Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
The Oakland Raiders might be 0-3 but they do have some talent on the team and in a sense, the Miami Dolphins are in a similar situation as them with a roster filled with talent throughout but due to various factors, they aren’t producing as they should. Therefore, it was no surprise when Joe Philbin and Cameron Wake talked about how good the Raiders can be and how quickly a team like that can sneak up on you.
“They are an improving football team. You watch the film and they seem to be getting better every single week,” Philbin said. “I think Dennis (Allen) and his staff do an excellent job and so I think that’s the number one thing. I was sitting in a defensive meeting. We watched the play what was it, 16-9 with a minute something to go? And I was just sitting in there. They’re a good football team. They obviously need to improve that and so we have to be ready to play our game.”
Khalil Mack, who was the Raiders’ first round pick, is a linebacker who seems destined for a superstar career in the NFL if he continues on his current path. Philbin has noticed him on film and says the Dolphins are ready for him.
“You can see the talent there. I think one of the things they’ve done a nice job of is they move him around into some different spots. Is he a linebacker in a 3-4 scheme? Is he a defensive end in a 4-down scheme? Is he playing off the ball? Is he to the left or to the right? You see the burst, he can chase down plays outside the numbers. He moves really well. You can see some of the pass rush skill. He’s good.”
Cameron Wake will be ready for the Raiders run game, especially with Maurice-Jones Drew coming back after being sidelined the past few weeks.
“I’m expecting their best just like I would expect the same thing from everybody in this locker room. We are going to go out there and give it our all this game. The site doesn’t really change the fact that it’s a competitive Sunday football game. That’s the basis of what we are doing, so it’s just like we are going anywhere to an away game. You have to go out there. They are going to give you your best shot. You have to take it and give them your back. This game is no different than any other one.”
We’ll find out which team came to show up and which team walks away with the victory when the Dolphins kick off against the Raiders in London, England at 1:00 PM EST!