Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
It's no secret that the Miami Dolphins defense will have their hands full on Sunday against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos offense.
One of the key players for the Dolphins will be Louis Delmas, who is partly responsible for calling out adjustments and coverages in the defensive backfield once the players are lined up. With Manning throwing so many different things out at the line of scrimmage and with his ability to pick apart defenses, Delmas said that everyone needs to be alert and communicating as much as they possibly could.
“We have to communicate as much as possible. From the coaches, to the players, even the fans. If they got something to help me out with then I need it ASAP (joking). It’s going to be a great environment to play in. It’s going to be a loud environment and we just have to try to communicate to each other as much as possible.”
Delmas called Manning a Pro Bowl quarterback and a yellow jacket Hall of Famer, noting that he knows and takes advantage of every defense and every situation. At the end of the day though, Delmas said that 'football is football' and they'll have to go line up and play the game the best they could. One thing that can help them though is the potential absence of some of the Broncos playmakers - whether completely out or on a limited basis. This includes Montee Ball, Julius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.
“With a guy like Peyton Manning on your side of the ball, you are always at full-strength. As long as he trusts the receiver, obviously the team that is out there with him he trusts that receiver enough to throw him the ball. I’m pretty sure anybody you plug into the lineup, he will do a good job of getting them the ball. We just have to prepare that we are playing the best of the best and go out there and play our best game.”
The Dolphins will no doubt need to play their best for game for 60 minutes on Sunday and can't take their foot off the pedal with Manning on the other side of the field. They'll look to go into Denver and pull of an upset and continue to firmly establish themselves in the thick of the NFL playoff race.