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Interview With Brian Hartline

Last season, the Dolphins 4th round pick, Brian Hartline, a receiver out of Ohio State University, splashed onto the scene in Miami, helped the Dolphins offense reach new levels of productivity.

In Hartline’s rookie season, he registered 31 catches, for 506 yards, and 3 touchdowns. Those 3 touchdowns were what led the Dolphins wide receivers last year, an impressive feat for a rookie. Brian also holds the longest reception by a Fins receiver, of 67 yards.

Despite this great season, Brian knows that there is still work to be done. Through his busy schedule, Brian sat down with Brant Houghton of Playoff Bound Sports, and answered a few of our questions.

With the help of both Hartline and Henne, the Dolphins passing game can reach all new heights!

Playoff Bound Sports: You were drafted in the 4th round by the Dolphins. Do you feel that there was any pressure on you to come into workouts, and perform right away and sort of “create a niche of your own” on the team?

Brian Hartline: Yeah, there always a little bit of pressure especially when you are a competitive guy trying to make an impression on your teammates and coaches.

PBS: How was training camp for you? There have been rumors that the Dolphins run a tough camp? Is this necessarily true?

BH: Yeah, I felt camp was pretty tough at the get go mainly because of the heat. I wasn’t used to playing in it and when you are constantly tired, it makes everything else that much harder.

PBS: What was the hardest thing from transitioning from college to the NFL?

BH: I felt it was just learning a new system and understanding this is an all-star league. You better have respect for every opponent because they are professionals too.

PBS: Who was your biggest help during your rookie year last year?

BH: I would say the receiver core as a whole. Teddy was a big help when I first came in but over the span of camp, the whole receiver room really helped the younger guys come along.

PBS: Can you give us a rundown of last season for you? Did you hit the infamous “rookie wall” at all last year?

BH: I didn’t feel like I hit a “rookie wall” but it did feel a lot longer then a college year. I was content with my rookie year, but I also have very high expectations for my 2nd year.

PBS: The receivers had an up and down year last year as a unit, not dominating in the statistical category such as touchdowns, or big gamebreaking plays. Do you feel that the statistics do not tell the whole story for your unit?

BH: I feel like we did a pretty fair job. I feel like we had a great running game with a young QB and some young WR’s. So in the end I feel like we tried to do what we could when given the opportunity.

PBS: Do you feel that as an offensive unit, that you will come into next season, with Chad Henne, and yourself having a year of experience under your belts, that the whole offense will benefit from this, and that you can be one of the best offenses in the league?

BH: Absolutely, I do not see why we can’t be one of the best offenses in the league. I feel like we have a great group of WR’s and a lot of eager guys wanting to take that next step.

PBS: On another note, what’s been the biggest difference for you, coming from Ohio State, to Miami?

BH: Just understanding this is a job and you were brought here to do your job. If you don’t do your job, they will find someone else that can.

PBS: What do you wish to accomplish before you career is over?

BH: My career started in Canton, Oh and I want it to end there.

PBS: What are your goals for the 2010 season?

BH: I want to be a starter and help this team reach it’s full potential. If you don’t reach your full potential it is no ones fault but the people involved.

PBS: Do you feel you can be a top NFL receiver in a few years?

BH: I want to be a top receiver next year, not in a few years. If you doubt yourself today, you’ll never reach your potential tomorrow.

PBS: Do you feel that the Dolphins are poised to be perennial playoff contenders throughout the next 10-15 years or so, such as the Patriots and the Colts have been doing this whole decade?

BH: I don’t see why not, but we need to prove that, not just talk about it. But in the end that is pretty tough to do. With the free agency market, teams can completely change over night. Your team one year can be completely different the next.

PBS: Thanks a lot for your time Brian! Is there any shout-outs you would like to make to fans, friends, family?

BH: Just want to thank my family, friends and fans for the support they have given me. I am forever indebted to you all. Thanks again and Go Fins!

We the fans all know what Brian can do on the field. He has instantly become a fan favorite with his great hands, and do everything attitude. I remember the first thing I ever read up on him was that he “loved to hit” on special teams. Those are the type of players that the Dolphins not only want in their organization, but us, the fans want to watch on the field as well. With the addition of Brandon Marshall, the Dolphins aerial attack should be fun to watch, and should keep every fan on the edge of their seats!

Good stuff Brian, thanks for participating in this Q&A with us, and we here at Playoff Bound Sports, and the rest of Dol-Phan Nation, wish you and the Fins the best of luck this upcoming year!

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5 Responses

  1. I think I said that Brian was going to be the next Wes Walker for the Dolphins during one of the Sunday games we watch at the houselast year.

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