(On seeing John Jerry as a right tackle and/or right guard) - “That’s a great question. We’re not sure right now to be quite honest with you (laughing). We’ve kind of seen him at both spots. We’ve seen some film of him at both spots. We got to find a home for him. We got to figure out where he can be most comfortable. Where he can be most effective and obviously he has to earn a spot. We’re not going to hand anything. The good news is he’s played a couple of them. The bad news is he hasn’t anchored down one specific spot yet so I think that’s going to be key moving forward in the spring.”

(On the defensive pass rushing) - “Well, that’s an area that we’re still looking at, still looking to add to certainly at some point and time. Yeah, we would love to find another guy to add some real presence, especially on third down and nickel situations. But some of those guys are going to have to get some development. We’re hoping that Jared Odrick can really keep coming on, keep progressing. He got hurt is first year, made progress, but now in year three you like to see a player to step up and emerge. I think most guys focus on the outside guys, but more and more as we’ve seen defenses in the last four or five years. The Giants do a great job in the years we’ve played them in the past. It’s doesn’t always have to be a defensive end or you have to be able to move those guys around and create some pre-snap confusion and get some post-snap movement as well. I think if you look at the Bengals sub-package that has been creative in the past. It’s been multiple in the past. We have to identify and add to that mix from a personnel standpoint. I think you have to have creativity from a schematic standpoint as well.”

(On cutting Yeremiah Bell and what it does to the secondary) – “There’s a variety of factors that go into every decision that’s made. He made an excellent contribution to the football team. He’s been a dependable, durable guy. Not an easy decision by any stretch. There was some younger players back there. I think sometimes what happens is you have some younger players and at times a log jam at positions and you don’t know about some of these guys. Sometimes what happens to an older player is he gets caught in that situation. We have some younger guys. (Chris) Clemons has started a bunch of games I know in 2010. Reshad Jones has started a bunch of games. (Tyrone) Culver has started some games. So we got some guys that have played some so, we just felt like at this point in time it was the best interest to make that move.”

(On Reshad Jones at strong safety) – “Possibly. I don’t want to say they’re interchangeable spots, but I don’t know if there’s a huge distinction between those two positions in Kevin (Coyle)’s scheme.”

(On if he envisions Richard Marshall competing for a starting job) – “Absolutely. If he’s the best guy. Everybody when we come back April 10th, everybody is competing for a job so yeah, sure.”

(On what he liked in Richard Marshall’s skill set) – “Obviously number one was you’re watching defensive backs, you got to see a guy that can cover somebody and help you get off the field on third down. We saw some of that in his film. We saw a guy that played the ball relatively well. We thought he had good ball skills. And the third thing you still have to do when you play defense especially here in Miami is you still have to tackle and this guy is more than a willing tackler. We thought he had some physical toughness that we liked. Sometimes it isn’t as common as it maybe should be in this league. Those are probably the three things we liked the best.”

(On what he envisions his scheme to be on defense) – “I envision us being a great tackling defense. I envision us being a team that has great pursuit to the football. A team that disrupts the quarterback, takes the ball away. That’s what the defense is going to be built around. We’re going to have some bear defense, we’re going to have some three man line, we’re going to have some four man line. We’re going to be multiple on defense. We’re going to have some extensive pressure package as well. Without saying exactly what we’re doing. I think we’re going to be a multiple defensive team. Our starting point is going to be tackling, keeping our pads flat, pursuant to the football, disrupting the quarterback, taking the ball away. That’s what we’re really going to focus on.”

(On how badly he thinks Stephen Ross wants to win) – “I wouldn’t have come here if I didn’t feel that way. The first day I interviewed for the job he and I sat together, the two of us for probably an hour and a half just kind of talked. We shared backgrounds, some of the things I had accomplished in my career. I asked him about his own personal career how he had gotten to where he is and how he got there, some of the things that he believed in that helped him get there. I thought we had a good match and a good marriage. We’re different guys. He comes from a different business background obviously than the National Football League. He’s very passionate. He’s committed. I like his frankness.  I like his honesty. He’s up front. We’re changing. He’s invested a lot of money. We asked him to do some things in the building downstairs. We’ve got a brand new team meeting room. We got a brand new defensive meeting room.  We got a brand new locker room. We’re going to build a players’ lounge. It’s not done to make this place Club Med, we’re not interested in that, or the Taj Mahal but I think it’s a reflection of our commitment where we want to have as good as good as teaching environment as we can possibly have, as good as weight room environment as we can have, as good as practice environment as we can have. He’s all on board. He thinks that makes a difference. I believe it makes a difference. Anything that we’ve asked for in this point in time he’s been more than supportive of. It’s good. It’s like any other relationship, it grows over time as you get some work to it. I’m excited about it and I think there’s no question I think he has a high level of commitment. I think he wants to bring this franchise back around where it was, where it once was. I think part of that is hopefully stability, continuity, a confidence in the direction we’re going and faith. You got to have faith. There’s something about me maybe that prompted him to hire me. You got to have faith in the people you hire. Just like I got to have faith in the players and the players have to have faith in the coach. That’s where the starting point is and the leadership can take over from there.”

(On if he sees Stephen Ross learning the business as an NFL owner and getting things right here) – “I think he has. I think he is eager to do that. Part of it is and he’d be the first to tell you, he has other things that he’s involved in which is great. He’s a hard, hard worker. That was one of the reasons he appealed to me was the strong work ethic that he has and the energy that he has and that he’s involved in a lot of different things. I think he’s certainly committed to learning the business and doing things the right way and doing things in a first class manner.”

(On what a quarterback must have) – “Leadership, ability to manage the game. He’s got to be a decision maker. Those three things are absolutely critical. Then you go into some of the physical characteristics. He’s got to be an accurate passer. He’s got to have good velocity. He doesn’t necessarily have to have a cannon but he’s got to have velocity on his ball. He’s got to be able to have good pocket awareness and presence in terms of when to step up, when to slide out. You’d love him to not only have presence but escape ability and mobility, a guy that can maybe throw on the move a little bit so you’re not in the same spot again. Our offense is built around execution, fundamentals, but also balance and not necessarily doing the same thing every single snap out of the same formation and the same personnel group. I think a guy that can move and throw is helpful. It really starts with the decision making, the leadership, the game management. Those things put you in a position to use the physical talent and skill that you have to have to play the position.”

(On how free agency has affected draft weekend) – “Like I said, as a personnel staff Jeff (Ireland) and his guys and our coaches as well watched the season, our 2011 season and kind of came up with I guess you would call it a wish list so to speak, both sides of the football, areas we would like to see us add to the competitive mix on the football team.  So we did that, we were thorough in that phase. Some of those needs, you can’t necessarily fix everything in free agency nor do you want to. I don’t envision us being deeply, deeply involved. I think when you’re doing things the right way you’re developing your own guys, you’re resigning your own guys so just the business model of the NFL that’s going to prohibit you from being overly active all the time in free agency. Now we’re going to hopefully take the best players that are available based on our film evaluation when the draft comes around later this month.”

(On building through the draft, if he needs to tell fans this is going to take a while) – “I don’t think so. Look, I’ve watched a lot of the tape but to say I have a great handle on where the 2012 Dolphins are this minute is probably not accurate. We need to have a great offseason program. We need to have an excellent OTA phase where we kind of get a better handle on exactly what we feel like these guys are capable of doing. Many of our guys on the staff have NFL experience and maybe can say he’s as good as this guy, better than what we had here, not as good. It’s way too early to predict where we’re going to be in the win/loss column. I think it’d be a disservice to the players to say we’re in a rebuilding mode. In the same token we’re not going to sit around here and say we’re going to do this, this and this. I’m very confident we’re going to have a well prepared football team. I think we’re going to have a team that’s going to develop during the season and get better. I’m excited about working with them. We’re not in the position to say a whole lot beyond that at this point until we get our hands around it a little bit.”

(On Vontae Davis and Sean Smith) – “We’ve got two corners from a measureables, size, speed standpoint we’re really excited about. Vontae Davis a really physical guy, plays hard, a good tackler. They’ve showed spurts where they’ve play extremely well on tape. This season what we’re hoping is we get more consistent overall performance week in, week out, series in, series out. Knowing that those guys are out there on an island at times and they aren’t going to make every single play. There’s going to be completions against those guys. That’s what happens. Maybe that they play at a higher level on a more consistent basis. There’s been some excellent football by both of those guys on tape. We’re looking as a whole to develop them more consistently.”

(On his overall thoughts on his front seven) – “Again, (Jared) Odrick is a guy you’re looking to see continued growth out of. I really like what we see in (Tony) McDaniel. He’s one of the more athletic. We love his size, a very athletic player. Randy Starks, very strong and productive player. I think it’s got a chance to be a very, very good front four. Obviously Cameron Wake is a guy that we’re excited about. The linebackers we’re very lucky. (Karlos) Dansby and (Kevin) Burnett are guys that can play every down. Good nickel players as well as base. We went through the tape of 700 something snaps of sub defense so you’re going to have to have guys that can play more. The game is a little different than it used to be just a downhill guy that can play in between the tackle box. I think we have guys that can do that, run with tight ends and run with inside receivers down the field a little bit. I’m looking forward to our front seven being very, very competitive at the starting point.  You got to be good up front on both sides of the ball if you want to have a championship team. I think we got a good nucleus up front on defense.”

(On Koa Misi and resigning Paul Soliai) – “Football…you got to be strong down the middle in football. Paul is a rare kind of player. As we looked at him we said there’s not that many guys in the league that have that skill set that can combine the size and the strength and can still have the athleticism that he has. He was a key component of the defense and we’re excited he’s back. Misi is a guy that obviously has played very well on the line of scrimmage at the point of attack. He’s a guy that can hopefully give us continue in certain rush situations to add. He’s a guy that we’d like to see in as a third year guy, I believe he’s going into his third year, we’d like to see him emerge a little bit more and be a little more productive and make some maybe more impact plays.”

(On Mike Pouncey and the interior offensive line) – “I really like his athleticism. I love his competiveness. I thought he played the game on his feet really well. One of the thing you’re always evaluating with linemen is can they sustain a block, can they finish a block, can they play the game up on their feet without ending up on the ground too much. We thought he had a very, very good rookie year. Again, that’s a critical position in our offense so he’s going to have a lot of responsibility in terms of the blocking schemes. I thought he played very, very well. Richie Incognito is a guy that did some good things. (John) Jerry we’ve had. The rest of the interior isn’t quite as settled but Richie played well. The right guard position is kind of open at this point in time. We’ll see how it shakes out.”

(On Mario Williams and Mark Anderson joining the Buffalo Bills) – “They’re both very good players. I remember Mark Anderson’s first career sack. I was the offensive line coach in Green Bay. It was the first game he played. He beat Chad Clifton inside on a play in the first quarter. I was thinking to be myself oh my God…this is going to be a long year. They’re both good players. Every team has good players. We’ve got a couple. Last time I checked our left tackle is a pretty good player. We’re excited to have him in our division and we’ll deal with them accordingly. They’re both quality football players and they can impact the game so you got to have your radar up when you’re playing those guys.”

(On not adding defensive ends like the Bills did) – “I didn’t even see what the contract was that Mario Williams signed. I’m sure it was extensive. We really didn’t discuss it a whole lot. Again, teams make decisions and add players. I don’t really…we didn’t say hey, it’s too much, it’s too little. It wasn’t really going down that road.”

(On his conversations with Jake Long) – “He’s come by the office a number of times. I’ve had a chance to visit with him. I know Jimmy Turner has, Mike Sherman has. Seems like all the things you hear about him seem to be true. I think he’s ready to take on a more active leadership role on the ball club. He says he feels good. He says he’ll be ready to go in when the offseason program starts. I’m really excited about working with him.”

(On keeping Jake Long long term) – “Those guys are hard to find. That kind of size and that kind of athleticism is not an easy combination to get. There’s not a whole lot of guys out there. I’m sure as we move forward that’s something we’re going to look at and look at closely.”

 (On a scouting report on David Garrard) – “As I said in 2010 he had very good productivity. I think he throws a real catchable ball. He can spin it pretty good. He came in a couple weeks ago, whenever it was when he came into visit and moved well, threw the ball well. He’s got good velocity on his ball. I think fundamentally he’s got nice mechanics. I like his personality. I like the way he handles himself, carries himself around the building I think will be good. I did some research on him with some people that I know that had some backgrounds with him during his days in Jacksonville. All reports were very positive about the kind of person he is, the work ethic he brings to the field. I think he’s got real good skills. He’s very comfortable throwing the ball on the move. He’s had success throwing the ball on the move. He’s certainly got the arm strength. I think he can be a factor in the vertical game as well.”

(On David Garrard’s health) – “Again, probably the bigger part of the visit was making sure that our medical staff was comfortable with where he was at. And as you know, there’s no guarantees with anything but they were confident that he has made a complete recovery and is ready to go.”

(On what he’s looking for in a receiver to be successful in the West Coast offense) – “I still think you got to find somebody…a guy who can separate. Separation versus man coverage is something you’re always looking to see. That’s an important thing. You’re looking for a guy that has body control who can get in and out of his breaks quickly without losing speed so even if it’s zone coverage he can get more separation from a defender. He can do that much, much easier if he’s got good body control, good balance, if he can drop his weight as we like to say at the top of his route. But just like defense, you still have to catch the ball. You got have good ball skills. You’d like to see the degree that you can on film how competitive a guy is across the middle. Can he hang on to the ball in a tight window after taking a hit. On a vertical one on one matchup throw down the field, is he going to win against that DB. Sometimes you got to search, you got to look to find some of those examples. The separation factor is big. The transition and route running in and out of breaks is important. The ball skills both when they’re wide open and for a contested ball are probably the most important things that we’re looking for.”

(On how important a fullback is in his offense) – “I think at certain times it may be more important than others. There may be games where we aren’t going to be in a two back whatsoever. There may be times where a tight end might be the guy in the backfield, not necessarily a true fullback. It’s a little bit game plan specific. I don’t know it’s mandatory that we have a pounded fullback that plays 20 plays in a game but there may be goal line situations, four minute situations, short yardage. Or if you feel like you can get a specific advantage by using it in normal down and distance its important. I think it’s good to have. I don’t think it’s necessarily a luxury item but I don’t know if it’s an absolute must every single week.”

(On if he’s seen tape on Jerome Messam) – “Yeah, a little bit, yeah. He’s an interesting prospect. A real big man. We’ll be interested to get our hands on him and see what he can do and see how he can pick up the pass protection thing.  I think it’s going to be big as I said before. Would love to be able to keep the same people in the game and do different things. We’re going to see have to see how that piece works out.”