When asked how veteran offseason additions Lawrence Timmons and William Hayes will affect Miami's run defense, Wake told the Miami Herald, "I think those guys will help, but also being able to key in on your responsibility over the last six weeks or 12 weeks or however long you want to consider it to be. Those are the things that are going to make you or break you. It's put up or shut up."
For all of Miami's pass-rushing prowess -- Wake, Ndamukong Suh and Andre Branch strike legitimate fear into the hearts and souls of quarterbacks on a weekly basis -- the Dolphins' run defense was suspect last season and was most notably exposed against Pittsburgh. Miami allowed the highest yards-per-carry average (4.8) and the third-most rushing yards (2,247) in the league.
"I guess it would probably one of the most experienced groups I've ever played with," Wake said. "It's definitely up there as far as talent level. I'm in here going through my years ... they're all kind of one big mush. It's definitely up there, but I've been on some really talented teams and, obviously, we haven't had success in the past."