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Dolphins 'concerned' about moving Martin

A football team is usually a tightly knit group of individuals who depend on each other for community success. And when one member of the group fails, there are repercussions on other members.

Jonathan Martin, meet the repercussions.

Martin's fate with the Dolphins has not been entirely in his hands but instead has been determined by the actions of others.

Having played left tackle his final year at Stanford, he was drafted by the Dolphins and immediately placed at right tackle because the Dolphins had Jake Long. When Long got hurt, Martin, through no function of what he was doing, was moved to left tackle.

And when Long decided he rather play for the St. Louis Rams, Martin was left in limbo while the Dolphins searched for another left tackle. Again, Martin did nothing to either solidify himself as the left tackle nor lose the left tackle job.

He simply was caught by fate's whims.

The Dolphins found no suitable left tackle replacement for Long this offseason although they hosted Bryant McKinnie in free agency, studied a handful of left tackle possibilities in the draft, and even explored trading for veteran Brandon Albert.

But because other people either weren't signed or drafted or acquired in trade, Martin was elected Miami's new left tackle.

Great, a place to settle the second-year player, right?

Wrong.

Immediately, the Miami offensive line was a trouble spot and right tackle was the most beseiged position on the team. That shouldn't affect the left tackle, right?

Well, wrong again because as McKinnie became available in trade and he has never taken a practice snap at right tackle let alone played a game there, the Dolphins acquired him and expect him to play left tackle.

(Dolphins coach Joe Philbin would not say McKinnie is exclusively a left tackle but the entire NFL knows it and not admitting it insults everyone's intelligence.)

Anyway, McKinnie's arrival means Martin, through no fault of his own, gets switched again. He's played 11 1/2 games at right tackle and 10 1/2 games at left tackle and he's soon about to increase that number on the right side.

And Tuesday it was clear Martin isn't thrilled about the move.

“You can approach this two different ways," Martin said. “You can go in the tank and be one of those guys who bitches and moans and is a cancer in the locker room, or you can be a guy who goes out there and can be a professional and plays as hard as I can."

Martin says he'll be the latter. He'll be a good teammate -- even as he's scratching his head about why he's been affected by Clabo's inability to do his job and McKinnie's inability to play on the right side.

Philbin did admit there is concern that shuffling Martin around so much (which he doesn't even confirm is happening, by the way) might be bad for the player.

“You are always concerned," the coach said. "Any time you move a player, there’s always some concern about it. You have to take that in consideration if you do in fact decide to move somebody."

But all concerns aside the Dolphins are going to do it. Indeed, they even did during practice Tuesday. Martin said he worked at both right tackle and left tackle within the same practice.

You don't think that messes with his technique a little?

Martin has said before he prefers to play at left tackle. He feels more comfortable there. It comes more naturally to him. He tried to get stronger in the offseason to prepare for playing the position. He has a future there.

No, he's not likely going to be a Pro Bowl left tackle, but he surely can develop into a solid left tackle and that has value.

Yet that development has been detoured now. Did Martin have anything to do with that detour?

No.

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I'm glad Martin wont be comfortable posted up on the right side of the line. He will be nervous and more aware of his surroundings, just like a kid fighting on the school yard. If he has gotten bigger and stronger than last year he should be able to help keep Tannehill on his feet and make a hole for our RB's to squeeze through. I'm more worried about Mclovin being comfortable on the left. Generally when a 300+ pound jelly roll of a man is comfortable they are not moving around very much. Should be interesting to see how well they protect Tannehill. Sherman better be ready this week. Maybe he should call his plays from the sideline I think he might be too comfortable up in his cozy booth.

Coaches are clueless !
This team is a mess. From top to bottom. Martin should play as QB.

Mando, I HAVE to call you on THIS, you said "Anyway, McKinnie's arrival means Martin, through no fault of his own, gets switched again."
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Through no fault of his own? He's barely played better than Clabo, and was abused badly in several games.
If he was that good, the Fins could have more easily found a RIGHT tackle, perhaps with a better skill set than McKinnie now possesses.
Does anyone here actually believe Martin will be any better than serviceable at LT?
Garner is serviceable, and way more flexible.

Jackoff1 @ 12:28 PM,

You have stated what is the big picture and I agree with you 100%. At this point, having witnessed too many clock mismanagement instances, press conference gaffes, and baffling personnel moves and non-moves, I firmly believe this coaching staff is not good at making the system fit the players. I have been optimistic, hopeful, and defensive of this coaching staff (HC, OC, + DC) from day one. Although I feel Tannehill has progressed from last year, overall, the team has regressed from a COACHING STANDPOINT. IMO, this staff is gone at the end of next year. Why? Because this year we go 8-8, or 7-9, so they have a 3 yr. deal and next year is a given. Just sayin' Dolphin fans, get ready for the '15 season of change. These guys on board now will not get us there.

Armondo, don't let facts get in the way of a good story line. The fact that Martin was giving up two sacks a game at LT, didn't have anything to do with the move! No fault of his own! LOL. Clabo feels bad,but owns up to the mistakes. No one said he wasn't a good guy. He just isn't a good tackle anymore. Age catches up to us all! Coaches need to be put on the carpet!O Line coach, OC, HC, and GM should have to answer why clabo wasn't benched 3
Weeks ago! Play calling isn't getting done. Very poor use of personel,IMO.

Bubba,

Agreed. All points to coaching staff. With a couple mins.left in ghe 4th quarter vs. Bills, it really hit me: The HC and DC are in over their heads and the OC (Mr. Magoo) had thd game pass him by 7, or 8 years ago. Trust me, this staff does not get us to yhd Super Bowl. Includes Irelznd and his 6 yr. O-Line project, although I believd a different blocking scheme and different coaching = 1/2 as many sacks given up. I havd zero confiddncd in this staff. A 38 - 10 blowout in NE will make md a believer fof sure. I hope we pull ouf an upset, but am not at all optimistic to say yhe least.

I baffled by Philbins stupidity or lack of common sense, which ever comes first. Jerry takes a few games to get cemented on the line, but Ive seen him play a decent RT. I agree with an earlier post that said move Jerry to RT and Gardner to RG. I have no idea and nether does Ireland, what McKinnie will do. The Dolphins may have to send a car every morning to So Beach to pick up Big Mac and bring a hung-over McKinnie to practice. Or if McKinnies fondness for boats takes a turn for worse he might hire another "love boat" and find himself in Jamaca on game day, now that would be a hoot,,,,,

I said it once, I'll say it again... jon martin just sucks. I had my doubts when he was first picked up in the 2nd round of the draft (still believe that was a wasted pick to this day considering the talent that was still on the board at the time), and my suspicions were confirned. He sucks at rt just as much as playing at lt. He will get picked up by another team once he leaves this organization because it's inevitable based on his performance with this club. But he will most likely end his career as a backup.

Miami linebackers and defensive backs can't cover or tackle if they life dependent on it. I've watched the same crap year after year learn how to wrap up instead of trying to deliver a big hit constantly give up 3rd and long to average quarterbacks!

I agree with Jackoff1 - Pioli and Shula should replace Ireland and Philbin

As hurt as the belicheats are the coaching is still very good.THEY make good decisions unlike our staff.We play like we are running scared or scared to run.sherman and p hilbin dont use or coach there talent well example last year not many throws to reggie bush this year jordan on the bench sims not in as a blocker behind tackle get Rt17 killed Good coaching guys

I think this just another piece of evidence that Joe Philbin is not head coach material.

By next year Martin will be the new Garner...relegated to permanent utility backup that can play multiple positions, but not good enough to play even when they need somebody to play. What's the point of taking a roster spot with role players that don't play.... ever? I think Garner deserves a shot.
And for now Martin, just move to the right side and block people, just like you were supposed to do on the left side. And, on average you will face less stiff competition. They are only sticking with you b/c you are a 2nd rd pick and they are stubborn that way...a la Daniel Thomas.

IRELAND, 'PHIL BAN' AND SHERMAN ARE THE 3 STOOGES, SHERMAN A COMPLETE LOSER, AFTER CALLING PITCH WIDE ON 3RD AND INCHES IN NO GAME, HE SAID HE WOULD 'REMEMBER THAT MISTAKE FOR A LONG TIME' THE VERY NEXT GAME HE DID SAME THING , HE IS HOPELESS MORON, AND SINCE HIS BEST PAL HIRED HIM, HE AINT GOIN NOWHERE IRELAND , NO NEED TO TALK MUCH ABOUT THIS MORON, IGNORE OFFENSIVE LINE, GOT MARC COLOMBO 2 IN CLABO , AND HE WAS DONE WHAT IS DUMBER THAN AN IMBECILE ? PHIL BAN THIS IS HIS FIRST AND LAST HEAD COACHING JOB HE IS TAKING A POTENTIAL PLAYOFF TEAM TO SECOND STRAIGHT 7-8 RECORD. HEY JOE WE KNOW U CAN 'RUN OR PASS ON EVERY DOWN, BUT NO WORD ABOUT PASSING IN 'RUNNING OUT THE CLOCK' NEED TO CLEAN HOUSE, GET A REAL GM AND A REAL COACH AND START OVER AGAIN, HOPE IS THEY HAVE NOT COMPLETELY RUINED TANNYHILL, AS THAT PROSPECT BECOMES MORE A REALITY WITH EVERY GAME

A few observations about Martin: 1)He's soft. He's got little or no ability to drive block. 2) At best he's average in pass protection - and I'm being generous. 3)Smart player? Second play of the game against Buffalo, what happens? Fins have the ball, second and five and Martin is flagged for illegal procedure. Remember what happens next? Tannehill throws a pick six! Gibson did run a lazy route and the throw was a tad late. Still, if Martin doesn't jump prematurely, the Fins run the ball and continue the drive. That play, believe it or not, set the tone for the rest of the game. Smart player huh?

martin has been terrible. so who cares if he's better suited for left or right tackle. nice guy, but for now, he's best suited for the bench.

As far as I'm concerned, Incognito got it right a couple of weeks ago when he said the "entire offensive line should be fired".

It's really tiring being a Dolphins fan. I think I'll start watching Aussie rules football.

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