The Miami Dolphins’ defensive line is expected to be one of the best in the National Football League during the 2015 season. With the addition of Ndamukong Suh and the return of players such as Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon, the sky is definitely the limit for this hungry group. Head Coach Joe Philbin talked about what has stood out about the defensive line through several offseason practices thus far.
"I think Terrell Williams has done a really nice job so far getting the practice tempo with those guys. I think that's been very good. It's a competitive group. I mean we've got some guys that are athletic that compete hard and they like football. It's early but I think they've shown themselves pretty well."
One of the things that many people don’t realize is that the addition of Ndamukong Suh will help the entire defense behind him. More specifically, it will have a huge impact on the middle linebacker position and Philbin talked about how that is going to free up whoever is playing in that position.
"Well again it depends exactly what type of run schemes we're playing against but I think one of the things that would come to mind is if teams are involved in double teaming Ndamukong Suh then sometimes what can happen is that they either hang on the double team a little bit longer based on his ability to penetrate which may free somebody up. But again we're going to have to wait and see based on the different types of blocking schemes that we get."
Many have said that the defensive line is way ahead of the offensive line at this point in the offseason but Philbin said he doesn’t put much stock into that. One of the reasons for that is because no one is in pads and the offensive linemen can’t get the kind of leverage they need to sustain their blocks. He noted that the real test will come during training camp when these guys are going toe-to-toe with each other every day with the pads on.
This story was written by Matthew Cannata. Follow him on Twitter: @PhinManiacs