New Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Vance Joseph waxed eloquent earlier this week on the draft and the new players acquired by the Dolphins so far this offseason. You can read what he said about his defensive backfield <here>. Shifting gears to the defensive line, Joseph was asked how his scheme will fit Ndamukong Suh.
"Our scheme is going to be an attacking scheme,” said Joseph. “We're going to play on our terms. With (Suh’s) size and quickness, (there) shouldn't be any reason why he shouldn't be successful inside. Obviously, he's a three technique, so he's going to face a bunch of double teams. It's our job to free him up, and that's schematically, that's weekly. We're going to be an attack front, so that should benefit him."
On whether defensive end Cameron Wake will be ready for the season, Joseph responded, "Cam looks fine. He has been here every day working hard. Cam is a worker. He's a great leader. He's a great worker. He has been here every day. He looks fine. We won't know until training camp starts. But if I'm guessing, he'll be ready to go Week 1."
As for the criticism that the Dolphins defensive ends are aging, Joseph shot that down too.
"We're fine. (DE) Cam (Wake) is a proven pass rusher, and so is (DE) Mario (Williams). I'm fine with those guys. Cam is going to be alright. Mario, in my opinion, he's motivated. When he's motivated, he's pretty good."
Joseph dodged any questions about suspended defensive end Dion Jordan’s impending return.
"That's a league issue,” said Joseph. “Obviously, he was the third pick of the draft for a reason. So if he's here then I would be excited to have him. But right now, I can't speak on it because that's a league issue."
On the linebacker corps, the biggest question is whether Kiko Alonso is healthy and can return to the form that earned rookie honors in 2013.
"Last year's film was tough. It was a different scheme." Josephh said. "They were in a 3-4 defense. But what I've seen in our minicamp, the last couple of weeks, is he has got great instincts. He's a long, tall, Mike-backer that has great instincts. He covers a bunch of ground with his movement. He has great eyes. He has been a great leader in the huddle, and that has been surprising. He has been very vocal. He has been assertive in the huddle. That was good to see from him."
Overall, Joseph likes his linebacker unit's playmaking ability and feels he can get the most out of them.
"Between Kiko, Jelani (Jenkins), and Koa (Misi), that's three pretty good athletes. That's more scheme than it is a personal gift. We have to move those guys around and we have to blitz those guys and allow them to make negative plays.”
This story was written by Eldon Jenson. Follow him on Twitter @EJFootball
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