Langford has been one of the best draft picks in the Bill Parcells era, a key
piece of the 'foundation' that needed to be established if the Miami Dolphins are
to return to their rightful place amongst the NFL elite.
A 2008 third
rounder taken out of 1-AA Hampton University, the 6-6, 295lb. Langford has
lined up mostly on the strong side of the Dolphins' 3-4 defense. This has made
perfect sense from Day One as Langford has the nasty aptitude and power for
stopping the run.
So what else attracted
Parcells and friends to Mr. Langford?
refers to set of key attributes (tough, smart, disciplined) that the Dolphins
prize so highly. GM Jeff Ireland and Coach Tony Sparano constantly harp on 'the
make-up' in their personnel analyses.
As to upside,
Ireland explains it succinctly, "Langford is tough, highly competitive. His
motor never stops. He's big and he's going to get bigger."
with Langford at the Dolphins Training Facility in Davie to get his take on his development as a
your second season compare with your rookie year?
definitely ahead of the curve from where I was last year as far as knowing the
defense, knowing all the blocking schemes, the plays. There's not much I
haven't seen, so I feel more comfortable than I did last year.
Who is the
best offensive lineman you've faced in your two seasons as a Dolphin?
I would have
to say Damien Woody with the Jets. He's pretty good, probably the best tackle I
went against. He's a heavy guy with long arms. He's strong also, not just big.
It's a dogfight with me and him; he just won't roll me up out of there or
anything like that.
you worked on that has helped you improve your game?
Knowing the defense and knowing what's going on around me, not just what I'm
supposed to be doing. (For example), knowing where the (defensive) pressure is
coming from, (and) knowing when I can counter-move and when I can't. My run
defense and pass rush (techniques), my whole game is better. I'm definitely a
better pass rusher this year than I was last year.
key to a DE playing good run defense in the 3-4?
at the point of attack. Re-establishing the line of scrimmage (after the
initial line surge), knocking the offensive linemen back, getting extension,
and finding the ball.
you think the defense needs to do to improve?
big plays and finish games. Play 60 minutes of football and stop allowing the
your personal goals?
To be one of
the best at my position, help the team win the division, and go on from there.
anything about playing DE in NFL that has surprised you?
I found out
last year that (the NFL is truly) like an all-star game every week. There's not
a week where you can take off. Everybody's a professional and has mouths to
feed, so everybody's going hard. You've got to come out every week with your
game. In college I didn't watch that much film. I didn't really know how to
study film. I now have a better understanding of how to study film, what to
look for. Being that we're a 3-4 defense, (knowing the) plays you can get out
of certain formations. That's helped my game.
Is there a
veteran on the defense that's been helpful to you in your development?
Jason Ferguson, Jason Taylor, and Randy Starks have helped me a lot.