If you would have said that Olivier Vernon would lead the Miami Dolphins in sacks this season many fans would have laughed. Many in the media would have turned their nose up to you and walked away. I didn’t predict that. Yet here we are facing the final four games of the season and Vernon is ranked 6th in the NFL in sacks with 10. Cameron Wake has 6.5 despite missing a few games.
Vernon has no shot of making it to the all-time record and he really has no shot of catching up with league leader Robert Mathis who has 15.5. What Vernon is doing is giving Miami pass pressure at opportune times and forcing bad decisions and errant throws when he isn’t getting the QB knocked down. The growth of Vernon is very noticeable and could be one of the reasons why the Dolphins have been keeping rookie Dion Jordan on the sidelines despite the high potential he has shown.
How do you take a ten sack player and put them on the bench? You don’t.
Vernon has been another one of Jeff Ireland’s picks that has been ridiculed but it seems that in Vernons third year he is finally starting to see the game slower and that is allowing him to find the holes and the weaknesses to break through line protection to get to the QB.
If the Dolphins want to continue their fight for a playoff spot, it’s imperative that Vernon continue this dance.