Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush met with the media following practice today. Here is the transcript of his comments, as provided by the team:
(On how much having the 53 man roster set changes things) - "I guess it just gives you a sense of knowing. Now you know who you've got, where you're at, what players you've got on your team, and now we can all focus on progressing as a team, getting better as a team. We know what players we've got, we know who is where, so now we can just focus on the system, getting better as a team and preparing for Week 1 against Houston."
(On whether it's plausible that the offense can just "turn it on" and be productive after not getting it done during the preseason) - "It starts with practice, it starts with our preparation, it starts with today. We were just out there on the football field, and we had some mistakes that we need to clean up. We mentally have to be able to clean that up when we're watching film, and that has to translate to the next day of practice. So, that's really what it's about; just putting in the time, work and effort that it's going to take on a daily basis to get better. That's going to take a collective effort by all 53 guys, including the practice squad."
(On how confident the backfield is going into the season) - "I know we're extremely confident. With Daniel Thomas having a year under his belt now. He has that year of experience is going to help him a lot. We're going to help bring along Lamar (Miller), and we're going to be fine. We look forward to being a dominant backfield in this league this year, and one of our focuses is to be effective every time we are in the game touching the ball. Four or more yards every time we touch the ball; playing fast, playing physical. I think as long as we do that we'll be fine and be one of the most dominant backfields in the league."
(On Jovorskie Lane bringing brute strength to the running game) - "He does, he does. Jovorskie I think brings a sense of power to our game, and you've seen some plays in the preseason where he just runs through some guys. He packs a punch."
(On whether he expects to catch more passes in the new offense this year) - "Yes, definitely. Just with the system, you know the spread open offense, like you said the West Coast style offense. We're going to spread the ball out and we're not going to make it easy on defenses. We're going to spread the ball out and teams are going to have to cover some of us man-to-man and I think that is definitely going to open up opportunities for me and other guys."
(On how eager guys are to show what this offense is really capable of after not showing much in the preseason) - "I think everybody is eager. You know we're eager to get out there and play a full game together. We haven't had a chance to do that all season, and me I haven't played past two quarters, so I'm looking forward to getting out there with my team, playing a full game and just getting better and being dominant, being physical and being the team that we know we can be. Obviously that is going to take time, but that starts with preparation and practice today that has to translate to the game on Sunday."
(On what he remembers from his first NFL game and what he thinks Coach Philbin and Ryan Tannehill can expect from their first game) - "I just remember, you know obviously you're going to be a little nervous. You're going to be anxious to get out there, and I think the biggest thing for Ryan is just to breathe. He's going to have all these things going through his head and that's part of the veterans job on this team is to help him on a daily basis just to be as confident as possible when he goes in there. That way he can just go out there and be a playmaker, go out there and be a quarterback and do what he needs to do. I think he'll do that."
(On it being nice to start Coach Philbin's and Ryan's careers off with a win) - "It would be nice, and every rookie quarterback wants to go out there and throw for five, six touchdowns right off the bat with no interceptions, but reality is that it's probably not going to happen. You're going to face some challenges, some ups and downs during the course of the game, but as long as we stick together as a team and chorale around him, we'll be fine."
(On how different a player and person he is now from when he came out of USC) - "I think just the experience of being in this league; you know this is my seventh year, experience is everything. I think that's something you can't substitute for, it really is. So for me, I look to the experience of being in this league six years, now going into my seventh year, and being able to now help some of these younger guys and use that to my ability to just be a play maker and a leader on the field."
(On the attitude of the receivers after they have been consistently called the weak link of this team, and if they have been able to remain positive) - "Yes. I think those guys in the receiving room have done a great job of just focusing on doing their job. You can't worry about what is being said about you, because at the end of the day, we still have a job to do. We all have to be held accountable, and it's not going to change until we go out there and do it. Don't worry about what's being said about you, just focus on doing your job and being accountable every time you step on the field, whether its practice, whether it's in the film room, or whether it's on Sunday."