DAVIE–If there’s anything that’ll stick with you from last week’s Dolphins-Jets game, it’s probably the epic sack by Cameron Wake and Ndamukong Suh that knocked Bryce Petty out of the game.
Defensive coordinator Vance Joseph actually didn’t see that play live. He was paying attention to Miami’s pass coverage.
“I didn’t see it,” he said. “I kinda heard it.”
It’s too bad he missed it, because he was the one who sketched it out. Joseph has devised some creative schemes with his defensive front this year, and one of those ideas was on display in the Petty sack. He moved Suh to defensive end, coming from Petty’s blind side, to free him up from the usual double- and triple-teams he faces.
“Suh was playing defensive end, so it kind of freaked the offensive line out because we were now split with our double-A (gap) look and Suh is usually our three-technique to the offense’s right, but he was the end to their left,” Joseph said. “So I think he freaked them out and they kind of squeezed it all. And they turned Cam and Suh loose. That’s too bad for the quarterback.”
Joseph estimates the Dolphins have used that ploy about 20 times in 14 games, so it shouldn’t have shocked New York. After the hit Suh and Wake put on Petty, that move probably won’t catch anyone off-guard again. But even if teams prepare for it, it’s tough to stop a player who’s brawny enough to play defensive tackle and athletic enough to rush from the edge.
“As we go forward, we have to do more of that stuff to kind of give him a chance to get one-on-ones and to avoid getting our two best rushers blocked with four guys,” Joseph said. “So going forward, we’re going to do more of that.”
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