Aug 29, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) on the field during warm ups before the game against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE
(On if he's looking forward to going back home to Texas) - "I'm looking forward to it. It's a big week for us as a team. It's a big week. Starting off the year, want to get things started off the right way. It's always great to go back to the home state."
(On how many people from home will be there) - "I really don't know the total number. I know I have some family going, but I don't know exactly how many people are going to be there. I'm just trying to focus on winning the game right now."
(On if this week feels different since it's the start of the regular season) - "It's a game week. Everything's turned up a notch. Everything's competitive. We practiced hard in camp, but going into game week, we know the roster, we know who's going to be around, we know the plays we're going to be running. So everything's turned up a notch, just fine tuning things. This is what we're here for. We're here to play games and to win games. We're finally to that stage where we've got a game coming up and we need to be at our best."
(On the Houston Texans' defense) - "They're a good defense. They have good players all around. They get a good pass rush. (They) don't throw a lot of exotics at you, at least on tape. They might show up and they might bring it at us, but, traditionally, the past year they haven't thrown a lot of exotic blitzes. They line up, play you man and expect their guys to beat your guys up front and in the secondary."
(On wide receiver Anthony Armstrong) - "I like what I've seen so far. He's obviously a fast guy. Saw his speed first thing yesterday. Today, hit him on a couple slant routes where he got separation. He was able to catch it and turn it up into a big play. It's always great to have a guy who has speed like that and can get separation where you hit him on a short slant route and he's able to possibly take it for a touchdown. I'm excited what I see from him so far and I think the more that he gets comfortable with the offense, we'll see more good things out of him."
(On the anticipation of his first NFL start) - "I'm excited, obviously. This is a big time for me. I'm excited to be a starter in the NFL. It's been a goal of mine for a long time. I'm ready for the game. I'm excited for it. I'm just trying to take it day-by-day preparing as much as I can every day and be ready to go come Sunday."
(On what numbers are important to him besides wins and losses) - "Wins and losses. Wins and losses. I know you said besides wins and losses, but we're football players and that's what we get paid to do is win games. That's all we're focused on right now."
(On if it's hit him yet that this is his first NFL start) - "Yes, I mean it's not something where I sit in bed at night and shock myself, but I'm excited for it. It's something that I have had my goals for a long time. Now it's here, got to take advantage of it. This game isn't a promise for anything, so got to take advantage of every opportunity that you get and get better every day."
(On what it's like hearing that he's the 17th different starting quarterback for the Dolphins since Dan Marino left and If it puts extra pressure on him) - "No, I don't think so. I don't even think about it (and) hear those things until you bring it up right now. I don't think about all the past history, I just try to take care of what I can control here and now, take advantage of the practice reps, take advantage of the meeting time and film study, and just try to get better. I can't control what goes on in the past or the future, I'm just trying to handle the present."
(On his impressions of the Hard Knocks experience) - "It was an experience for sure. Just having cameras around all the time, not knowing what they're going to get you saying, what situations they're going to air. So it was definitely an experience, but I felt like we handled it well as a team. We weren't distracted by it too much. Obviously there is a little bit of a distraction there with people just being around, but I think we handled it appropriately. We didn't let it take away from our work. We still went out to work every day and practiced hard. It served its purpose, but I'm glad it's over."
(On advice that he has received going into the game on Sunday) - "I haven't gotten a whole lot of advice yet. Just go out and play and have fun; do your job. I don't think that anybody has sat me down and had a mentor talk with me, but I think we're excited about the game. I'm excited about what we've done this week as an offense, how we've been practicing. So, it's just one of those things where you have to go and take care of business."
(On how he would describe his relationship with Coach Philbin) - "Coach Philbin is great. You know he doesn't say a whole lot, he doesn't get too involved in meetings or anything, but if he sees something or has input, he'll tell you. But he's not a coach that's in every meeting trying to over step the quarterback coach and the OC (Offensive Coordinator). He hired them for a reason, and they do a good job, so he lets them coach. So I think he's a good coach for us, and I've enjoyed him so far."
(On how difficult it is to evaluate Houston's defense with the personnel changes and simple defensive formations in the preseason) - "Well we don't know exactly what they're going to give us. (It's) the first game of the year, you don't really know. All you have to do is study the preseason; obviously most teams don't show everything they have in preseason, but study the tape of what they did in the preseason, especially the third game, and then go back and look at what they did last year. We have a lot of tape from last year, and we are able to see what they did throughout the whole year last year and on into the playoffs. So we have a lot of tape to look at. It's a little bit different as far as personnel, but as far as scheme goes, I don't think it's going to be a drastic new scheme. We just have to learn from what we have and take it from there."
(On his comfort level with the offensive line) - "I'm comfortable. I think the coach is going to put the best five out there to protect me, to be able to run the ball and be able to protect me in the passing game. So whatever five is up there are the best five that we have, and I'm confident that they're going to give me time to get the ball off. I know that this is a rough game and you're going to be taking a couple of shots, but as long as I can get the ball out of my hands and make a play, it's alright."
(On the number one point of emphasis that he felt he needed to address going into the regular season) - "I think the biggest thing for me, well it's two things really, was getting to adjust to the speed of the game. We saw it a little bit in OTAs and minicamps, but really just getting adjusted every day to the defenses and being on the same page with the offensive guys. We have a lot of guys rolling in and out, especially early on going with the twos, with the threes, with the ones, so I'm not seeing the same guys running routes over and over. So it's tough to be on the same page. I feel like in the last couple of weeks we've grown in that aspect, as far as being on the same page with the receivers and seeing how each guy is going to run the route, and I think we're in a good spot right now."