Miami Dolphins defensive end Randy Starks sacks Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback David Garrard on fourth down during the fourth quarter of their game on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2009 at Municipal Stadium in Jacksonville.
Starks understands full well the importance of the nose tackle position. Look around the league at all the successful 3-4 defenses, and you’ll usually find a nose tackle who’s a rock against the run.
The Dolphins have had those kind of players in recent years with Keith Traylor and Ferguson, and now it’s Starks’ turn.
“If your nose is not good, then your defense is not going to be good,” Starks said. “So that’s a lot of pressure on me also. So I’m going to do what I have to do, ask the coaches, ask Ferg because I know Ferg played a long time. Anything that can help me, I’m willing.”
Starks doesn’t have the — how shall we put this delicately? — bulk of most nose tackles, but the Dolphins are confident he’s more than strong enough to hold up against the many double teams he’ll be facing.