Dolphins DT Tony McDaniel doesn't want to face C.J. Spiller

Rick Stewart

McDaniel noted his preference for facing Fred Jackson in media interviews Tuesday.

Of the two Buffalo Bills running backs he could have faced tomorrow night, Miami Dolphins defensive tackle Tony McDaniel would have preferred Fred Jackson to C.J. Spiller. Unfortunately for McDaniel, Jackson is out of Thursday's game with a head injury. McDaniel spoke to the media on Tuesday and made his preferences known.

"To be honest I think Spiller is a lot more dangerous than Jackson is," McDaniel told the Florida Sun-Sentinel. "Not to take anything away from Jackson because he’s a great back, but I’d rather play against Jackson than Spiller."

It's easy to understand McDaniel's preference. Though the Dolphins have kept Spiller in check during their previous four outings, the former Clemson Tiger is averaging an NFL-leading 7.3 yards per carry. His running style resembles that of Tennessee's Chris Johnson, who ran for 100 yards in three quarters against Miami's defense.

"Spiller is a lot more elusive," McDaniel said. "He’s just as fast as Chris Johnson. He’s very explosive."

Opposing offenses have shredded the Dolphins' run defense in recent weeks. Miami will need to stop that trend and slow down Spiller if it hopes to improve to 5-5.

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