On expanding upon his offensive philosophy: "In terms of personnel groupings, we are going to have a lot of time here to really evaluate and figure out where we want guys set up. We are going to try to use formations, some different motions, and different shifts to try to create mismatches within players in this division. I think you have some good players here; on the perimeter particularly Brandon [Marshall]. [Davone] Bess does an excellent job for you. So we will try to create some mismatches, put them on some spots where maybe you haven't seen them before. I have worked with guys like Josh McDaniels, Charlie Weis - two big influences – [also] Brian Schottenheimer in New York. We are going to do whatever we think is best for the Miami Dolphins. "
On his impressions of the state of the Dolphins offense: "Well, we are going to sit back and hammer it out upstairs. We took a little break to come down [for the press conference]. I think they have some good personnel to work with. We are going to sit down, Tony and myself and the rest of the offensive staff and really do our due diligence. I think there are some pieces to work with."
On how much focus and emphasis he plans to spend on the quarterback position: "A lot. I think it is extremely important position. He is going to have a lot on his plate. This is a quarterback friendly system where he is going to be able to make a lot of different adjustments at the line of scrimmage and I am going to take an active role to be with him in the meetings and getting him to develop the way I think he can develop."
On if he is assuming that quarterback will be Chad Henne: "Well, yeah, Chad is on our roster. Again, I know here we are going research every available player whether it is draft or free agency, but I am excited to work with Chad. I think he has some tools I think we can develop and whoever else is out there. That is what we will do."
On what he learned as offensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns: "You start out coming from a position coach to a coordinator and there are a lot of things – there is no book you can read or manual you can read; dealing with people, dealing with the other positional coaches, the organizational structure, timely calls - with experience, you get better with it. I am anxious to get going here. I am putting [the Cleveland job] in the rear-view mirror and looking forward. I am excited about it."
On how relieved he is to get another offensive coordinator position: "I would say excited, I wouldn't say [relieved]. I would say excited, confident in my abilities. I had a great meeting with both Tony and Jeff. I tried to be detailed. I tried to have all the answers before you ask them. I am excited about the opportunity. I am excited to work with the guys they have here. I am just ready to go back upstairs and get going here."
On how much responsibility he has in the results of the Cleveland Browns offense the previous two seasons: "I think in every organization, everyone plays a roll. We didn't do as well as we wanted to do there. Again, I am putting that behind me and looking forward to the opportunity here."
On what he learned from his Cleveland experience: "Each year is a learning experience in and of itself. It has been since I started. There are some different personnel here guys. Like I said, with Brandon, Bess, some of those guys, we are going to try and be creative with them, move them around a bit, and like I said there is no book that tells you how to call the plays. I think I have a good guy here in front of me as the head coach that is an offensive guy who I can lean on to."
On characteristics he looks at in a quarterback: "Accuracy, I would say, pocket presence and I would say his ability to lead the troops under pressure. He is going to have to be good on third down in terms of handling pressure looks that he is going to get and beating man-to-man coverage. He is going to have to be accurate with the football."
On how he would describe his play-calling: "I think we are going to do whatever we need to do to give us a chance. Like I said, whether that is spread it out - I think there is definitely some tools to be able to do that - or tighten it down to determine the type of players you are playing against. What we are going to try to do is attack the weaknesses of the defense and we are going to try and maximize our strengths. Whether that is spread it open, ‘let's go', let's get in a no huddle and move [or] whether that is tighten down, we are going to do that. What we are going to do as a coaching staff - what our job is to do - tell the players what to do, show them how to do it, and accept no excuses; that is what we are going to do as a coaching staff. Whatever plays we think are going to need to be in that week, that is the way it is going to be. Whether it is no huddle, whether it is slow it down, whatever it may be, that is the direction we are going to go."
On how much of the job is play-calling: "I think the job encompasses a variety of things; how you deal with the players, the leadership you show them in both good times and bad, the ability to put together a plan that they feel comfortable with and our excited about and energized to see ‘I am getting the ball in these couple of plays here'. [Also], being able to move and interact with different groups, whether it is the offensive line, receivers, quarterbacks and then the day of the game, going out there, having a great idea what the defense is going to give to you because you studied your tail off, you know what is coming and you are trying to put them in a good position. Then, ultimately game day adjustments too. So there is a wide variety of things. Everyone plays a role in that. All the guys up stairs right now that are back, are excited, are hungry and ready to go. Everyone plays a role in that."
On the video of him getting knocked over by Joe Thomas during a celebration: "Well, that was kind of B.S., to be honest with you [laughing]. I was going for a high-five and the son of a gun gave me a hip check. I was excited and it was against a team we are going to play twice."
On the players currently on the Dolphins offense: "I think there are definite tools. I think each year you sit back - whether you are new to the system or you have been there a few years - and you need to do a great job of researching and understanding what you have in the players. You need to make sure you have all the parts necessary that you need and if you don't, you need to be able to do the checkers or the chess and move them around here and get them to this spot and get them excited to go. I think we have personnel that we are excited about. We are going to always try to get better - that is our goal as a coaching staff as well as management - we are going to try the best possible team that we can be. I want these guys fired up. I want these players fired up because we are going to get to work and we are going to work our tails off. We are going to give them a good plan and we are going to be excited. I can't tell you how excited I am and grateful for the opportunity thee two men have given me, along with the owner and I am ready to go to work."