An early start

"I prepare like every other week. I prepare like I'm going to be the starter. If I am, if I'm not, it doesn't matter in my mind. It wouldn't be fair to the team if I didn't prepare like a starting quarterback, no matter what my role was. That's kind of the way I look at it. No matter what the situation, I'm going to do what I can to help the team."

Q: Are you more comfortable making your first start in the Louisiana Superdome biggest you have had some big games there before in college?

Dorsey: I don't know about that. The defense I played in college is going to be a lot different from the defense I'm going to see this weekend. But it adds a little familiarity and a little bit more of a feel of what the stadium is like. So I'm excited to go back there, I've got family back there. So it will be a lot of fun.

Q: When you made your first appearance in the regular season in last week's opener, did you notice a big difference from when you played in the preseason?

Dorsey: It's a lot different. It really is. My first year when I was in the preseason I was kind of going against second-string, third-string guys. This year, it was a different level because I was going against the first-string guys. But at the same time it's completely different because the looks now, the disguises of defenses are different, the blitz schemes are going to be a lot different, so it's a whole different world, preseason and regular season.

Q: We didn't see in the shotgun formation last week. Do you think you'll use the shotgun this week to help with protection?

Dorsey: Well, we'll definitely mix it up. I think that there's got to be a comfort level before you get back in the shotgun. As we get more comfortable and everything like that, I think we're going to mix it up more and more out of the gun and I think you'll see a little bit more of it as the year goes on. This game, since it's going to be noisy and everything like that, I don't know how much you'll see of that. We'll work it in as the year goes on.

Q: Did you have a feeling that your first NFL snap would come sooner this year rather than later?

Dorsey: No. I really didn't. Tim (Rattay), every time he's been in there, he's had tremendous success and stayed healthy, so I wasn't expecting anything like this. But that's my role. My role is to be ready whenever something happens or that opportunity arises. That's my role on the team.

Q: What did you learn in last week's opener?

Dorsey: The timing of it. Making the right decisions, for one. That's at a premium. You can't guess. You've got to verify everything that you see. It just is a whole different world. Things happen quicker. That old cliché, it's true.

Q: Did you learn much from how Tim handled the backup role last year?

Dorsey: That's just kind of the way it is when you're the backup quarterback. You know what your role is. You understand that and you do whatever it is to help the team win. Tim had an understanding about how good Jeff was or is, and I have an understanding about how good Tim is. We're close-knit. We wish each other the best.

Q: Do you have something of an advantage because defenses don't quite know how to prepare for you yet?

Dorsey: Well, I don't know. I think when you're maybe more of a guy like Michael Vick or something like that and people can't prepare for you, that's a little more difficult. I'm going to do some things that maybe Tim wouldn't do, or vice versa. But they've got film. They've seen me play. I'm expecting they're going to be plenty prepared.

Q: Are you preparing like this is a one-week thing since Rattay might be ready to come back as the starter next week?

Dorsey: "I prepare like every other week. I prepare like I'm going to be the starter. If I am, if I'm not, it doesn't matter in my mind. It wouldn't be fair to the team if I didn't prepare like a starting quarterback, no matter what my role was. That's kind of the way I look at it. No matter what the situation, I'm going to do what I can to help the team.

Q: Are you going into this game with the thinking that you're going to hold onto the starting job and not let it go?

Dorsey: If I'm going to be out there playing I want to play well. I'm not going to lie to you about that. I'm excited for an opportunity to get out there and play and do some things. But right now, my role on this team is the second-string quarterback. We're just kind of playing it week to week and see what happens.


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