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Buffalo Bills quarterback J.P. Losman, who passed for three first-quarter touchdowns last December in the Dolphins' 24-23 at Dolphin Stadium, spoke to the South Florida media via conference call on Wednesday. Here's what Losman had to say.

Q. How did coach Mike Mularkey help you, specifically?

A. "He was always very positive. He was always letting me know what was going on in his head, what he was thinking. Even the way practices were going. But it's tough. When you have a young QB in there who's struggling -- and we weren't winning as many games as we wanted to, things weren't just really rolling -- he had to make a decision. He made a decision and you have to live with it. But there's no reason to be upset or mad at anybody else but yourself. It's your play, eventually. You've got to take full responsibility for those actions."

Q. How tough has it been to basically, go back to ground zero with a new offensive system?

A. "I wasn't really all that excited about it when it happened. I was looking forward to coming into Year 3 in the same offense, Year 2 as a player. I was looking forward to doing those type of things. I liked the offense. I thought everything was going well. Once the changes were made, I didn't know what to think. All of a sudden, here I am in a competition, a new offense. I had to get going. I didn't really have time to think about it. As things progressed, I felt really comfortable in the new offense, I felt like I picked it up easier than I did the old offense. I don't know if that's attributed to another year in the NFL, getting older or more comfortable or just the style of the offense."

Q. Why do you think Mularkey quit as Bills head coach?

A. "Well, I've heard numerous reasons and numerous rumors of why he made the change. That's on him, that's was his decision, I have to respect that. I respect him a lot as a person, as a man, as a coach. I have nothing but good things to say about him. When I see him, it's going to be nothing but handshakes and a hug. It's too bad things didn't work out here for us. He did draft me in the first round and showed a lot of signs of belief in me. I wanted to be that good player for him. It just didn't work out here."

Q. The way you know him, do you think a part of him will want to shove it back in the Bills' faces come Sunday?

A. "I don't know. I think he feels that way every week, it doesn't matter who he's playing. If you can sit there and pick your battles and say who you're going to play harder against or coach harder against, that's the wrong mentality. So, I don't think he's doing that. I think he's going to prepare like it's another game. I think he does a pretty good job, very hard, intense, strenuous work ethic for every team. I don't think it's any team in particular he would do that for."

Q. Where do you think the offense is?

A. "We're getting better. We know it's Year One of an offense, especially Week One of a brand new offense. But we know we're moving the ball down the field pretty well. We have confidence in our schemes and what we're trying to get accomplished. We just have to cut out the little things –- a costly mistake here, a little penalty here. Those things, to be a great offense, take a game over to win a game or win a tight game, win a tight, close game as New England has shown over the last five years, you have to not make those mistakes. We pretty much feel like we're doing all the big things right. We're able to say, "Yeah, we're a pretty good offense." But to be great and win games consistently in this league, we have to definitely cut down on the little things."

Q. Do you think your maturity as an NFL player showed in your ability to win the competition for the starting QB job?

A. "I don't know. I guess you could take that from whoever has been watching it and whoever is involved with it. I don't really get caught up in those type of things. All I know, just studying as hard as I can and had no clue what the coaches' decisions were going to be. They weren't hinting to me what they were thinking – ever. When they made the decision, you had to get ready and get going."

Q. How hard is it to play a defense like Miami, when they give you so many different looks?

A. "Those are things you have to prepare for and spend some time on it. Like I said before, it's going to be extra time that you have to spend on it. It's just different. Just trying to pick up some tips, trying to watch some film and pick up tips on what they're going to try to do and when they're going to do it, see if we can find some tips on film to give us a clue or a heads up is going to be key."

Q. What is the best way to handle a rookie QB? Play him, play him for a series or two or sit him for a year?

A. "That's the magic question that nobody knows the answer to. People have been trying to figure out for a long time what the best answer is for that situation. I think it depends on a lot of things. Your personnel. Where your team is at that point, what point of the season it's at, who's surrounding the quarterback, who's not surrounding the quarterback. What type of offense is it? All those things. How good your running game is, how good your defense is. It's so many variables and everybody has a different opinion and different mind and different thinking. You could answer that question 100 different ways."

Q. Do you think more bad can be done than good if you play a guy early? That you might set him back in the long run?

A. "There is no right answer. You have to have a feel of who that kid is and what you feel he can handle. If it's hurting him or not hurting him, that's part of the coach's decision to see those type of things in a player. Whatever he feels is right, then that's what he'll have to do because he is the head coach and the overseeker leader of the group. He has to go with what he sees and go with his instincts."

Q. Based on your experience, do you see this as a critical time in your career?

A. "Of course. I think every year, every game, every week is critical to a person's career. Whether he's out there to prove himself to show he's one of the best, whether he's trying to prove he's still one of the best or trying to prove he can duplicate what he did last year. Every time is crucial and critical. At this time, where my mindset is, of course it is. Last year was the same amount. So is this year. So will next year. And the year after. Football career really isn't all that long compared to other careers in this world. So, everything is happening in the now and is critical."


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