After Olivier Vernon was fined for a low hit on Titans QB Marcus Mariota, former Patriots safety Rodney Harrison is concerned the Dolphins will try similar tactics to stop Tom Brady.
Dolphins defensive end Olivier Vernon was fined for a low hit on Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota in Week 6. Mariota sustained a sprained MCL on the play and was sidelined for the Titans’ Week 7 game against the Atlanta Falcons. Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh also has a history of getting into trouble for hits deemed too rough.
“I believe (coach) Dan Campbell comes in instantly, he has credibility, they respect him,” Harrison said, according to the Boston Herald. “They know he played the game, and he came in with a no-nonsense attitude and he said, ‘Hey, guys, I know what we’re going to do. We’re not going to play dirty, but we’re going to play close to that line as possible.’ And you saw what (defensive end Olivier) Vernon did to (Titans quarterback Marcus) Mariota -- hit him low.
“Ndamukong Suh has a reputation for being dirty. Cameron Wake is their best pass rusher. So if I’m concerned about anything, I’m concerned about Tom Brady taking a cheap shot from one of these guys.”
Brady is in the midst of one of his best seasons yet, ranking second in the NFL with a 113.2 quarterback rating and 2,054 passing yards. An injury to Brady would certainly be a blow, and would jeopardize the Patriots’ chances of keeping their undefeated season alive.
The Dolphins (3–3) and the Patriots (6–0) will kick off at 8:25 p.m. ET on Thursday at Gillette Stadium.
- Erin Flynn