NOTEBOOK: Wake Returns With A Vengeance; Other Notes

Posted Sep 30, 2012

Pro Bowler wreaked havoc on Arizona’s Kevin Kolb.

GLENDALE, Ariz. – Three weeks of getting close enough to the opposing quarterback to smell his breath but not able to get a sack led to some undeserved questions about Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake.

So the fourth-year find from the Canadian Football League came up with an emphatic answer this afternoon at University of Phoenix Stadium, notching a career-high 4.5 sacks. He was in Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb’s face the entire game and when he didn’t take him to the ground he forced some hurried passes.

With his second sack of Kolb in the second quarter, Wake registered his seventh multi-sack game of his career and then tied his career-high with just over six minutes left in the half with his third. The last time he did that was on October 17th, 2010 at the Green Bay Rodgers when he got to Aaron Rodgers three times.

Philbin Speaks

“The facts of the matter are we didn’t make enough plays to win the ballgame and our opponents did, so we’ve got to give them credit for making the plays. I told them it’s a huge challenge. We’re going to have to stick together and people are going to say we can’t finish, we’ve got a rookie head coach and can’t finish a game, but we’re going to see what we’re made of and we’ll have to figure that out.” – on what he told the team after the game

“He made some good throws and he made some good plays, he really did. He made some big-time throws, threw the ball pretty accurately it looked like and I think he had a good demeanor during the course of the game. I was pleased with what he did.” – on Ryan Tannehill’s performance

“It’s not a good formula to turn it over twice in the fourth quarter and once in overtime. It’s really hard in a close game and I don’t know that you can overcome that stuff and unfortunately that’s what we did. We’re going to have to go back and correct some of those things. There were some mistakes that we made and we’re going to have to go back and do a better job.” – on the turnovers late that let Arizona back in the game

“I thought they both played well and Brian got behind the secondary a couple of times and I thought he caught the ball very well. Davone Bess, the guy’s a football player. He shows up every week, shows up everyday to practice and I thought he played well today, too.” – on the career days turned in by Brian Hartline and Davone Bess

“He made some plays and played well. I thought he did some good things and was competitive and did a good job overall.” – on the job Sean Smith did on Larry Fitzgerald

Locker Room Talk

“I didn’t expect him to be that wide open. I think they had some miscommunication back there. We expected him to be open but somebody covering him so we was open and we were able to make a big play.” – rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill on his 80-yard touchdown pass to Hartline

“You get a sense of what the game’s going to be early on and just going back to what they had done in previous games. The last time they played a rookie quarterback they brought a lot of pressure and did the same thing this game early on, bringing a lot of pressure, so you get a sense of what the game is going to be like early on.” – Tannehill on how early he recognized the passing game was going to play a big role

“One play. There was probably four or five opportunities to make one play, whether it was a catch, a sack, an interception or a big run, whatever it is and they made it and we didn’t. We knew it was going to be one of those kind of games but to loss like this in overtime is really tough.” – defensive end Cameron Wake of the frustrations he felt in the loss despite having a career day

“We were very well-prepared. We knew they were going to blitz us and it’s frustrating when you know the blitzes are going to happen. You prepared for them all week and you still let them hit you in the mouth and that’s frustrating. That falls on all of us and we’ve just got to do the fundamental things correct. We’re playing hard and our effort is great, we’ve just got to do the fundamental things right and we’ll win games.” – running back Reggie Bush on the late blitzes by Arizona that caused two turnovers

“Real tough man, this was real tough because we had an opportunity to close it and finish the game and we give up a touchdown on fourth down to send it into overtime. We’ve got finish and execute down the stretch and today we didn’t do that and it cost us the ballgame. It was gut-wrenching.” – linebacker Karlos Dansby on losing to his former team

“Are you kidding me? I had no idea. It’s huge to be etched in history. I want to smile right now and I’m proud to say I beling in Dolphins history. That’s a huge accomplishment, but I wanted the win. I felt like we were going to win the game after the touchdown catch because we had momentum the whole game , but our turnovers killed us. … We’re a darn good football team and if we can get out of our own way we’re going to be fine.” – wide receivr Brian Hartline on his career performance and the tough loss.

“It’s really disappointing. First and foremost, those mistakes on our end really hurt us and they were tough to overcome, especially late in that ballgame. I’m just really disappointed to lose another one in OT like that.” – left guard Richie Incognito on the loss

Statistical Milestones

Tannehill surpassed his career high in passing yards in the first half with 219 and set a franchise record in the process for most passing yards by a rookie in a first half. … Bess and Hartline became the first Dolphins duo to each go over 100 receiving yards since Oronde Gadsden (116) and Chris Chambers (101) at Buffalo on November 25th, 2001 in a 34-27 victory. … Hartline set a franchise record for receiving yards in a single game also established new career highs in receptions and yards, surpassing the nine catches for 111 yards he had two weeks ago against the Oakland Raiders. … Lane’s second rushing touchdown are the most in a season by a player who’s primary position is fullback since Keith Byars also had two in 1994. … Bess set a career-high in receiving yards as well in the game.

Eye In The Sky

Pressure up the middle by Paul Soliai and Randy Starks on a critical 3rd-and-6 on Arizona’s opening drive flushed Cardinals quarterback Kevin Kolb right into the arms of Cameron Wake for his first sack of the season. … Miami’s front four kept the pressure on when the Cardinals got the ball a second time, using a stunt that swung Jared Odrick to the left and brought Soliai inside from the right. That forced Kolb to rush his third-down throw for Fitzgerald and miss his receiver, bringing the punter back onto the field. … After a shaky first drive, the Dolphins’ offensive line found its footing as far as pass protection and gave Tannehill a clean pocket throughout the second possession. That gave him plenty of time to find Davone Bess and Brian Hartline for big gains and first-down conversions on a 14-play, 64-yard scoring drive that gave Miami an early lead. … Seeing the Cardinals geared up to stop the run, Tannehill crossed them up in the first half by checking out of plays late and finding mismatches in pass coverage with Bess running free. … Up until Arizona’s go-ahead touchdown drive in the fourth quarter, Miami’s pass defense had held its own and did not give up any real chunk plays, with the front seven bringing pressure and the secondary come up to make tackles after the catch.

Fantastic Fins

Quarterback Ryan Tannehill – The rookie looked sharp in setting that rookie record in the first half by making all of the throws and standing in the pocket until the last possible second. He took some hard hits in addition to getting sacked three times and never wavered, standing his ground to connect with Brian Hartline on that big 80-yard touchdown.

Wide receiver Brian Hartline – Two weeks after breaking out for a career game against the Oakland Raiders, Hartline stunned the Cardinals crowd with a franchise record-setting performance. His 80-yard touchdown catch gave the Dolphins a 21-14 lead.

Defensive end Cameron Wake – After going without a sack in the first three games of the season, Wake exploded for a career-high four-and-a-half sacks and set the tone early up front.

Cornerback Sean Smith – The fourth-year cornerback picked off Kolb twice in the game, setting up a field goal and turning the game around with an interception in the end zone after a Dolphins turnover for a touchback. Tannehill’s touchdown pass to Hartline came on the next play.

Wide receiver Davone Bess – He was also a go-to target for Tannehill, setting a career-high with 123 yards and some big third-down conversions.

Fullback Jorvorskie Lane Not only did he get his second rushing touchdown of the season, but he caught the two-point conversion and converted two short-yardage first downs.


Miami travels to Cincinnati next Sunday at 1 p.m. against the Bengals for their second of back-to-back road games

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