My understanding, from these conversations, is that Porter had a habit of sending players off the field who had been sent in to take his spot, especially on third down... even after he was suspended for the Tampa Bay game. During that game, if you recall, Charlie Anderson had two sacks, Cameron Wake had one, and Jason Taylor had an interception.
After the suspension, Porter was restored to his previous spot in the outside linebacker rotation, which meant a heavy role in the third down packages from his preferred right side. And he did deliver at first, with two sacks against Carolina. He finished with nine sacks, Taylor finished with seven, Wake had five and Anderson had two.
The Dolphins did want to work Wake into the game more often at the end of the year, especially with Matt Roth gone, with the plan to use him mostly from the left side. That would have Porter and Taylor splitting time from the right, and Anderson getting some work as well. But my understanding is that Porter got more snaps than he would have otherwise, largely because the team did not, as one source put it, "want to rock the Joey boat."
This isn't the first time that I've heard that "rock the Joey boat" phrase, not even during the past two years, with a tougher regime in place. Two players told me before the season that, before Porter got on board with the Taylor signing, the team's braintrust had assured him that he would stay on his preferred side. And naturally, it was hard to argue with that decision, considering the tremendous success he had as a pass-rusher (if not a run-stopper) for the Dolphins in 2008. He did not have tremendous success in 2009.
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