I can tell you he has had plenty of blind side success in the past.
First thing, this isn't meant to be a Cameron Wake bashing article.
Secondly, I do not post things I have not researched with my own eyes or say things off the cuff.
Thirdly, I don't have tape of his 5.5 sacks from the 2009 season but I have 2010, 2011, 2012.
Number of times Cam Wake has sacked the QB from the Weak-Side = 1
2010 Total number of sacks = 14. Sacks from the Weak Side = 1 (LE/LOLB)
2011 Total number of sacks = 8.5. Sacks from the Weak Side = 0 (LE/LOLB)
2012 Total number of sacks = 15. Sacks from the Weak Side = 0 (RE/LE)A breakdown of Cameron's one sack from the Weak Side
The only sack Cameron had from weak side was in 2010 versus Pittsburgh.
The situation was 3rd and 9
Pittsburgh was in what we would call GUN TRIPS HB WEAK - 3WR, 1TE, 1HB
Miami was in a Sub 2-3-6 package showing blitz with 9 stacked in the box
SS Bell was showing blitz and corners were in bump and run.
Miami sent a 6 Man Rush
Miami overloaded the weak side with Wake, Misi, and Bell
DT Starks faked rushed inside and then fell back into a QB spy zone in the shallow middle
PIT LG picked up Misi and PIT LT got sealed off on the outside
PIT LT and HB picked up Bell on safety blitz
DT Starks faint rush to the inside was critical, as it held PITs Center long enough for Cameron to run a stunt to the inside A gap
Cameron was untouched to the QB
That is Cameron's only sack from the weak side. Fact.
Cameron is an elite speed rusher with an explosive burst, however he struggles against athletic Left Tackles who have the footwork and length to ride him on the outside arc and effectively take him out of the play. He is an elite speed rusher but he is not as effective as JPP or Julius Peppers on the weak-side. He has struggled on the weak side. Fact.
I always look at the broader picture and our overall scheme. If I were to ask Julius Peppers to do what Cam Wake did from the LOLB position, Julius would fail miserably. But as far a gap containment and collapsing the weak-side 1v1 against Left Tackles, I will take JPP and Julius Peppers 100% of the time. By no means am I suggesting that Cam does not have a role on this team. The article is trying to show that we need a RE capable of playing in that isolated role in the "OVER Front" or we need to change our front to an "Under Front".