During Super Week in Indianapolis, The Finsiders ventured on to radio row to broadcast from the NFL’s Media Center for the week. Throughout the week, our crew was able to interact with some of the game’s past greats along with current players to get their perspective on the Dolphins. To watch all of the interview go here; or check out a Cliff Notes verison below thanks to Daniel Gonzalez-Quevedo.
Best Quotes of Super Bowl Week, by Daniel Gonzalez-Quevedo
Former All-Pro Running Back Jerome Bettis
(On breakout year from Reggie Bush in 2011)- “Looking at his development from his first year to now, and his ability to run inside the tackles and be comfortable there has changed him from being a complimentary third down back, to being a every down back. Now when you see him, he’s running downhill. He’s not trying to bounce to the outside as quickly as possible like he use to. Now that he has learned how to run in between the tackles up the middle, and already has mastered running outside, I really think that makes him one of the most dangerous running backs in the league.”
Former All-Pro DE/OLB Jason Taylor
(On former teammates and Joe Philbin) “There’s a lot left in that locker room, there really is. This is not a rebuilding phase. Even though there has not been a high level of success in Miami the past couple years, there are a lot of players on that team that can play. For whatever reason, things didn’t start off the way we wanted it this past season, but we really played well down the stretch. Coach Philbin has a great football team! Yeah, there are a few pieces that need to be improved. You hear all this talk about the quarterback, and this is quarterback driven league, and you need a ‘franchise quarterback’, but the thing that I hate when hearing that is that Matt Moore played so hard out their this season. Matt was two lockers away from me in the locker room, and I always told him how impressed I was with his progression. He improved every game! When Chad got hurt, Matt got thrown in there and struggled a little bit but then really picked it up. If the Dolphins can get out of the gate early, no matter who the quarterback is, that is good football team.“
Former Green Bay Packers Pro Bowl FB William Henderson
(On Joe Philbin and Mike Sherman) –“Coach Philbin is a fantastic coach. He’s always on point and knows how to get guys motivated, and is a real players coach. The Miami Dolphins are going to be very blessed to have him. As far as Coach Sherman, he has very similar characteristics. They’re both very approachable and you can communicate with these gentlemen and they’re going to try to put every player on that team in the best position to make the team successful and to give that player an opportunity to make himself a house-hold name. Very good guys. Mike can be perfection driven, and that is fantastic when you call him your offensive coordinator because he’s going to make sure guys have it routinely set. It will be automatic; players will practice it and discuss every particular angle of it. The offense will be broken down to the smallest detail. Making sure that every member of that offense can conduct their position and do it well.”
Green Bay Packers TE Jermichael Finley
(On how Coach Philbin prepares for a game)- “He’s on point! In Miami you got an awesome coach. He’s not good, he’s not great, he’s awesome! He is going to do something (in Miami), I guarantee you because of the way he crafts his job. The way he takes his job is no game… The crazy part is I can sit here and talk about Coach Philbin all day, in walk-throughs and practice he’s the same way. He is going to stay on your butt and make sure you get it right. Make sure you get it right, I guarantee you. You do a walk-through to prepare for a walk-through then go practice. Your going to get it right. “
(Finley On Matt Flynn)- “Matt won a National Championship at LSU, then came into the NFL and played against Tom Brady and the Patriots and ended up winning. He played against the Detroit Lions and won, so as you can tell, he’s a winner. If the Packers don’t keep him, I think he’ll be a great one for Miami because (he has the connection with) Joe Philbin.”
Hall of Fame Head Coach Don Shula
(On his thoughts of Joe Philbin being named the Dolphins new Head Coach)- “I had the opportunity to talk to him right after he got the job here in Miami. He’s all excited about it, and I think he has earned the right to be a head coach in the NFL. He has been on some great team in Green Bay and around great quarterbacks, like Aaron Rodgers. I think it’s a perfect fit for the Miami Dolphins.”
(Shula on Reggie Bush’s success this past season)- “Everyone was waiting to see if he could stay healthy for the whole year, because he’s not a real big guy physically. But he has a lot of talent and he was able to stay healthy and have a great year. He is that dual-threat, he can catch the ball coming out of the backfield and he is great running with the ball both inside and outside. Plus, he’s one of the fastest players in the league so it gives that offense a great weapon.”
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