Thursday, Phins.com participated in an interview with Miami Dolphins guard
Justin Smiley. Justin shared his thoughts on the big
win over the Patriots, and other topics of interest.
Q: His feelings on beating the
Patriots in Foxborough.
It was an amazing feeling, because nobody in the world gave us chance. We were
0-2, and going there they had won 21 straight at home and they played in the
big game last year. To win in that fashion, to dominate the way that we did,
Q: On the Wildcat formation.
We put the formation in a long time ago, back in training camp. There’s a lot
more to that formation than people think. I’m not sure what the coach’s game
plan will be (against San Diego),
but we got some more to it. (Against the Patriots) we threw a wrinkle in there
and I don’t think those guys were ready for the kind of game we were going to
play. During pregame, we made up our minds that we were going to go out there and
hit them in the mouth.
Q: On if he has a set pregame
routine or any superstitions that help him get ready to play.
I am scared senseless of getting overworked up before a game. Every game that I
play…my nerves are just going. I’m on the edge of my seat. I just try to
control my breathing and calm down a little bit. During pregame, I’ll just look
around at all the fans and say that ‘this is my dream, ever since I was a
little boy’, and remind myself to just go out there and play the game like I’m
capable of playing.
Q: On how the loss of OG Donald
Thomas for the season affected the chemistry of the line and how they are
I really like Donald as a person because he is a hungry rookie, and a very
respectful and humble guy. Not many people knew about Donald Thomas, but he
came in and quickly earned the name “Mini Brian” or “Brian, Jr.” from Brian
Waters of the Kansas City Chiefs (three time Pro Bowl guard). He looks like him
and plays like him. The guy’s an amazing player. I never dreamt of playing as
well as he has as a rookie. To lose him hurt us. But it opened up some doors
for some other people to step up. I know Donald, and it probably hurt him deep
inside not to be able to go out there with us and earn a victory. But EK
(Ikechuku Ndukwe) did a nice job for us, and Evan Mathis is there as well to
pick up the slack.
Q: On the confidence level of the
locker room before and after the Patriots game.
JS: Going into the game, my personal
mindset was (that) we’re 0-2, our backs are against the wall, we’re going into
a “bye” (weekend), and it would be terrible to go into the “bye” 0-3 and you
can’t redeem yourself for another week. Coach Sparano, as fiery and as
competitive as he is, said “we’re going to win this game, I believe that 100%”.
As a player, he gave me confidence because I wasn’t afraid to go out and make
mistakes. I could just go and let it all hang out. Afterwards in the locker
room, I felt like I won the Super Bowl. It was the biggest game I’d ever won in
my career. It was a pretty amazing feeling.
Q: On the 20 yard TD run by Ronnie
Brown in the 2nd Quarter of the Patriots game and how he and C
Samson Satele destroyed DT Vince Wilfork on the play.
JS: That’s called an A block. I’m on the
backside of that play. Ronnie can keep (on) the front side or he can take the
backside of that play. The way he determines if he’s going to make that cut or
not depends on what we do with that nose (Wilfork). With Wilfork, they play a
“heads up” nose in the 3-4 defense. And I pretty much honestly got sick and
tired of hearing how good Vince Wilfork was all week…”he’s a bad ass, blah blah
blah”. And he is a heck of a player.
But between Samson and I, if we couldn’t move that guy, there wasn’t nobody in
the world (who) was gonna move him. So I just came off (the line), and you keep
your pads low, you get hip to hip with your Center, and you just roll that big
butt outta there. That’s what we did on that play. There were a couple of other
ones, too. It just one of those things where you talk about determination; all
you’ve got to do is go out an execute it and we did on that play. Ronnie cut it
back, and it was off to the races.
Q: On how the training and
conditioning has helped the team avoid injuries
JS: First of all, we had nearly perfect attendance
this offseason program. (With) Bill Parcells, you’re going to be there. That’s
the bottom line. But we’ve been very blessed thus far.
Q: On what it was that attracted him
to sign with the Dolphins so early in free agency.
JS: The one and only thing, besides the
terms of the contract, how quickly they called me and said, “Hey, we want you
here”. In San Francisco,
I didn’t feel as though I was that important to those guys. All ever wanted was
to be important to somebody’s team and they (Dolphins) made it known from the
start that I was. There was no questions, no wavering.