Don’t do it.
Fight the temptation.
Cool those hot takes.
Whatever you do, don’t say Cam Wake has lost a step.
Because every time you do, he proves you wrong.
Until the NFL did Wake a favor Friday, the narrative is this: He was in the worst pass-rushing slump ever. And the Dolphins’ defense has not been able to overcome it.
Wake had officially gone four consecutive games without a sack — that is, until the league reversed a game-day decision on the safety that wasn’t Sunday. Jordan Phillips originally got credit for dropping Ryan Fitzpatrick at the goal line. But the original scorekeeper was wrong, the NFL decided; the sack now belongs to Wake.
Still, Wake is not at the top of his game. During the past four weeks, the Dolphins have surrendered 938 passing yards, been outscored 142-65, let opposing teams convert 25 of 55 third downs — and have not won once. The team has just two sacks during this four-game skid.
“I have high expectations of myself,” Wake said recently. “It’s probably not one thing; but at the end of the day, I’m not a guy to make excuses. Whatever the scenario of the game, whatever the blocking situation is, I’ve always been a guy who feels like it doesn’t matter. You have to go out there and you have to get your job done.”
Wake continued: “If getting to the quarterback is my job, then I have to do it, and all of those other factors that contribute to the issues or the frustrations of not getting there, you have to put them aside and go out and do your job. I’ve done it in the past and I have to do it going forward.”
Wake has earned the benefit of the doubt. He went the first three games of the 2012 season without a sack, only to record 4 1/2 in Game 4. He recorded four sacks against the Titans in 2015 after getting shut out for five consecutive games over two seasons.
Don’t do it.