Malik Reed on reuniting with Bradley Chubb and Vic Fangio, who's 'about the business'
Malik Reed had 13 sacks in his last two seasons with the Broncos.
Bradley Chubb was a bookend pass rusher and Vic Fangio was head coach and defensive guru.
After agreeing to a free-agent contract with the Dolphins, we needed to know: What's Fangio like?
"He’s really about the business and the business of winning," Reed said this week.
Reed noted that Fangio, a legendary coaching veteran, also has work ethic and smarts.
"You’re getting a great guy in him," Reed said. "He’s a great defensive coordinator. I think he helps get us in the right positions to be successful."
Reed, 26, had only one sack last season, as a backup for the Steelers. But he feels he's a scheme fit in Miami and he believes in his ability to recapture top form.
“I feel like it’s relentless," Reed said of his approach. "I feel like that’s where it starts. In order to get sacks and be great at rushing the passer in the league, I feel like everybody has that. That has to be where it starts. I use what God has given me and use my tools to my advantage. I’m not the tallest guy, so I like to use leverage in my game and be able to get under tackles and get to places that are hard for them to bend to."
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Reed is 6-foot-2, 235 pounds.
Miami starters Jaelan Phillips and Chubb are 6-foot-5 and 6-foot-4.
"I'm excited to get back to work with (Fangio) and my brother Chubb," Reed said. "We had a lot of great times in Denver. That’s a guy that was really close to me, and I’m excited to be able to play with him again.”
Reed thinks he fits what Fangio and Miami want because he can rush, tackle and cover.
He also pledges effort. This was backed up this week by Eric Saubert, a free agent tight end signed by Miami who was once Reed's teammate in Denver.
"He’s a workhorse," Saubert said. "He’s one of the first guys at the facility. Him and I, our lockers were right next to each other, so the past two years were pretty cool getting to know him, getting to compete against him. Great dude. His style of play. Just a motor, never going to stop, always chasing down the ball even if it’s 30 yards downfield. He’s got some sneaky pass rush. I think he led our team in sacks a couple years ago."
With the additions of Fangio, cornerback Jalen Ramsey, linebacker David Long, safety DeShon Elliott and Reed, Miami's defense will be expected to take a massive leap forward.
"I know it’s simple, but if they can’t score, they can’t win," Reed said.
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