Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
Cameron Wake was going up against a rookie right tackle on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills so coming into the game, many expected him to have a monster day. This is because he was coming off a game with two sacks and two forced fumbles against the New England Patriots. However, Wake only had one tackle throughout the game and failed to get much pressure on EJ Manuel in four quarters. Defensive Coordinator Kevin Coyle explained what happened.
“It’s a combination of things. They weren’t just doubling up and sitting back in the pocket trying to throw the ball vertically. When they do that, there are some things that you can try to do. They were chipping him and doubling him when they were throwing the ball quickly. There were times when he did get singled up, he got a couple of hits on the quarterback when he was one-on-one, but their style going into the game was very much a ball control type style, which is their style, run the football, throw it quick, don’t put the quarterback in a lot of situations where he’s got to drop back in the pocket and routes are going to develop late down the field. So he was getting rid of the ball very, very quickly. He was in the gun, they threw some quick screens and quick outs.
“So there weren’t that many opportunities really for any of the rushers to have, like we did a week ago, multiple opportunities to really tee off and rush the passer. In addition to that, we didn’t create as many third and longs as we would have liked to during the game, and generally that happens a lot against teams that run the football. They get into third and more manageable situations, so you’ve got to be concerned about them running the ball, throwing screens, doing quick things, and really you don’t have the ability to just tee off and rush.”
Wake will look to rebound against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday and should have no problem doing so. He’s one player you don’t have to worry about dropping off the radar every week.
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