As they aim to move to 4-1 on the season, the Dolphins understand the tough task they have at hand this weekend when they host the defending Super Bowl Champions, the Baltimore Ravens. See what some around the organization are saying about Sunday’s game.
On what he has seen from wide receiver Torrey Smith beyond being a deep threat – “I think that he is emerging as kind of a go to guy and as you mentioned his route tree isn’t just run down deep and we will chuck you the ball. I think that he’s got versatility as a receiver, he has good size and obviously the speed is well documented and he has really fit into that role nice, he has been very productive for them.”
On Marlon Brown and what he has seen from him in the past few games – “The thing that jumps out at you is his length and his size. He is a good route runner. I like his polish that he has a receiver for a young player and he can create some match up issues with corners there is no doubt about it and he is off to a good start.”
On if he feels the way to stop the Ravens offense begins with stopping the run – “Well I think that they have good balance, obviously they have good backs, Ray Rice and (Bernard) Pierce are very, very formidable running backs. They have a good offensive line and they have, we talked about already, guys on the perimeter that are off to a good start this year. So I still think defensive football even in the National Football League, even though we say it’s a passing league, I still think there’s merit in making the team one dimensional and stopping the run and I wouldn’t be surprised if they come in here and attempt to establish the running game.”
On Joe Flacco — “I don’t know Joe personally. I’ve never met him, but he’s done a great job. He did a heck of a job last year in the playoffs when it really mattered and took his team all the way, so I’ve got a lot of respect for him.”
On what he has seen from the Ravens offense this year – “I’ve been around that offense a long time, and any day they can get it going, what’s in the past is in the past. I know they are looking forward to getting it started, getting the running game started and playing better. We have to be prepared for their best game”
On how he compares the Miami defense from the Ravens defense last year – “I don’t really try to compare those because it’s two different types of teams and two different types of players. There really is no comparison. I don’t really want to compare the two teams.”
On playing the defending Super Bowl Champions — “I think what they did last year was awesome. It’s tremendous. It’s hard to win football games, let alone with a Super Bowl. So, I think that’s last year. This is a new year, a new chapter for them. They’ve had a lot of turnover, a lot of new faces.”
On the challenges the Ravens present — “Every week is a new challenge. This week we’ve got Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil—great pass rushers. But that’s just another challenge for us. We’ve got to step up our play.”
On what the offense has to look out for — “You always have to watch Terrell Suggs. He’s a great player. They have an amazing defensive front, but…I feel like we have great players and I feel like we’re up for the challenge.”
On Sunday’s biggest challenges — “They’ve got two really good pass rushers with Suggs and Dumervil. We’ve got to do a really good job containing those guys. It’s a point of emphasis for our football team. If we contain those guys, we’ll be able to throw the ball around.”
On Haloti Ngata — “[He’s] a really good football player. He’s very strong, he’s a fast, quick guy for his size. We’ve got to do a really good job containing him.”
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