Ferguson Q&A

Ex-Packers wide receiver answers questions from Vikings media, including his decision on why he chose the Vikings over the Texans

Q: Were the Vikings a team that you thought about right away when you were released?
Robert Ferguson:
There were a number of teams that I was interested in. I didn't know what the needs were until I got the phone call from the Vikings.

Q: What was the deciding factor for you in signing here instead of Houston?
RF:
The deciding factor was just the feel. Once I got in, I felt great here. I felt at home, felt like I was one of the guys in the locker room, so that's what it boiled down to.

Q: Do you see an obvious need with this team for your services?
RF:
Not an obvious need. I feel like can definitely come in and contribute to what we've got going on right now with a young group of guys that are very talented. I definitely feel like I have my niche, something I can bring to the offense. We have a great group of guys right now. I just want to contribute to that.

Q: What did they tell you about how much you might be able to be used?
RF:
We haven't discussed that. All of that will be determined by how I perform out here on the field. Coach Childress didn't promise me anything. He just told me to come in and work hard and we'll see what happens.

Q: Are you going to start the "Metrodome Leap"?
RF:
The Metrodome Leap? I don't know how high the walls are in there. I'd love to though.

Q: Was there a certain factor too, that you wanted to come here because you get the chance to play the Packers twice, stay in your division. Darren Sharper was talking about how it's always nice to play the team that cut you.
RF:
That's definitely icing on the cake. The cake was just coming here and being around the guys, communicating well with the coaches and being on the same page with them. The icing with that was definitely getting to play them twice a year. I look forward to that.

Q: How surprised were you by the way things ended in Green Bay?
RF:
I've been around a long time; nothing surprises me anymore. I wouldn't say I was expecting it, but it didn't surprise me. I benefit from it, so I look forward to it.

Q: Do you think you are wrongly criticized for being injury prone?
RF:
To me you can't control that. I can't control getting hit against Jacksonville, the clothesline incident. I am sure you know about that. I can't control the foot injury. I am a tough guy and I play through little things. I don't get hurt; I had some unfortunate runs with injuries. It's totally different between injuries and being hurt. Injury prone to me, that's thing of the past. I don't even use that. That's from higher; somebody else controls that, not the players.

Q: Does it help to come to a team with former teammates?
RF:
Oh yeah, it really doesn't matter. I know these guys pretty well just from playing against them for so many years so I can relate to everyone on the team. I can relate to our division. Like I said, that is the icing on the cake too, just knowing some of the guys here.

Q: How much does it help that you are so familiar with this West Coast offense? You basically played under this system with Mike Sherman, right?
RF:
That was huge. It is pretty much the same offense. I came out here today, didn't do any thinking, aside from wanting a little sleep, missing out on sleep the last couple days. I didn't miss anything. The language is the same, the terminology is the same. It's all pretty vanilla for me right now.

Q: Any indication of your role in the game on Saturday?
RF:
I am not sure. I think that will all be determined by how I perform out here in practice. So every practice, every snap is important to me. I just want to go out there and try to show what I can do.

Q: But you are going to play for sure?
RF:
Yeah, yeah.

Q: How tempting was it to go back to Houston with Sherman there since he is the guy that drafted you and gave you your start in the NFL?
RF:
It was an extremely interesting decision for me. Obviously once I found out I was released from Green Bay that was the number one team that came into mind, but things changed dramatically once I visited here and got to talk with the coaches and talk with the teammates here. There were a lot of people surprised that I decided to come to Minnesota, but I really feel like it's the perfect decision for me, perfect fit for me, and I feel like I can benefit from it.

Q: Before you came here what was your take on the Vikings/Packers rivalry. What has been your take on these two teams battling each other over the years?
RF:
It is a huge rivalry. The fans in Minnesota are great, much like the fans in Green Bay. They are intense; they are passionate about the game. So all of that is out the window once you are released. I am a Viking now. I could (not) care less about anything in Green Bay right now. I am a Viking and I look forward to going out there and performing well for the fans.

Q: On your visit here Sunday, did you actually miss your flight out to Houston or was it cancelled?
RF:
It was cancelled due to weather.

Q: So Brad Childress didn't hold you up in his office?
RF:
No, no, that's not the style here. It's pretty straightforward, nothing like that, no tricks.

Q: What's your take on Tarvaris Jackson from what you have seen?
RF:
He is talented. I felt like he was talented last year when he came out there. I watched him a lot last year. He has great anticipation out here. He has the things that you really can't coach. He takes command of the offense. He is in control, a very mature man, so he has all the qualities that you look for in a quarterback.

Q: Do you think you can help make him better?
RF:
I obviously learned a lot from being around Brett (Favre) so anything that I can provide to him I will definitely do that, but he looks like he knows what's going on out here already.

Q: Is that foot 100% now coming off last year?
RF:
No, its not 100%, it's actually 110%. It's not an issue at all and I look forward to testing it out on Saturday.


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