Cameron Wake has roughly as many gashes on his shins as sacks on the season.
He would gladly take five more of each before the New Year so he could break a team record.
Wake the high-energy defensive end and one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dreary Dolphins season has history within reach. With 14 quarterback sacks, hes 4 1/2 shy of the teams single-season record, shared by Bill Stanfill (1973) and Jason Taylor (2002).
Id put [Taylor] as the best ever, Wake said when discussing the games great pass-rushers. To share any space on the marquee next to a guy like that, that would truly be an honor. But cant put the cart before the horse.
With the Jaguars in town, that horse should be pulling at the reins. Jacksonvilles offensive line has allowed 40 sacks fourth-most in the league through Week 14 and Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne is far from mobile, as Dolphins fans will remember from his days with the team.
Of course, five sacks in a game at any level would be remarkable, but its not inconceivable. Wake already has three or more twice this year.
Cams kicking [butt], and it comes as no surprise, Taylor said last week. Cam has a very special set of skills, and we knew from Day One hed be good.
Said Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey: He can wreck a game. Hes having a phenomenal year.
Actually, Wake might be having the best season of any Dolphin in 2012. At this point, individual achievement and accolades are about all the team has to get excited about.
On the day the Dolphins will honor the 40th anniversary of the Perfect Season, the current incarnation will try to avoid its sixth loss in seven games.
Still, several players are having the best season of their career. Brandon Fields is on pace to break his own team record for gross and net punting and leads his position in Pro Bowl voting.
Brian Hartline and Davone Bess each could go over 1,000 yards for the season (although Bess is out of Sundays game with a back injury).
Then theres Wake, who already has tied his career high for sacks with three games to play. Quite a few of them have come at the expense of his body.
Scabs and fresh wounds mark both lower legs. His fingers dont straighten the whole way, a reminder of a career spent in the trenches.
Mama always told me, nothings free, Wake said with a chuckle. There is 100 percent chance, playing professional football, that youre going to get hurt.
You may squeeze by without a serious injury, but there is no chance that you play this game without being hurt.
Wake has been lucky since joining the Dolphins. He has played in all but two games throughout his career and spent the 2012 campaign justifying the four-year, $49 million contract extension he signed last spring.
And Wake has performed at a high level despite never playing for an NFL team with a winning record. Pass rushing is predicated on extreme effort, and Wakes motivation apparently hasnt waned, even if his teams postseason chances have.
Youve got a job to do, and you try to do the job the best you can, said Taylor, who faced a similar situation for much of his career.
It doesnt always equal success for the team, and thats unfortunate. His job is to do his job and to be the best at what he can be, and hes doing that.
Wake encourages his benchmark-nearing teammates to do the same. And he hopes that those who support the team follow.
For guys to achieve their goals is meaningful, he said.
Like a franchise sack record no matter how scuffed up his body gets.