It’s not much of a secret but the Miami Dolphins need to contain Justin Fields.
The biggest threat the Chicago Bears have, at least to me, isn’t the combination of David Montgomery and Khalil Herbert or Darnell Mooney and the newly acquired Chase Claypool. It’s the legs of Justin Fields.
And it’s not even like Fields uses his legs on many designed runs. Nope. The majority of the damage he does with his legs comes on pass plays that go nowhere and he creates something out of nothing.
This is why whoever the edge rushers are they must have some semblance of discipline and not dip themselves inside giving Justin Fields the ability to run around them and get to the outside.
As a former and very distinguished assistant defensive line coach let me tell you, getting edge players not to drift inside and to just go after the upfield shoulder of the quarterback is a lot easier said than done. It’s hard to coach out of guys because especially when they’re the ones on the field and they’re the ones seeing what they’re seeing. I can see it from where I’m sitting but those guys are the ones on the field. I feel that aspect of football gets overlooked.
But for real, this week Emmanuel Ogbah, Jaelan Phillips, Andrew Van Ginkel, Melvin Ingram lll, and stud pass rusher Bradley Chubb have to have some awareness that Fields is banking on them drifting to the middle of the picket so that he can go around them and pick up yards. Stay on the outside and make Fields throw from the pocket in rhythm or if he is going to take off make him do it by going up the middle.
I actually think this is the biggest challenge for the defense this week. Let’s hope they read this article so that they know what they have to do.