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The OL concerns? Depth

I know there is much concern over the Dolphins offensive line only four days from the start of the regular season against Houston.

Is Jake Long healthy? Who is going to play at right guard now that Artis Hicks is on injured reserve? Can rookie Jonathan Martin hold up? Is there cohesion on this unit? Is there depth?

I say relax.

All is not doom and gloom. Things will be fine -- barring an injury in practice this week and at least until kickoff on Sunday.

The Dolphins offensive line is healthy, happy and ready to go. Jake Long is expected to be healthy enough to start against Houston after suffering an MCL sprain to his right knee 10 days ago. Long is practicing today.

The oft-troubling right guard spot has been inherited by the next man up and the one who started a couple of preseason games at the position. Yes, that is John Jerry. Yes, he missed time last week with some sort of ankle issue. He's fine. He's practicing. He's your guy at RG. (Don't ask me to account if he's going to play well or not or be able to hold up from a conditioning standpoint or not, but at least he'll be present Sunday.)

Martin? He'll be facing the like of J.J. Watts or Connor Barwin on Sunday. Both are proven pass-rushers. Yes, it is a concerning matchup. But I suppose the Dolphins will slide their protection to help the rookie. I suppose they will leave Long on the one-on-one island and help the rookie right tackle with double-teams and chips from running backs. I don't think it will be a disaster.

The rest of the starting line? Mike Pouncey is fine and needs to make a significant jump from a season ago. And Richie Incognito needs to continue being part of the solution and not a problem.

So the starting unit of LT Long, LG Incognito, C Pouncey, RG Jerry and RT Martin should be fine for now. Beyond that? I worry.

I worry that Will Yeatman is still a developmental player. I worry that Josh Samuda is a rookie and untested as well as unproven. I worry whether Nate Garner can stay healthy. And I worry that Ray Feinga is a guy who was good enough to get cut initially and only returned to the team because another player who actually made the team (Artis Hicks) got placed on injured reserve.

So what's the deal long-term for additions? Jake Scott is out there. So is Vernon Carey.

No NFL team has touched Scott primarily because he's been a mediocre player for a couple of years now and has injury issues. No one would want him on the roster the first week of the season and have to guarantee nearly $1 million in base salary to have him as a backup. Look for him to be a priority free agent call when a team suffers OL injuries after the first week.

Carey? He's retired and working as an assistant high school coach locally. He's not in shape, folks. Sorry. 

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ugh

Depth is definitely a concern on this OL. For anyone to think they can count on Jerry for any length of time not to mention the struggles that Martin will endure, they are kidding themselves. So why do we still have guys like Mastrud on the team? Why do we by my account have an open spot on the team and when will it be filled? Sad that we are sure to see the likes of Pat McQuistan before the season is over.

most teams have depth issues and many positions. Do you really think the pats don't have depth issues at o-line? It is what it is. Let's be happy that are starters are out there.

Sorry to be negative and bring up the past, but remember our o-line woes with Morano, and Bryant Mckinney was just sitting there waiting for out call!!!! that is just frustrating.

Superbowl!


Who is Tannehill going to pass the ball too? He'll only have 2 seconds to do it before his line collapses.

Will Thomas and Bush be able to run it for 75% of the plays to wind the clock down and keep the score respectible? If we have the best running game in the NFL and a solid defense we might not be an embarrasment.

Did you see the Texans last year? they're even better now. Who shall we trade the 2013 NO:1 pick to?

Ireland's a JACKASS!

We wont trade the #1 pick. Matt Barkley is the real deal.

you are flat IGNORANT if you think we would draft Barkley, who is in school for a reason. we have 240 pound 6'5" 4.5 Tannehill

It seems that the dolphins aren't ready yet.

the huracane storm kills the sun
sea moves in obsidian waves
my ship is crunching, the port is so remote
no easy route nor open horizon
but no matter, I will get there tomorrow.

Go dolphins!!!!

Adrian!

ADRIAN!

Steve Ross, how about some good news for a change. Like Ireland's fired?

You were being ignored pretty thoroughly.

But from the looks of this, your "Help" is needed.

Troll Up some Blog Hits!

Get own down witcha Bad Self!

Guys relax we will be ok. I have a lot of faith in this team that we put together stop all the negativity
concerning this franchise. Mr. Ross and i firmly believe in coach Philbin and his staff just be patient
and we will deliver a winner.

Sorry to be negative and bring up the past, but remember our o-line woes with Morano, and Bryant Mckinney was just sitting there waiting for out call!!!! that is just frustrating.

Poizen | September 05, 2012 at 12:51 PM

McKinney would have been the solution at RT for sure. We could have signed Ben Grubbs to play RG this Yr. from the Ravens as well. He's Incognito nasty and the best RG in FA not named C.Nicks whom he happens to be replacing nicely in N.O. from all reports which isn't surprising. He is also all of 28 this Season and could have been a 4 to 5 Yr. fix with a player without the injury history. I guess his 5 Yr deal was to rich for our blood but given the amounts tossed out today maybe a bargain at 30 Million over 5 Yrs, didn't we give Carey a proven up and down guy more? With really only about half guaranteed I feel the Saints got themselves a player who could have solidified that spot for us for the next 4 to 5 as I stated earlier, uhhhhh!

We'll see how they answer Houston's pass rush. Usually a team will throw screens to slow it down. It'll be interesting to see how Sherman handles it.


"Martin? He'll be facing the like of J.J. Watts or Connor Barwin on Sunday. Both are proven pass-rushers. Yes, it is a concerning matchup. But I suppose the Dolphins will slide their protection to help the rookie. I suppose they will leave Long on the one-on-one island and help the rookie right tackle with double-teams and chips from running backs. I don't think it will be a disaster."

First of all Philbin/Sherman MUST plan on establishing the run b/c I don't want to see Tannehill getting killed in his first NFL game. Aside from running the ball we need to mix in screens & other short passes where Tannehill gets the ball out of his hand quickly b/c the Texans have a lot of young pass rushers. They drafted Brooks Reed last year & Whitney Mercilus this year so expect Wade Phillips to bring the pressure from all over.

BTW--This is another example of a team that knows how to draft well. Assuming Schaub stays healthy they will be one of the best teams in the AFC. I don't know what the spread is but I expect an embarrassing blow out like Alabama did to Michigan.

We Have RB's (from the previous blog),

We are handicapped, somewhat, by having the number one pick on the roster, under the OLD CBA rules. I believe Long was the second last year where those rules applied. First overall picks today don't get ANYWHERE close to the money that Long was paid. Not much we could do about it. If you have the first pick (and God knows nobody would want to trade for it), then it was dictated what you would pay for the guy. Would be different if we went first today. So some of that money goes to him. As well we've traded away picks for guys like Marshall and we're still recovering from failed picks such as White, Turner, Beck and Henne. On top of all that, Ireland and company have had to fill holes CONSTANTLY, such as CBs, RT, RB and QB. We've never actually been in a position where we could afford the luxury of drafting pass rush. We might be getting to that point now with the extra picks and some cap dollars to play with. We're still paying for the contracts offered to guys like Carey, Marshall and Bell.

fin4life,

I like Grubbs too but where was the team going to come up with the money to pay him? They were tight against the cap and could never find the room to fit him in. Even without taking on Garrard's contract there wouldn't have been room to add his contract.

You were being ignored pretty thoroughly.

Posted by: Coalition To Get Coalition Out Of The Closet | September 05, 2012 at 01:17 PM

this comin from the bum every1 with any common sense ignores.

Everyone knows Dashi is retarded. We don't need Barkley. But Odin is more retarded.

mando,
i may be wrong, but i thought i saw an NFL network ticker that had vern carey playing for philidelphia. but your probably right. but how come payton manning can go to denver with an offensive line that is not as good as ours and look like he's playing on a colts team of 5 years ago? same goes for a few of the top QB's. weather it's quick reads, or quick release, or simply the comprehension of the playbook, i think a quality QB makes the o-line look a lot better. we will be able to tell quite soon how good ryan tannehill is. i'm betting he's going to be pretty good.

Yo Jeffy, is your momma a hooka?

BIF!

Why have they not signed Jake Scott?

Sunday cant come slow enough for these dolphins......YIKES!!!

You know your in trouble when your best player is your punter and your QB is your best WR.

Dink%, after they lose the opener the Barf for Barkley chants will begin...

All you negitive nancys' need to look at our roster one more time. This time go through thinking to yourself who was on that horrible Cam Cameron unit thats still here? Dont worry ill wait.................
I will say Im one that gives Ireland respect, he has 52 new faces that he was part of choosing, J. Denny is the only guy he wasnt part of.. Now I wont say every guy is worthy of NFL starting, but 52 guys in 5 drafts and 5 seasons of FAgency thats tough. Now take our starting 22 and judge that work. If you say Ireland sucks go jump on some new bandwagon team and stop bashing my beloved Dolphins. This team has talent but it still needs depth but IF they stay healthy they could see playoffs.

marcos, pass whatever you're smokin LMAO!

marcos...pass the Kool-Aid!!!...and stop with the blind love already

Tannehill is probably the 3rd best reciever we have!

Marcos, you are right, they could see the playoffs if they buy a ticket.

i may be wrong, but i thought i saw an NFL network ticker that had vern carey playing for philidelphia. but your probably right. but how come payton manning can go to denver with an offensive line that is not as good as ours and look like he's playing on a colts team of 5 years ago?

Publicado por: budtki@verizon.net | September 05, 2012 at 01:40 PM

???? I think he picked Denver in part because of the OL his tackles are two of the best in Ryan Clady and Orlando Franklin (the monster from the U) LG Beadles is mammoth up and comer. Center Walton and Kuper round out a big physical group. If anything I got them as one of the better groups up front.

FYI Jake Scott has never missed a game in the 8 years he has been playing due to an injury. Look it up. The reason he hasn't signed is because guards in his nature are devalued in the league. It's a money thing.

2 watt--

I sculpted a statue of you today made from pancakes, cat fur, and Alka-Seltzer tablets from the 1970's.

I would like for you to drive a Plymouth Fury to a Wendy's in East Orange, New Jersey and order a baked potato.

Guys,

we have the talent to compete in the NFC west this year, yes the Niners are good but come on, who else in that division poses a threat to us? Believe in ireland, he will make amends and finally bring the Miami Marlins their first ever championship to North Florida.

Our running backs our gouing to shred Houston's defense. And our Full Back will administer at least 1 concussion. Our corners will probably get torched if we don't get pressure. Sean Smith better be covering Andre Johnson all day. Do not use Nolan Carrol again. That was a disaster!!

CraigM,

I figured as much regarding Grubbs, then we debate Ireland and his FA deals although you also wonder what the famous CAPOLOGIST Aponte is doing considering she O.K.'d these deals that have us as one of the less talented but best paid?????

barf 4 barkley.
lol

2 watt | September 05, 2012 at 01:48 PM

If we actually have the #1 overall pick next Yr. then we better hope Barkley lights the NCAA on fire so we can trade out of the pick for half of someone elses in the top 10.

nah, ireland will use that #1 pick on a Jake Long replacement aka Jonathan Martin #2

Now im seeing starz hey is that marino holding up the lambordi trophy WHOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

COOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL

Tick, tick, tick,. That's the clock ticking on the start of a horrible season for the Dolphins. I have been a Ireland suporter until know. I feel he hired the wrong coach, with the wrong offensive phylosophy, the wrong defensive co-ordinator (changing from the 3-4 to the 4-3 is a big mistake) A horrible free agency period. And very questionable cuts and trades. Bye Bye Jeff. At the end of the year our knuckel head owner will be looking for a whipping boy and you are next in line.

My Beloved Odin,

The thought of you makes me more damp than the Iraqi desert ever could. I long for your embrace & count the days til we can be together again.

For Ever Yours,

It just takes very little things to make a whole Organization turn around, be it a series of good small decisions or a little break(usually caused by small good decisions) to produce a Winner, in this case.

I'm ready for the season maybe the Texans won't show.

Why do so many posters think they know more about assembling a team than Jeff Irland, and NFL GM? I am sure the team and its depth will be fine. Ireland has a lot of duties, and if he forgot about offensive lineman and receivers, then there must be a very good reason.


Tick, tick, tick,.

Posted by: albert | September 05, 2012 at 02:18 PM

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Tock, tock, tock.

TICK tock TICK tock TICK tock

TICK TOCK TICK TOCK TICK TOCK

tick.

tock.

tick.

TOCK!

Only 10% of you are stupid.

88% of you are EXTREMELY STUPID.

The rest are ok.

Did anyone read Barry Jackson today? Our owner believes that the Dolphins this year are a playoff team. Do we have the dumbmest owner in the league or should he be given a drug test? What the hell has he been watching in the pre-season? The Dolphins have not come close to winning. For 85% of the games they were not even competative. Ross say's that the Dolphins have not emphasized winning yet. Huh? Is he for real? Our Dolphins are not aware that the object of ANY game is to win? Ross do us a big favor. At the end of the year fire yourself.

Albert, we might indeed be a playoff team.

Any football team that starts John Jerry at Right Guard is not a good football team.

Any team that desperately needs Brian Hartline to return from an injurty because he is a massive talent upgrade at Wide Receiver is not a good football team.

Any team whose starting QB was underwhelming against Big 12 defenses is not a good football team.

Any team whose punter is a top 3 player is not a good football team.

There are reasons to like the Miami Dolphins. The Defensive Line is talented and deep. Jake Long is the real deal. Special teams should be solid. I believe in Reggie Bush.

But this is not a good football team.

F Albert,

Yes, and you might one day touch female genitalia.


Did anyone read Barry Jackson today?

Posted by: albert | September 05, 2012 at 02:38 PM
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I thought about it at two different times today but opted not to. Sometimes I go back as much as a day or two to read what he has written but today I didn't feel like doing that. It is possible that I will read his next column but I can't be absolutely positive of that. Do you think you will be reading his next column? I guess if you do and I don't then you could also make mention of it here. Or if you don't maybe mention him anyway so I will be reminded and then I can go find the column online if I feel like reading it but if I don't then I probably wouldn't even do that much. I'll just have to wait and see how I feel at that time I guess.

Gary Stevens,

Well said.

You can all fly a kite my training facility and stadium are all in Broward County. My Fort Lauderdale Dolphins will decimate all competition and go 14-2 en route to my first Super Bowl crown and to celebrate we will have a parade in my hometown of Palm Beach !

Albert, I've touched so many one would think I'd have an STD, but I don't because all 22 of them were high class ladies. My success rate getting them to the big O is 95%.

Its amazing the garbage Dolphins have any fans left.

Albert F.

I think the big 0 you are talking about was the grade they gave you.

All is not doom and gloom. Things will be fine -- barring an injury in practice this week and at least until kickoff on Sunday.
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I don't want to hear one damn word from you about this matter if Tanne gets killed.

I mean really, you can't say things will be fine and then write an article that Tanne gets no help from his online.

Its hypocrisy Many, if you do that.

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