this year that I didn’t play my best, we didn’t play our best and it’s games that you learn from. One game here is not going to affect my overall confidence or effect my belief in what I can do.
A: It’s hard to say, it really is. I haven’t dived in to it yet. I’m about to start doing that. I think gameplans are a lot shorter than coming inn and learning an entire playbook. Gameplan wise I feel confident I can come in and get a pretty good feel for it fairly quickly. How quick that is I don’t know. I’ll have a better feel for that later today or tomorrow.