Why Miami might blitz more

Posted by Chris Brown on September 27, 2015 – 1:35 pm

The Miami Dolphins have more than capable pass rushers, but with Cameron Wake nursing a hamstring injury Miami has managed just one sack in their first two games. Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin’s defense is blocking 28-30 percent of the time, which is a bit higher than most NFL clubs. And in light of the lack of true pass pressure it sounds as though he’s open to calling more pressure packages when it’s warranted.

“Every team is different, every game plan is different, but we are not opposed to blitzing at all,” Philbin said. “We work on it a lot, we’ve got a very good package. It’s game plan specific obviously.”

As for what is keeping the team’s sack production down, Philbin offered the following.

“A couple of things – sometimes we have to win our matchups better in the rush number one,” he said. “Number two, some of the teams have gotten the ball out relatively quickly, sometimes the quarterback has bought a little extra time, a variety of things, but it’s never usually just one thing. Certainly we want to win more of our one-on-one matchups and we haven’t.”

It’s a bit risk-reward that Philbin and his defensive coaches have to weigh. They coverage hasn’t been strong so blitzing aggressively to help on the back end might prove helpful. Blitzing aggressively however, can open up more escape lanes for Taylor if protection breaks down.


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