Miami Dolphins could have the NFL’ s best pass-rushers
By Brian Miller
The Miami Dolphins may have some things to work out when it comes to stopping the run but their defensive ends are going create a mess for offenses.
When the Miami Dolphins start the regular season they may very send a message to other teams’ offenses. Be quick, or pay for your mistakes. If things continue as they are, the Dolphins could have the best defensive ends in the NFL.
Cameron Wake and Robert Quinn showed on Friday night that they are more than just names. Quinn had two sacks in the game and Wake was in position to add two himself. While it shouldn’t be, Wake is still surprising everyone with his quickness at age 34. He seems to be as dominant as was when he entered the league with the Dolphins.
The combination of Quinn and Wake will create opportunities for turnovers because they can collapse a quarterbacks pocket quickly. We saw that on Friday and Adam Gase saw that on tape.
"“The pocket is collapsing quickly. That’s really what we’re looking for. It’s really going to come down for us to how many opportunities we can give those guys. That group is pretty deep. What’s valuable to us is guys are going to be fighting for playing time, so every time they’re in there and it’s a passing situation, I think we’re going to get great energy on the field of guys getting after the quarterback.” – Adam Gase via MiamiDolphins.com"
There is no question that Quinn and Wake will impact opposing offenses but the group as a whole could make big impacts. Charles Harris is improving and once he gets his techniques more fluid, he should be a nice change of pace for either end position.
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It’s not just collapsing the pocket. William Hayes is one of the best edge setters against the run in the league. Once he is healthy, nothing serious, he will be able to get back on the field in run situations. The Dolphins also have Andre Branch.
Branch has been the subject of trade talk since camp began and that hasn’t ended as the season approaches. A Branch trade would free up $10 million in cap space for the Dolphins but finding a team who is willing to take the contract and give up something is going to be a problem.
Overall the Dolphins need the ends to come up big this year. Forcing quarterbacks into throws they do not want to make will allow the corner and safeties to get more interception opportunities and it decreases the flow of the offensive game plans.
Miami may have some struggles at linebacker early in the season but the play of the defensive ends could minimize their potential slow start.