Lawrence Timmons – March 10, 2017 Download PDF version

Friday, March 10, 2017

Linebacker Lawrence Timmons

(Can you talk about this opportunity and what led you to signing with the Dolphins?)  – “I had a visit here, I loved the energy here. I talked to the coaches and got a real nice response. I love the energy. I just felt it was fitting. I’m from here. I’ve been staying here for 10 years. It’s just fitting for me to be here.”

(Ten years in the NFL. What is it like to be dealing with the change of scenery?) – “It’s very different because you’ve been somewhere for so long. I love Steeler Nation always. You always respect what you’re true to. It’s just a new thing being here with the Dolphins. That’s why I love. Sometimes change is not so bad. It is a business. You can’t get caught up in it. I’ve just got to look at it as a business and do my job.”

(With a player of your experience, it is an inevitable question. How much do you have in the tank?) – “I’m the type of guy, I’m all or nothing. I’m going to try to give you my all no matter what. Nobody is going to change that.”

(What was the vibe that you got from Head Coach Adam Gase when you sat down and talked to him? I don’t know if you can compare it to other coaches but what kind of vibe did you get from Adam Gase?) – “Like I said, I like the energy here. You can tell the way this team was rocking the last four or five games of the year, they were a problem. They were a team to deal with. (With) me coming to that, I can add something to that. I can bring something to the table. For (Gase) to talk to me and give me the energy that he does, I want to do that for him.”

(What do you think about playing with LB Kiko Alonso? What do you know about him and how you guys might fit together?) – “He kind of reminds me of (Ryan) Shazier because he’s very fast. He’s got a lot of range. He’s all over the field. I like the way he plays and he picks the ball off pretty nice.”

(This is obviously a different scheme than what you are used to. What do you see your role is here? Are you a Mike or a strong-side linebacker?) – “I don’t know yet. When we figure everything out, we’re going to get it rocking.”

(What kind of a transition do you think it’s going to be going from a 3-4 to a 4-3?) – “I’m a football player. I’m just see-ball, get-ball. I’m not going to try to go out here and glamorize anything, I’m just going to go out here and play ball.”

(What did the Dolphins tell you they were looking to add and how does that align with your strengths?) “I think me being an older player, I give them some veteran presence and some leadership from that standpoint. I’m just coming in, just trying to ante up to what we are doing here because it’s very special. I’m in the NFL, with the Miami Dolphins. God is good. This is beautiful.”

(What can you attribute to your remarkable durability?) – “God. I thank God every day. I work hard too, but God has always got my back. I work hard and stay loyal and stay true to that.”

(You mentioned the energy in the building. Was there an energy on the field? Did you notice anything about the Dolphins those two games last season?) – “Yes. Being in the AFC, you play against them (almost) every year, so we do know each other. It’s not necessarily Baltimore, but you know the two.”

(If you were asked to play outside linebacker, how do you think you’d react to that?) – “I don’t know. I don’t know about that. I’ll just figure out what they’re going to do. I just signed here. I haven’t even put a jersey on yet so I don’t know.”

(From my perspective, one of the things the Dolphins were lacking last year was kind of a physical intimidating linebacker – someone who could run, hit, chase quarterbacks and just sort of be aggressive. How does that align with your mindset and the skillset that you think you have?) – “They brought me here. I’m just trying to live up to those expectations. They believed in me. Football is what I love, what I live for. So, when I’m out there, I’m going to show that.”

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