Jake Long Talks Miami Dolphins Hard Knocks, Work Ethic, Joe Philbin, and More

July 27 2012; Davie, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jake Long (77) during practice at the Dolphins training facility. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Miami Dolphins left tackle Jake Long recently spoke with Fox Sports about his work ethic, the Dolphins' season of Hard Knocks debuting tonight, how the offensive line is coming together, and how the team has adjusted to new head coach Joe Philbin. Long, who has been named to all four Pro Bowls since he entered the league, had started the first 61 games of his career before missing time last season. Asked about the pride and determination needed to continue to get out on the field for every game for nearly four straight seasons, Long replied:

"Well I have always been like that my whole life. I got it from my parents. Growing up watching my parents work every single day and never take anything for granted and they instilled that in me. Every single day I want to come out and get better and be the best I can be and I won't settle for anything less. I think that's a good quality to have. I am always going to be hard on myself and I am never satisfied where I am at. I always want to get better and I've been doing that my whole life."

Long was also asked about the cameras and crews following the team around as they prepare for HBO's Hard Knocks.
"The first couple of days was crazy. They come in and there's cameras everywhere. There are microphones everywhere. It's a little hard to get use to at first, but honestly just a week in I think everybody is used to it. You don't even notice the cameras anymore. You are just going about business on a regular routine. I think it's a cool thing. Fans and people get to see players not only on Sunday. They get to see us and what we do every single day at work and see us without our helmets on and get our personalities. I think it's a good thing."

You can head over to our friends Sports Radio Interviews for more from Jake Long, including how the team is adjusting to Joe Philbin, how the o-line is doing, and what Long thinks of all the news coming out of New York Jets camp. They also have a link to listen to the entire interview.


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