Wedge Scouting Report: Shaq Lawson, Defensive End

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Ah….do you smell that?…no not my hyperbolic afterjuice!   I’m talking about College Football in November.  The season is heating up.  There are several undefeated teams left that are trying to make their way into the playoffs.  Only 4 teams are in.

Some people were shocked when Clemson was ranked #1 in the College Football Rankings.  But not this alien – I’m a Clemson fan…mainly because of a certain #90 that plays for them:  Shaq Lawson.

Shaq Lawson

In 2015 Clemson lost Vic Beasley and Stephone Anthony to the NFL…You would expect a falloff by the Clemson defense.  But nope – Shaq Lawson does’t fall off – Shaq makes you fall off!

The Clemson defense is giving up less than 17 points a game in 2015.  In a large part because of their pass defense which gives up less than 160 yards a game.  And what fuels that pass defense – you know the answer to that:  The Pass Rush!

South Carolina running back Mike Davis is upended by Clemson's Mackensie Alexander and Shaq Lawson (90) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Clemson, S.C., Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro)

OUCH!!!

That is the sound most ball carriers make around Shaq Lawson.  Shaq is listed at 6’3, 270 pounds – he shed about 10 pounds before the 2015 season cutting his body fat from 20% to 17%.

For most of Shaq’s career he was backing up studs like Vic Beasley.  But even as a freshman he managed to have 4 sacks, which tied a Clemson record for a freshmen.  In his sophmore year he added 3.5 more sacks.

This year, in eight games – Lawson has 6.5 sacks.  This guy is going to bring a lot of pressure in the pros.

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Could the Dolphins be interested in a player like Lawson?  Well considering Cameron Wake’s season ending injury, Olivier Vernon’s pending free agency and Dion Jordan’s ehhh….NFL POOPERY…yes the Dolphins might be in the market for a defensive end in 2016.

Hmmm….I wonder how Lawson would look next to Suh…..

If I was going to compare Shaq Lawson to an Alien Weapon of Destruction, I would compare him to an Intergalactic Buzzsaw slicing its way through offenses!

BUZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!

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356 Responses to Wedge Scouting Report: Shaq Lawson, Defensive End

  1. D says:

    I know it sounds crazy but i really would like a college coach to move up and be our coaches. Id like to see someone hungry, some one who is use to working with the talent they have no matter what that might be, and college coaches from power conference teams know how to do that.

  2. Al in MIA says:

    In regards to Chud and his previous HC stint, hey well he wouldn’t be the first.
    Belichick wasn’t hot in Cleveland (He had Bernie Kosar as his QB there so what’s the excuse?) and Mike Shanahan’s first HC stint was with the Raiders where Al Davis fired him LOL.
    It works both ways in terms of new first time HC and also 2nd go around coaches. You just have to see what made the coordinator successful to deserve the 1st time HC job and also if the 1st time HC looking for 2nd job warrants a look (based on what factors lead him to be fired…personnel? philsophical differences with management? etc).

  3. Al in MIA says:

    D,
    Out of the college ranks, i’m only really intrigued by maybe Auburn’s coach.
    I doubt Dan Mullen wants to bail from Mississippi State, but I’d take a look at him too.
    Mark Richt would be perfect for the pro game (he runs the pro style somewhat at UGA) but he has mega job security there at UGA and is in a great situation…Doubt he would want to leave.

    • D says:

      I hear that Richt is on unsteady ground this year. UGA has been patient with him but he just never gets it done, and this year i have been hearing some of the fans calling for him to be gone. He is beloved by that team and fans, so makes me think something up when all of a sudden he is getting called out by them.

    • D says:

      Mullen is going to stay at Miss State i think for a while. He is losing his QB this year, and sometimes the prospects of trying to find one (as we well know) is daunting. He might would bite if the offer was right.

      Malzahn and Richt are my top choices, though i think Brian Kelly from ND has dones some good stuff with that program since he took over.

  4. Al in MIA says:

    getterdone says:
    November 10, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Dan Quinn after a 5-0 start has lost 3 out of last 4, with losses to the Bucs & 49er’s.
    —–
    Sounds like he’s the next Josh McDaniels, who in 2009 started off 6-0 and missed the playoffs as the Broncos went 2-8 the rest of the way LOL.

    • The Flying Pig says:

      I don;t think we need that pass 6 times a game
      but year 3-4 times
      It will make a huge difference to the offense and provide Tanny with space to work underneath

  5. BoulderPhinfan says:

    IF you don’t play defense your team really doesn’t have a shot. Lets see Tom brady win a game where his defense allowed 2 100 yard rushers and 150 yard passers.

    • The Flying Pig says:

      I bet Brady would win that game 45-42

      but i get you are right and agree generally
      defense played bad and its unacceptable

      • Tim Knight says:

        The Pats are one of the best teams against the run. Also when we pounded the ball on the Pats opening day last year we shut them out in the 2nd half. Let’s not jerk Brady off too much. LOL

  6. drg says:

    Read several guys talking about the approach I want to see. We need a stable, good GM to bring in a coach he can work with. We need to wipe the books with any high priced vets and break this bad habit of being major players in FA every year. No rookie HCs. They will fail with a young, untested roster. I’m fine with Tannehill, but time to draft some new QBs that can hopefully develop at least into potential replacements or maybe we even hit the lottery and find a franchise guy. Can’t find them if you don’t draft them.

    Stability in the front office with long term vision. An organized coaching staff with good coordinators. A HC that brings something to the table. A coaching staff that inspires players and gets them to practice, prepare, and play year round as if their jobs are on the line.

    Unfortunately, I don’t think our current FO is what we need. As much as I like Campbell, he is not ready for all of this. And we don’t have a QB capable of carrying the team. We can’t change owners, so we are stuck with Ross. Start with the FO and go from there.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Just remember QBs not drafted high in the 1st rd don’t have a good success rate. Yes everyone can name a few, but you’ll likely go through 10 of them before he hitting on one.

    • BoulderPhinfan says:

      tannenbaum is not going anywhere this year. He’ll be the one picking the next coach.

  7. getterdone says:

    The Dolphins have the second best rushing attack in the NFL, YET rush the ball the least in the NFL.

  8. Tim Knight says:

    Wow, Andrew Luck suffered a partial abdominal tear and a lacerated kidney in the Denver game. Likely out 6 weeks.

  9. getterdone says:

    Sucks we can’t win a string of games and be part of a playoff race….sheesh!!!!

  10. drg says:

    Tim,

    Agreed, but we haven’t really even tried to date. Take a chance with the 2nd or 3rd rounder or at least a late round pick.

    Tough spot with Tannehill. He’s everything you want character/work ethic/arm. Lacks in some key areas that make me doubt he’ll ever be special. Put a great team around him and he’s a playoff QB though.

  11. getterdone says:

    Tim, why not….Tanny has been Iron Man…gotta gamble some. Why keep paying Moore when we are Cap stressed now as it is.

    • Tim Knight says:

      So when we’re having a good year and RT does go down for a few weeks you don’t mind starting a Ryan Lindley? LOL

  12. drg says:

    We need two young guys with potential behind Tannehill. We could get this defense turned around in a matter of a year or two with some good drafts and coaching. The OL will need to be addressed, but there is certainly a chance of putting a good young team around Tannehill. If he doesn’t take another step the answer might be going with a young QB that doesn’t eat up 20 million of cap space.

    My two favorite QBs in the league are RT and Alex Smith. They are both pretty much the same QB though. You need to give them a lot of help to be successful.

  13. drg says:

    Why not a project at #2? Other than a couple of spots, we need to replace almost the entire 22.

  14. wyoming85 says:

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  15. wyoming85 says:

    Matty I ‏@TheMattyI 2h2 hours ago
    Per @PFF: Only WRs who have forced more missed tackles than Jarvis Landry (12) are Golden Tate (+2), Amari Cooper (+1) & Julian Edelman (+1)

  16. BoulderPhinfan says:

    omar is getting warmer

    Omar Kelly ‏@OmarKelly 1h1 hour ago
    Everyone sucks. Team sucks. Season is over. Fire everyone! Press reset. Steve Ross sucks! Did I make everyone happy yet?

  17. Mike E. says:

    Jarvis would likely be #1 on that list if he got more passes thrown his way.

  18. finfanrob says:

    The Flying Pig says:
    November 10, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    I bet Brady would win that game 45-42

    Yep. some of them, some he would lose 42-45. the dolphins had the best pure passer in the game ever and no def. he still lost his fair share of shoot outs.

  19. getterdone says:

    Opposing quarterbacks have a cumulative 97.1 passer rating against the #Dolphins, which ranks Miami’s coverage 22nd in the NFL.

  20. drg says:

    Tim,

    Other than WR, where don’t we need to replace guys? Very little quality depth on this team.

  21. BoulderPhinfan says:

    As I think about who to blame for this phins shitty season I have to go back to Ross. I know some of you think that he’s a great owner. I just think his hiring/firing decisions are the reason we haven’t had a winning season in 8 years, and the reason we all are looking forward to the draft again in early November. Fuck you Ross.

  22. drg says:

    GDP,

    Our offense has failed to put up many points which is a big reason we are struggling, but no question the defense has been the major issue since mid-season last year. Coaching definitely an issue, but seems to me like many of the guys have gotten old and lost a step as well as backups or replacements not playing up to par.

    • getterdone says:

      The defense is a mess. You can’t let opposing teams run at will on you, pass at will, and score at will.
      3 of our 5 losses we’ve been scored on 44, 36, 33, & 27 for a 4th loss.
      The only close loss we had was @ Jax.

      That tends to put the offense in a hole scoring wise & very 1 dimensional.

  23. D says:

    Tim im for drafting a QB that will both challenge RT as a potential replacement or settle in as a solid backup. There are two ways this thing with Tanny can go, and despite your overall optimism that he will be great some day it wouldn’t be a bad idea to have a guy who might push him to reach that height or be ready if he cant. I also think a new coach might want a guy who cant run the offense HE wasnt to, not the one he might have to run with Tanny. Its possible the coach wont be in love with how Tanny plays so i think its very likely new coach will mean a QB draft pick (probably not a 1st rounder, but definitely something more than a late round flyer.

    • BoulderPhinfan says:

      I doubt we hire a coach that can’t use tanny in his offense. He’s our QB for the next few years. Any coach coming here has to have a system that works for tanny.

    • Tim Knight says:

      We’ll see, I don’t think that would be a serious consideration for a couple of years.

  24. wyoming85 says:

    What the Dolphins do to me every year!

    [video src="https://pbs.twimg.com/tweet_video/CTemlsMUYAAoLv1.mp4" /]

  25. Mike E. says:

    I don’t think anyone here thinks Ross is a great owner, but I think he’ll spend whatever it takes to win, and doesn’t interfere with the daily workings of the team. Not sure what else he’s supposed to do. He came in saddled with the Parcells regime, and now he’s hired Mike Tannenbaum, which I’m not thrilled with. We better hope that Tannenbaum finds his groove, or that Ross makes wholesale changes and everyone is out. Then we have to hope the next guy he hires is the right guy.

    • BoulderPhinfan says:

      he needs to fire/hire people at the right time. He should have fired philbin 2 years ago and should have fired Ireland with sparano and hired a real HC at that time. He has no clue when it comes to building a winning front office. Yes he spends money but so do all the other owners.

      Ross is the problem. THere is a reason we haven’t sniffed playoffs in his tenure as the owner. Now he fired philbin and will keep tannenbaum. Its groundhog day.

      • Mike E. says:

        Realistically, that wasn’t going to happen. Ask Tim or Jahn how they would have felt if Ross fired Philbin 2 years ago. I know you and I would have been happy, but a lot of fans would have felt that he was too trigger happy. I think the big mistake he made was pursuing Harbaugh when Sparano was still the HC.

  26. getterdone says:

    Drg,
    The defense is a mess. You can’t let opposing teams run at will on you, pass at will, and score at will.
    3 of our 5 losses we’ve been scored on 44, 36, 33, & 27 for a 4th loss.
    The only close loss we had was @ Jax.

    That tends to put the offense in a hole scoring wise & very 1 dimensional.

  27. getterdone says:

    2015 Draft Picks
    RD(PK) PLAYER POS SCHOOL
    1(14) DeVante Parker WR Louisville
    2(20) Jordan Phillips DT Oklahoma
    4(15) Jamil Douglas OG Arizona State
    5(9) Bobby McCain CB Memphis
    5(13) Jay Ajayi RB Boise State
    5(14) Ced Thompson S Minnesota
    5(20) Tony Lippett WR Michigan State
    _______________________________________________

    Not much impact from this draft yet! That Sucks!

    • D says:

      I think All of them have shown something either in PS, or limited time in games. I see this as on of our most promising drafts in a while. Ced is really the only ? at this point. Lippet has shown flashes and i hope to see some real game ones soon. Bo. McCain has already moved into the rotation and is getting lots more game time. Ajayai just showed us he runs with decisiveness and looked pretty good on limited touches. Douglas was holding down RG until they moved to a more power run (and then forgot to stick with it) system. Phillips has like 2 sacks in limited opportunities and looks good when he is out there and Parker really shined in PS before the surgery, something that just takes time to recover from. This isnt a failed draft its just not what we as fan were hoping for…..WEEEE NEW TOYS I WANTS TO PLAY WID THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • getterdone says:

        I did say “Yet”.
        But you typically want/need to get more out of your top 3-4 picks than we have so far. Any coach would say so.
        2016 will be more a barometer of the 2015 draft moving forward.
        But it would be nice to have 1-2 guys helping to win games like James & Landry did last year.

  28. Mike E. says:

    Boulder

    Also take into consideration that just like Harbaugh wouldn’t come here because Sparano was employed, and he didn’t look upon that favorably, a lot of potential coaching candidates would hesitate to come here if they fired the HC after 1 season, and not even a terrible one. It ended poorly, but it was just 2 games.

    • getterdone says:

      Browns screwed up dumping Chudzinski after just 1 season. I know many Browns fans that say the same.

      • D says:

        Dumping a coach after one season unless he is the walking example of complete retardation is in itself stupid. I doubt i have seen many examples of a coach that after year one, no matter their record, that i thought to myself…man that guy needs to go. Thats not just for us i mean thats for all teams. You gotta let it have a chance to get off the ground before you declare it a crash and burn.

  29. Tim Knight says:

    Boulder, why would you fire Philbin after two seasons at 7-9 and 8-8 after inheriting a 6-10 team? The earliest Philbin should have fired was after last season because it was a repeat of his 2nd season collapse. So Ross held onto him a few months too long. You make it sound like he was here 6 years. LOL

    • D says:

      Timing on the Philbin firing was spot on. He looked to be taking the team in the right direction, he was in a no excuses kind of season and he started out not just failing but looking horrible doing it. He needed to go when he went, not before, not after but spot on when it happened.

      • Tim Knight says:

        I agreed when he got fired as well. I said if we lose to the Jets and look bad doing it things are going to change.

  30. The Flying Pig says:

    I agree that it looks bad if coaches are fired too soon

    3 years is sort of the industry standard

    The Raiders and the Browns fired coaches after pretty short stints and it didn;t really work out for them

    it sort of sucks though b/c I think we knew was Philbin was before he was fired
    but there is a public perception issue to balance too
    and I’m not talking about perception of the fans
    I mean perception of people in the industry that might be potential candidates or have an ear to potential candidates

  31. CavalierKong says:

    I am seriously considering not renewing the NFL package next year. First time I’ve ever really considered this. This team has beat me down for too long…

  32. getterdone says:

    D > WEEEE NEW TOYS I WANTS TO PLAY WID THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Reply

    I did say “Yet”.
    But you typically want/need to get more out of your top 3-4 picks than we have so far. Any coach would say so.
    2016 will be more a barometer of the 2015 draft moving forward.
    But it would be nice to have 1-2 guys helping to win games like James & Landry did last year.

  33. The Flying Pig says:

    I actually think the offenses treats the defense worse than the defense treats the offense

    does that make any sense….

    I think the offensives woes make things hard for the defense

    I don;t think it matters so much the other way around – if the defense can;t stop anyone you just keep scoring
    teams like the Saints and Colts have been in the postseason without very good defenses

    • Tim Knight says:

      I do get it but both sides don’t play enough comp0limentary football feeding off of each other after a good stop or drive. The other one goes out and fucks it right up.

  34. getterdone says:

    Kong & Mrs. Kong falling off the building.

  35. Mike E. says:

    Kong

    There’s about as much a shot that you don’t renew the Sunday Ticket as you there is you don’t renew your drivers license. lol

    • getterdone says:

      Sports media has a way of hyping the upcoming season during the long arduous off season that it brainwashes us all, even the Browns fans….LOL

  36. Tim Knight says:

    LOL @ Piggy

  37. getterdone says:

    Don Shula ✔ @DonShula
    Just spoke with Scott from @theobserver – if anyone can match the #perfectseason I would love to see the @Panthers do it #proudofmyson

  38. stangerx says:

    Quiz of the day……who said it and who is the player?
    ———-
    “We married in 2009, and share two children”. [Then the couple faced discovering an ex-girlfriend was pregnant.]

    “It was a challenging thing because here I am, you know, thinking I’m dating this guy. We met, we started dating, everything is great, and then this happens. I felt I didn’t know what to do … Eight years later, I couldn’t have asked for a sweeter bonus child.”

  39. Mike E. says:

    GDP

    I could dig it if we hired Mike Shula.

  40. The Flying Pig says:

    Stanger

    Philip Rivers

    he has a ton of kids
    I doubt his wife is even counting which are his or not…lol

  41. herdfan says:

    this made me laugh today.

  42. The Flying Pig says:

    Mike Shula has a ton of coaching exprience int he NFL

    but only one HC job at Alabama – I think saban was his predecessor

    David Shula had a pretty bad coaching record
    he was a coach of the bengals during their really bad years

  43. CavalierKong says:

    Mike E. says:
    November 10, 2015 at 5:18 pm
    Kong

    There’s about as much a shot that you don’t renew the Sunday Ticket as you there is you don’t renew your drivers license. lol
    —————–
    Hahaha, no doubt, you’re probably right!

  44. getterdone says:

    Rockphin trying to sign off & leave his beloved Dolphins!

  45. getterdone says:

    Stanger, What is Joe Willie? lol

  46. finfanrob says:

    The Flying Pig says:
    November 10, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    I actually think the offenses treats the defense worse than the defense treats the offense

    does that make any sense….

    yep. absolutely, but then again i am a man, so yeah i have no problem thinking like a pig.

    but piggy just like our sunday talk, this doesnt excuse anything on the defense, they are still as much as fault. but i totally get what you mean by it is easier for the offense to bail out the defense. just ask the defenses of the marino era.

  47. finfanrob says:

    Mike E. says:
    November 10, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    I don’t think anyone here thinks Ross is a great owner, but I think he’ll spend whatever it takes to win, and doesn’t interfere with the daily workings of the team. Not sure what else he’s supposed to do.

    mike,

    i dont know about that. i think he is pretty damn good. i mean what makes an owner great, well then other then owning the commissioner, what makes an owner great? i think ross has over and over shown his commitment to making this team a winner. he may not have made the right decisions so far, but that just means he was wrong, not a bad owner. i am sure i am going to be shown the light on why he sucks, but from my standpoint i cant ask for more then an owner trying to win. hey, he isnt a glazer.

  48. Mike E. says:

    Rob

    A great owner is the owner of a successful team. 🙂

  49. finfanrob says:

    Mike E. says:
    November 10, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    Rob

    A great owner is the owner of a successful team. 🙂

    well no, that is where you are wrong. a great owner lets me be in charge of the cheerleaders.

  50. Mike E. says:

    Rob

    I wasn’t knocking Ross, I defend him all the time, as I was in that statement. Like I said, he will spend whatever it takes to win, so I can’t fault him for listening to advisors that didn’t do a great job.

  51. finfanrob says:

    Mike E. says:
    November 10, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Rob

    I wasn’t knocking Ross, I defend him all the time, as I was in that statement.

    yeah you were, you knock every body. that shit you keep saying about tim is over the top, and i dont really care what you say about ken, he is okay in my basement. and piggy? come on mike who doesnt like bacon but you.

  52. Mike E. says:

    Rob

    I LOVE bacon. It could be the best food on earth.

    • getterdone says:

      WOW, you & Tim actually engage FFR in conversation or attempts of something resembling a conversation with clamor, bellowing, grunting, & guffaws? 🙄

  53. finfanrob says:

    Mike E. says:
    November 10, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    Rob

    I LOVE bacon. It could be the best food on earth.

    lol, come on mike, make a commitment. it is the best food on earth.

  54. finfanrob says:

    getterdone says:
    November 10, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    WOW, you & Tim actually engage FFR in conversation or attempts of something resembling a conversation with clamor, bellowing, grunting, & guffaws? 🙄

    hey, if you take those guffaws and cook them long enough with some red beans and rice they are fucking delicious

  55. getterdone says:

    Mancampbell about tired of getting hosed by the Refs!

  56. Mike E. says:

    “I want a sista can’t resist her, red beans and rice didn’t miss her”

  57. Ken says:

    Just a quick drive by. Tough day today. Put my mom into hospice care today

  58. Tim Knight says:

    Ken, so sorry to hear about your Mom. That’s rough. I wish her, you, family and friends the best.

  59. finfanrob says:

    ken,

    you are forever free from my basement. my best wishes for you and your mom. you are truly one of the good guys.

  60. Ken says:

    Thank you all for the well wishes

  61. Randy says:

    I think Marino could win championships now without a defense. The rules have changed so much. He’d be scoring…a lot. You’d probably need to score 30-40 points a game to beat him most games. Give him even an average defense, and he’s gonna win in today’s NFL with how the rules are.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Marino is Marino though. He’s better than every QB currently playing based on talent except for maybe Rodgers who makes similar type throws but also has great mobility.

    • Ken says:

      I wish he was playing in today’s game. He would be something to watch right now.

  62. Randy says:

    Ken,
    Gosh, so sorry to hear about your mom.

  63. Ken says:

    There will be Hulk piece tomorrow so every one tune in to see what made Hulk angry this week.

  64. The Flying Pig says:

    Ken

    Sorry to hear about your Mom

    I know the feeling

  65. Randy says:

    Tim,
    Yes, I wasn’t trying to do a comparison, just commenting on how much things have changed in the NFL and the emphasis on offense and scoring. Things have changed so much. Not a ton of 17-14 games nowadays.

    • Tim Knight says:

      Agreed. I liked the more physical let them play game better. I feared what I was seeing in college the last 6-8 years or whatever was going to change the NFL this way along with Madden and FF. Well here we are.

      I know you’re not a big Tanny fan but I think he’d be really good in a conventional WCO, the way the 49ers played it back in the 80s and 90s. I don’t think shotgun takes advantage of his skills enough and puts him in tough spots too often. That’s just me if I was his coach. 🙂

      He’s a better pass when you want to than pass when you have to QB. Lot’s of QBs are like that. We make him a pass when you have to QB way too often. Not many can handle that. I’d rather see more 30/35 or 35/30 than 20/45 or 25/40. Sometimes it’s even worse than that.

      Hopefully whoever the new regime and/or coaching staff are, they recognize his strengths and weaknesses and put it in play. I feel like we’re constantly experimenting with RT and the offense. Settle in with some bread butter plays already. Ugh!!! LOL

  66. Randy says:

    Ken,
    It would be awesome. Watching Marino and his competitiveness in wanting to destroy teams is what made me a Dolphins fan. How’s that for a QB-hater? Lol

  67. The Flying Pig says:

    I’m am disgusted by the pork and bacon comments on this blog today

    Do you have no shame humans

  68. Ken says:

    Alright. I am going to try to get some sleep. Not that I feel like sleeping now but I am tired and who knows what the next few days will bring. Thank you all and peace to you all.

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