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What Cameron Wake says about going to the Pro Bowl

Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake has been selected as a starter to the 2013 AFC Pro Bowl squad. The annual contest matching the AFC and NFC will be played on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.

No other Dolphins player was named a starter or backup.

So what does Wake think about being names?

This:

(On how satisfying it is to be voted to the Pro Bowl for a second time) –“It’s truly amazing, truly an honor and I’m really blessed to be here in Miami, be surrounded by the kind of guys, the type of team, especially on this defense. (We have a) band of brothers and it kind of feels like an honor I’m accepting on behalf of a lot of other guys because I think they’re a lot of other guys who are obviously deserving. Obviously, I wouldn’t be here in this situation if it wasn’t for a lot of the plays they made throughout the season."

(On if there was much doubt in his mind that he would make the Pro Bowl) – “Well, I’m definitely one of those guys that I don’t count my chickens until they hatch. Growing up, I didn’t have chickens at home. It’s one of those things in the back of your mind you hope for. Throughout this season, I’ve kind of been concentrating on making sure week-in and week-out we get the job done. Those numbers and those kind of things kind of just take care of itself."

(On taking a teammate to the Pro Bowl two years ago when he made it and if there is anyone this year that will be going along with him) – “Well, I’m definitely going to take anybody who’s willing to go. A lot like I said earlier, I have a lot of guys to thank to even be in the situation I’m in – Coach (Kevin) Coyle on down to (Defensive Line) Coach Kacy (Rodgers) and then the guys I play with, play next to every Sunday. So there’s a lot of tickets I’m probably going to have to look into because there’s a lot of guys who helped me get where I am.”

(On if it’s a fair assessment that some players are not enthusiastic about playing in the Pro Bowl, but that is not the case with him) – “Definitely… To be able to selected is an amazing honor, an amazing accomplishment. You guys know my story – it wasn’t a walk in the park. It wasn’t a smooth road for me. I took the back roads to get where I am. I had to fight for everything and then to get this honor and kind of turn it down is something that I would never do. Not only am I excited to be representing the Miami Dolphins, but the icing on the cake was the story that I’ve had and, if you believe in yourself and you can fight and scratch and claw for dreams, anything can happen. I think that all kind of sums it up."

(On whether he would like to see the Pro Bowl continued) – “Of course, 100%. I’m 100% for it. I know there are a lot of guys who think about it that’s that part of their goals at the start of the season, and I just try to be one of those guys. It’s a total honor to be selected by the coaches and your fellow players, guys that you play against. So guys are saying, ‘you know what, I have a lot of respect for the way this guy plays the game.’ Obviously, this is someone who you’ve been trying to kill, and who has been trying to kill you all game, but at the end day, you should able to say, ‘you’re a heck of a competitor and I respect the way you play.’ Coaches are the same way. I think that’s something that you really can’t get anywhere else, and I’m all for keeping the game to honor and reward guys who go out there and do it the right way all season.”

(On the Arizona game where he had 4.5 sacks after not having a sack through the first three games) – “It’s always interesting, I mean I think back to that little stint and the fact is there is nothing more glorious and more glamorous than the sack in the pass rushing business, and I think it was something that you guys probably paid more attention to than I did. I went out there every play and gave it my all, and that’s the way pass rushing is. If you think about it, a great season is 15, 12 , 20 sacks or whatever it may be, but you think about how many times you don’t get there, how many times you’re not necessarily making a play. As a pass rusher you have to go out every time with that mentality that you’re going to make the play. It’s one of those situations if you’re getting the pressure, getting the hit, you’re getting the hurry or whatever it may be, people don’t talk about those as much, but at the end of the day it’s part of your job. I go out there and I don’t look at the stats or try to figure out how many tackles I have. I don’t care about any of that stuff. I just go out and say this play, I’m going to bring my best on this play and when it’s over I’m going to move on and do the same thing the next time."

(On how he feels about being among Dolphins’ greats like Bill Stanfill and Jason Taylor in terms of making multiple Pro Bowls as a defensive end) – “You’re the first to tell me about that. I didn’t even realize that, but I mean it’s one of the things that I guess for later on with the grand kids or whatever it may be down the line to say, ‘you know what, this is what I was,’ but I don’t even want to think about those things right now. I just go out there like I said, and to even be mentioned in the same company with those guys, obviously I know Jason Taylor pretty well playing with the guy, he’s an amazing player and an amazing person, and like I said just being in that situation and being able to play the game that I love and to be able to even step on the field. If you think about it, three or four years ago whoever thought I’d be sitting where I am now. In 2006 I was sitting on the couch watching the games, so to go from there to here is really an amazing feeling.”

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16th pix = jason allen
go get'm irecorn.
lol

how many x's did sherman say game mgr. when talking about tannefiedler?
lol

Posted by: Nat Moore | December 27, 2012 at 12:16 PM

HAHAHAHA a 1000 yd receiver wouldnt start on any other team? wow...

The fins have proven the last 2 weeks that they are not Crap. They were able to dominate two teams that are crap and clearly below them. The most important thing we have seen the last couple of weeks is the development of T-Hill. That gives us hope going into next year. There is a lot to be excited about and to be looking forward to.

That Jets loss at home and the loss to the Cardinals in the beggining of the year are the games that may have kept us out of the playoffs. If we had won those two games against bad opponents we would control our playoff destiny. However, in the end this season was a success. We need to find a few more play makers and we should be good for a long time. We need another big time pass rusher to compliment Wake, a big play receiver, a down the seam TE, and a shut down corner. Considering our FA money and the 5 draft picks in the top 100 this is not impossible.

Only Miami Dolphins fans would idolize one 1,000 yard receiver that dumped all over their faces and bad mouth a current 1,000 yard receiver who is still on the team. Frankly, hartline did a great job in eating up a lot of the production marshall left behind. Clearly he's not a top wideout but he's still a good player. Top twenty maybe. That's great for a 4th round pick. But I don't expect the trolls to agree.

WHDPs,

How many games has Martin played the position? Not saying what you are suggesting isn't an option and I'm not saying Martin hasn't played well but you make it sound DEFINITIVE.

Jake Long on this team AT THE RIGHT PRICE, should still be considered an option. You make it sound like it's black and white but it's not. You don't know what Long's ACTUAL physical condition is, other than he's been hurt. So it's not DEFINITIVE to say his body is breaking down. A string of injuries is not the same thing.

So again, you're putting the cart ahead of the horse. Let's wait until we hear what kind of money Long wants and what his health is like before we say goodbye. Sure beats having to draft another OT.

WHDB, Remember when Marshall was here who is a clear number 1 WR, I dont remember Hartline striking fear in the defense as the number 2 guy. Matter of fact teams didnt even game plan for him. I like hime as a nice relaiable possession WR but not a playmakers. What does he have 1 TD catch in 15 games??

"16th pix = jason allen
go get'm irecorn.
lol"

2 watt,

I don't understand why you come to a Dolphins blog if you want the team to lose.

lol

People shou;ld also consider two of martin's games came against Jax and Buffalo. Against SF he was not good. I'm not saying he can't be starting caliber but as it stands now, he is a downgrade from Long. Whether he will be in 2 or 3 years, who knows?? Maybe not.

What good are a bunch of yards if you dont catch TD's?? I rather Hartline have 800 yards and 7 or 8 TDs vs 1000 yards and 1 TD?

mark, long can't even bend,walk or even pix ^ his jock,
how is martin gonna be worse.?.
lol

Mark @12:24pm,

That's my point exactly. Guys are ready to annoint Martin the new LT after only 4 games. I think we need to see more. He's done a good job but I'm not ready to crown him an all Pro right now. The other part of this is we have no CLUE how his body is going to handle the rigours of playing in the NFL. What if he breaks down? Are we ready to just give him up as well?

Before guys stick the dagger in Jake Long let's wait until we hear what he wants to stay in Miami first. Any problem with that?

clue,this blog is full of stats homers and u know what belli says about stats,?
" stats r 4 losers "
lol

Marshall will start for the NFC in the pro bowl this year. We gave him up for Egnew and a 3rd round pick. You don't know what you have until you lose it. Teams had to game plan for Marshall. With the growth in Hartline's game there is no telling how good T-Hill would have been. This team is probably in the playoffs if Marshall was on the team.

Clue,

Is the fact that Hartline only has one TD all on him? Does everybody else on the team have a bunch of receiving TDs?

So I'm not ready to blame all of that on Hartline. Part of that is the lack of other weapons, part on the play-calling, part on Tannehill and part on Hartline. Stats don't tell the whole story.

Orlando,

I wouldn't coun on it. You could count on one finger the number of times that Marshall's been to the playoffs. Must be a coincedence, right? For all the fine contributions that Marshall has made this year, the team isn't any better. Not saying it's his fault....but it is a FACT. Stats are great but it's about winning.

I disagree on the SF game, besides the sack by Smith, he played a seemingly solid game. We want to say well he only has played against the Bills, well the last game Long got blown up by Merriman and Williams, both which Martin held his own.
If Martin can continue to improve and the coaches feel comfortable letting Long walk then yes I will trust their judgement.
Long has to get healthy and with some players, especially ones yielding that much weight on their knees, break down quicker than others. THey cant bounce back. I know the injury this year was his arm but things start adding up. If he can get healthy and return close to what his form was and get him for a hometown discount then by all means keep him but those are alot of If's.
Agreed Craig, lets see if he wants to stay in Miami.

2 watt, because Martin doesn't have the full skill set of a top LT yet, that's why.

And Craig, I'm with you but it's all going to be for not anyway I think. Long will get offered a contract so large by the Bears or maybe even the Cardinals that we won't match (perhaps correctly). Same as Mario last year with Buffalo. Not that Mario still isn't a great pass rusher or that Houston doesn't miss him- but signing him would mean foresaking three or four other good players and which scenario is best for the team long term? A worse LT and three good players or Jake Long??? It's not fair but that's the business of sports.

I would not franchise Long for 15 million a year. That would cripple our salary cap and would not allow us to sign free agents. Long continues to breakdown every year and it is probably time to move on. Martin is a natural LT and will continue to improve as he gets stronger. The big question is if Garner is the RT of the future or do we need to draft a RT if we allow Long to walk.

garner rt
martin lt.
no room 4 sooooooooo loooooooooong.
lol

Craig, not all on Hartline, but its obvious Hartline isnt a threat while were in the red zone, he wasnt a threat when we had Marshall and he isnt a threat without him. In the 3 or 4 years hes been in the league I think hes a has a handful of TD's hes just not that dynamic or irreplaceable as some of you think. It doesnt make sense to overpay for Hartline, but he prob deserves a 3 year 14, 15 million or so

"How many games has Martin played the position? Not saying what you are suggesting isn't an option and I'm not saying Martin hasn't played well but you make it sound DEFINITIVE.

Jake Long on this team AT THE RIGHT PRICE, should still be considered an option. You make it sound like it's black and white but it's not. You don't know what Long's ACTUAL physical condition is, other than he's been hurt. So it's not DEFINITIVE to say his body is breaking down. A string of injuries is not the same thing.

So again, you're putting the cart ahead of the horse. Let's wait until we hear what kind of money Long wants and what his health is like before we say goodbye. Sure beats having to draft another OT."

Craig,

I make it sound definitive b/c Martin is indeed younger, cheaper, & healthier b/c those are facts. It is also definitive that Long did not play well this year. It's actually laughable that people want him re-signed when Martin has outplayed him.

IMO--This team needs to rebuild. This franchise has tried to retool or reload too many times. We finally have a chance to do that with a young QB, a new HC, five draft picks in the first three rounds & cap space. It's time to stop wasting money on Long already.

2× All-American (2010, 2011)
2× First-team All-Pac-12 (2010, 2011)
.

Mark,

Under those circumstances, I'm in agreement to letting Long walk away. But a couple of these guys may surprise us. Both Long (1st overall) and Bush (2nd overall), signed HUGE contracts under the OLD CBA. They've made their money. You wouldn't think that would be their number one priority. If we can get these guys to buy in to what's happening here in Miami, maybe they come back on reduced contracts. MAYBE being the key word. You have to ask yourself just how much money does somebody need. They're both very wealthy guys. It would be great for this team if they agreed to hometown discounts and bought into the plan. It would be two less needs to fill for next year. Bush has had his best two seasons right here in Miami and Long, if his healthy recovers, has a chance to go into the Hall of Fame as a career Dolphin. Let's see what they say before we kiss them goodbye.

The object of the game is points. Yardage is meaningless when you cant score.

https://www.starstreet.com/jake-long/3582

News
The Dolphins are resigned to the fact that Long (triceps) will leave during free agency, according to the Miami Herald. The Dolphins wouldn't mind Long being back next season but don't believe his level of play is anywhere near what they expect him to be offered during free agency by a tackle-needy team.

Craig, going to have to disagree with you on Hartline and the TDs. If this was the past in a Sparano and Henne offense where we weren't scoring TDs period, then I would cut him some slack. But overall the red zone offense has been good. We rank 11th so the young qb is getting it done inside the 20. The fact that Hartline has one TD is mostly on hartline. But he does excellent work between the 20s. We need a WR that is physcially dominant with good hands. Where's Oronde Gadsden??

Craig,

Our biggest hole this year was not having a big time playmaking receiver. I think that Marshall would have made a difference especially in close games (Jets, Colts, Cardinals, Bills, and Patriots were all close). He would have been a major security blanket. I truly beleive that Philbin's biggest mistake was refusing to deal with Marshall. All great coaches have to be able to deal with Divas.

Chicago has been dessimated by injuries and their biggest issues are on the OL. If you remember they were 7-1 to start the year until the injury bug hit them. If they don't make the playoffs, it is not because of Marshall.

Ross is too cheap to pay Long fairly.

People shou;ld also consider two of martin's games came against Jax and Buffalo. Against SF he was not good. I'm not saying he can't be starting caliber but as it stands now, he is a downgrade from Long. Whether he will be in 2 or 3 years, who knows?? Maybe not.

Mark,

I respectfully disagree. Other than the one sack he let up to Aldon Smith I thought he held his own against one of the best defenses in the NFL.

You can't deny that Long was beaten badly this year against the Texans, the Raiders, & the Colts.

WHDPs,

I understand what you're saying but shouldn't we hear what the asking price if before sending him off into the sunset? Anything wrong with doing that? For all we know Long loves it here and wants to finish his career here. We don't know at this point. He may even be willing to move to RT. It opens up one less spot on the team by retaining him. I want playmakers like everybody else. Long at the right price is still an asset.

Mark in Toronto has suggested that teams like Chicago or Arizona will open the vault for Long. He might well be right but I think that would be a colossal mistake on their parts.

Craig, agree with you on marshall and Cutler. their stats have always been great together. Always making pro bowls but crap all in wins. Different city and same result. Can't be coincidence. And now Cutler throws the OC under the bus. sooner or later that punk is going to run out of directions to point, same with marshall.

Chicago can keep both of em.


There ya go Ireland haters'

report: Miami expected to retain Ireland
Associates of Dolphins owner Stephen Ross tell the Miami Herald that Ross has "seen enough improvement" this season to retain GM Jeff Ireland into 2013.
Ireland appeared to be on a short leash as the season opened, but Ross and the Dolphins' upper management are encouraged after a mostly competitive season with rookie Ryan Tannehill showing promise at quarterback. "He sees progress," said a friend of Ross. The Dolphins are 6-8 after Sunday's win over Jacksonville. Miami will close out the season at home versus Buffalo and at New England.

Harmel,
will you please explain your knowledge that Ross is too cheap to pay anyone, in your example Long.. Im just curious..

Craig I agree on discounts to return but given who Long's agent is and Bush's past, I wouldn't count on it. After all these guys mortgage their bodies to make money ... even Peyton ended going to the best combination of team and money last year and who has more money than him?? If he wanted to go to the best team, he would've gone to SF.

Mark,

You cite the stat that we're 11th in scoring in the red zone. I'm assuming that makes reference to the number of times we've come away with points, so those arent all TDs. There's also some running plays in there too. I think at times our playcalling has been suspect, and sometimes in the red zone.

I may be in the minority here but for a 4th round draft choice I think Hartline has has a VERY fine season. He was never drafted to be a number one season. He's surpassed what most of us thought he was capable of doing. The plan needs to include a number one and another option.

Craig I agree on discounts to return but given who Long's agent is and Bush's past, I wouldn't count on it. After all these guys mortgage their bodies to make money ... even Peyton ended going to the best combination of team and money last year and who has more money than him?? If he wanted to go to the best team, he would've gone to SF.

Mark,

Agreed.

Long reminds me of Toni Boseli of the Jags. Great talet but injuries took their toll too early in their careers. Signing Long to a huge nulti year contract is risky. What if after two years he is done and you have 3 years left on a contract that pays him 12 million a year. You cannot cripple your future.

Thats the point Craig, so ideally we shouldnt overpay for Hartline whos looking to cash out of this contract

Ross is too cheap to pay Long fairly.

Posted by: Harmel | December 27, 2012 at 12:46 PM

LOL. Shows how much you know. Don't look at what the Pats pay their guys. Or Cincy or some other Playoff-caliber squads. Ask Long if he's not being compensated fairly. He'll laugh in your face.

matty, so young and naive

No Craig, 11th in scoring TD efficiency. How good we are in the red zones on both offense (11th) and defense (1st) is a major source of optimism.

http://www.teamrankings.com/nfl/stat/red-zone-scoring-pct

I may be in the minority here but for a 4th round draft choice I think Hartline has has a VERY fine season. He was never drafted to be a number one season. He's surpassed what most of us thought he was capable of doing. The plan needs to include a number one and another option.

Craig,

He had a great season & this offense would have been completely f#cked w/o him.

Clue,

I'm not in favour of overpaying for anyone. I don't think any of our FAs are irreplaceable. Now guys are going to tell you that Smith should be but I don't see it that way. If fine with him coming back but at the right price. That's how this team needs to be going forward. Screw the $50 mil contracts for guys like Brandon Marshall. No thanks.

matty, so young and naive
Posted by: dusty bottoms | December 27, 2012 at 12:55 PM

Care to explain?

So Mark,

That stats a bit deceiving, since it's bring defence into the equation too. Our D has done a good job of shutting the other team down all year.

I guess all I'm saying is, while Hartline has to take some of the blame (he should have caught the bomb to him Sunday for a TD, as an example), I believe there are other factors why he only has 1 TD.

Hmmm, that's a good suggestion Craig. I didn't think of that. My issue with Long (other than the possible heavy price tag) is that Martin, for whatever he is, obviously is more comfortable at LT than RT. So if Long stays, then we have a subpar RT, getting older every game Long plays LT. But if we switched 'em, and made Martin the LT, and Long the RT, that might work.

I DOUBT highly Long would want to do that though. Especially if he can still get paid being a LT somewhere else. Also, who's to say Long is going to work at RT. Doesn't seem so easy to convert from LT to RT (as we're seeing with Martin).

Either way, as long as we can get playmakers in positions of need, I'll let Ireland work out the Long situation. That's pretty low in my priority list considering what else we're in dire need of (WR, TE, CB, pass rusher, etc.).

Thats the point Craig, so ideally we shouldnt overpay for Hartline whos looking to cash out of this contract

Clue,

Hartline stepped up in a major way this season. If we don't pay him, someone else will & we'll be even more f#cked at WR.

IMO--Re-signing Hartline is the only 'no-brainer' out there for Ireland & Philbin.

Sounds like the team is fine with Clemons. I STILL AM NOT. In the Buffalo game, he took a horrible angle and missed a tackle on Spiller, AGAIN! If you watch carefully that happens like once a game at least. I have YET to see him contest a ball in the air (yes, he might intercept a pass nowhere near the receiver, but never take it out of his hands or knock it down or anything).

Can he be hidden by the front 7, better CBs, sure. So maybe he's not as much of a priority as CB or pass rusher. But on defense, AFTER those 2, then I try upgrading from him. Because a few times every game, he WILL be a liability.

Re-signing Hartline would be proof that Ireland and Philbin have no brain! Hartline couldnt make the Pats practice squad! The guy is allergic to TD's!

I agree with WHDPs, Hartline should be a priority. Going into the off season, we will need to add a #1 receiver. If you let Hartline go, we will need to add two top receivers. You do not want to create a new void. It also looks like he and Tannehill have developed a nice chemistry as Hartline is T-Hill's favorite receiver. Hence, his 1000 yards receiving. Add another top receiver and you will be looking at a receiving corps that features a #1 receiver, Hartline, and Bess. Not bad.

Top priorities this off season:
1. Sean Smith. Similar to WR you cannot create a new hole in an already weak position. We need to draft a CB with one of our top 3 picks to add to Smith.
2. Brian Hartline. Same as #1.

I think that we can let both Long and Starks walk. Both will command top dollar. In Starks' situation Odrick can fill his spot. However, losing starks would mean that a DL will be top priority in the draft(there are some good ones in ths darft). Martin will be even better next year and he has already filled in well for Long.

go finssssssssss

wish list pass rusher, cb,te,wr,rt/rg

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