In His Own Words: Knowshon Moreno

RB Knowshon Moreno

The signing of running back Knowshon Moreno became official on Friday, and the newest member of the Dolphins addressed South Florida reporters in a conference call shortly after.

Here is a team-released transcript of Moreno's comments:

What was the biggest thing that attracted him sign with the Dolphins and what he feels he can contribute to the team?

"I think the main thing was just getting the opportunity to go down and meet with the coaches and meet with the different people working at the facility and just building a short relationship with those guys and coming in and having a good time. You know when I get out there I'm going to work hard. Do what I have to do to learn the new system and meet the new guys and build relationship and get to work from there."

What does it takes to be a zone blocking running back?

"At running back you want to be able to do it all. Outside zone, inside zone or whatever it is, and just follow the blocks. But in that case I think just going out and make sure I'm doing the right things at practice and just getting better each day."

How many other teams he talked to and if he feels motivated like he has to prove something being on a 1-year deal?

"No, I was just concentrated on the Dolphins. I don't feel pressure to go out because it's a one-year deal and do anything spectacular. I'm just going to go out there and make sure I'm doing the right thing, like I said earlier, working hard and competing, at the end of the day just going in and competing. I'm not expecting anything. Just go out and work and build those new relationships."

How much does he feel the experience of getting to Super Bowl as you did last year with Denver will help bring that to a team that has a lot of young players?

"I guess it will help. That's me coming in, just working hard and showing that leadership, the things I do on the field and off the field. That was a special time, you know, last year but I'm trying to move on to something new and going to work and building relationships like I said earlier."

If he feels like running backs are undervalued and that veterans are getting pinched in the situation?

"I don't know. I know you are going to need running backs in your game so that, like it was said earlier, pass protect and be an outlet for the quarterback and run the ball. And to run the ball you have to versatile especially in this league."

Are you competing for a job or are you the starter?

"Definitely competing, especially being a part of a team where anyone can be a starter and I think the same thing at the Dolphins. We are all going to go in and compete and the best man will win and get the job done. We will learn from each other, have fun with each other and at the same time go out there and compete and do what we have to do to help this team."

What sort of adjustment do you think that means for you going from the veteran in Peyton Manning to a third-year starter in Ryan Tannehill who is still learning and developing?

"Every quarterback was in their third year at one time. I am going to come in and do what I have to do and learn from him. He has been in the system and do what I have to do to make sure that I am doing the right things."

What have you learned from the first five years in the NFL?

"A lot of things, a lot of things. Things about the game, about the business and things like that and at the end of the day just learning each year growing as a person, as a man and as a football player."

Does this have the capability to be a real high-profile, high-powered offense?

"It is going to be whatever we put in on this off-season. Going in the guys doing the smart things to work and coming in and doing the right things that we have to do. I think every team in the NFL is going in the same way, going in saying that they can be good and at the end of the day it is going to down to the hard work that we all put in."

What went so right last year and made it all click?

"Just doing the good things throughout the off-season and getting in and make sure that I am doing the right things to my body, doing the extra things after practice and before. Just to make sure that I am not going to stop those things."

Have you talked to Bill Lazor, the offensive coordinator, and what did he tell you about the offense and what they had planned for him?

"Mostly when we met, it was just bonding with each other and getting to know each other like I said earlier. (We) did not talk too much about football, just getting to know each other in that short period of time and just chatting."

Are you disappointed that you are not going to have the opportunity to return to the Broncos?

"It is what it is, like you said, it's a business. I am just very excited to be a part of another team with a great group of guys, coaches all coming in and building for a certain goal and that goal is to work hard and win. So I am just excited for the opportunity."

How would you describe your meeting with Coach Philbin and what type of coach he is going to be compared to (John Fox), who you played under in Denver?

"You know what, they are both family guys. (They are) both generous, genuine guys, player kind of guys. Just good people. You really want to be surrounded by good people and it's no different with the Dolphins."

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