As has been said by many authors during the preseason, there were a lot of high expectations by the Miami Dolphins this season. Partially due to those high expectations and with some early season losses to the Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills, and New York Jets, the Head Coach to start the season in Joe Philbin was fired before the bye week. What was unknown though was how the players would respond, initially at least, to a new Head Coach, even an interim one in Head Coach Dan Campbell.
Well, in the Dolphins 38-10 victory over the Tennessee Titans, they scored 18 more points than they had scored in their prior four games, and gave up seven less points then than had in their prior four games. It was definitely their best game of the year to this point. Can they keep it up? That is yet to be determined. This author will wait for the results to play out on the field as one game is not enough to base success or failure upon. But, in the meantime, Cameron Wake had played a marvelous game for that Dolphins defense in week six, and has been voted the VAVEL USA Defensive Player Of Week Six.
If you didn't see it, you would surely be disappointed, as Wake was all over Marcus Mariota as it seemed like he just could not be blocked in Sunday's contest. He finished the game with four sacks, two forced fumbles, and four more quarterback hits. That is definitely not sustainable in the long term, but those four sacks moved him into a tie for eleventh across the league for sacks. He is tied with other noteworthy players such as J.J. Watt, Robert Quinn, Cameron Jordan, and Justin Houston. The thing that puzzles this author is how Wake could have been shut out the first four weeks and then get four sacks in a single game, but regardless, he had a fantastic week and is well deserving of this award.