Marshal Yanda knew he was in for a tough meeting with the Miami Dolphins' Cameron Wake, and Wake did not disappoint.
The outside linebacker accounted for two sacks, two quarterback hurries and eight tackles in the Dolphins’ 26-10 loss to the Ravens Sunday, and he certainly made an impression with Yanda, the Ravens’ starting right tackle.
"He got me a few times," Yanda said. "He got [quarterback] Joe [Flacco] once clean when he beat me inside. And then he beat me up the field. [Right guard] Chris [Chester] hit him once, but he still tackled Joe coming up through the pocket. He's everything you've seen on film. He's a relentless pass rusher, a great player, and he got me a few times. That's the way it goes. I'm pissed about it, I'm mad. I watched him all week, and I knew I'd have to have a good game against him. I just wish I could've shut him out. But he gets paid over there, too, and he's a good player."
Wake wasn't in the mood to take joy in his sacks.
"What was the score? We lost," he said. "We have to get off the field. All in all, it was not Miami football."
Yanda tried to anticipate and counter Wake's moves, but he mixed his tactics.
"The first one, he came at me like he was going to bull me, so I sat on it and then he ran around me," Yanda said. "I should've punched him on that one. And then the next one, I was set for speed, and then he bulled me and came inside. He's a good player. He switches things up. He's one of those guys who doesn't have a predetermined rush. He's a good player."
One of the sacks on Flacco appeared to be coverage-related as the Miami secondary blanketed the Ravens receivers long enough to force the quarterback to hold onto the ball too long, but that was of little comfort to Yanda.
"It doesn't matter. As a lineman, a sack is a sack to me," he said. "Our job to block them no matter what, and if Joe's got to hold the ball, he's got to hold the ball, and we've got to block them up. You can say it's a coverage sack, but that's on me. … I felt like I did better in the second half. I calmed down and settled in a little bit, but you don't want to start off like that."
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