Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
Randy Starks has been a key player on the defensive line this year and is looking forward to getting back in the game after missing the last one against the Oakland Raiders. That ended his conservative games played streak at 111 but he said that it doesn’t bother him anymore. Instead, he’s focusing on the Green Bay Packers.
“The last few practice days felt good. It felt good out there, just ready to go Sunday. They are an explosive offense. We have to stop the running back (Eddie lacy). He’s a big back. We have to gang tackle him and keep the run under control. The passes, (we need to) get out there and close the pocket. (Aaron) Rodgers is a type of guy if he gets outside the pocket he makes plays. If we keep him inside the pocket, we should be fine.”
Count Starks among the people who are excited to see everyone (with the exception of Dion Jordan) back in the starting lineup after returning from injuries and suspensions.
“It’s real exciting. We’ve got a lot of pieces back. Sunday, we are going to see how everything works out. The people who filled in did a good job and the people coming back will only make us better.”
One of the biggest concerns for the Dolphins is the fact that Aaron Rodgers can extend plays with his feet and continue to make things happen even when it seems like the play is going nowhere. Starks said they will have to be ready for anything and everything.
“We don’t want him to get out. At the same time, you don’t want him to step in the pocket. That’s when the (defensive) tackles come in. We have to push the pockets. That’s one of the things we’ve been working on, just push the pocket, try to keep the edge set and just get after the quarterback.”
“It’s tough, but he’s (Aaron Rodgers) a type of guy who can move. He’s not a quarterback that is just stiff. He can actually move, so him getting out of the pocket and being able to extend plays makes him very dangerous. There’s a couple of tapes where he turned it into a 60-yard pass. We just have to keep him in the pocket.”
We’ll find out soon enough if the Dolphins’ defensive line is ready to step up to the plate and make Rodgers’ day a nightmare on Sunday.