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Talk of Fame Network
The Miami Dolphins haven’t had a winning since 2008 and have been to the playoffs once in the past 13 seasons, but there’s a feeling that maybe, just maybe, this is the year they break through.
It’s not just that defending Super Bowl champion New England seems vulnerable. It’s not just that Tom Brady is as occupied with “DeflateGate” as he is preparing for the season. And it’s not just that in Ndamukong Suh the Dolphins may have added the best defensive tackle in football.
Nope, it’s just a feeling that this is their time … and it better be. Because it’s now or never for a club that’s 43-53 the past six years, and if you believe star pass rusher Cameron Wake you might want to jump on the Miami bandwagon now. He told the Talk of Fame Network this is the year the Dolphins turn the corner.
“Honestly, I feel like it is (our time),” he said on the latest TOF broadcast. “I’ve been around for awhile, and I’ve seen some times where the Dolphins weren’t doing as well. And it seems like we didn’t make strides in the past to turn the corner. Hopefully, we change the future. Because the guys we have on the team now … we’re all very hungry; we’re all itching to go.
“To me, it might be just as frustrating being so close. We’ve been just a game or so out of the postseason the past few years. To know you have the ability to beat teams you see playing in the postseason, and you have beaten teams that that are playing … it’s frustrating in that sense. But it’s also kind of rewarding and encouraging to know that you can do it. You just have to make sure you do it when all the chips are on the line, and you have to make sure you do it consistently. Guys are champing at the bit. So I’m really looking forward to the season.”
Wake is one of the key players in Miami’s bid to overcome perennial division champion New England. A four-time Pro Bowler, he joined the Dolphins after a two-year career in Canada where he produced 39 sacks. But with CFL rules vastly different than the NFL, you’d think the transition for him might have been enormous.
And you’d think wrong.
“It wasn’t as big a transition as I expected,” Wake said. “There are different rules in the CFL, and they might be a big change for other positions. But as far as a pass rusher, actually, it’s probably more difficult as far as the rules are concerned in the CFL because of different things that you have to do.
“You have to deal with the yard neutral zone that keeps you further from the quarterback. Down here we’re creeping up to the ball as much as we possibly can, and the turnover up there is much greater. You don’t get as much time to rest and recover. Obviously, with three downs instead of four you’re on the field and off the field just like that.
“When I came down, the transition wasn’t as great as far as physically, but there was so much more involved. You have lot longer days down here than you do up there. You spend more time in the facility down here than you do up there. It’s more taxing overall. So you have to be professional on and off the field where you’re taking care of your body, you’re eating right (and) you’re getting your rest because there’s more demand for your time.”