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Jabar Gaffney Conference Call Transcript

Washington Redskins wide receiver Jabar Gaffney addresses the New England media during his conference call on Wednesday, December 7, 2011.

Q: Any part of you miss New England?  

JG: Yeah, yeah definitely. I had a great time when I was there, nothing but the utmost respect for the organization and the coaches. I mean they always have a great team.    

Q: Any part of you miss Tom Brady?  

JG: Yeah, I mean Brady in my opinion is probably the best in the game. Definitely, definitely, the best quarterback I've played with.  

Q: Why do you think you were able to click with Tom Brady right away?  

JG: Just all the attention to detail and his attention to detail. He pretty much lets you know what he expects and [he] puts in a lot of work. I was always a guy that didn't mind putting in work, so we got on the same page real quick.  

Q: There have been a number of number three wide receivers who have struggled to pick up this offense over the last couple of years, but you were able to pick it up. What does it take for a number three receiver to succeed in the New England offense?  

JG: To look at himself as the number one because on any play [Tom] Brady really does probably the best job of any quarterback of reading the play and he will get it to you. You want to be reliable on that side because if he comes to you, you have to make plays.  

Q: Does it surprise you when you see guys like Chad Ochocinco or Joey Galloway struggle to acclimate to that role?  

JG: It's a pretty tough offense and if you're not really used to it, it can be a little overwhelming and with Bill [Belichick], he doesn't play you - if you don't know your stuff he's not going to put you out there and trust you in those situations.  

Q: Why is it a tough offense?  

JG: You have to be smart out there and you have to know everything. You can have four or five different routes on each play and you just need to be on the same page with the quarterback and reading the defense at the same time.  

Q: You lost Fred Davis for the rest of the season. What kind of impact will that have on your offense? Do you anticipate more opportunities going forward?  

JG: It's going to have a big impact on the offense. Fred was a big time playmaker for us and we'll definitely miss him out there for the rest of the season. With him going down, guys are going to step up. There's going to be more opportunities in other places and if they come my way, hopefully, I can make more plays.  

Q: Bill Belichick was very complimentary of your work during his press conference, calling you a very intelligent wide receiver and a good route runner. What was the experience like playing for Coach Belichick?  

JG: It was the best. He pretty much gave me a lot of insight on the NFL. [He's] a great coach. He makes his players be students of the game and he helped me out with that aspect a lot. He's the man.  

Q: What ways are Bill Belichick and Mike Shanahan alike or different? Can you compare?  

JG: They both want the best out of their players and they put you in situations where you can be successful. Obviously, they've both won championships and they both know what they're talking about. Those are two great head coaches right there.  

Q: Does Mike Shanahan remind you at all of Bill Belichick?  

JG: In some ways, but he's his own guy. There's only one Belichick. There's definitely only one Bill and the way he goes about his preparation and getting his team prepared is unparalleled.  

Q: How much do you still retain from what you learned here during your experience and how has it served you during your career?  

JG: I will never forget what I learned there and playing there under [Bill] Belichick. Like I said, he taught me a lot about the NFL and how to survive in the NFL and be a great player.  

Q: You were out in Denver for awhile. Are you surprised by [Tim Tebow] "Tebow-mania?"  

JG: People are crazy about Tebow and with good reason. He's a good guy and he knows how to win whether you like it or not. He knows how to get the job done.  

Q: Did you get that while you where there?  

JG: Yeah, definitely. He's unconventional and he's not like a [Tom] Brady or a [Peyton] Manning or a [Drew] Brees. He's Tebow and when it's 'Tebow Time' stuff happens for whatever reason.  

Q: Are you surprised by Tim Tebow's success right now?  

JG: No, not at all. The guy works hard. I actually worked out with him over this past offseason and I could just see he was going to do everything in his power to take over for that team and have a lot of success.  

Q: Why have the Redskins struggled this season?  

JG: There [have been] numerous things. I can't really put my finger on one thing, but numerous things - not playing all together as a unit, as a team, every game. Everybody took their chances and it just led to losses.

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