How good can your team be?
MR: There will be a lot of close games in our league. If we can find a way to win those games, we've got a chance to become a champion.
How do you feel about the state of your program?
MR: Without a doubt I like it. We've gotten a lot of early recruiting commitments. The entire coaching staff from last year has returned. We're poised to do well.
Why did you get into coaching?
MR: I couldn't play anymore [after college at Miami]; I got cut for a second time, by the Dolphins [in 1984]. I really liked and respected coach Don Shula, and I wanted to do what he was doing.
What's your favorite moment as a coach?
MR: The Dawg pile. It's the locker room scene after a big victory. Every once in a while it will start on the field.
SI: WHAT DOES THE AVERAGE FAN FAIL TO UNDERSTAND ABOUT YOUR JOB?
MR: SO MUCH COMES ACROSS YOUR DESK THAT YOU HAVE TO HANDLE AND DECIDE ON—AND A LOT OF IT DOESN'T REALLY HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH FOOTBALL.