Cameron Wake approaches every snap the same way. So, yes, it’s great that the regular season is finally here. But...
“For me, if there’s an opponent across from me, he’s wearing a different color and they’re keeping score, it’s all gas, no brakes,” Wake said Friday. “It doesn’t matter whatever it is. I don’t care if it’s ping-pong, badminton, preseason, Super Bowl, I’m trying to kill you.”
Wake has killed, or sacked the quarterback, 92 times in his Miami Dolphins career. What drives him now?
“Cameron Wake,” he said. “Every day I look in the mirror. Being better than him. I’ve always been a guy I’ve never cared about stats particularly, somebody else, what he did, what he does, what the other guy on the other side of the league is doing. I have a very, very competition in myself and outdoing me, being better, being smarter.
“All of those things, keep stepping that bar up. That’s kind of the way I make my way across improving and I think if I continue to do that, then hopefully I can help this team. If I can help this team, then we can get more wins, and so on and so on. It’s just going to trickle down and trickle across and be contagious.”
Wake believes defensive end Robert Quinn will be a tremendous asset.
“Obviously, he’s a great football player (and a) tremendous pass-rushing force,” Wake said. “Anytime you have to make decisions when it comes to the offensive side of the ball … of course, that would probably be a great question to ask one of those guys on the other side, but how are you going to dispense your attention? There’s only so many guys...”
There has been so much talk about Miami changing the culture of its locker room and adding winners and leaders. That’s all fine, but Wake says he’s all about that action, boss.
“Words have never solved a problem,” Wake said. “It’s always come down to actions. It has to happen. It’s not something that we can just go out and say. It’s not something that you can speak into existence. Speaking something into existence is not a thing. You have to act it into existence.
“We can go out there and rah-rah-rah all we want, whether it’s culture, stop the run, get to the quarterback, score points, all of that. It sounds good. It makes good T-shirts; but you have to bleed. You have to do it and that becomes who you are. Whether you want to say I’m a rah-rah guy or I’m a tough guy, if you don’t go out there and be tough, what difference does it make? So Sunday will show what this the situation is, who you are individually, unit, team, so on and so forth.”