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Booker Blog: Big Plays Are Coming


It's been over a week of training camp, and I feel good. I feel like I'm in a rhythm, both mentally and physically. And because Brian Westbrook is sick, it's allowing me to really find out how much I know about the offense. Correll Buckhalter is helping me, but the fact of the matter is I was brought here to help do what West does, and without West out there critiquing me, it's almost like a test every day. I don't have anyone to go to for specifics. And it's a good thing, because I'm making my mistakes now. The most positive thing about it is that they're all really small mistakes. Little ones. I'm never out there thinking, "I have no idea what I'm doing." I'm just really getting the little things hammered out, so when we fly down to Pittsburgh, I'll be ready to go.

This is not your typical offense where you can pretty much memorize four or five solid points and then figure everything out from there. This is not that; this is repetition. It has everything to do with repetition. I've obviously made a few more mistakes than I normally do because West isn't out here, but you learn the most from failure. You learn the most from mistakes. It's trying to get the little things ironed out.

I want to go out there and give the fans as much excitement as possible, but at the same time, I also know that you can't force a big play. You can't force something great to happen. I just try to do my job. I can't worry about what everybody else is doing because it's going to take away from what I have to do. The bottom line is that I know if I play the way I'm capable of, the fans will have as many highlights as they want. I have to keep that mentality, and the big plays will come. Then, both the fans and I will get what we want.

Speaking of big plays, I'll have the chance to make some as a kickoff returner. At practice, I'm making sure I'm with the same group all the time. I'm getting comfortable with J.R. Reed as the off-returner. We just had a meeting about it last night, and we installed different packages. I watch film on Leon Washington a lot. On my off time, I'll watch some tape. That's the guy that I've watched all these years, and he knows exactly what he's doing. I try to keep my Leon footage up to date, and that reminds me, I've got to get in touch with him before Pittsburgh. Get some words of wisdom from my guy.

As for the morning off yesterday, I don't feel like I was slacking because it was nothing that I could have controlled. We couldn't come out because something happened that was beyond our control, so there's no guilt there. When you miss a workout, practice or meeting and you know that you could have been there, that's where the guilt comes in and that's where you know that you didn't get better, especially because everyone out there was getting better. But it was good, because your body needs it, both mentally and physically.

I'm not one of those guys that stays up late, so I was wide awake and I thought I'd enjoy the morning. I've been working on making my son's first-year movie – a movie of his entire first year of life. Kayin's birthday is in two weeks, so I've just started putting that project together. I spent a couple of hours on that. Then, I relaxed and got a couple of phone calls out of the way with some family. During camp, you're pretty much M.I.A. for an entire month, and everybody wants to know what's going on. So I tell them to get on, because I really don't have any time to tell them myself.

Anyway, I've always known that I was going to be a hands-on dad, almost like Mr. Mom. I had such an awesome upbringing. My mom, Sharon, did such a great job with the three of us, and I grew up with everything I needed. I had all the love, and I never worried about anything. I hope that I can become half the parent that she was for me. It's just something that's always been important to me. I look back on a lot of the things that I used to do, and I want my son to remember those things, to be able to look back. That's why I want to put those things on DVD and in pictures. I want him to make sure that he has more memories than me. I'm definitely Mr. Mom. It's funny, I'm so much more protective of him than his mom is. It's hilarious, since my job is to get into mini car accidents every other day.

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