Training camp started just about two weeks ago, the one unit everyone has been excited about to this point is the Defensive line. The Starting unit of Starks, Solia, Wake and Vernon look to improve from last years strong outing.
After drafting Dion Jordan with the Number Three pick in the draft and moving Jared Odrick to the inside, where he is more comfortable the Dolphins seem to have plenty of depth throughout the D Line.
Vernon, a stud on special teams last year is starting to look like an every down end, who could cause havoc getting to the quarterback on the opposite side of Cam Wake. If Jordan can continue to improve and get used to the speed of the NFL it would not be too much of a reach to call the dolphins pass rush one of the best in the league.
Starks and Soliai have been clogging up the line of scrimmage together for a couple years now and it has resulted in one of the best run defenses over the last couple years. Moving Odrick to the inside just offers more weapons at Coach Joe Philbin’s disposal to get the best set of players on the field in each down situation.
It would make sense that on running downs (1st and 2nd) that the front line of the Dolphins would be Vernon, Soliai, Starks, and Wake. While on either 3rd down or second and long, Vernon and Soliai would come off the field and be replaced with Odrick and Jordan, two players who excel against the pass.
It wouldn’t be surprising if Philbin has some blitz packages where the line consists of Vernon, Odrick, Starks, and Wake, while a linebacker like Koa Misi comes off the field and replaced with Dion Jordan. Those 5 together on the field will bring fear to any quarterback.
Tonight will be our first night to look at this group, it will be interesting to see if Philbin has any these formations planned, or if Vernon can beat more tackles, not named Jonathan Martin.
This defensive line of the Dolphins has a chance to be special, tonight could be our first indication on how great it can be.