Porter needs to lead by example not exuberance
Porter was on fire Wednesday. Surrounded by notebooks and microphones and cameras, he was waxing strong with the quotes and at one point delivered something of a guarantee about Sunday's game against Oakland.
"Write it how you want to write it," Porter said. "We will win on Sunday."
Well, this is how I want to write it. Make a play Mr. Porter. You've made no more than a handful of tackles since joining the Miami Dolphins. I appreciate the guarantee of victory. Can you guarantee a sack?
Porter, a fine player with the Steelers, often motivated his Pittsburgh peers with similar predictions. But he always led the charge in the making-plays department to make the predictions come to pass. So far, he's failed to deliver in Miami -- except when criticizing coaching strategy.
Which he did Wednesday when he implied defensive coordinator Dom Capers hasn't been utilizing players as they are most effective.
"The strength of our defense is going out there and letting us fly around, blitzing, getting after the quarterback, putting pressure on the quarterback," Porter said. "Let's not sit back there and let the quarterback have four or five seconds to dissect our defense. Let's let him have two seconds and hopefully we can make him make a bad decision."
Porter promises you will see a different Miami defense Sunday.
"We don't feel like we're an 0-3 team," Porter said. "We've played better. We haven't played to where we need to be but we know what we have on this team. We lost some games where things just fell apart and on defense we're doing things different from what we planned on doing. We've kind of adapted to them instead of letting them adapt to us."
OK, Mr. Porter, go lead the charge. Lead by example.