Miami Dolphins: Is Cameron Wake the 'Fins' Clear MVP?

Connor McKnightSenior Analyst IDecember 11, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - DECEMBER 09: Cameron Wake #91 and Jared Odrick #98 of the Miami Dolphins celebrate after Wake sacked Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on December 9, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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In the Miami Dolphins' 27-13 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, a defensive showdown took place. The offenses of both squads constantly met opposition from the opposing defenses. Both the Miami defensive line and the secondary held their own against the dynamic 49ers offense behind quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Frank Gore.

But starring in the highlight reel of the defensive performance is none other than defensive end Cameron Wake.

Throughout the afternoon, Wake reached Kaepernick on three separate occasions, accounting for 13 lost yards that helped keep Miami in the game. And in each of these highlights, Wake forced his way through the impressive offensive line of the 49ers and, as an attribute to his speed, took down the incredibly quick Kaepernick.

At this point in the season, Wake now has 14.0 sacks, tying his career best in the 2010-11 season. And while Miami has had some inconsistent performances on the defensive end, Wake has been nothing of the sort. Game in and game out, Wake has been incredibly tough to guard, and his ability to pressure the quarterback makes him one of the game's elites.

And while Miami's season slowly comes to a close, as they now have an unfortunate 5-8 record, Wake stands out as the clear MVP for the squad. He continues to star as the key element to a defense that many experts feel is incredibly underrated in the NFL and will slowly start to get better in the seasons ahead.

A big question for the Dolphins organization is finding another defensive end that can complement Wake in a truly formidable tandem to really provide another element to an already talented defense. The Dolphins may even look toward this year's draft as a means to accomplish this.

However, Wake's abilities cannot go underappreciated any longer. He is the clear MVP of this Dolphins team.