Sage Rosenfels, 09.06.10

Q: How are you doing today?
A: I'm good. I'm excited to be here. Great team, great organization. I'm doing the best I can to learn this offense as quickly as possible, there's a lot. If I have to play, I have to be ready. There's no excuse to not be ready. I have to be in that playbook as much as I can, and that's pretty much what I'm doing. I'm in the playbook, I'm watching film, just trying to learn this thing as much as I can.

Q: What are your feelings on leaving Minnesota? Are you relieved at all?
A: I think you're just happy to know what the situation is going to be. Everything was up in the air for almost the whole time I was there, and I'm excited to be here and know where I'm going to be. The best thing is that I got traded to a team that has great history. Great history in the past and great history recently, that's pretty exciting.

Q: What are the similarities to anything you did in Minnesota?
A: There's always similarities in offenses as far as route combinations, and reads versus coverages. The verbiage is completely different than anything I've been in, and that's going to be the challenge. Basically, I'll be learning a foreign language. Trying to relate my old offenses to this offense, and as pass protection relates to pass protection in the old offense. Albeit there are always different rules and nuances to what a coordinator or o-line coach does. I'll do everything to make that foreign language to be my first language.

Q: Why do you think you're a good fit for this organization?
A: I feel like I can play. I think I can play in this league, and perform at a high level if the team needs me. I also know that I can be an asset to Eli, who is a tremendous player. He is a very experienced player. For a young guy, he's pretty experienced. There are different times when your play has to be good, and there are times where you have to be a helpful teammate. Everyone has a different seat on the bus, and sometimes you sit in the front, other times you sit in the back. When you sit in the front, you do the best job that you can. When you sit in the back, you take that role with a lot of class. I'm going to do what's best for this team.

Q: Do you go into a game saying "I need to know 50 percent of the plays" or "100 percent?" Do you wear a wristband with everything on it?
A: I'm going to do my best to know everything in the game plan. The playbook is pretty massive that they gave me. It's fairly obvious that all those plays won't be in every week's game plan. What I'm going to try and do is to get down to those hundred plays or anything that is in the game plan so that coach can call whatever he needs to call, and trust that I know what I'm doing. To get to that point, I really have to put in a lot of time. It's great to be in New York City, but I won't be seeing New York City for a few more weeks.

Q: After the way things went down with the Vikings, is there still any kind of frustration that you're not getting a chance to start somewhere?
A: I consider frustration to be a self-inflicted wound. I think a player chooses to be frustrated. Obviously, situations can cause that, but at the end of the day, a player is choosing to either be frustrated or motivated. I've always tried when in tough situations where some people, it might frustrate them, to motivate myself and to improve myself, and to get better for the next situation.

Q: What did you see from Darius Reynaud during the time in Minnesota?
A: He is very talented. My first season there last year, he was a receiver and he was more of a slot receiver. He is very strong, quick, and a very powerful player. When Percy Harvin took that role when they drafted him, they decided to shift him to tailback. They were looking for sort of a third down back this year because they lost Chester Taylor to free agency. He did a pretty good job of that. He does a very good job with the ball in his hands. I thought as a punt returner that he was one of the better ones since I had been in the league last year. It was very surprising to me that the team let him go because we got a lot of great drive starts last year because of his punt returns. I think he did some kickoff returns also. He's one of those players who may not fit a mold for an exact position, but he's a football player and an exciting kid to watch.

Q: Where do you fit with establishing your personality with the offense?
A: I think the only thing I can really do is work hard. I think you have to prove to the guys that you're a hard worker. I think a quarterback has to earn respect by the way they work and the way they carry themselves. That's what I try to do.

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