A little update from down in Miami on Cam Wake, the two-time CFL defensive player of the year who now wears no. 91 for the Dolphins.
You may recall that during last summer's training camp, folks in Miami were a little underwhelmed by the player to whom the Dolphins had given a $1-million signing bonus after the 2008 CFL season.
There were even suggestions that had the Dolphins not given Wake so much up-front money, they might have cut him.
Well, the vibe these days has changed and it appears Wake is about to take on a bigger role with Miami now that Joey Porter has all but said he won't play for Miami next season because he's sick of losing snaps to Wake.
Tim Graham of ESPN has been documenting this drama on his AFC East Blog, noting some comments Porter made on radio earlier in Super Bowl week.
"You got a Pro Bowl player, asking to play," Porter said Tuesday afternoon during a long interview with Miami sports radio station WQAM. Porter sat down on Radio Row in the Super Bowl media centre. "If you let us just fight for the job, it's not even an argument. No shots to nobody, but it's not even an argument."
"All them guys in my room, love them to death, but at outside linebacker, I'm the best one we got, period. There's nothing to even talk about. Who am I switching with? Why should I be switching out with any of them guys?"
He added "If you want to put Cameron Wake in the game, go ahead and good luck to you. Let me go find a new job somewhere."
Graham followed this story up by quoting some research from profootballfocus.com that demonstrates Wake is a superior pass rusher than Porter and in fact ranks among the very best at getting to a quarterback in the NFL.
Apparently only players who ranked ahead of Wake in efficiency at getting to the quarterback were Indianapolis Colts defensive ends Freeney and Robert Mathis and Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Trent Cole, all of whom made the Pro Bowl.
So with Porter apparently on his way out of town, it appears Wake will see more time at outside linebacker which, because he is almost always rushing the passer, means playing almost like a stand-up end in Miami's 3-4 scheme.
Good for him and good for the CFL to see one of its own have such success down here.