Friday, September 10, 2010
Torbor expects Dolphins to keep on running
By Tim Graham
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Miami Dolphins fans have been eager to see what kind of aerial fury their team will unleash.
The first chance to see how the Dolphins intend to conduct their offense will be Sunday against the Buffalo Bills in Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Bills outside linebacker Reggie Torbor chuckled when asked what to expect from the Dolphins. He has a little intel, having played every game for the Dolphins over the past two years.
"Everybody's so caught up in Brandon Marshall and Chad Henne," Torbor said, "but if you don't stop their run game, you can put whoever you want on Marshall because Henne's just going to turn around and hand the ball off. That's the way they play football.
"They'll pound you and pound you. And when they think you've had enough, they'll pound you some more."
There are various reasons to expect the Dolphins will emphasize the run Sunday. The Bills have an opportunistic secondary the Dolphins might not have to test. Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams against the Bills' front seven looks favorable enough.
The Bills have switched to a 3-4 defense under new defensive coordinator George Edwards, a Dolphins assistant the past five years. Kyle Williams is an undersized nose tackle. The Bills have many linebackers who were drafted or previously signed to play a 4-3, meaning they're smaller and sleeker than you'd see in a traditional 3-4.
And they're a bit banged up. Torbor isn't a wise bet to play. He missed practice Wednesday and Thursday with a chest injury. The Bills placed inside linebacker Kawika Mitchell on season-ending injured reserve Friday with a bad foot.
"The O-line is physical," Torbor said of the Dolphins. "In this day and age, people go so much zone scheme. They believe in blowing people off the ball. I guess you can't make a tackle if you're lying on your back.
"Then you have the physical running backs that complement that. They don't have 200-pound scatbacks back there. It's not enough to beat the O-line and beat the fullback. You still got to bring down Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams."
Torbor, released by the Dolphins in May, didn't get a chance to learn much from new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan. But he can speak about the impact new inside linebacker Karlos Dansby can make for Miami. Torbor and Dansby were teammates at Auburn.
"He's a game-changer," Torbor said. "He's the type of guy who will not make many plays, it seems like. But about middle of the second quarter, third quarter, all of a sudden -- boom! He does that week in, week out. He's just known for it."