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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 9:00 am 
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There has been little pass rush the last few weeks, and it shows.

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Why Cam Wake Is Struggling Lately

After a blistering start to the 2014 season, Cameron Wake has fallen off the proverbial cliff since the Dolphins played the Denver Broncos. After PFF graded Wake negatively just once before Week 12, he’s earned negative grades in three of the last four weeks. More importantly, his film and eye test have been much worse than his play earlier in the season.

Wake was routinely in the correct position as a run defender until the entire defense fell apart a month ago. Opposing offenses would be stuck between a rock and a hard place because with Wake on one side and Olivier Vernon on the other, Miami was able to dominate in the trenches.

But as Wake has stopped being effective, the entire unit has followed suit.

After reviewing each snap of the previous four games, it’s impossible to say there is just one reason for Wake’s struggles. He was the victim of two cheap shots, once against the Broncos and the other coming in the New York Jets game, but Wake was being dominated by Broncos right tackle Louis Vasquez long before the lower-body injury occurred.

Although the thought of an injury to Wake certainly has some legs to it, Wake hasn’t appeared on the Dolphins’ official injury list, on which the NFL requires teams to disclose any type of injury. That means his regression cannot simply be an ailment keeping him from playing well.

An injury may not be present, but Wake does look tired and is lacking the same speed that we are used to seeing out of him. Compared to the earlier screenshots that illustrate how well Wake explodes when the ball is snapped, look at the next screenshot of Wake’s latest game against the New England Patriots.

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Instead of being the first man in the backfield, Wake looks sluggish and average off the snap. He’s unable to get proper leverage because he can’t beat the tackle to the edge of the pocket, meaning he’s much easier to handle and contain. This has been consistent in the second half of the season and has gotten progressively worse.

Without his burst, Wake is not the technician he needs to be to beat NFL-caliber tackles. He relies on his immense physical gifts, which is fine when he is 100 percent because he’s a freak athlete among peers who are already considered freak athletes.

Whether he’s tired or is dealing with some nagging injuries, Wake hasn’t looked like the same player he usually is, and opposing offenses have taken advantage. Considering that Wake has been elite for so long, it’s borderline shocking to see him be blocked by a single player for the majority of snaps, but that’s the reality of who he has been the last month.

Lacking the burst and ability to translate his speed into power as well as he normally does, Wake has been pancaked numerous times every game.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 9:13 am 
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Why dont they switch sides?


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Per Rich, the Phins will have a $6.9M cap savings if Cam is released or traded. The Phins should try to retain Wake, but I anticipate under a new contact. Cam's 33 in January, though he could be a good player for another 2-3 years, his dominant days maybe over, especially as the season wears on.


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I would not be opposed to trading him, although I'd love for him to complete his career with the Dolphins. Maybe what the Dolphins should do is use him less to keep him fresh. As many hits as he gets, my guess is that he has an undisclosed injury that is affecting his initial burst. It's just odd that he was playing at high rate of play and then it disappears.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2014 10:33 am 
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Per Rich, the Phins will have a $6.9M cap savings if Cam is released or traded. The Phins should try to retain Wake, but I anticipate under a new contact. Cam's 33 in January, though he could be a good player for another 2-3 years, his dominant days maybe over, especially as the season wears on.


Can a rotation of Vernon, Shelby and Fede be sufficient? At this point I'm not even including Jordan because his play at LB warrants serious consideration to give him a shot at replacing Wheeler. He received snaps there on Sunday and did a pretty decent job.


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This is eerily similar to when Joey Porter went from being a disruptive pass rusher to just falling off in production. I attribute this to age and a slow down in their play at that position. BUT, I could be wrong and double teams and other factors are slowing Wake down.


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Someone will have to step back and let Jordan take over at some point. That plan was set in motion a while ago..

He was raw, needed to be developed. Spent two years behind Wake, Vernon stepped up big, and now they will phase out the old and bring in the new...

Wish wake would stay, but he has been here on a deal as it is, and wont take a pay cut.

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The question is would you take a second or third for Wake? If we get a new coach he may want to stockpile draft picks

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TommyNoleFin wrote:
The question is would you take a second or third for Wake? If we get a new coach he may want to stockpile draft picks


Yes, you take whatever you can get... However chances are teams will not be chomping at the bit to trade away picks and take on his ballooning contract...

Coaching limited his snaps more and more after Dion could play again. The unit itself declined in that same time frame... I blame coaching and management still trying to justify that horrid draft pick by forcing him into action when there are clearly better players on the roster. That trend is all over this team, most play based on pay rather than performance.. Pull up any Hartline topic this year for the example..

The real question is however, how does Wake feel about taking a lesser role in the defense. Because if he is ok with it, just keep him around. He is more than sacks and tackles.

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Yes, you take whatever you can get... However chances are teams will not be chomping at the bit to trade away picks and take on his ballooning contract...


And to think Bill Belicheck traded Richard Seymour like a 7 year veteran at the time and still pulled off getting a number one pick back in return from Oakland.....now THAT is ridiculous and amazing at the same time.


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Yes, you take whatever you can get... However chances are teams will not be chomping at the bit to trade away picks and take on his ballooning contract...


And to think Bill Belicheck traded Richard Seymour like a 7 year veteran at the time and still pulled off getting a number one pick back in return from Oakland.....now THAT is ridiculous and amazing at the same time.


It cost him atleast 1 super bowl too!! That was a bad trade.


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Kinda hard for Wake to have a good season when the CB's are playing 10 yards off the ball, and all the good QB's know to attack the soft LB corps.

Average release time on In routes and slants doesnt even give Wake time to get to the QB.

Last year was better.


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1 Tackle last week....He is getting about 3 a week


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Finhead34 wrote:

And to think Bill Belicheck traded Richard Seymour like a 7 year veteran at the time and still pulled off getting a number one pick back in return from Oakland.....now THAT is ridiculous and amazing at the same time.

Better to trade a player a yr to early, than a yr to late.


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Not if it cost you a Super bowl.....And they have done it atleast twice.


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Big Dave wrote:
I would not be opposed to trading him, although I'd love for him to complete his career with the Dolphins. Maybe what the Dolphins should do is use him less to keep him fresh.


I think so too.

Why not make him a 3rd down specialist now? Theres not a lot to gain at this point. Either way the season is washed & his trade value is what it is

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Kev1321 wrote:
Not if it cost you a Super bowl.....And they have done it atleast twice.


Funny. NE does something questionable & it may have cost them a super bowl.
We do something questionable & it costs us draft position.


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FINesse wrote:
Funny. NE does something questionable & it may have cost them a super bowl.
We do something questionable & it costs us draft position.

It would be the first time in NFL history that a DLman cost a team a SB.


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FINesse wrote:
Kev1321 wrote:
Not if it cost you a Super bowl.....And they have done it atleast twice.


Funny. NE does something questionable & it may have cost them a super bowl.
We do something questionable & it costs us draft position.


And at the end of the day it's all the same.


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Finally a sack from Wake.

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