Pennington's Weekly Press Conference

As he does every Wednesday during the regular season, Chad Pennington met with the South Florida media to share his thoughts on a variety of topics, most notably next Monday night's game against the Indianapolis Colts. Check out what the Dolphins QB had to say.

Here is the team-released transcript of Pennington's press conference:

On whether it was a typical Wednesday today: "It was certainly a typical Wednesday in South Florida with the heat and the humidity. I think that is what we have grown to expect and anytime you have come off a loss you heighten your awareness, increase the intensity and really make sure you correct what you need corrected and move forward."

On whether the base offense needs to be in rhythm in order for packages such as the Wildcat to work: "Yes. Everyone associates the Wildcat with the Miami Dolphins as if it is who we are and what we do, but I certainly think it is a facade of what we do and a certain part of our offense. It certainly gives the opponent something they have to prepare for, something different. It is all about execution; it is what it is about. Anytime you see any of our plays, whether it is base or Wildcat, not work we can normally go back and look at a breakdown in execution as to why. It is never going to be the trickery part; it is going to be the execution of the play. We have to make sure as an offense we clean up our execution and do better."

On how he stays focused when he comes out of the game for a play or two when the team runs the Wildcat: "I've got to stay right there. I have to watch the play, watch the coverage, and see what exactly they are doing. I have to stay focused. That is what I try to do. I am all for what we need to do to win a football game, because I can guarantee you one thing, it is such a greater feeling to walk in that locker room after a [win] after all the hard work you have put in rather than when you lose. It is just a horrible, nasty feeling and whatever we have to do to win I am all for it."

On the challenges Dwight Freeney presents: "It is like watching [the video game] Madden when you are watching the game and watching the game film trying to study this guy. He is unbelievable, has a great spin move. Their whole defense does a great job of playing fast, playing aggressive. Even if you do get an angle and crease the defense with a run, it is 9, 10, 11 guys surrounding the football, even down the field. They do a great job of retracing so you may get through [the line on a ] draw or something and the ends and defensive line does a great job of retracing so when you think you may get a 10 yard gain, you end up getting 4. So it is a big time challenge for us and anytime you have someone like Dwight Freeney and the pass rushers that they do you have to make sure they do not ruin the game because they can ruin the game very quickly."

On if he gets more excited for Monday Night Football games: "Monday night is always special. Monday night is one of the few regular season games that mimic a playoff style atmosphere, playoff tempo. It is always special to play on Monday nights, it is a great opportunities."

On if he still believes that the problems that they had on Sunday are fixable: "Absolutely. We are going to get it fixed. We are focused on getting it fixed, eliminating the minus plays, and eliminating the errors that we control. And the errors that we made on Sunday we can control those. That doesn't guarantee you a win all the time, but at least know what you have done within your control and we are going to get that fixed. I am very confident in that."

On what he says to the offensive line after a sub-par performance like Sunday: "I am not worried about our offensive line. Our offensive line plays extremely hard, they prepare very well. When you have guys like I have in front of me with the attitude and the approach they take, I just don't think you need to worry. I know they will get it fixed. I know they are working just as hard as I am to play well. They have a lot of pride in that room and I know they will do what they need to do to come ready to play and it is my job to come ready to play and match the intensity and focus and match their play as well. They will be fine. I believe in them. I believe in all of our guys on the offensive side. I am just really focused and eager to fix it this week in practice and go into Monday with a good feeling, feeling confident about what we are doing."

On if Ted Ginn was open a few times down the field on Sunday, but the pressure did not allow him to get Ted the ball: "Just a couple. I think Atlanta came into the game saying ‘Hey, we are not going to let these guys get behind us, especially Ted'. They played a lot of soft zone coverage if you watched the film, trying to keep everything in front of them. I think they may have only had like three pressures all game. Two on first down and one on third down. I got to help us get into a better protection call so I can get [the ball] to Ted if he is available. So there were only a few instances so even with that being said if we take care of the football we have a chance to win in the end and that is all you ask for. We just didn't give ourselves a chance to win. You are not going to [win] turning the ball over four times. Coach [Sparano] shows us those statistics all the time, the turnover battle. Anytime it is in the negative – especially negative four – but anytime it is in the negative, especially on the road, go way way down."

On being in an offense with a small margin of error and being the focal point of that offense: "You have to understand that you play the game aggressively, but still have to be alert and relaxed enough to know when to put that ball in there and when not to. You are mentally aggressive but physically relaxed and you do not let it consume every thought. I think how you work on it is you work on it in practice, making good decisions. As long as you make good decisions normally you steer away from those turnovers. My interception, I believe, was just a bad decision. I need to do what I need to do decision making wise, understanding when to put a ball in there and when not to. Also understanding when you are down a lot of times turnovers happen too, because you are trying to get back into the game and trying to push the envelope a little bit and sometimes you may just need to let it go, fight, and keep staying there to the end. If you look at a lot of the games we won last year, we won them in the fourth quarter."

On if it is difficult to come off the field for a play or two at a time and then go back in: "I think it would be if it was a surprise, but it is not a surprise. I know who we are and what we do. I prepare myself for that and I prepare very hard for that and make sure whatever we need to do to win I am on board for it. I don't look at it that way."

On how he prepares for it: "In practice when we are working on it and staying mentally focused making sure you are in there and watching [the play]. You don't just kind of take a break. After the play, I go back off the field and then I come off if we are going to do two in a row. I just don't wait for my number to be called because I want to be ready to go, be ready to go in the huddle."

On how he would describe the offense: "I think we are a unique offense in the fact that we use a lot of different personnel, use a lot of different guys to do different things in our offense. We have unique abilities if you look across the board. We are not typical in fact you can point out ‘OK, this is their #1 guy, this is their #2 guy and this is exactly what they do in the run game'. We are unique in that we have some guys that prevent some problems to the defense in certain areas and do some really really good things and have some real strong points about them and we are going to accentuate those strong points. Make sure we use every ability that we have out there. Then you throw in the Wildcat and things like that and hopefully it creates a recipe of success."

On when he got comfortable using the play-action pass and how important is the running game to its success: "I started to learn the importance of faking when I was in high school [running] the ‘wing T' [offense]. That was a big part of our game in high school. Through college and the early part of my career I really studied Peyton [Manning] and watched how he did those play-action fakes and things like that. I think it is important to study other quarterbacks when they do something well. So I really worked on that to make those runs and pass fakes the same as possible. It is about sameness, giving the defense the same look then you are doing something different. It is very important because then you get linebackers displaced and coverage misplaced and you are really able to put the ball down the field."


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