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In His Own Words: Reggie Bush
By on May 24, 2012 at 6:03 pm

With the first series of OTA practices this week, Dolphins running back Reggie Bush spoke to the media about preparing for the season and the implementation of the new offense. Here’s what he had to say:

On being back on the field:

“It’s extremely fun. I look forward to it. This is what we love to do. This is where we get our joy and kind of escape from the real word. We look forward to being out here with our teammates, having fun and just doing what we love to do.”

On new tempo of the offense:

“I think with the tempo of the practice and, in general, the tempo of the offense on top of that, you’ve really got to be conditioned in this offense.”

On adjustment period of new offense:

“I don’t think it’s too bad. For the most part, I think everybody’s doing a good job at picking it up. The rookies are doing a good job getting in there and learning behind the veterans.  I think the veterans are doing a good job of picking up the new system and really just trying to play fast. I think everyone is doing a good job with that.”

On how he will be used differently in the new offense:

“I’m not sure how different because it’s still pretty early and we’re still learning the offense. I’m still learning the offense. I don’t think we’ve gotten into the scheme of individual players yet. I think, for the most part, we’re all just kind of on the same page trying to get the offense down first. I think obviously when we get closer to the season then we’ll probably dive in a little deeper into the schemes.”

On pace and running 90 plays a game on offense:

“That’s a lot of plays. I was just asking our running back coach (Jeff Nixon), ‘Is this going to be the temp in the game?’ We’re pretty fast right now, but usually we practice faster than we should play. I don’t know, we’ll see.  Hopefully the tempo will go down a little bit and save some guys because that’s a lot of plays in one game.”

On whether learning his assignment in the new offense will be the biggest adjustment:

“I think so. And I think that’s only because we’re learning the new offense. I think once we get the offense down, we’ll be able to play faster.  But, for right now, guys are still kind of flying around all over the place and still out of position here and there, including myself. Our quarterbacks are still trying to learn the offense, too. I think everyone is doing a good job for the most part, and I think the biggest thing is that the leaders are leading. That’s the most important part at this stage.”

On going back to school to earn his degree:

“Maybe at some point during the season, or after the season, I’d like to go back and get my degree. It’s something I want my mom and future kids to see. It’s definitely an accomplishment. The changes in the CBA make it easier for guys to go back to school to get their degree, so I’m excited about it.”

On Lamar Miller:

“He seems like he’s eager to learn and listen to the guys on how they can help him. He’s getting the plays down pretty well and at a fast rate. He looks good so far. I’m excited to have him a part of the offense.”

On noticeable changes from last year:

“No huddle. Very up-tempo and fast-paced offense. That’s the biggest thing right off the bat. That means our conditioning is going to have to be high, and we’re going to run a lot of plays in real games. So that’s something we have got to be prepared for. We’ve got to play fast and know the system; we can’t have split-second indecision because it could mess up a play or a whole drive.”

On quarterbacks:

“Quarterbacks look good. They’re out there doing their thing, and everybody is getting the offense down pretty fast and they’re getting their signals in and out to the players. They look good.”

Reflecting back on his first OTA:

“It was a little tough just because of the heat and humidity. Coming from Southern California to New Orleans, I was dying. That was the first thing I had to get used to, but obviously I’m used to that now. Just getting down the system and getting used to my new teammates, the new surroundings…I think that’s the biggest thing—the biggest adjustment. You’re going to be a football player; you’re going to do what you do naturally, but I think the biggest thing is just getting used to the new surroundings and the new adjustments to the new system.”

On David Garrard:

“He looks good. He looks really good. He doesn’t look like he missed a beat. I look forward to what he can bring to this team too with his leadership.”

On Ryan Tannehill:

“He looks good. Obviously he has some veterans in front of him to learn from. His advantage is that he already knows most of this offense, with the coach being his head coach last year. He has that advantage and he gets the chance to kind of just hone his skills as a quarterback.”

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