Will eight be enough in 2002 for Dolphins?

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Will eight be enough in 2002 for Dolphins? - Eight-man front being explored
- about time that "defensive coordinator Jim Bates is making it a priority for his group to learn how to play with a safety close to the line of scrimmage. "
''I can't say how much we're going to use it, but I guarantee that it will be part of our game plan every week this season,'' Bates said. ``We tried to do some things last year to cheat it, but it really wasn't the true sense of playing with an eighth guy up there in the box.''
 

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Considering the quality of the Dolphins backfield, it does sound like a plan.
 

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The only problem is that our SS isn`t very strong. Seriously, Freeman lacks ideal size for a SS. I`m curious whether he`ll be good in run support. He is fast, but how will he handle the bigger backs.
 

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So the Dolphins are going to mimic the Gregg Williams defense. Interesting.
 

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Originally posted by Dolfan984
We aren't going to do it every down. Just when it is appropriate.

Yup for when Daryl gets hurt 2 weeks after proclaiming he's headed to the Pro Bowl again :)
 

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Originally posted by VanDolPhan


Yup for when Daryl gets hurt 2 weeks after proclaiming he's headed to the Pro Bowl again :)

Thats the key! If Daryl stays healthy are run d should be fine with basicly 3 DTs in the game. Daryl's health will also decide Zach's. I can't see many o-lineman getting out to block Zach with JT, Bowens, Chester, and DG on the line. On a running play they will have to hit DG with the OT and TE, hit Bowens with the G and C, that will leave Zach alone or with the FB. I like our chances in that match up.
 

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Originally posted by Capt. Dick
The only problem is that our SS isn`t very strong. Seriously, Freeman lacks ideal size for a SS. I`m curious whether he`ll be good in run support. He is fast, but how will he handle the bigger backs.
I actually would prefer to see Brock be the guy that comes up in run support - not that he's a giant either. Last year, we basically had 2 FSs and no SS.
 

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I think Brock is too valuable at FS to risk run support. He`s getting older,let him run around in the secondary and get about 8 int`s this year.
 

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Originally posted by Capt. Dick
I think Brock is too valuable at FS to risk run support. He`s getting older,let him run around in the secondary and get about 8 int`s this year.
except that he's a great tackler - so is Freeman, but not proven.
 

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I read an article in the Herald that said Freeman was the hardest hitter in the team.If the he can deliver a blow why wouldn't he be affective agaisnt the run.....
 
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