Chris McCain looks around the locker room and knows the score. If there’s such a thing as having too much talent at defensive end in this pass-happy league, the Dolphins have that problem.
And so call it pessimistic, optimistic or realistic, but McCain knows that by the time the regular season rolls around, some pretty good defensive ends he currently calls teammates won’t be wearing Dolphins colors.
“People’s jobs are on the line,” McCain said. “We’ve got to put a resume out there. Everybody can’t make this squad. This is just a resume’ right now and we just need to put some good stuff on tape.”
That’s what McCain said after the Giants game in Week 1 of the preseason. Following the Cowboys game in which he played only 12 snaps on defense but 18 on special teams and didn’t record a tackle (he has a slight injury), McCain wouldn’t estimate what his chances were of sticking around for a third season.
“Honestly, I have no clue,” he said. “I mean, the competition is great, of course. We have some really good ends. But where I fit, no clue.”
Any feedback from coaches?
Stand by the “resume’” comment?
“Got to. I know I’m one of a few people I guess on the line who doesn’t have a set spot, so I’m interviewing for 31 other teams. So I’ll find a home somewhere at some point.”
Would he prefer it’s in South Florida?
“It’s in God’s hands, honestly. I mean, yeah, I would love to be here. I’ve been here the last three years. I don’t want to get up and move anywhere, but let God do his work, man.”
The Dolphins have Cameron Wake and Mario Williams as the starting ends, but Andre Branch and Jason Jones are right behind them and figure to see extended time. There’s also Terrence Fede, Jordan Williams, Cleyon Laing and Cedric Reed. Oh, and don’t forget Dion Jordan, who’s coming off a year’s suspension and not on the active roster. Doesn’t that make this the most crowded position on the team?
“It’s crowded but it’s a lot of talent. I’m pretty sure it’s hard for the coaches to decide also.”