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The Splash Zone 10/20/17: Matt Burke Proving He Was The Right Man For The Job

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After the departure of Vance Joseph, Adam Gase already had his guy for the vacant defensive coordinator position. When Gase hired Joseph and Matt Burke, he knew Burke would take over the defense when Joseph left town. And so far, Burke’s defense has been impressive, compared to last season. In Joseph’s defense, the defense was really banged up last year. The most impressive stat for this defense is that they’re 4th against the run, compared to 30th last season.

You can check out that story here, and the rest of the day's round-up below.

Miami Dolphins coach who hiked with gorillas proves an ace at his day job | Miami Herald
Matt Burke calls plays for a defense that has improved dramatically from a year ago.

Dolphins Offense

What Miami Dolphins offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen said today | The Daily Dolphin
DAVIE--Just a couple weeks ago, Dolphins offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen struggled to come up with some positives to mention at his weekly media briefing. It was much easier today.

Dolphins Wide Receivers

DeVante Parker injury: Dolphins hoping he ‘shows up at the last second from the dead’ | The Daily Dolphin
DAVIE — Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker hasn't practiced since the Titans game 11 days ago. Do the Dolphins have hope Parker could suit up Sunday against the Jets? "We still just keep on holding out hope," Dolphins offensive coordinator Clyde Christensen said Thursday, befor...

WR Rashawn Scott: Gase, Richt bring similar accountability to Miami, UM | The Daily Dolphin
DAVIE — When Miami Dolphins receiver Rashawn Scott was rehabilitating a broken left foot, he would sometimes do work at the University of Miami, where he played until 2015.

Dolphins Offensive Line

With Mike Pouncey in protocol, Miami Dolphins’ Jake Brendel eager for his close-up | The Daily Dolphin
DAVIE — If last weekend’s cameo was a precursor to a starring role this weekend, Jake Brendel appears ready for his close-up. After center Mike Pouncey could not play in the second half of the victory over Atlanta, the Dolphins called on Brendel, who helped Miami turn a 17-0 halftime defi...

Dolphins Defense

‘Championship-caliber defense’ or not, Miami Dolphins knew Matt Burke was their man | The Daily Dolphin
DAVIE — Dolphins coach Adam Gase said Thursday that he brought Matt Burke aboard last year knowing he’d be the heir apparent as defensive coordinator to Vance Joseph, who left after one season to take the head coaching job with the Denver Broncos.

AC in the AM: A Look At The Man Behind This Defense
It was the first play of the first game of Matt Burke’s first season as defensive coordinator of the Dolphins. He was hoping the Los Angeles Chargers would line up in a specific formation that usually meant they were running the ball. Burke dissected hundreds of plays to know this. Carefully studied every tendency.

What did Miami Dolphins DC Matt Burke say Thursday before Jets? | The Daily Dolphin
DAVIE — Here is some of what Dolphins defensive coordinator Matt Burke said Thursday: • Charles Harris is doing a good job. Redirects his athletic ability. Has been better at getting closer and hitting the edge. His speed is starting to show up.

Dolphins Defensive Line

Dominant Jordan Phillips of Miami Dolphins: ‘I can play better’ | The Daily Dolphin
DAVIE — It's early in the fourth quarter in Atlanta and the Dolphins are trailing the Falcons by three. Matt Ryan hands the ball to Devonta Freeman and here comes Jordan Phillips, a 6-feet-6, 333-pound defensive tackle.

Dolphins Secondary

Miami Dolphins: Is Xavien Howard a future lockdown, shutdown corner? | The Daily Dolphin
DAVIE — The Miami Dolphins asked sophomore cornerback Xavien Howard to shadow Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones last Sunday. Does that mean the Dolphins view Howard as a potential lockdown, shutdown, matchup corner? "We feel he’s a pretty good player, yes," Dolphins defensive ...

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