Richie Incognito: 'I did not think I was going to get a chance'

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You said you've 'learned' and 'grown' from what happened in Miami. How? And how will you prevent future incidents with the Bills?

Richie Incognito: I think it was just a process of going back on the situation and seeing sometimes when you get in the locker room and you take things too far, because you think you're brothers and you think you can push each other that far. The biggest thing I learned is sometimes there are some things that I found funny that other people don't find funny. When you're with your brother, and you're in the locker room, you find things to nitpick at each other and you find those weak areas, and I think my fault was going after those weak areas. The thing that I learned to improve is to treat everyone with respect. Treat everyone how I want to be treated. And just kind of grow and learn from there.

Did you ever think you’d get a chance to play in the NFL again? Why or why not?

Incognito: For a while there, I did not think I was going to get a chance to play in the NFL again. I got cleared at kind of a bad time -- the NFL held my clearance up until the end of training camp -- and I understood that it was going to be a PR nightmare. I was going to be a guy coming in who wasn't necessarily going to be able to play right away, who was going to take a while to get accustomed to a system. And it was going to be everyone in the locker room, answering questions about me when they're trying to get prepared for a game. So for a while there, for last year, I definitely didn't think I was going to get picked up. But during the offseason we heard some grumblings and I started to gain momentum, so it was kind of like, once you got back into the rhythm of the offseason, things picked up. That's when there was a little light at the end of the tunnel.

How do you balance the need to play aggressive on the field with the fact that you’ll be asked to tone it down in the locker room? Can you have one without the other?

Incognito: Most definitely. Playing with aggression on the field and being in the locker room are two completely different things. Just from comments from guys that I've played with -- I've talked to a lot of guys I've played with and a lot guys I'm playing with right now -- they love having me around the locker room. I keep it light, but they know on the field, I'm going to bring it. It's going to be intense. I'm gonna take it up to a whole other level of intensity. So playing physical on the field is one thing and being a good dude off the field is a completely different thing.

New offensive coordinator Greg Roman has a history of being extremely run-heavy. Does that approach mesh with this team’s strengths?

Incognito: I think the approach meshes with our strengths right now. I think that we're an up-and-coming offensive line. We have a lot of young guys playing. We have big, physical, strong guys up front. So I think Roman's style of getting downhill on people and being aggressive definitely fits with what we're trying to do.