Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
Cameron Wake and the rest of their defensive line will be called upon on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers. That’s because quarterback Aaron Rodgers thrives when being blitzed and the Dolphins will instead have to rely on the front four to make noise and disrupt the pocket throughout the entire game.
“All things that I guess change the standards of sitting in the pocket and throwing can be problematic. Whether they extend and throw or they take off and run, either way there’s a possibility they end up with a first down and that’s obviously what you’re trying to eliminate as far as a defensive player. We’ve faced running quarterbacks, We’ve faced pocket quarterbacks and we’ve faced quarterbacks like you said who maybe take off and run, but maybe they’ll get to a point where they can throw and open the window up and move the ball down the field. Whatever situation there is, whatever the quarterback’s style is, as a defensive front or a defense as a whole, you’ve got to make sure that you’re on top of your keys, rush together, integrity of the pocket, keep that all kind of on top of your priority list. So that, as a whole, you can be successful on the field.”
Packers’ running back Eddie Lacy is one of the hardest guys to bring down throughout the entire league and the defense will have a different challenge with him. However, Wake says that it’s something that the Dolphins are used to facing each week.
“It’s another week in the NFL where you’ve got an NFL caliber running back just runs the ball downhill hard. We’ve faced guys in the past few weeks who run the ball well just like he does. It’s very rarely that you’re going to face a team where the guy holding the ball is not going to be a guy who can take yards in big chunks. We’ve got to make sure again that our integrity is not compromised and they don’t open up seams and holes that he finds and hurts your defense. Again, it’s another week in the NFL.”
If Wake and the rest of the defensive line can make the impact the coaching staff needs them to make in order to throw off the rhythm of the Packers’ offense, they should put themselves into a better position to win the game.