Live Chat with Gary Guyton Highlights
Guyton — who went undrafted in 2008 despite having the fastest 40-yard time at his position at the NFL Combine (4.47) — spent his first four seasons with the New England Patriots, starting 32 games, including all 16 contests in 2009 when he had 85 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Over the last two years, the 6-foot-3 LB recorded 110 total tackles, three sacks and three interceptions, including one pick-six. Following him on Twitter:Â @GaryGuyton59.
In addition to talking about his transition to a new coaching staff and defensive scheme, Guyton, as well as a member of the Dolphins Cycling Challenge staff,Â encouraged everyone to get involved in the third annual DCC, a two-day, 170-mile charity cycling event to benefit the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, on November 3 and 4. Both of Guyton’s parents are cancer survivors and he recently lost his grandmother to the disease, making the support the DCC gives to cancer research — $1.6 million raised over the last two years, with a goal of doubling that amount this season — a very important cause to him.
On the football field, Guyton has been pleased with the continued growth and development of the Dolphins while putting in the long hours in preparation for the upcoming season. Coming over from New England, he talked to DolfansNYC* about theÂ Â difference in coaching styles between the two organizations.
“(They’re) great coaches â€“ all of them on both sides of the ball are very knowledgeable in the game,” he said. “Getting in here, learning other things you may not have picked up from other coaches, it all helps you be a better player.
“I think right now, (Kevin) Coyle and (Joe) Philbin, weâ€™re all here just working together. Itâ€™s a first step for us on defense, just to get in here and learn the defense. Weâ€™re all here to learn together and just (be) the best we can.”
No. 59 also told us that all of the Dolphins’ tight ends, led by the veteran Anthony Fasano, have been tough to cover.
“They all do certain things differently â€“ all are good,” he said. “Any one of those guys can come in and do a good job for us to be a good role player.”
*During the call, Guyton pointed out that Miami has several players and coaches with Super Bowl experience, and that there is a lot excitement in the locker room about what the team can accomplish.
“Weâ€™ve got guys who have been to the show before, with (Karlos) Dansby and other guys as well,” he said. “Right now, weâ€™re coming in, we have a new coaching system, everything (is) new. Everyone is very optimistic about this upcoming season. Weâ€™re going to take it one day at a time and get better.”
*Guyton explained that while he is focused on improving his game, he still carries a chip on his shoulder after being overlooked and undrafted out of Georgia Tech.
“Itâ€™ll always be with me â€“ I use it as motivation in some situations,” he said. “Iâ€™m coming into situations as if I was or still am an undrafted free agent. Iâ€™m five years in, and Iâ€™ve still got a long ways to go, so Iâ€™m just here working, trying to be the best I can.”
*The LB also offered excellent advice to the unheralded rookies hoping to make the final roster.
“Really, just get in and learn your playbook,” he said. “I think the best way to actually make the team is playing special teams and also being a quick learner. Just do not repeat mistakes that you repeated earlier in the week or the day before, and just make progression through your career every day.”
*A special thanks to Richard Santamaria of phinphanatic.com for calling in on our behalf.