Opponent Opinions: RB Maurice Jones-Drew

Maurice Jones-Drew is the one guy the Dolphins will have to contain Sunday if they hope to leave Jacksonville with a victory in a crucial battle between AFC hopefuls. Jones-Drew talked to the South Florida media this week and touched on a variety of subjects, including his penchant for trash talking.

Here is a team-released transcript of Jones-Drew's conference call:

On facing the Dolphins: "It's going to be a unique game in that we all pretty much know each other from hanging out, or they have guys like Akin Ayodele who was on our team. I know a bunch of their guys from training down there in Florida. It's going to be a tough game, we know they're going to be physical, we're a physical team, and you just have to be prepared for that."

On playing for Dolphins wide receivers coach Karl Dorrell at UCLA: "It was a great relationship. Coach Dorrell was a very interesting coach, very detail oriented coach. What he taught us there, I was able to bring here and help us with the Jaguars. The relationship's great, I actually hung out with him this offseason a little bit. We're supposed to play golf sometime, but I think he's running from me."

On the Dolphins defense: "They all play fast, physical, their safeties do a great job of fitting in the run. Akin (Ayodele) and Channing (Crowder) do a great job and actually Joey (Porter) and Jason (Taylor) do a great job. I think one person we have really noticed is Kendall Langford. He's doing a heck of a job right now. Everybody's playing on a high level, even their nose guard who hasn't started as much since the guy's (Jason Ferguson) been on IR, he's been doing some great things. It's going to be a tough challenge for us. Every week, I think for the rest of the year, and since this year's gone on, is going to be a tough challenge for us, and we have to rise to it. We have to come in ready to play, we have to be able to match their energy and continue to execute."

On if teams have approached defending the Jaguars' run game any differently the past few weeks: "No, they've loaded the box like they've always done. They are doing a couple of different things, but nothing too major, we just have to execute more. Most of it's on my part. We just have to continue to stay patient, help our offensive line out with my running style. We've got to execute more as an offense, that's what it comes down to. The good thing about them stopping our run, is it's opened up our passing game in that we've been able to throw the ball and win games that way."

On the unselfish play of kneeling at the goal line to seal a game he made a few weeks ago and what he thinks of the reaction to his decision: "In the NFL, you want the game in your hands at all times. Either you want to be that offense that has a chance to go down and score at the end of the game, or you want to be able to have the ball and run the clock out, just because you can control that. When you're on defense, you're reacting, you're not controlling the tempo of the game. The coaches communicated with me that they wanted to keep the ball in our hands and kick a last second field goal, and that's what we did. I just thought it was a great call. Sometimes – I don't want to say gamble – but you have to take risks, and that was one of the things that we did and it worked out for us."

On whether the play hurt his fantasy team: "I made the playoffs though, so that's all that matters."

On Ernest Wilford returning to the Jaguars after a year in Miami: "Ernest, he's been great ever since I've been here. He's been a guy that is high energy, hard worker, here from sun-up to sundown. He's been great just helping us as a young team with his leadership and being around, and obviously seeing, understanding Miami, how they work there and how we work here. Bringing some of what they did here just to help us. He's done a great job, and obviously, it means a lot to him to go back and play the team that he played for before. It's going to b a great game I think, there's going to be a lot of trash talking as usual. I know Joey's going to have some things to say to me, so like I said, it will be fun."

On how much a player like Wilford can bring from one team and use against his former team: "It can help a bunch. I think a lot of people want to hear like ‘him telling us what they're doing,' but that really doesn't help because he had to learn out system all over again, so pretty much, had to wash out what he learned in Miami. I think more than anything, it's the energy that that player brings, because obviously he wants to go back, and these are guys he knows, so it's kind of like playing one-on-one with your best friend, you're going to do whatever you can to beat him. I know Ernest, he's excited to play, we're excited for him, and we're definitely excited to play because it's a big game right now for us, and for them. It's going to be a fun, tough, physical game."

On who he expects to hear more trash talk from on Sunday: Joey Porter or Channing Crowder: "I don't know, I think Joey Porter's the second-best trash talker in the league (laughing), I wouldn't give him the crown."

On who the best trash talker in the league is: "You're talking to him (laughing). I had to get that out there just so he knows it. You know what, the best thing about playing the Dolphins is, like I said, we know each other, so no one takes it personal, we just go out and have a good time. I know it's going to be physical, they know we're going to be physical, and that's how we're going to play. Tell Coach Dorrell I said hello and tell Joey, ‘Don't talk too much trash just yet (laughing), wait for Sunday.'"


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