Jeremy Shockey's Press Conference
Is this the game you've been looking for?
It was close, but I missed some key passes. Kerry had a great game and he
really gets all of the credit because if you give him time and he sets his
feet he will throw it perfectly every time. The O-line blocked well, we
were running the ball well and any time that happens it is going to open up
the passing game.
Re: The play where helmet came off.
I hardly remember it. It was a little option route, I caught the ball,
turned up the field and some guy went at my legs and I was lucky enough to
shed one and keep going.
How much communication do you and Kerry have on the field?
Timing was excellent today and that's one thing where if you keep working on
it, it will keep working better. Sometimes it was there and sometimes it
wasn't. But, he gets all of the credit. Him and the O-linemen. To deliver
perfect balls like that every time is something special.
If at the line of scrimmage you didn't see the match-up that you like could
you move as much as you wanted?
Not really. It's just that I was fortunate enough today to get the breaks
and it doesn't happen like that every time. We should keep getting better,
myself included. It' like I said, I dropped a couple of balls and missed a
couple of blocks that could have sprung the ball open.
How are you able to play like this with such a sore toe?
It's just emotion. I mean, that's why I play the game and that's why a lot
of people play this game. It's like Tiki shows emotion but he does it with
his actions. I try to do it with my actions and with my body.
Do you think you've take the place of Jessie in the locker room?
I don't know about that. Jessie is a great player and I don't know about
that. We both come from the same school and that's what the coaching can
do. He played a great game and they had a great defense. But, we just had
a great game plan. With Coach Fassel, it just seemed that every time he
called the plays they were the right plays. Every time its not like that,
but today it was and he called a great game and Kerry threw the ball
Have you always been an emotional player or going through that program at
Miami is that something that you have picked up?
I don't know. I guess so. It's a war out there and either they're going to
hurt you or you're going to hurt them. I just go out there and play with my
heart and I go out there and play just for the game.
Was it by design that you caught that many balls this week?
Not really, it was just something that kind of happened. I guess Kerry felt
comfortable delivering it to me and the timing was good. He was on early
and put the ball perfectly in every spot. When the defender wasn't there he
would put it there and when the defender was on the other side he would put
it there. He's a great quarterback and the O-linemen blocking gave him
When the coach gave you the message this week that you had to have better
percentage and you were going to be involved more what was your reaction?
I don't know, its not something I think about. I realized I was 7 for 18
when he told me that. I didn't realize that, actually. So its just not
something you think about when you're out there, you know 'I'm going to get
my percentages better.' I go out there on instinct and I have a great Tight
End coach in Coach Pope who helped me a lot.