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Cameron Wake: 'An amazing, amazing journey'

The news of the weekend for the Dolphins continues to be the signing of Cameron Wake to a four-year extension through 2016. He spoke with the media in a conference call this evening.

This is everything he said:

(On signing his extension) - “It feels really good. Really good. It’s kind of like taking things to another level -- kind of like when I came down here from the CFL. You always try to get better. You always want to reach the next level and I’ve been trying to do that since the moment I stepped on the football field at Penn State. Having a situation like this…it’s going through the journey. There aren’t too many guys who can say that… being released from the (New York) Giants, being out of football, going to the CFL and doing well up there, coming back, being inactive my first few games here with the Dolphins, playing in the Pro Bowl -- it’s been an amazing, amazing journey. It’s definitely been an amazing ride.”

(On if there was a moment where he felt this extension wouldn’t get done) - “You know what…I had faith in the whole process. It’s one of those things where patience is best. You definitely need that going through the process that I was going through. Like I said, everything that happened to me up to this point…there were a lot of times where I thought (inaudible). Never let go of your dreams and it was a situation where I had to keep striving and hopefully good things will happen.”

(On how hard was it not let his contract situation impact him on the field and how tough was it missing some of the offseason workouts) - “I’ve said this before; football is a game for big boys. We are all grown men. There is a business side and there is a personal side. As a grown man, you start to better understand there is a business side and everything has its place and time. Going through the last couple of years, I have obviously felt a sense that you want to get something done. Nothing will happen if you don’t (inaudible). Having to go out there and do that…if I was out there every play trying to worry about ‘oh my God, what do I have to do to get a contract on this play’, I would miss a tackle or (be in) the wrong gap. That would put me away from my ultimate goal. When you are on the field…you have to block out all of the other distractions. Your contract, your girlfriend, if your leg (is) hurting, it’s hot, whatever those are. You have to throw those distractions to the side.”

(On how fans seem to be more encouraged about the team after the draft) - “I have a very strong opinion about this organization. Obviously for many reasons, the major one being I got an opportunity to come back and play football at the highest level of the game I love. This organization was the team at the forefront of bringing me out of the CFL and having me come down here and play the game of football. Obviously, I have a strong attachment. They are very near and dear to my heart. The decisions they make and the decisions they’ve made are to make sure that we are a winning organization. I’ve seen them do that and I am looking forward to this upcoming season for sure.”

(On his impression of Joe Philbin) - “So far. So good. I sat down and spoke with him one on one on more than one occasion. He kind of threw his philosophy at me and he wants to run his own ship and I like the way it is going so far. It’s fresh blood. I know you guys have, or maybe not have, seen the addition to downstairs at the facility. Just trying to make it a first class organization from top to bottom and making sure we have everything we need to be successful. I’m looking forward to many good things this offseason. We are taking big strides to make sure that 2012 will be a good season for everybody.”

(On defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle) - “He is another guy that I got a chance to speak with. He’s been…what he has already brought to the table is huge in the meetings that we have had. It (the defense) looks very polished and a lot of guys are excited about it. We’ve always have been as a defense at the top of the list in making sure we do our job on the field (rest inaudible).”

(On what he has been doing this offseason) - “Other than working out (laughing)? I’ve actually had a little time to spend with my family before we got back for the OTA’s and offseason workouts. I’m one of those guys that are an everyday guy. Family, dinner and a movie. I hang out in Miami, which as you know is a destination for most people when they get the opportunity to come down here. We are truly blessed to be playing in a city like this. Miami has a lot to offer and every time I have the opportunity, I want to take part in that, but like you said, it’s football time now.”

(On if he has a first purchase in mind with the new contract) - “I think my journey from where I’ve come from. I want to stay humble with it. I have never been one of those guys. I am not looking at a helicopter or diamonds or big tiger (laughing) or nothing like that. There is nothing out there I think I would go out there…I am kind of one of those guys that (gets) the things that I need and most of the things I want or well below my needs. Like they said “wine money with beer tastes”. I keep it pretty simple and hopefully (save money) for a rainy day in the future and hopefully for generations to come.

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Is there a dumber blogger then YG? LOL

MJ,

We had many weaknesses to address in this year's draft. If wr proves to be a weakness this year, rest assured, in 2013 it will be highly addressed in either fa or the draft(within the first 2 picks).

Without Marshall we now have the worst WR's in the NFL. Whats Iresum doing about that?

Posted by: MJ | May 07, 2012 at 10:09 AM
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Here we go again with this MJ idiot's negativity.
What a loser.
If he is so unhappy why in the he|| does he come here?

yesterdays gone,

were on the same page with reshad jones, love this guy, he will be the difference maker in the secondary, has a nose for the ball(instincts), look for him to show up in the clutch and acoount for some doubleyou's

Is there a dumber blogger then YG? LOL
Posted by: Rick | May 07, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Sure is, he posted at 10:30 AM. See the time stamp above. LOL

MJ is right. You have to be wearing rose colored glasses to deny our WR corp is terrible. You kool aid drinkers know who you are.

HE PLAYS HARD ALL THE TIME ..BUT GETS HELD MORE THAN ANY PLAYER!

budtki,

I believe Reshad Jones is just a ss that can play some fs. I believe Sparano had it wrong trying to make a fulltime fs. Maybe Philbin gets it right and let Jimmy Wilson and Clemmons battle for the starting fs.

Clemmons has the greater speed, but I believe Wilson has the greater instincts. Wilson seems to be a ball magnet, just needs more playing experience under his belt. Wilson also maybe the only db we have that can play a little of all the db positions. He's the most versatile db we have on the roster.

YG, you're absolutely right, there's a whole BUNCH of players who "won't be able to hide behind Sparano's skirt" anymore. I'm ready to see what some of these youngsters got. Is Jerry a backup or should we can him? Same for the young WRs (Moore, Wallace). Same for some of these DL guys (Ryan Baker). Same for some of the TE's (Mastrud).

I want to see how many players Philbin brings to the games vs. Sparano. I'm thinking he has a MUCH BETTER idea of how to form a winning lineup.

How bout our Marlins? Going for 7 in a row. Heat should've finished off the Knicks yesterday but it wont be long.

MJ, Burger305,

Or should I say "dumb and dumber". We're all aware there's no superstar at wr. It's just that the rest of knows everything couldnt be adreessed with the first and 2nd rd pick.

Had we addressed wr with the 1st pick, then you 2 stupids would be crying we have no qb. Had we addressed wr with the 2nd pick, you two stupids would be crying about the oline. We got a guy who could easily have had a 1st rd grade in the 3rd rd with Lamar Miller.

There was no guarantee we could have gotten a better wr than we already have on the roster with a "3rd rd pick". Let us see your "lying-ass" crystal ball confirm that. LOL

I'm happy for Wake. He seems like a good dude.

Burger 305 = MJ.

YG enough of your racist remarks. Get lost!!!!!!!!!!!

Most of the players left from Sparano squad are either not returning or not getting alot of posting time. Mastrud is big but he was more of a blocker than a catcher which its what Sparano liked his TE to do block before catch but this zone blocking scheme doesn't require huge muscle power from TE because they will bott really be in one on one situations so bring in the real pass catchers...I like fasano but I don't know if this coach line up will

Ion = YG = racists

DC Dolphin,

Jerry was adequate, not great in the run game. At RG, he struggled against big NT's like Wilfork who could also get after the passer. He also struggled against DT's who were quick athletic pass rushers in the middle.

But on the flip side, he did great in pass protect filling in at LT for Long. This kind of leads me to believe Jerry may be better in pass protect when working in space, than he his when working in the trenches.

Unless he makes a great unforseen improvement this year, Im still not completely sold on him at RG until he can prove otherwise.

JP, exactly why I'm high on this Coaching staff. Not having a true catching TE in this day and age is NUTS. I can't fathom how a HC doesn't see the mismatches a TE who can catch produces. And Sparano took WAY TOO LONG to come around to a lot of changes he should have made long ago to his offensive philosophy.

These guys get it. And that makes me patient in allowing them to develop the personnel and form the team they want. Fans will only be patient if they can see the gold at the end of the rainbow. And finally, I can start to see some light here, an achievable goal. More importantly, a WORTHY goal, that will produce results.

13-3

your top 5 bloggers?

I don't know about Drew Carey but supposedly Tom Coughlin has a GIGANTIC unit, accotrding to those who have seen it (which is apparently a lot of people!)

DC Dolfan,

Im not ready to totally jump off of the cliff for this coaching staff just yet. But, the draft seems solid, we only need to see how it translates to the playing field.

We still need remember, up to this point, Philbin still has absolute zero onfield hc coaching experience. So lets not jump the cliff for him just yet. But I am very optimistic until he himself takes that away.

When I try to think of players that Sparano & his coaching staff truly "developed" I can't think of a whole lot of names. There's no doubt that coaches need talent to win but when you look at Jim Harbaugh for example--he clearly got the most out of that team. People probably forget that both Saban & Sparano were able to do that in their first year as well so it wouldn't shock me if Philbin could squeeze out 9 wins BUT ultimately the real question for coaches & players for that matter is can they produce with consistency????

The way people judge success today they probably want to put Jim Harbaugh in the Hall of Fame after last year but it's actually his brother John who has shown to be the more proven commodity at this point.

Fake Ohio @ 11:04

Someone just trying to get me in "trouble" by linking my website I'm sure

If Philbin wins a sb, I promise to shave my entire body of all hair. That includes, brows, under arms, and private parts. That's my promise. LOL

The same people who like Philbin.... loved Cam Cameron.

Burger 305...THIS IS A DOLPHIN BOARD...I'AM SICK OF THESE PEOPLE THAT ALWAYS HAVE TO MENTION THE HEAT...YOU KNOW WHAT YOU GUYS WORK FOR THE HEAT ON THE DOWNLOW...YOU ALWAYS SEEM TO POP UP WHEN THINGS ARE LOOKING GOOD FOR THE FINS...GOD I Hate you!

all these negative people here are mad cause the heat lost...miami's real passion is the heat...they like the fins cause football is more popular.

"Jerry was adequate, not great in the run game. At RG, he struggled against big NT's like Wilfork who could also get after the passer. He also struggled against DT's who were quick athletic pass rushers in the middle.

But on the flip side, he did great in pass protect filling in at LT for Long. This kind of leads me to believe Jerry may be better in pass protect when working in space, than he his when working in the trenches.

Unless he makes a great unforseen improvement this year, Im still not completely sold on him at RG until he can prove otherwise."

YG,

It's hard to believe that instead of drafting a Guard we wound up drafting a LT but I think you're correct. I believe he lacks the ideal strength that you need from a RG but perhaps he will thrive in a zone blocking scheme.

BTW--I'm still holding out hope that we reach out to Jake Scott. Considering his durability it's hard to believe that a team hasn't signed him yet.

Blackerote,

Im from Miami, so I have no problem with the Heat success being mentined here. After all, it is a city of Miami newpaper blog here.

Miami fans are passionate about all of thier teams, pro or college, when they are doing well. Im sure it's different for out of state dolfans. You may have another basketball team you prefer. Or you may not prefer basketball altogether.

But, remeber, you're free to feel feel that way. So, dolfans who may also be city of Miami sports fans, or Florida pro sports fans alltogether. Are free to express that on a blog originated in Miami or the state of Florida.

You don't like to hear about the Heat? Listen, Einstein, in case you missed it this is the MIAMI Dolphins message board and a bunch of us are also HEAT fans, along with the MARLINS, PANTHERS, HURRICANES, and ANYONE ELSE who calls South Florida HOME.

Buy ir rent a clue. And GO HEAT!!!!!!

"SI's Peter King believes undrafted Dolphins WR Jeff Fuller could win a starting job.
"I think you should pay attention to one undrafted player if you play fantasy football: Jeff Fuller," King said. King, of course, doesn't typically weigh in on fantasy matters, but believes Dolphins coach Joe Philbin has a "blank-slate philosophy" with everyone on the roster, and that Fuller is "absolutely an NFL-caliber receiver" if he displays good hands in training camp. Fuller struggled mightily with drops as a senior, but will be reuniting with his college coach and quarterback. At the very least, he'll be given every chance to earn a roster spot."

Where does Peter King come up with this stuff anyway??? It's the beginning of May!!!

Yesterday's Gone yeah miami fans are fans ..when the teams win...but i'am a real dolphin fan win or lose...REAL FAN.

YG, you're right, we shouldn't go all-in totally yet. However, the things Philbin has done IMO have been the right things. He seems to understand how to play offense in 2012 (at least winning offense). His system seems to be up-to-date. He seems to understand how to score (creating mismatches using various formations, etc.).

If he really can develop players (the way he's been touted) and manage games in real-time, we might just have a keeper.

The same people who like Philbin.... loved Cam Cameron.

Posted by: Jesus | May 07, 2012 at 11:12 AM

That's really not true. That's your lazy attempt of reasoning as to why people aren't as pessimistic as you are.

The Bears gave free agent Julius Peppers a six-year, $84 million deal with $42 million guaranteed. The Panthers re-signed Charles Johnson to a six-year, $76 million deal with $32 million guaranteed.

Wake's was a bargain for the Dolphins

WHDP,

You know I pounded the table for DeCastro loudly as possible. But that meant not selecting Tannehill. Just hope Tannehill makes it worth it.

The next next best OG was Cordy Glenn. But he still was a huge drop off as far overall talent when pitted angainst DeCastro. Jonathan Martin was the better overall deal vs Cordy Glenn. So Im still pleased with the Martin(RT) over Glenn(OG) pick.

As long as the right side was highly addressed, it was nothing but a good thing. At least now, the entire right side wont be falling apart evry other pass play. Plus Tannehill's scrambling, speed, and accuracy throwing on the run will help cover many of the sins that may still exist on the right side until they can be adequately addressed.

It's a Miami Thing. You Wouldn't Understand

ok lets say the heat win the ring...are you gonna get to live longer.... are you gonna get a check..no you still gonna be in the same spot....the same.

Bell's struggles in the passing game didn't just come out of nowhere last year. It was on heavy display for the entire 2010 season as well.

The same people who like Philbin.... loved Cam Cameron.
Posted by: Jesus | May 07, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Yeah, but that ended the moment Ted Ginn Jr. was anounced 9th overall pick. The ended love affair was confirmed when Cameron announced he had also drafted Ginns family.

Cameron:

"Not only did we get a great player(Ginn), we got an entire family".

LOL

Blackerote,

Nearly 40yrs since a Dolphin sb championship trophy, we Miami natives dont care what kind championship it is, as long as it's a championship.

The city of Miami loves winners and hates losers. Even if its our very own. Something wrong with that? LOL

The Dolphins should have listened to their brilliant and expert fanbase and drafted a star like Brady Quinn.

YG enough of your racist remarks. Get lost!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by: Rick | May 07, 2012 at 10:52 AM

RICK,YG/DB/LOL/FLIPER BREED WILL BE HERE TILL MIDNIGHT OR EARLY TOMMORROWW MORNING,HE HAS NO JOB BUT TO POST AND COLLECT HIS GOVERMENT CHECK WIKE HE EATS GOVERMENT CHESE AND DRUNKS PABST BLUE RIBBON BEER,HIS TRAILER(HOW HE SHARE WITH CUBEN MENECE) HAS 24 CATS AND LOTS OF CAT POO.

(BUFFET OF KNOWLEDGE)

Yesterday's Gone yeah it could be a criket team and ...as long as they win ..they gonna be there..i think the problem is to many cubans!

Posted by: Football Expert Because I Watch It On TV | May 07, 2012 at 11:36 AM

That year draft year, I much rather heard Elmer Fudd announced as our 9th overall pick than Brady Quinn. Even Ted Ginn has had a better Nfl career and we all know that isnt saying very much for a 9th overall pick.

MORE PROFF CUBEN MENECE IS YGs ROOMATE
IEDD GIN ONE OF MOST ELECTRFYING PLAYERS DRAFTED,WHY YOU HATE TED YG/DB/FB?
HE NOW WITH 449S WERE HE WILL GET SUPER BOWL RING BEFOREE THE NEW CORN BEEF COASCH.

(BUFFET OF KNOWLEDGE)

#85 Richard Matthews will make the roster. He looked outstanding!

"You know I pounded the table for DeCastro loudly as possible. But that meant not selecting Tannehill. Just hope Tannehill makes it worth it.

The next next best OG was Cordy Glenn. But he still was a huge drop off as far overall talent when pitted angainst DeCastro. Jonathan Martin was the better overall deal vs Cordy Glenn. So Im still pleased with the Martin(RT) over Glenn(OG) pick.

As long as the right side was highly addressed, it was nothing but a good thing. At least now, the entire right side wont be falling apart evry other pass play. Plus Tannehill's scrambling, speed, and accuracy throwing on the run will help cover many of the sins that may still exist on the right side until they can be adequately addressed."

YG,

Yep. Loved two players in this year's draft--Kuechly & DeCastro b/c I believe they're both NFL ready. It was reported that Ireland was trying to trade back into the first & I wouldn't be surprised if DeCastro was the guy he wanted. Steelers did well with that pick. With that said our scouts & coaches have a LOT more information than I do so I stand behind their decision to take Tannehill.

As for Glenn, I prefer Martin as well. Really smart kid & he's the more athletic player.

Have any of you boring drips ever done anything cool like be in a punk band or have you always been this dreadfully mundane and staggeringly uninteresting?

Seriously. A bunch of grown men obsessing over a children's game day after day after day?

Does anyone ever pause for a moment and think about how pathetic that actually is?

BTW--The Cam Cameron/Philbin comparison is ridiculous. As soon as I heard Cameron speak about "failing forward" I knew we were cooked. Philbin is not a buffoon.

Bottom line--If Tannehill has success Philbin will be a hero & if not he will be a goat.

CLEVELAND, CINCINNATI, AND COLUMBUS ARE THREE OF THE THE PRINCIPAL CITIES OF OHIO

Cam Cameron may have been in over his head as a Head Coach but he is NOT a stupid man.

Despite what Miami's brilliant fans may have thought at the time, it took the Baltimore Ravens (one of the NFL's smartest and best run teams) about three seconds to pick up the phone and hire him as their offensive coordinator.

I can assure you that none of you will ever be getting a similar call.

Have any of you boring drips ever done anything cool like be in a punk band or have you always been this dreadfully mundane and staggeringly uninteresting?

Dee Dee,

Why don't you tell us "boring drips" about your extensive career as a punk rock legend & what life on the road was like....LMFAO!!!

I believe it's time for your medication.

OHIO IS A STATE AND A SEWER.

THERE ARE MANY HILLS IN NORTH DAKOTA ALTHOUGH MUCH OF IT IS VERY FLAT. ENID AND FARGO ARE TWO CITIES IN NORTH DAKOTA. THERE ARE ALSO RIVERS.

Posted by: ALoco | May 07, 2012 at 11:42 AM

ALoco,

Just because a player(Ginn) is an electrifying punt returner doesnt mean you make him your 9th overall pick. What're you doing, trying the show the trolls how to troll? You know better Mr. ALoco. LOL

jcb,

I really dont think Richard Matthews will be making the team this year, he isnt on the roster, will be truly miraculous to happen.

On ther other hand, Rishard Matthews has a very great chance. LOL

How big is he?

There's a fragrance that's made for you and they call it Charlie.

A different fragrance that's made your way and they call it Charlie.

Kind if fresh, kind of now. Charlie.

Kind of you, kind of wow. Charlie.

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