(On what the fans should know about his coaching style and how he’s going to handle the team) – “My style is a couple things that are important to know.  Number one, it’s a privilege for me to be the head coach of the Miami Dolphins. So when I meet the team for the first time, I’m going to remind these guys of the great tradition, history that this franchise has and the great obligation they have as a member of the Miami Dolphins to represent this organization the right way both on and off the field. That’s number one. Beyond that what I’m going to bring to the Dolphins as an organization football wise on Sunday’s I think they’re going to see a sound football team, one that plays with good fundamental, good discipline, high effort. They’re going to see a smart football team. A team that’s going to understand the situations in the ball game and respond and execute whether it’s two minute offense, last play of the half, third down offense, execution versus pressure. You’re going to see a team that’s tough physically and mentally, a team that plays the game the right way. Those are the representation the organization the right way and is very, very important to me and our staff. We’re going to be a sound football team. We’re going to be a smart football team. We’re going to be a tough football team. We’re going to be a developmental football team. I see this team getting better week in and week out as we move forward. Year in, year out…I see us being a consistent, winning football team.”

(On not appearing that he yells fairly loud) – “Well, we’ll have to invite you to practice one time (laughing). I think the number one rule in coaching is you have to be yourself. You can’t be somebody you’re not. I’ve always told our coaches and I’ve always operated under this premise…you’re a teacher. Your job is to teach the players what they need to know to do their job. They don’t need to know everything I need to know to do my job. They need to know to do their job. There’s two situations where you really jump down a players neck. Number one is if they’re not giving maximum effort. Number two is if they keep making the same mistakes over and over and over. Then you got a problem. Then you should do whatever you have to do. I’ve dropped an F-bomb in my day. I’m not impressed by people who drop F-bombs. I’m not saying I’m never going to do it but the loudest yeller doesn’t necessarily impress me. What really matters is on Monday when you watch the film, does the team do what you say they’re going to do. And how you do that really doesn’t matter to me. What does matter is what the film says on Monday when you watch it. I’m very, very passionate. This profession is very important to me. I’ve been doing to for 28 years. This is going to be my 29th. I’m very passionate about what I do. It’s important to me that we do a great job here in Miami. I know we’re going to. The method and how we do that, I hope the fans will judge me by the way team plays on Sunday.”

(On the new CBA delaying the first time he can meet with his players) – “We just got to do a better job, got to be more efficient in our teaching. We got to be more concise and candid and clear on what we want and how we’re going to instruct these guys. It puts a little more pressure on us. The nice thing about it is everybody is under the same limitations that we are. I don’t think football is that hard of a game. I think we are going to have a great scheme. I’m very confident we have excellent coaches who know the game of football very well. That being said, football is not that hard of a game. If it’s that complicated we got problems. We have more than enough time and we’re going to do a good job communicating what we want done to these guys. Hopefully it will translate.”

(On who the best is to play middle linebacker on a 4-3 front with Koa Misi, Kevin Burnett and Karlos Dansby) – “I’m not sure yet. Again, part of it is if we have those three guys on the field at the same time we’ll have to sort some of that stuff out. That’s what kind of the OTA’s are for and Mini Camps are for, getting to know those guys.”

(On the difference between his offense and Mike Sherman’s at Texas A&M) – “There’s a lot of similarities. We’ve been going through it over the last six or seven weeks. Obviously I worked for him in Green Bay and there was a lot of obviously a lot of the things he did in Green Bay he still is doing. Concept, big picture wise he may have changed the name. There might have been a nuance here and there that’s different but there’s not a lot of difference. Maybe the emphasis of what you’re doing is different. Maybe we did certain things in the gun a little bit more than he did in college. Maybe that’s a subtle difference. But I think the plays and the concepts blocking wise, protection wise, route wise…there’s a lot of similarities.”

(On playing Tom Brady twice a year) – “That’s why I hired Kevin Coyle (laughing). Obviously they’re a high powered offense. They’ve done an excellent job over the years consistently moving the ball. Scored a ton of points over the years. They do a great job of taking care of the football too. They don’t turn the ball over a lot. That’s another thing they do extremely well. Safe to say to have to slow them down you’re going to find a way to hopefully disrupt their timing and rhythm. That’s easier said than done, but whether it’s by blitzing, whether it’s by dropping eight guys, whether it’s by a combination thereof. Their thing is they got some really talented athletes. They want to get the ball to those guys in space. The other thing you want to do is you better tackles those guys. If you can’t tackle against that team you’re going to be in trouble. I think you got to disrupt their timing and their rhythm. You probably have to have some blend of pressure and maximum drop, get some guys out of there and you better tackle. They’re going to get some completions there now. The guy is pretty accurate. He’s going to complete some passes. See if you can be physical and knock the ball loose, change the momentum a little bit.”

(On any chance he offers his team up for Hard Knocks this summer) – “I’m built for radio, not TV (laughing).”

(On what sticks out with Brian Hartline) – “I think he runs real well…he runs very well. We’ve had a couple good meetings with him. He’s been up. He’s eager. He’s excited about getting to work. Again, we’re not looking to have….the goal as we set forward isn’t to have one receiver on one side have 65 catches and the other guy have 63 catches. It’s not that were planned out. But certainly we’d like to have more production. I think he had 30 something catches last year. We’d like to have some balance and more production out of him. I think he’s ready to step up. He’s anxious about his role whatever it may be and getting into the offense and learning it. I’m excited about him.”

(On having an offense that can match a team that puts up a lot of points like New England) – “Yeah, I think obviously you got to score points to win games in this league. That being said, they don’t lose a lot of shoot outs, you know what I mean. They’re a team that scored and they’ve been consistent and they’ve been productive for a long, long time. The goal when you game plan on offense and you sit in those meetings on Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday everything looks good on the board. You’re designing things that you feel have a chance against for what you’re preparing for. I don’t know that you ever go into a game and look to get in a shootout. But certainly there is increased pressure when you play those guys to score points.”

(On evaluating the receivers like Clyde Gates and Marlon Moore that he hasn’t seen much of)“We haven’t done a ton. We watched a little bit of the practice tape.  We’re relying a lot on what Jeff (Ireland) and his staff have seen in these guys in their period of time with the club. We’re just going to have to wait and reserve a lot of judgment until we get these guys on the practice field and see exactly what they’re capable of doing. To sit here and say we have a great vision of how these guys are going to fit in and say he’s going to be the slot receiver, he’s going to be the Z receiver, he’s the X…we’re going to feature Clyde on in breaking routes, slants and go’s. We got to see how that all shakes out.” 

(On how involved he is in the dollar amount that’s offered to players) – “Not very much. I wasn’t very good at math anyway (laughing).”

(On Artis Hicks and where he will play) – “More of a swing guy. Both. That’s was probably one of the reasons we signed him because he had that versatility.”

(On Lydon Murtha) – “I remember Lydon Murtha. I went to see him in high school in Minnesota nine, ten years ago. So I remember him recruiting years and years ago. He was a good athlete coming out of high school I remember. I remember watching him when he was coming out of Nebraska. I evaluated him then. Obviously showed a lot of promise, had the injury. He’s been up, says he feels good,  says he’s ready to go. Have to see how that goes.”

(On a body of work with Lydon Murtha being a starter) – “Not that I’ve watched. There may be but I wouldn’t want to lie to you and tell you that I’ve watched it. We’re going to make our judgment based on what we see when he comes back.”