Joe Gibbs took questions from the media today. Here is a transcript:
Open Locker Room: Players Talk to the Media
On which Miami defensive players have caught his eye on tape:
"Zach Thomas (LB, #54) does a good job playing the run and a good job recovering. Tractor Taylor (Jason Taylor, DE, #99), the D-lineman, is a guy that can really help the linebackers out in the gaps. When you look at their defense they have an all around defense. We just have to come out and play our game. We know they're a great defense and they're going to do the things they need to try to get the ball back."
On Miami's secondary:
"They do a good job running with the receivers. They do a great job of that. The other thing they do a lot that is rally good is they try to strip the ball a lot. That's one thing that they have done a tremendous job of. You look at last season, I think they were number one in the League in that category."
On what he expects Sunday to be like emotionally:
"I just have to keep a level head. Just go out there and understand you have to take one snap at a time. Just not look forward to trying to force plays. Just play our game. Just go out there and do the things you've been doing to get you to this point. Don't try to change anything."
On Jason Campbell:
"He's got his stuff together. You can tell he's had a good upbringing. His folks are very solid people and have had a positive influence on his life. He comes from good stuff. I think he's a great guy. I think the world of him. I think he's going to have a great season."
On his kids asking for Jason Campbell jerseys:
"They all want Campbell jerseys. They're big Mr. Jason fans and enjoy being around him. You look for role models for your kids. There's enough bad ones out there. It's good for your boys to have someone they can look up to. Jason, for my children, for my boys, is a positive guy to look up to."
On the Miami defense:
"They're a physical group. They pretty much have the same guys coming back, except for the addition of Joey (Porter, LB, #55). They're a very good defense, very physical, very aggressive. They're just very good at what they do. Although, the opener you never know. The chances are you're going to see something that you haven't seen on film. Dom Capers (Defensive Coordinator-Miami), I was with him in Jacksonville. He's a very good football coach, a good person. There will be something new. We just have to be able to handle it and play our game."
On being prepared for the game:
"You use the information the coaches will give you, but there's always a wrinkle here or there that they'll throw at you. As long as we follow the rules of protection and the running game, those things should iron themselves out. If it doesn't it's the sideline corrections that you need to make to stump those out. Everybody on this offensive line has played a lot of football. We've pretty much seen any and everything that can happen. As long as we stick to our rules and play up to our abilities and snap communication that we know we have, then things should turn out right."
On what he expects from the running game:
"Hopefully, we'll pick up right where we left off last season. We were doing a pretty decent job at it. Obviously with Clinton (Portis, RB, #26) not doing a whole lot the question mark is how good of shape is he actually in. We have two good backs there that will be able to rotate in and out so that we don't have to worry about Clinton's (Portis, RB, #26) conditioning too much. Like I said if we do our job we'll be fine and things will turn out all right."
On the home opener:
"There's something electric about that first game, that opener. It's almost like a playoff atmosphere, just because it's the first game of the season that actually means something. Everybody raises their play a little bit and it's a lot of fun. It's something you look back at every game you've played and that first game kind of sticks on your memory and that's what this one is going to do too."
On what the Redskins offense is preparing for:
"Everything. We're preparing for everything. You have to go in expecting that something is always going to be different with us. We have a twist. That's how it goes."
On what concerns him the most about Miami's defense:
"They have great talent. Jason Taylor (DE, #99), Zach (Thomas, LB, #54) is always coming through and making plays They have big guys up front. My thing is, if we start fast, we'll be fine."
On is he is excited to see Jason Campbell (QB, #17) take over the offense:
"Yeah, I'm excited. I'm excited for the whole team. It's a new year, new opportunities. Of course, we have a big challenge. We have a touch schedule ahead. I'm excited."
On if this game is hard to prepare for because of all the changes in the Miami offense:
"You just have to watch the preseason. The starters don't play a lot, so it is kind of tough to prepare for. You just study them the best you can, and go out there knowing what you have to do, and get ready to do. You look at pre-season Dolphins mostly. We know the coach came over from the Chargers, so we look at that a little bit. Mostly we just look at the preseason and get as much out of that as you can."
On how he is feeling:
"I'm doing pretty good. Hopefully, I'll be able to go to the whole game. Hopefully I won't have any set backs. I'm still testing it out in practice, trying to see what I have."
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