In his third season with the club, Kyle Van Noy has been able to total a career high 76 tackles, four for a loss to go along with 2 sacks, 5 quarterback hits, an interception and a fumble recovery. Kyle also been an iron man for Patriots starting in all 12 of New England’s contests and playing in 88.94-percent of the defensive snaps, the most of any linebacker on the roster.
Given all that, it’s no wonder that the linebacker is keeping Dolphins head coach Adam Gase up at night leading up to their Week 14 matchup down in Miami this Sunday.
“He’s been a nightmare for us, I know that,” Gase said on Wednesday. “He does a great job. He disrupts. He does a great job setting the edge. He always does a great job any time we … If we ever try to run the ball to the edge, it’s getting to the point where it’s kind of pointless. He shuts down the run to his side. That whole defensive line does a great job as far as when they’re working their stunts and you got the TEs and the ETs, they set each other up so well. There’s a lot of unselfish football going on along the defensive front. He plays a big part of it. He causes all kinds of problems.”
In their 38-7 win over Miami back in Week 4, Van Noy was able to total four tackles, a quarterback hit and recover a fumble. Following that game, Adam even noted how shocked he was a New England Patriot’s physicality in that contest.
“I think it was an emphasis that week. It just kind of surprised me that … We didn’t fight back the way that I thought that we would,” he said. “I think we’ve had some weeks where we’ve done a lot of things right to where we showed what we needed to show as far as playing like that. We just need to be more consistent with it. This is always a tough game, a tough team. The scheme they play and the way that they’re coached, it makes it very difficult and our guys have got to be on what we’re doing and then they’ve got to understand that it’s going to come down to the will on each play and can they win their matchup individually.”
Continuing on the subject of New England’s physicality, Adam was also gave a lot of complements to New England’s offensive line.
“They’re well-coached,” Gase said. “They’re disciplined. You don’t see them making many errors where guys are turning free. You see those guys fight until the very end. It hasn’t changed. Obviously, there’s a good reason why. (Offensive Line) Coach (Dante) Scarnecchia does a great job. He prepares those guys. When they show up on Sunday, you know you’re in for a dog fight for 60 minutes.”