Written by Matthew Cannata at 1:10 PM EST | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
With the San Diego Chargers coming to town on Sunday, Cortland Finnegan and Brent Grimes will have another tough test throughout the game. More specifically, the combination of quarterback Phillip Rivers and tight end Antonio Gates is something everyone should be worried about because of their chemistry together and also because of their ability to always seem to make something out of nothing.
“He’s playing at a high level, at an MVP level. He’s got 20 touchdowns. He’s got receivers. He’s got a tight end. He’s got a running game,” said Finnegan when talking about Rivers. “You’ve got to be on point. You can’t give him anything easy, make them earn everything. You’re hopeful at the end of the day that’s enough, but we’ll see. It’s a tough task.”
Finnegan said that Gates is a dynamic tight end but notes that they aren’t going to do anything different than what they would normally do each week. He noted that he has full confidence in the players the team has and believes that they could get the job done.
Brent Grimes echoed what Finnegan said and is looking forward to the challenge of going up against both him and Gates on Sunday.
“Everybody knows Philip Rivers has been a great quarterback in this league for a long time. He gets rid of the ball quick. He stands and looks pressure in the face and still makes accurate throws. He has a great arm. You can go on and on about him. You’ve just go to make it tough, just like anybody else in this league. There are a lot of great quarterbacks and, if you give them easy things, you’re going to make them look even better. We’ve just got to try and challenge him all game and make things not easy for him.”
The Dolphins’ secondary has been very good this year and will look to continue their dominant performance against one of the hottest quarterbacks in the league in Rivers. We’ll see if they are able to limit his big plays and hold their offense enough to win the game.