Make Zach Wilson beat you. That’s what the mantra needs to be for the Miami Dolphins defense.
The New York Jets have a couple of very capable running backs in Michael Carter and the rookie Breece Hall. Each has fresh legs and is determined to show the league that they are the real deal.
The Miami Dolphins rank 10th in run defense giving up around 104 yards a game. They’ve been pretty good with the eye test as well. To me, it seems like they give up a run or two here and there but they aren’t being gashed like they were last year and years before that. It seems like they’re holding opposing running backs to about 50ish yards a game.
It helps to have a healthy Raekwon Davis back as well. He was a full participant this week so we should be getting a nearly completely healthy defensive line heading into Sunday.
The biggest thing I would say is that the tackling by the linebackers needs to be better. It’s week five. The excuse that you don’t hit very much in the preseason is over. Get to the guy with the ball and rally to the ball.
Why do we want to stop the run besides that it helps to not be run on. Because we want to get Zach Wilson into obvious passing situations. Not just because it means our blitzkrieg of defense can be unleashed on him but because Zach Wilson firmly believes the hype of being called an old gunslinger. He will serve the ball up on a silver platter if you let him.
Zach Wilson is being dubbed a Brett Favre type of player who has fewer skins on the wall in terms of stealing from the poor but just as much carelessness to just throw the ball into triple coverage because he thinks he can make that throw. We want Zach to really feel himself on Sunday especially when the down and distance are in the Miami Dolphins’ favor.
Just be careful we wrap him up when the defense gets to him. Wilson does have a way of sort of slipping away from pressure and running something he may have also gotten from Favre.