DAVIE — Cameron Wake doesn’t love the idea that there are Thursday night NFL games.
But if there is one advantage to Miami playing last Thursday in Baltimore (yes, the Dolphins lost, 40-0) it’s that they had extra rest because of a mini-bye created by coach Adam Gase.
“I think guys were refreshed,” Wake said of practice this week. “I’d like to think guys have time to do whatever, whether it was get away from the game, whether it was get some extra treatment. Whatever thing you needed to get you through the rest of the seasons. It was a good week of practice.”
Wake refuted the notion that the Dolphins will play harder because Sunday night’s game is before a national television audience, or because the Raiders are a quality opponent, or because the game may end up as a playoff must-win.
Wake’s lengthy answer to that thought gives a good insight into how he approaches the game.
“I don’t like spikes,” Wake said. “I don’t like roller-coasters. I’m not a fan of ‘extra’ like for instance, Sunday night, we’re going to play harder. So then what were you doing Sunday night at 1 o’clock? What were you doing Thursday night? If there is an extra, and I would say this to any football player, then you’ve been withholding something that you should have been giving. It should be a maxed out effort, week in and week out, no matter what time the game is, no matter who you are playing, no matter if you lost 10 straight of lost 10 straight, you’re going against an All-Pro, you’re going against a rookie who’s never played. There is no let up. You’re 100 mile an hour fastball, every pitch, until your arm falls off. That’s the only way you can play this game. And if you’re out there throwing lobs because it’s not a great hitter, and then you’re waiting for another hitter to come up, then you’re wasting an opportunity. Me, I’m swinging for the fences every single play. I don’t care who’s pitching.”
Wake also explained that the defensive line has the responsibility to limit deep pass plays from Derek Carr to Amari Cooper or Michael Crabtree. Why?
“A corner couldn’t cover me for 10 seconds in this league,” Wake said. “If you throw a 70-yard pass, that’s my fault.”
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