Q: How big a blow is it to lose Marques?
A: It's tough, but I think you always plan ahead in your mind for the time when you might be without somebody. Losing him is tough, but that just opens opportunities for other receivers and the tight end. I'm confident those guys can pick up the slack.
Q: The Skins wrote off David Patten after his injuries, why has he done so well for you?
A: He's been a great addition from a productive standpoint, but also as a mentor to the young wide receivers. He's earned his keep around the league. He knows what it's like to play at a high level and be part of a team that builds something special.
Q: Is he still pretty fast?
A: Oh, yeah. He can fly. We've got a lot of guys that can.
Q: What's different about Reggie Bush this year?
A: He put a lot of hard work into the offseason. He's become a more disciplined runner. You go through some growing pains as a young player. There's a learning curve in this league no matter how highly touted you are. Expectations were never as high on a guy as they were on Reggie Bush. For him it's one game at a time.
Q: How long did it take you to feel comfortable in the West Coast scheme?
A: It takes some time. It sounds like Jason has been in a bunch of different systems, not only in the NFL but in his college career. There's definitely an adjustment and a comfort level with the play calls. Plus he's still a young player. I don't want to speak for him, but every quarterback takes time to get accustomed to the speed of the game and everything else.
Q: How long did it take you?
A: Keep in mind that I was going into my sixth year when I came to New Orleans. This is Jason's fourth year. The fact is, from an experience standpoint, I started quite a few games so it was a bit easier for me to adjust to it. Sometimes it takes a few games; maybe half the season. I can't speak for him. I don't know what kind of guys he is, but from what I've heard he's a guy who works hard and takes pride in what he does.
Q: What's the most difficult thing about adjusting to that system?
A: Um, it's just understanding that a lot of times the pass is an extension of the run. There's a premium on taking completions and hitting guys on the move, giving guys opportunities to catch and run and get extra yardage. If you throw it a lot, you've got ot take care of the ball and know when to throw it away and check it down. A lot is put on your plate in this system.
Q: Why is Shawn Springs still so good?
A: He studies and he just understands situations and everything else. It's like any veteran corn er, you've got to pick and choose times when you go at him and he can make you pay.
Q: What has Mark Brunell been like for you?
A: He's been awesome. Obviously you're taking about a veteran guy who has played a lot of football. He's been great to me. He contributes a lot of information and definitely on game day.
John Keim covers the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and is a contributing editor for Warpathinsiders.com. He has covered the team since 1994. Some of his other stories can be found at dcexaminer.com
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