Matt Light Q&A, 9/17
Posted on September 17, 2008
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Here’s a look at some of the Q&A between left tackle Matt Light and the media from earlier this morning at Gillette Stadium:
- On how the Miami defense has changed without Jason Taylor and Zach Thomas: I think a lot of it has changed. I think the way they’re playing now is a lot different than the way they played before. A lot of this week will be spent getting to know these guys and looking at how they’ve changed their scheme and how they’re trying to attack you now. A lot of those guys we have seen, but there’s quite a few guys — whether it’s some of the rookies or some of the guys they brought it that are definitely different than what we’ve seen in the past.
- What was you reaction when you heard Taylor had been traded? That was a while ago, but it was a good feeling.
- Bill said they are a lot more physical than Dolphin teams of the past. Have you seen that? I think they’re very physical, especially their front three or four or however you want to characterize them. They have a lot of guys who rotate in and out. They have a lot of guys who are playing really well. But it’s that 3-4 style of defense. They have a little bit of a different spin on it, but I think they do a great job of controlling a lot of the blockers up front and letting their linebackers fly around and make big plays. They attack you off the edge, and they do a lot of things that can be very disruptive.
- Do you have a complete dossier on them know? We have two games to watch and a preseason to get to know these guys, and a lot of it comes down to what you do in that film room. Especially with a team like this, where there’s been changes with a coaching staff and there have been personnel changes and guys in and out of the mix. Like I said, they have a lot of guys they rotate in and out of there, too. Every year, you have to get to know what they do and what they do well, and there are quite a few of those things, and that’s what we are working on, starting today.
- On working with Matt Cassel instead of Tom Brady — is an increased mobility something you have to get used to? No, no. Hopefully, that mobility doesn’t have to be needed or shown out there — although, he does like to scamper around from time to time. I don’t think it changes what we do. I said it last week, I’ll said it this week. We have a mode in which we have to go out there and operate in to be successful week in and week out. It doesn’t really matter who it is. I use the prime example of our running backs — we have a lot of different guys back there, but you won’t see us up front changing what we do based on who’s back there, it’ll be business as usual.
- On the chance to get a divisional win: It’s huge. We have an opportunity to go out there and play a great game this week and head into what is an early — unfortunately — bye week with two divisional games and two big wins under our belt and have some confidence going into the rest of the long season. Ay time you’re playing a divisional game is huge, especially when you’re at home.
- On Langford and Porter: Langford, I think he’s a real active player. He’s a guy that moves around really well, covers really well, is very stout in the run game. Porter is doing what he always does — he’s coming off the edge, he’s creating a lot of problems for both linemen and backs. He’s just a very active guy that doesn’t stay blocked for long. You can go across the board and you can look at a veteran leader on that team like Vonnie Holliday that’s playing extremely well, and been doing it for a long time. They have a lot weapons. They have a lot of guys they switch in and out of there from Ferguson and all the rest of the crew they have up front. It’ll be a real test for us, especially on the line.
- On playing in his 100th NFL game this weekend: I haven’t done that yet? I don’t know. You know, it’s just one more. Maybe they’ll be a reset of my body and I’ll feel years younger. We’ll find out. I’ll let you know how that goes.