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Dolphins’ coordinator: I wouldn’t trade Cam Wake for anybody

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Dolphins defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle has offered up some very high praise for defensive end Cameron Wake.

In an interview with the team’s website, Coyle said there’s not a single player in the NFL he’d rather have on his defense than Wake, who had a career-high 15 sacks last season.

I wouldn’t trade Cam Wake for anybody in our league,” Coyle said.

That sounds like hyperbole. Would Coyle really not trade Wake for J.J. Watt, who is seven years younger than Wake, takes up less salary cap space than Wake and is coming off one of the best seasons that any defensive player has ever had in NFL history? That’s a little hard to believe.

But Coyle insists that there’s no better player than Wake for a coach to have.

“He’s a joy to coach,” Coyle said. “He works at it mentally, he’s strong against the run, dynamic pass rusher, intelligent football player, can cover guys when we do put him into coverage. He’s a guy that can run with backs, tight ends, shoot, he can run with some receivers out there. He’s a dynamic player, and we’re so fortunate to have him.”

The Dolphins would be very fortunate to get another 15-sack season from Wake this year.

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41 Responses to “Dolphins’ coordinator: I wouldn’t trade Cam Wake for anybody”
  1. jhein23 says: Jul 17, 2013 8:23 PM

    Personally I would take JJ Watt over every other non-QB in the NFL. Cameron Wake is really underrated player but not in the same league as the much younger Watt.

  2. wearesc13 says: Jul 17, 2013 8:26 PM

    Wake is a beast!!!! Go Fins.

  3. fredsingleton says: Jul 17, 2013 8:26 PM

    How the dude was ranked 92nd in the top 100 is unfathomable.

    He’s up there with Von Miller/Demarcus Ware/Jared Allen

    Heck, I’d take him over Aldon Smith.

  4. Andre's Johnson says: Jul 17, 2013 8:27 PM

    He’s just propping up his own guy. Of course he’d like Von Miller, JJ Watt, or, say, Geno Atkins. Nothing wrong with a coach using a little hyperbole to support his own players. Anyway, Cam Wake is really freaking good.

  5. ishudbgm says: Jul 17, 2013 8:42 PM

    The guy was an all-pro and that went completely under the radar. Watt, Miller, Atkins, and Aldon Smith all have at least one other person who is double digits in sacks or draws enough attention to help free themselves up…WAKE has nobody! Starks and Soliai are basically great run stuffers and nothing more.

  6. cinvis says: Jul 17, 2013 8:54 PM

    Wake has more Sacks plus offensive holding calls against (which are almost like sacks) than anyone in the league over the last two years. By a LARGE margin. Most underrated player in the NFL by far.

  7. GrossmanDaSexCannon says: Jul 17, 2013 8:55 PM

    Pft, Not even Adrian Peterson? Or Megatron? Or older Manning?

    c’mon man

  8. curfster33 says: Jul 17, 2013 8:58 PM

    What’s exciting is adding Jordan to rush off the other edge. Odrick being rotated in and don’t forget Vernon did extremely well in the very limited playing time he had. We adding a lot more speed and ability to rush the edge with ellerbe and wheeler and we are another year deeper into koyles system who will have much more confidence in his guys as far as aggressive play calling and a lot better feel for how to use the personnel. This front 7 might just make our rookie corners look like studs.

  9. curfster33 says: Jul 17, 2013 9:02 PM

    After 8 games he had more than double the amount of pressures of any other defensive player, including mr JJ Watt who played incredible against Miami and beat us single handedly

  10. jerrygray721 says: Jul 17, 2013 9:04 PM

    after watching this guy play the way he has since going to Miami it really makes me wonder how he ever ended up in Canada in the first place.
    top notch player and if Dion Jordan lives up to at least some of his potential wake will have that other person for the offense to worry about and he should have a huge year

  11. kane337 says: Jul 17, 2013 9:06 PM

    Cam Wake is a beast. No doubt about it.

  12. rockybev35 says: Jul 17, 2013 9:07 PM

    @ishudbgm:

    Take a look at the stats for the Texans D last year before stating inaccurate info to prop your argument. Watt, interior D-lineman mind you (which is why his numbers are more ridiculous than any other person named), lost Cushing in week 4. There was no other double digit sack man on the Texans. Also, speaking to “having others to free them up”… That’s Watt’s role in Wade Phillips system. Nobody frees him up and due to lack of consistent production from anyone else, he was double and triple teamed all year.
    I’m not being a homer, Wake is a great player., just know your facts before stating foolish things. Aldon Smith, 100% accurate. His stats dropped significantly without Justin in the final stretch.
    To be fair- Watt needs to keep playing at a very high level to avoid the “one year wonder” reputation. Don’t expect last year but expect he’ll be a HOF’er when it’s all said and done.

  13. vincentbojackson says: Jul 17, 2013 9:14 PM

    Easy to make that statement in a league where trades are extremely rare.

  14. andymannfl says: Jul 17, 2013 9:17 PM

    “The Dolphins would be very fortunate to get another 15-sack season from Wake this year.”

    I think they would be ‘glad’ rather than ‘fortunate’. Fortunate implies he’s not likely to do it. Considering the number of offensive holding penalties he draws that did not result in a ‘sack’ statistically and having Dion Joran opposite him on the D-line and Wake hardly over-the-hill, I would say 15 sacks is very doable.

  15. gopackgo5212 says: Jul 17, 2013 9:27 PM

    @rockybev35

    Come on now. I love Watt because I’m a badgers fan but to expect a second year player to be in the hof??? I think that he will be but to expect it is ridiculous. I hope Clay will be and he is on his way, but if he or Watt get hurt, no guarantees.

  16. phinsaaa says: Jul 17, 2013 9:32 PM

    By far the most under rated defensive player in the league. If you look at his stats over the last three years Wake is in a league all by himself when you look at sacks, hurries, hits, holding calls against. Sacks are not the end all be all when it comes to pass rushers. It’s all about disrupting the quarterback and in the NFL there isn’t anyone that does that better than Mr. Cameron Derek Wake!!! He is all day long a top 15-20 player in this league. JJ Watt is an amazing player and for a 3-4 defensive end to put up the numbers he does is incredible, but Wake does his job just as well and him and anyone else. I didn’t even bother to continue watching the top 100 player countdown after they had Wake listed where he was. Complete joke and NFL Network should be ashamed of themselves

  17. theecowardlylion says: Jul 17, 2013 9:42 PM

    one of those guys whom the hometeam fans think is the best on the planet…. other fans have him at 5 or 6 at his position. mark me down as the latter.

  18. steelcurtainwereonpedstoo says: Jul 17, 2013 10:01 PM

    JJ Watt using the same stuff the Ryan Braun is using.

  19. FinFan68 says: Jul 17, 2013 10:08 PM

    I’ll take Watts but Wake is 2nd IMHO. It will be interesting to see what Jordan can do for Wake. The interior is solid and I expect the Dolphins d-line to be the best unit in the league.

  20. jonevans83 says: Jul 17, 2013 10:21 PM

    Um Wake has 43 sacks in 47 starts for a .915 sack rate per game. Highest in the NFL.

  21. smileysmilez says: Jul 17, 2013 10:22 PM

    not to mention he rakd up 15sacks all while being double teamd 85% of the time how bout that for a beast

  22. raiderapologist says: Jul 17, 2013 10:50 PM

    fredsingleton says: Jul 17, 2013 8:26 PM

    How the dude was ranked 92nd in the top 100 is unfathomable.
    He’s up there with Von Miller/Demarcus Ware/Jared Allen
    Heck, I’d take him over Aldon Smith.
    —-
    Aldon Smith is wearing Justin Smith’s coat. Heck, I would take Wake over Aldon as well.

  23. packerswin96 says: Jul 17, 2013 10:53 PM

    I told the entire NFL what the were getting with Wake when he signed from the CFL, no one believed me. Glad I was proven wrong.

  24. packerswin96 says: Jul 17, 2013 10:53 PM

    I mean proven right, oops.

  25. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 17, 2013 10:59 PM

    Fair enough.

    See you at the halfway point to see if your opinion changes.

    I hope very much that somebody is around to pinpoint the exact day that his opinion changes on when Wake loses his #1 Best Player designation. That would be fascinating to find out, because then we could analyze what happened that caused the demise, or perhaps the DC can elaborate more on his analysis before and after the change of heart. Something very interesting could be found out or realized from this exercise.

    So if he had say zero sacks after Week 8 and dreadful stats, would he then retract his comment? And when did he do that, on the 8th week, or where did that breakeven point occur to where he comes to a different realization. This is a very fascinating study to me. But not really that much, cause I think the obvious most likely conclusion would be to trace back to this moment and state that he was probably not realistic with his evaluation. But it would still be interesting to study the DC’s mind and thought process and see how he ticks with regard to this study.

  26. bobhk says: Jul 17, 2013 11:02 PM

    @rockybev35

    about Aldon smith: he had a shoulder injury for which he underwent a surgery. No doubt Justin smith is very important but it’s not correct to discount the junior smith.

  27. papoose059 says: Jul 17, 2013 11:11 PM

    A freak athlete who is extremely humble and accountable to his teammates.

    I remember a raw talent by the name of Derek Wake at PSU. Never lived up to his potential and flamed out with the Giants. He started selling insurance and eventually decided he didn’t want to live with the regret of not giving maximum effort to football. He started working out and eventually made his way to Canada, where “Cameron” Wake emerged.

    The rest is history.

  28. thehaljordanproject says: Jul 17, 2013 11:28 PM

    Wakes 2nd year in the league ( first year starting) he had 15.5 sacks get your stats right

  29. southpaw79 says: Jul 18, 2013 12:00 AM

    Actually that is not 100% accurate for Aldon Smith either. Aldon had a shoulder injury during the Patriots game towards the end of the year. If you watched him play at the end of the year, he would still get a lot of pressure on the QB, he was just a tad later and trying to tackle them with one arm. This is not taking away from Wake or JJ, but to assume the slump in Aldon’s sacks at the end of the year was just due to Justin Smith then you would be mistaken. Now what would be really fun is to see Justin and JJ in the middle with Wake and Aldon on the edges.

  30. kobesnotmike23 says: Jul 18, 2013 12:08 AM

    Fredsingleton-

    Von miller is miles ahead of cam wake and to even put a one trick pony like Aldon smith in the mix is hilarious.

    JJ Watt, Von Miller—-> the rest of the defensive “greats”

  31. randomcommenter says: Jul 18, 2013 12:34 AM

    Watt would not be as good a fit as Wake in the 4-3 the Dolphins run. I’d rather have Wake in a 4-3 and if Dion Jordan is any good on the other side, Wake could have another huge year.

    BTW, Warren Sapp must think both Wake and Watt stink because they play against the RT and according to Sapp, any pass rusher who goes against the Rt isn’t that good.

  32. igotgamenj says: Jul 18, 2013 1:06 AM

    All these guys you are comparing Cam Wake to are all 1st Round Draft Choices Wake was undrafted

  33. redfield11 says: Jul 18, 2013 1:34 AM

    “This is the best team I’ve ever been around” title to half of offseason news.

    “X (wake)is the best Y(defensive end)”, title to the remaining half.

  34. itscompton says: Jul 18, 2013 5:27 AM

    rockybev35 says: Jul 17, 2013 9:07 PM
    …just know your facts before stating foolish things. Aldon Smith, 100% accurate. His stats dropped significantly without Justin in the final stretch.
    ——————-
    Way to ignore the FACT that Aldon Smith played through a shoulder injury that required surgery to repair in the offseason while Justin Smith happened to be out of the lineup at the same time. Aldon is producing sacks at a prolific pace and I look forward to him tearing it up again now that he’s back to full health.

  35. smackingfools says: Jul 18, 2013 7:37 AM

    Not saying the rest don’t, but Wake gets double teamed a lot. And a lot of times they miss the holding call. He is relentless.

  36. cowboyhater says: Jul 18, 2013 8:28 AM

    All right stat geeks, just enjoy the article praise this guy, and allow these coaches to give their own guys some props. He’s extremely talented, and the fins D could be a top 15 D this year. May surprise some people, and I’m not even a fin fan.

  37. drainbameged says: Jul 18, 2013 12:25 PM

    thestrategyexpert says:
    Jul 17, 2013 10:59 PM
    Fair enough.

    See you at the halfway point to see if your opinion changes.

    I hope very much that somebody is around to pinpoint the exact day that his opinion changes on when Wake loses his #1 Best Player designation. That would be fascinating to find out, because then we could analyze what happened that caused the demise, or perhaps the DC can elaborate more on his analysis before and after the change of heart. Something very interesting could be found out or realized from this exercise.

    So if he had say zero sacks after Week 8 and dreadful stats, would he then retract his comment? And when did he do that, on the 8th week, or where did that breakeven point occur to where he comes to a different realization. This is a very fascinating study to me. But not really that much, cause I think the obvious most likely conclusion would be to trace back to this moment and state that he was probably not realistic with his evaluation. But it would still be interesting to study the DC’s mind and thought process and see how he ticks with regard to this study.

    ———

    TL;DR

    I’m jealous of how good Cameron Wake is and I wish he was on my team because then I could write 3 paragraphs about how good he is.

  38. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 18, 2013 2:46 PM

    drainbameged:

    It is true I would like Cameron on my team. But if he was on my team I wouldn’t say what this coordinator said, because I don’t believe it’s true or sensible to say.

  39. finsbooyah says: Jul 18, 2013 3:23 PM

    Wake was rated the #1 4-3 DE of 2012 by PFF.

    The best part is that he has gotten better and better every year he has played. He not only rushes the passer but he can play the run and in coverage as well.

    I’m not going to join this argument about whether or not he is better than Watt, Smith, or Miller. That’s just splitting hairs.

    The fact is that Miami has not been nationally televised very much the past few years, so non-Dophins fans get most of their opinions of the team from stupid talking-head group-think.

    Watch a Dolphins game. You’ll see one of the league’s best defensive players.

  40. donth8miami says: Jul 18, 2013 5:28 PM

    16-20 sacks for Wake thanks to Dion Jordan.

  41. rockybev35 says: Jul 18, 2013 5:50 PM

    “gopackgo5212″-

    I stated the HOF point and then said he needs to continue what he has started to get there and I do not expect a year like last again. The thing with Watt that has been fun to watch is the development. He was a solid player his rookie year in a defense firing on all cylinders, with a number of players playing out of their minds. That said, in his rookie season he developed as the year progressed and the ultimate was the one handed grab INT in the Texans first playoff win.
    That was the most ridiculous (defensive) play I’ve seen in recent football. It truly elevated his confidence/game to what every defensive coordinator will be preaching, “get your hands up”. 2012 was witnessing a game taken to another level and swatting balls into 4 picks among countless other the killed plays, drives along with the sacks.
    FYI- San Fran/Aldon Smith fans, no disrespect. He is a great player that is going to get better on a defense that is the best in the NFL. They have THE BEST LB core in the league. To use an injury, although somewhat true, is a bit of an excuse. If you can suit up, you are expected to produce at the level you have shown. It’s not a knock to say someone’s sack numbers went away in the same span as JS was injured. That’s a fact and a testament to how good Justin Smith is and what he does for that defense.

    Not to compare injuries but if we want to state that- there is a reason Watt was wearing an elbow brace all year. My comment was in response to saying Watt had other guys on the Houston Defense that helped to somehow inflate his numbers. That is crazy. The core of our Defense was riddled with injuries and Watt was more dominating than ever.

    Ready for an encore and ready for football.

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