Marshall Faulk (@marshallfaulk) November 26, 2014
Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk returns with his weekly GMC Playbook question for us. This week, he wants to know who on the Dolphins is the established veteran who has perfected his craft the point that, if is he s a defensive back, he can give that jersey pull or a nice arm lock, so the receiver can't catch the ball. Or an offensive lineman who's crafty enough to get the hold real tightly to where the refs won't call it, but the back, he's off for a big run.
Two answers come to mind immediately. Defensive end Cameron Wake and cornerback Brent Grimes. Both of the players may have great stats that show up in the box score, but it is what does not show up in the stat sheet that is more important. Wake knows how to tie up offensive linemen, leading to free rushes from other defenders, and allowing Olivier Vernon to get to the quarterback from the opposite side. Grimes knows how to shut down a wide receiver, keeping him from even being targeted.
A third answer, and maybe an even better one for this case, is cornerback Cortland Finnegan. The veteran is a master of getting into opponents heads, messing with their game and, potentially, leading to penalties. Finnegan is called dirty by fans of opposing teams. That should be the definition of the "crafty veteran."
Who do you think fits the bill?