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Miami head coach on DE Wake’s replacement

Posted by Chris Brown on November 4, 2015 – 9:01 am

Miami Dolphins interim head coach Dan Campbell has experienced his first bit of adversity as head coach. He lost both his starting right tackle in Ju’Wuan James and his top pass rusher in Cameron Wake last week in the loss to New England. His plan is to insert Derrick Shelby into the starting lineup in Wake’s place. Here’s what he thinks Shelby is capable of in trying to fill the void left by Wake.

Shelby is one of those guys that we’re fortunate to have,” Campbell said. “I mean every bit of a starter for us as a rotation type player, so you couldn’t ask really for a better guy to come in and fill in for (Cameron) Wake obviously a lot more than he’s been doing and I mean I have a lot of confidence in Shelby. Shelby is one of those guys who he is fundamentally sound and he’s an explosive athlete. He’s not the speed rusher that Cam (Cameron Wake) is, but he’s going to go in there and do a nice job for us.”

Expected to rotate in with Shelby is Terrence Fede, but he too does not offer the same skill set that Wake does. So Campbell and his defensive staff will probably have to devise some different ways to manufacture Wake’s missing speed off the edge against Buffalo Sunday.

I don’t know if you do things differently,” Campbell said. “There’s still ways to fabricate some speed off the edge. We still have a Chris McCain who could be possibly up this week and he’s a guy who can generate some speed off the edge. Ultimately if you don’t have the speed off the edge than you got to push the pocket from the edge and that’s something that (Derrick) Shelby can do and (Terrence) Fede for that matter.”

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