DAVIE — Highlights of Dolphins defensive coordinator Matt Burke’s chat with the media on Saturday:
- On replacing Ndamukong Suh: “Organizations have to make decisions on certain things. … That’s part of the business.” Says he’s excited about DLs anyway. Expectation is to roll in four DTs.
- On S Minkah Fitzpatrick: “That’s going to be up to him, how much he absorbs and takes on.” Says he seems to be a big-picture thinker and student of the game. “My initial impression is he has the ability to absorb a lot.”
- On LB Jerome Baker, third-round pick: Speed was first thing that stood out.
- On LB Raekwon McMillan: “If it works out the way we think it can and hope it does, it’s a huge acquisition for us.” Said watching tape of his practices last summer, coaches were reminded of how he looked ready to take that step as a starter. Adds that McMillan has “worked his ass off.”
- On the vision for the three safeties (Fitzpatrick, Reshad Jones, T.J. McDonald): “It’s always good to have different weapons. We’re going to put the best 11 players on the field, maybe week to week, play to play.”
- Burke confirms there may be some three-safety alignments this year.
- With three safeties: “It’s all about matchups. Whether it’s on tight ends or backs, or having a bigger body.” Maybe Fitzpatrick can be a first-down nickel back. “The more players you get that are multi-dimensional, that have different skillsets,” the more you can do to stop offenses.
- On DE Robert Quinn: When possibility of trading for him was brought up, Burke thought it was a joke at first. Burke says he has been high on Quinn even when he was coming out of college. “I’m real excited to see what he can do for us.”
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