Hopefully, I'm close to being me now. I felt good against the Giants, but now the real deal is starting. You never know where you're at as an individual or as a team until the real fire starts going. It's going to something out there, right away the game is going to pick up a little bit.
I've been around for a long time; I know how to play the game. I know how to make adjustments along the way. I'm going to have to do that. I'm going to have to make adjustments on movements, on the scheme with my new players. That comes with the territory of being in a situation like I have; starting pretty late, getting adjusted to new guys, a new system and a new organization.
A lot of people didn't think that I was going to come back. There was even a time where I was like, "Am I going to be able to come back?" I thought about that and pushed it out of my mind real quick and did what I had to do to get back to this point. It's just a blessing being out there playing and starting a whole new thing. [Coach Edwards] was one of the main reasons I wanted to come here. A lot of it had to do with Coach Herm. I wanted to be a part of this, and to be honest with you, he would be the first; that I know of, African-American coach to get a Super Bowl ring, to lead a team to a championship. What more could you ask for?
It's like a new beginning. Because I'm a veteran there is nothing that I haven't seen, as far as the game in concerned. I'm just getting myself up to pace, recognizing routes, improving my anticipation of things and being able to react like I normally have. That's what will take the most time.
As far as getting back up to speed of things. I'm like a rookie coming into a new system. I'm coming in just as blind as others as far as knowledge of our particular scheme. I know football, so I have an advantage that way, but the terminology and the way they do things up here, I have to make the adjustments. I'm not expecting them to make adjustments to me; I have to make them to them.