The Miami Dolphins claim the Panthers told them to take it easy with their pass rush Thursday after tackle Ndamukong Suh and Miami’s tough defensive front had a strong showing Wednesday during the joint practices at Wofford.
The Miami Herald reported Friday the Panthers approached the Dolphins about dialing back the intensity so Carolina could work on its no-huddle offense.
The Herald story did not include comments from Dolphins players or coaches.
A Panthers source told the Observer that Carolina coach Ron Rivera and Dolphins coach Joe Philbin mutually agreed to run the two-minute drill Thursday without a live pass rush.
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All the other team periods featured live contact Thursday, although there was no tackling.
Suh, defensive end Cameron Wake and the rest of Miami;s defensive line got the best of the Panthers’ offensive line during 1-on-1 drills Wednesday. But Rivera thought his linemen bounced back well during the same drill Thursday.
Rivera had high praise for Suh after watching his performance during the first day’s action.
“There was one he was unbelievable. I don’t care who the guard was, he was winning,” Rivera said. “I got to watch Cameron Wake against our right tackles and that was great for those guys to get that kind of quality work.”
The linemen can settle things Saturday when the teams meet in an exhibition at Bank of America Stadium, where the pass rush will be live.