In a highly anticipated return to the NFL sidelines, defensive coordinator Vic Fangio rejoins the Miami Dolphins, and with it comes the rekindling of his professional bond with two-time Pro Bowler Bradley Chubb. The promising defender expressed high hopes for their reuniting season during an appearance on The Jim Rome Show.
"Understanding Fangio's defence system isn't complicated," remarked Chubb. "However, what stands out is our unique disguise tactics, especially our edgy style. Once you've tasted Fangio's defence style, you'd think twice before switching.
Particularly for edge players, it presents numerous opportunities to dominate and regularly breach the backfield. I'm gearing up for an exciting season." In a reminiscent journey, Chubb played three dynamic seasons under Fangio's leadership when the seasoned 65-year-old served as the head coach for the Broncos.
Despite facing injuries in two of those seasons, Chubb showcased his prowess during the one full season, recording 7.5 sacks and earning his inaugural Pro Bowl spot. Under Fangio's direction, Chubb played 25 games, chalking up 8.5 sacks, 29 hits on quarterbacks, two forced turnovers, and successfully defending three passes.
Following Fangio's departure from Denver after the 2021 season, Chubb had a brief eight-game spell as a Bronco before transitioning to the Dolphins mid-season. Now, as fate would have it, the duo reunites in Miami, raising the bar of expectations amid a competitive AFC East landscape.
Even though Chubb secured a modest 2.5 sacks in 2022, his sophomore year with the Dolphins sees him as a cornerstone in a talent-packed defence. Chubb's familiarity with Fangio's system is a bonus, dubbing it his NFL defensive style.
Fangio Bolsters Miami Defense
Fangio's entry into Miami promises dynamism, taking charge of a team abundant in game-changers. His arsenal includes powerhouses like Christian Wilkins and Raekwon Davis and edge threats Chubb and Jaelan Phillips.
Despite Jalen Ramsey's anticipated absence until December due to injury, the Dolphins' defence remains robust with talents like Xavien Howard and Jevon Holland. Chubb believes that Fangio's strategic vision, combined with Miami's solid defensive lineup, can shape the upcoming season.
He adds, "Working alongside Jaelan Phillips, we're on a mission to stamp our mark on every game. We're unparalleled in defence with support from powerhouses like Christian, Zach (Sieler), and Raekwon." Although last season witnessed the Dolphins rank 14th in sacks and 18th in yardage conceded, the mood has undeniably evolved under Fangio.
Drawing from his track record – third in scoring defence with Denver and top-ranked with Chicago – there's a palpable buzz. Chubb's unwavering faith in Fangio's system suggests it's a league front-runner. If this sentiment resonates on-field, their reunion might indeed see them making waves well into January.
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