Dec. 23, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Paul Soliai (96) during a game against the Buffalo Bills at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Paul Soliai says the defense is the backbone of the Miami Dolphins


The Miami Dolphins spent a lot of money this offseason to bring wide receiver Mike Wallace to South Beach. The deep threat is considered a promising target for Ryan Tannehill and could help this team make the playoffs. The defense on the other hand, they think they’re the backbone of the team.

“We’re trying to carry this team,” defensive tackle Paul Soliai said. “I can see it, it’s the backbone of the team.”

“I’d like to be part of that group that’s leading the way,” Cameron Wake said.

The Dolphins have a salary of $108 million in 2013, and nearly 30% of that is committed to seven defensive starters at defensive line and linebacker. They also used the franchise tag on Randy Starks and drafted Dion Jordan out of Oregon. The Dolphins also signed former Baltimore Ravens middle linebacker Dannelle Ellerbe to a five year $35 million contract this past offseason.

“We’re not oblivious to the fact that we have a lot of good players up front,” said outside linebacker Philip Wheeler.

Miami fans can expect their defensive unit to get creative in their schemes and line ups.

“I think it makes us very unpredictable, and it gives the offense a lot of things to work on,” Wheeler said. “[It] may overload them, hopefully. They’re worried about something we’re going to do here, there, and we’re doing [something different].

“Hopefully, we can work it out to our advantage.”

 

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