(On how different the Patriots are with Matt Cassel at quarterback as opposed to Tom Brady) It would be hard to say that theyre not different. We all know that hes a big piece of that puzzle thats over there. But Cassel comes in and he plays well. He gets the job done and theyre 2-0.
(On if the Patriots are still running the same things, offensively, with the change at quarterback) Theyre running pretty much the same stuff. Im sure the more comfortable he gets out there, the more stuff theyll open up to him.
(On what it would mean for the Dolphins to get their first win of the year against a team that went undefeated in the regular season in 2007) It gives you a little bit added incentive, but were just trying to get that first win. Its been a bitter taste around here for the past two weeks and were just trying to get that first win to get that taste out of our mouth.
RB Ronnie Brown
(On why the running game has been able to get going thus far) Unfortunately we havent been getting started early, so thats been one of the problems. The other team has been scoring, so then were in a situation where were down a few points. So it kind of changes the gameplan a little bit. Instead of being able to stick to it and try to give the run a chance, you start passing the ball to try and keep yourself in it.
(On if its harder for him to get in rhythm coming off the bench as opposed to starting) I think the rhythm comes with just getting the ball a few times in a row and having an opportunity on the drive to touch the ball a few times. Unfortunately we havent been able to establish those long drives where any of the running backs can be in a situation where we get those touches, get comfortable and get in a routine. I think most guys like to touch the ball a few times and kind of see it as the game goes along.
(On equating the struggles of the running game at the beginning of this year to the way it started last year) I was looking back and watching film, and at the beginning of last season we were pretty much in the same situation as far as running the ball as an offense. With that in mind, the only place to go is up as an offense. Weve got a lot of work to do and I think weve all got that in mind, but at the same time, weve got to put a lot into it and correct all of the things that were not doing so well and get it going real fast.
(On the matchup with the Patriots defense) You always have to being your A game when you play the Patriots. They a have a defense that kind of sits back a little bit, that has a bend but dont break mentality. Theyre not going to give up the big play but they might give up a lot of little plays. We have to make sure that were on our A game, take advantage of the little plays and just work our way down the field.
(On how weird it will be with the Patriots not having Tom Brady at quarterback) Its a big difference, but at the same time theyve still got a lot of talent. You still have to worry about that running game and theyve still got that offensive line. All of the other pieces to the puzzle are still there. Obviously, theyre still having success; they won last week against a pretty good Jets team. So we have our work cut out for us.
(On what it would mean for the Dolphins to get their first win of the year against a team that went undefeated in the regular season in 2007) Thats the thing. These guys have been on top for several years now, with (Tom) Brady and now without him, and theyre still winning. For us right now, were in a must-win situation. Every game we go into, thats how we have to feel about it. We have our work cut out for us. Were going into their place and we havent been successful there over the last few years. For us, going into the bye, its about getting some momentum. I think going up and beating New England would be huge for our team.
(On the importance of getting a win and not going into the bye week 0-3) We have pressure in every game; there was pressure last week. No doubt about it that going into a bye with a win and being 1-2 as opposed to being 0-3 would be huge for our team right now. We need a confidence-builder; we need something to get the ball rolling right now. It doesnt get any easier for us, we know that. Right now were working hard and guys are out there, and today it was as hot as I dont know what. Thats where we are. Weve got to continue to work and grind as a team right now and find some way to get a win.
(On if the coaching staff has been any harder on the team after the loss to Arizona) I dont know that the coaching staff has been any harder. Im sure that there are several ways that you can attack the situation were going through right now. For me, I think theyve taken the best approach. Well see. Theyve been very critical, of course, but I think they need to be critical about that, but at the same time theyre trying to motivate guys and encourage guys to work hard and get better, and that there is some light at the end of this tunnel. There is only one way to fix the problem; thats working hard and stop making all of the silly mistakes that were making. Its the mental errors that are killing us right now.
(On after a loss like the one at Arizona if there is a fine line between fixing the errors and not panicking) You cant sound the fire alarm yet. I dont know when it gets to that. For us, we have to start pressing. You talk about the regular season; were in the third week now. Weve got to find a way to get it done. Its not getting any easier. Every week you go in there and youre working to get that win. Right now weve got a very young team. So its important from a confidence-standpoint to do so. Weve got a lot of guys who were on our team last year when we went 1-15, but weve also got a lot of new guys and young guys. Being one of the veteran players in here, knowing that it takes a lot of work, and if we can just get that first win, it kind of relaxes you a little bit. But at the same time, it gets you hungry for that feeling, and you get a confidence and a little swagger about yourself. What better way than going into New England right now and beating one of the top teams in the league, even without Tom Brady.
(On if you can take advantage of the fact they are playing Matt Cassel and not Tom Brady) I dont really know how much you take advantage of the Patriots. Those guys are solid. You have to go out and play sound football. You dont have to play the perfect game, but you have to play a pretty close to perfect game to give yourselves a chance. These guys do enough things the right way that theyll keep the game close or theyll blow you out. However they need to win it, they win it. They just know how to get it done. They know how to win.
LB Joey Porter
(On what it would mean for the Dolphins to get their first win of the year against a team that went undefeated in the regular season in 2007) It would be exactly what we need. We need something big for us to happen now. Its not something that theyre going to give us; its something that were going to have to go out there and take. Were looking forward to it. Its a big game for us. I dont know how theyre looking at it. Its one of those games where wed love to go out there and beat them at their home.
(On the importance of getting a win and not going into the bye week 0-3) 1-2 is definitely what I have my sights on going into the bye week. It would be 3-0 if I had it my way. But 1-2 heading into the bye week is not as bad as everyone says. There are a lot of 0-2 teams out there that dont feel like theyre an 0-2 team. Were an 0-2 team that doesnt really feel like we should be 0-2. Weve just got to go out there and try to get that first victory.