Nine sacks in two games. That's a lot.
That's the second-worst mark in the NFL right now. The Dolphins are getting quarterback Ryan Tannehill hit way too often so far this year. And it's one reason the quarterback is nursing a shoulder issue that had him missing part of practice on both Tuesday and Wednesday -- although the club was only required to report Tannehill's limitation on Wednesday.
Nine sacks is what the Dolphins have given up. The team has also given up 18 hurries.
So it's the offensive line, right?
Well, right. But not totally right.
Each member of the Dolphins offensive line has thus far given up at least half a sack this year.
LT Jonathan Martin has yielded one.
LG Richie Incognito has yielded half a sack.
C Mike Pouncey has yielded half a sack.
RG John Jerry has yielded a sack.
And RT Tyson Clabo has given up three sacks.
Clabo and Martin lead the Dolphins with six hurries allowed each. John Jerry has yielded five hurries by my count.
But it doesn't end there.
As tight ends and running backs also have pass protection duties for the Dolphins, they also are responsible for giving up hits on Tannehill.
Running backs Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas each has allowed a sack on Tannehill. Oh yeah, and Tannehill is also responsible on getting hit occasionally when he holds the ball too long.
One sack the Dolphins gave up is probably being charged to a blocker but I put it on Tannehill. He held the ball too long. He basically got himself sacked in my book. So one sack allowed for him.
“Yeah, I had one in the game where I had all day," Tannehill said Wednesday. "We repped the play in practice several times and obviously it played out well in practice, it didn’t play out so well in the game and I didn’t have the right reaction to get rid of the ball and that is what it comes down to. The offensive line did a great job giving me all day to throw, it just a matter of getting the ball out."
Now that his right shoulder is dinged, Tannehill might be wise to get the ball out quicker. And yes, the Dolphins have to tighten up the protection of their quarterback.
All of them apparently.