The Baltimore Ravens boast one of the scariest and most dangerous defensive lines in the NFL and with the injuries that have decimated the Dolphins' offensive line over the past few weeks, they'll need to work together more than ever on Sunday when the ball is kicked off. They'll need to communicate more, play harder and faster and be there for one another.
"I’m just happy we’re at home, it should be easier, but our communication up front has been going well," Samson Satele said. "People don’t think about how smart Daryn Colledge is, he’s not a center, but he’s a smart guy. You’ve got (Mike) Pouncey in there, he’s played center so he knows what the calls are and makes it way easier for me.”
One of the biggest roles will go to Ja'Wuan James, who likely won't get much help from the others on the line due to the fact that they'll need to scheme towards the middle. Joe Philbin said that he's making good strides every day and is a talented guy who's working hard to get better. Satele called James awesome and has full confidence in him.
“He’s been doing an awesome job, it’s a big shoe for him to fill. I think he was up to the challenge. Coaches challenged him that first week he started at left tackle. He’s been getting better each week. I told the kid, once you learn your power, you’re going to be unstoppable. It’s going to be hard for people to fill his shoes. He’s on that path.”
One thing that may make things easier for the Dolphins is the loss of Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata after he was suspended for four games due to a PED violation. However, Satele says he's bummed (at least publicly) that Ngata isn't playing.
“It was a bummer. I always like playing great guys, great D-tackles (defensive tackles), great defensive guys. It’s great for us, we were a little bit happy that he wasn’t playing, but then we came to realize that we’re playing the Ravens. Whoever is going to fill his shoes has big shoes to fill.”
We'll see if the line can step up to the occasion and provide the running lanes necessary while also giving Ryan Tannehill enough time to make things happen in the air when called upon.
This story was written by Matthew Cannata. Follow him on Twitter: @PhinManiacs