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Wake "wants more" in second year in Miami

Let's be honest, the stars of the 3-4 defense are usually the outside linebackers and more specifically, the weakside outside linebacker.

Yes, the defense needs great play at cornerback, nose tackle and safety but if the pass-rush is not getting to the quarterback, it is simply going to be a long day for any 3-4 defense. The weakside backer has to be the player collecting the sacks, ending drives, causing fumbles on strip-sacks, sometimes recovering those fumbles, maybe even running for touchdowns off those.

The guy has to be a game-changer.

Think Lawrence Taylor years ago, and more recently Elvis Dumervil, DeMarcus Ware, and for one year at least in 2008, Joey Porter.

As the Dolphins play a 3-4 defense, the men slotted to play outside linebacker must produce in 2010 for the defense to get off the field. And no spotlight is brighter than one currently on Cameron Wake.

Wake seemingly must have a big year in 2010 for the Miami defense to climb from its No. 22 overall rank of a year ago. He must have a monster year if the unit is to be feared.

Why Wake?

Well, he was the up-and-coming pass-rusher that seemed to give the Dolphins the confidence to cut Porter and not re-sign Jason Taylor. After collecting an outstanding 39 sacks in two CFL seasons in 2007 and 2008, Wake had 5 1/2 sacks for Miami in 2009 -- his first year in the NFL.

The NFL numbers came with limited snaps so everyone figures more snaps as a starter this year would translate to more more production. The problem -- admittedly temporary at the moment because it is still only May -- is that Wake isn't currently a first-teamer on the Miami defense.

To the surprise of some, Wake was second-team during the recent OTA session witnessed by the media and it has apparently been that way all offseason. Charlie Anderson and Quentin Moses were the first-team outside backers at that last OTA day. Both Anderson and Moses switched off working strong and weak sides.

Was Wake disappointed he's not running with the starters?

"The coach said right before we went on the field, 'It's a starting point. It's not the finish line,' " he said. "So guys are out there playing and I'm going out there to show what I can do."

But make no mistake, Wake doesn't see himself in the same situational pass-rusher role he filled last year. It is important for him to win a starting job.

"I would say so," he said. "I'm always hungry for more. Everybody wants to do that. But I'm always hungry for more. That's what got me in the situation I am now. It's about not being satisfied. I wasn't satisfied with Canada. I wasn't satisfied where I was last year. I'm not satisfied where I am here. Every day I want more."

To want more, Wake has to show more on run-downs because last year coaches weren't comfortable enough with his run-defense to put him in there on those downs. That, in part, is what Wake has been working on during team OTA periods and should continue working on during the club's minicamp that begins Friday.

 "Like I said last year, I'm trying to be a good all-around football player," Wake said. "Obviously I'm working on my pass rush, but there are other things also. We have a new scheme, new coordinator, new coach, so I've been picking their brains."

Wake says he's also been working on his body.

"Bigger, faster, stronger," he said. "That's always the goal. And I've been here all offseason. I didn't go anywhere. I'm working on power and explosion, putting on good body weight and finding out where they want me to be."

One assumes coaches want him to be in a starting job by the time the regular-season rolls around. But for now, Wake has more work to do if he aims to become the playmaker on Miami's 3-4 defense.

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Waterboy,

T.D. the Mascot

Waterboy,

I think Crowder is the better tackler but that's about it and I don't know much about Dobbins but if he beats Chowder than CHam will see his last year as a fin! He really needs to cut down on mental mistakes and grow up as a player.

EJ is suppose to be an all star cover guy so on 3rd down situations I could see Dansby moved to the outside EJ in the middle and Anderson on the other side with Wake and Merling/Langford as your DEs and Starks, Odrick as DTs! running a 4-3 hybrid passing situations

Carlito

Just found it posted on Sun Sentinel.

Its sad Jarvis Williams and Louis Oliver were 2 of my favorite players

Jeff_Darlington" Source says TE Robbie Agnone, an undrafted prospect in 2009 who was cut by Pats on Friday, will work out for Dolphins tomorrow."
about 1 hour ago Via Twitter

Nice idea on the 4-3 hybrid.

Look out Joey Haynos

If u find the fan page for the dolphins on facebook u would have known about the death @. 8am

Armando's usually late on all "breaking news" LOL

We might get JTs reaction shortly though. HeheHe

R.I.P. Jarvis Williams. You played hard while here. Always one of my favorites. Formed a lethal hard hitting ball hawking safety duo with louis Oliver. R.i. P.

Read an article a few years ago comparing life span of avg NFL player with average Joe. Average Joe outlives avg NFL player by far.

What happened?

Dyingbreed,

I found it from an actual dolphins reporter. Not a internet whiner.

Posted by: carlito from golfito | May 26, 2010 at 01:13 PM

Carlito is talking to you Armando. He is calling you a whiner.

JETS #1

Guys, no offense, not here to insult anyone, but, I keep reading how you were 2-0 against us last year........

Even so, we went to the conference championship game!!!!! Just think how exciting it would be for Miami to be in the AFC Championship game...Oh, sorry, it has been 20 years since that has happened. You wouldn't remember.

QUESTION:

Would you rather not go to a conference championship game (15 minutes away from heading to the SB!!) and also loose 2 meaningless regular season games to a 7-9 non-contender?

***OR***

....would you rather beat a team twice during the regular season that went on to the Championship game while you and your team stayed home watchiing the playoffs with a 7-9 record???

Do not be hypocrits - you would switch sides in a second..........

JETS!!!!!!!!!

That's easy, beat the jets. Next?

Yeah don't be a "hypocrite" you poor ignorant Jet fan, but if the Colts and Bengals hadn't let you guys into the playoff you would never have been there.... Remember a guy named Curtis Painter?

Yeah, the Jets were losing week 16 until Peyton Manning came out of the game and this nobody Painter did his best John Beck impression to gift wrap the game for you... without these 2 presents the Jets would be 7-9

Home is a lonely dork. That is all.

JETS!!!!!

that is such a losser response. I guess you are the only fans in the league that care more about beating another team in a meaningless regular season game than making the playoffs.

As a TRUE Jets fan, I will GLADLY concede BOTH regular season games to your team if we make the playoffs again this year.

WHO CARES...about the regular season anyway? Goal is to make the playoffs and win!!!!!

JETS!!!!!

I got an idea for your team. Instead of a generic name for a unspecified type of aircraft why not give it a real name. I'm partial to the B-52s...what do you think.

the dolphins sucks.they didn't go to playoff or conference champion game.lol

Wets to go 0-4 to the Phins after all is said and done this year!!"

Correction, that will be 0-5 as the Dolphins beat down ole' man river Favre too.


carlto from colito . what's the deal with jason taylor ?

JETS

keep whining "HOW" we made the playoffs.

Why don't you give credit where credit is due...never mention beating the Bengals and Chargers on the road in 2 straight playoff wins and almost beating the Colts (ahead in the 3rd quarter).

When was the last time Miami won 2 playoff games???? 20 years???

It doesn't matter how you make it, but rather what you do when you get there.

I guess one can argue your 11-5 season 2 years ago was a joke against the weakest schedule in the league --- and the Ravons appropriately "spanked" you for it in the playoffs....you didn't belong...we actually won playoff games!!!!

Jets Forever,

He sucks

Anderson and Moses are definitely better all-around linebackers right now. They both have done a good job rushing the passing, too. Wake's going to have to step it up.

How do the jet fans really feel about having jt?

and you suck and the Jets suck and most of all Sanchez sucks.... I know its tough to come to terms with

I can't wait to hear the Jets homers when their plane crashes around week 4 or 5... the media has you so hyped up on yourselves its hilarious, but facts are facts... you're team is not that good...

You have an int machine at qb, your best wr can't catch, your running game will be worse with LT over TJ, and your OL will be much worse with no Faneca

Yeah Carlito,

the truth hurts. Go back to your government funded housing trailor.

Finatic,
Taylor is a true champion. Even last year, as much as we dislicked him, would be a lie to say we wouldn't want him on our team. Can only make the other LB and the deffense better. Don't like Braddy either (cause he is on the patriots team), but would welcome him if he were to come here!!! Henne has good potential.

Carlito, these boneheads dont realize how they lucked into the playoffs to begin with. Anyone with half a mind can see that....well then again you would need a 1/2 of mind to start.

When's the last time Jets have ever won anything?? Oh that's right, 41 YEARS!! 42 this year...Have fun watching fatass Rex have a meltdown when you end the season 8-8

The pets have NO QB. Sanchoke is a tool. As well... enjoy your brief moment as your franchise is a laughingstock!! I've never heard such boasting from a team that backed into the playoff on a fluke! I wouldn't start talking about records with the Dolphins either loser.

Your "franchise" is a bottom feeding malcontent wannabe. Go play in traffic now little girl. You polute our forum

Jets Forever, you guys will be lucky if JT plays in 8 games, he will be out nursing injuries for half the season

CARLITO IS BACK IN FULL FORCE . GOOD THING .NEXT STEP MAKE PEACE W/ARMANDO .

I see Debby Downer mikejohnson has enlightened us again with more dire opinions. Keep smiling there mike.... knob.

Hey Jets loser!
Why are we talking about last year again?

2010 Offseason

Miami upgrades:
ILB: Dansby
WR: Marshall
G: Incognito, Jerry
CB: W. Allen returns
DT: Odrick and Starks moved to NT
FS: Anyone is better than Wilson's performance last year!
Coaching: Nolan on Defense! Henning has more weapons!!

Downgrades:
OLB: Porter & Taylor (But longrun upgrades with Misi and Wake)

Now lets take a look at the Jets "amazing" offseason moves....

NYJ upgrades:
WR: Holmes
CB: Cromartie (Sheppard is more consistant though)
OLB: Taylor

NYJ Downgrade:
RB: LT (and aging LT over 1,400 yards of Thomas Jones not to mention letting a valuable weapon go in Washington)
G: Faneca (no one can replace what he did the past two years)
S: Kerry Rhodes gone to the Caridnals for Poole? wow!
DE: Who else you got besides Ellis? Gholston?? Lmao!!

You tell me who the better team is going into the season and if you don't see it now you will after the second consecutive sweep
Year and bringing the AFC East crown back to Miami!

Peace :)

8 and 8 sounds good to me Bobby. For the Jets that is.

I think JT was great here cause he really did bleed aqua and orange. It hurt to see him leave Miami, period. Especially to the hated jets. Also not cause he their, but his talent is dropping. ( my opinion) I really don't see him getting to henne.( I really mean that because I know what he has).

jets sucks, you mama says to your papa , sanchez .

Now honey, dont you go saying those Jets are better than an 8-8 team. You know the Fins have Henne the Hero and the Jets have Sanchez the Hot Dog Eater

the jets are the champs and the fins are just a team in the nfl w/no history .

Jets Forever,
It's only better going to the Playoffs over beating your hated rival TWICE if you win the SuperBowl. Too bad Jets players/fans were watching the SuperBowl from HOME. So, yeah, beating you twice was well worth not making the Playoffs. But let's even take this look back one step further. The Saints didn't just beat you, they beat you easily. They squeaked by us after we were leading them for like 3 quarters. Same with the Colts (who lucked out a win against us). You guys beat the Colts 3rd squad (so pat yourselves on the back for that). So, the hardest games the two SuperBowl teams played were against US. Actually, listen to players in the league talk, they HATE playing the Dolphins because we're so physical. But do you hear anyone saying that about the Jets (with the supposed top defense in the league). Not a whisper. This should tell you something. Our star is only going up. The AFC East will be ours to lose this year and for years to come. But I think your ship has come and gone. Enjoy JT for the year. Next year he'll be gone. Last time he ditched our team we won the division, so we ain't worried. By the way, that stream of color you'll see passing by Revis into the endzone in Sept. and Dec. will be none other than Brandon Marshall. Enjoy the games...LOSER!

OH, one more thing. Go back and tell your Jets girlfriends one thing from South Florida. Like Dick Cheney says, "Go F*** Yourself!" Have a good day!

DC Dolfan, jet fans are classy .i am not going to say (( GO F,, Yourself .

Hey jests fan, go F yourself, then die

I really hope the Dolphins hurry up and go to the Super Bowl both this year and next year! So, no one has to go in 2014 to the Icebox Bowl in Jersey!
Hopefully by then, we'll have dismantled a championship team due to salaryt cap (like every other Superbowl winning team usually does) and be in rebuild mode.
Then, we can watch two other idiot teams slosh around in the snow and ice while we sit nice and warm drinking rum concoctions out of coconuts with umbrellas on them watching the whole thing on cable!
As for the Nyets, let's see...when JT went elsewhere we won the division. He comes back and we didn't! Hmm.
While in DC, he looked old and tired. In Miami, he wasn't bad. Now, he's in NY. Maybe, they get the same JT that DC got. Old and tired. Some players drag a team down when they get in a new environment.
JT already said that things were much calmer in NY. Maybe he meant comatose!

JETS

Cracks me up..........

You guys beat us twice. Our home game, we OUT=PLAYED you in every imaginable statistic and lost on a fluke when "no pain" Ginn ran the only 2 kickoff returns of his NFL career against us in one game. Otherwise, you would have easily lost.

All I am saying is that we have won playoff games while you were home!!!!!

This year, your draft is also somewhat of a joke. Missi? Most of your picks (other that 1st rnd) were expected to be late round to FA. Check out what the scouting services had to say about EDDS (weak - only 17 reps?) or MISSY (slow - not a true pass rusher). You also lost a substantial sack number with Porter/Taylor now gone that I doubt you will be able to make up. R. Brown bum leg, Williams ready to retire, Marshall hip surgery....hmmm. I smell dead fish at 7-9 again.

Don't get too excited on paper.

SIMPLE FACT - Jets expected to contend for SB, at the very least make the playoff AGAIN. Dolphins 7-9. We will gladly trade meaningless regular season (fluky) losses to a non-playoff team for playoff wins any day.

Hail the leader of the East -- JETS!!!!!

JETS JETS JETS JETS JETS

The city of Miami got dissed by Goodell because it rained once in 10 years! So, due to the economy, the state of New Jersey gets a Superbowl!
Actually, I hope that the Jets, by some fluke of the imagination, gets to play that year! I mean, everyone else will probably boycott the thing due to the weather and it's only fair that the most obnoxious fans in the NFL get their due, a Superbowl!
Goodell's gonna feel mighty silly when the stands are full of drunken jets fans cheeringt their team on! Both of them!

JETS

Cracks me up..........

You guys beat us twice. Our home game, we OUT=PLAYED you in every imaginable statistic and lost on a fluke when "no pain" Ginn ran the only 2 kickoff returns of his NFL career against us in one game. Otherwise, you would have easily lost.

All I am saying is that we have won playoff games while you were home!!!!!

This year, your draft is also somewhat of a joke. Missi? Most of your picks (other that 1st rnd) were expected to be late round to FA. Check out what the scouting services had to say about EDDS (weak - only 17 reps?) or MISSY (slow - not a true pass rusher). You also lost a substantial sack number with Porter/Taylor now gone that I doubt you will be able to make up. R. Brown bum leg, Williams ready to retire, Marshall hip surgery....hmmm. I smell dead fish at 7-9 again.

Don't get too excited on paper.

SIMPLE FACT - Jets expected to contend for SB, at the very least make the playoff AGAIN. Dolphins 7-9. We will gladly trade meaningless regular season (fluky) losses to a non-playoff team for playoff wins any day.

Hail the leader of the East -- JETS!!!!!

JETS JETS JETS JETS JETS


good post jets forever .

the blog welcomes you jets forever .great post .

Quick, name the only team named after something that is never on time, makes a lot of noise when it's sitting still, uses large tracts of land paved over for no good reason, feeds you peanuts and watered down drinks, loses your belongings, and costs a ton of money to operate?
You guessed it...Jets!

So nice of the yet fan to join us between shifts at Taco Bell.

PhinfanNdothanAL, you forgot to add...what also sprays chemtrails. LOL

THE TRUTH HURTS

Ace and Phinfan - still time to buy new Taylor jerseys.

and the super bowl will be played in the jets land .

If I was going to waste my own personal time and prove what a true loser I was, I'd go to a teams blog I was worried about being better than us. It wouldn't be the Jets, or the Bills. I'd only go talk smack on the Patriots blog. It's useless to post on an inferior teams blog. The fact that we get so many Jets fans posting on here tells me they are very worried about us, and they should be, given the beatdowns we've put on them.

talk about an overhyped Jest Fan???....on paper they win the super bowl, in every year thats reality they find out how washed up this side of the new jersey waste recycling department they really are..enjoy ur washed up veteran signings jest fan. O and fat rexy sitting on the field with a milkshake in one hand and a whopper in the other trying to pump up his team for Hard *KNOCKS*

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