The Dolphins’ run defense is playing as advertised, allowing a league-low 2.2 yards per carry through two games against the Texans and Raiders, two teams that ranked in the top 10 in rushing last season. But the pass rush hasn’t been as effective, yet, in Kevin Coyle’s new 4-3 defense.
We hear that the pass rush opposite Cameron Wake is a source of some disappointment, based on early returns. The overall sack numbers alone are low — two for the team on the year, both by DT Randy Starks in Week One. Opposite Wake is DE Jared Odrick, a player we heard the team had high expectations for, and he has three tackles and one QB hit in two games. Rookie DE Olivier Vernon, who is being used on passing downs, has one tackle.
There shouldn’t be concern about Wake’s production, we hear (four tackles, zero sacks, one tackle for loss and five QB hits). He has received double-teams and isn’t getting help on the other side, not to mention there may be growing pains with a new defensive alignment. Wake came close to a pair of sacks against the Raiders, getting to QB Carson Palmer but was unable to bring Palmer down on two different plays. On his QB hits, Wake has used his speed and leverage to get into the backfield quickly, but the sack numbers haven't reflected that.
- Cameron Wake