What Dolphins DC Matt Burke was thinking when this amazing photo was snapped

Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator Matt Burke celebrates on his way to the locker room after the end of the second half of the game against the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., on Monday. Final: Miami 27, New England, 20. (Andres Leiva / The Palm Beach Post)

DAVIE — Matt Burke’s left fist is clenched. His eyes are intense and focused. And he’s howling with emotion.

And wow, what a beard Burke boasts.

It’s a few minutes after the Miami Dolphins’ stunning upset of the New England Patriots’ Monday Night Football and Palm Beach Post photography intern Andres Leiva is capturing all that Burke is — impassioned, red-blooded and adrenalized.

Burke is a cerebral football coach, but football is a game of physical dominance. And having watched his players put on a dominating performance, against Tom Brady and the defending Super Bowl Champion, provoked an unmistakably raw and virile moment.

And Leiva, who is mentored by the Palm Beach Post’s award-winning photographer Allen Eyestone, produced a moment worth asking Burke about.

So, the Daily Dolphin did.

And here is some of what Burke said:

All games, it’s just you know, we put a lot into it. We put a lot of work into it. It’s a high-intensity moment for us for four hours straight. Especially against a team like that, we had to stay ahead of the curve. You have to keep changing things up. You can’t give them (the Patriots) a static look or they’re going to figure it out.

So for me, it was every series, ‘All right, What are we doing next? How can we change this up? All right, they’ve seen this.’ So it was about four straight hours of non-stop, non-stop, non-stop, so when it kind of ends, and obviously, it was a big victory, I just felt like I was letting out a lot of stuff from two weeks worth of stuff, from the first game (a 35-17 loss at New England on Nov. 26), that I had, personally.

But game days are hard on play-callers. For me, the players and coaches did a great job of helping me. I was getting feedback from the guys on the field. (Ndamukong) Suh always comes over and talks about what he’s seeing. Reshad (Jones), Kiko (Alonso), X (Xavien Howard), even X was like, ‘Man I’m doing this. I’m good on this.’ So that helped. It’s just four hours straight of high intensity, stressful, on edge, so obviously when it’s over and we got a result that we were happy about, it was just cathartic.

Cathartic.

What a perfect choice of words, from a play-caller who dialed up all the right defenses on a Monday night in Miami Gardens.

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