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November 17, 2013

Dolphins beat Chargers 20-16

They did it.

With a makeshift offensive line, with a scandal still looming, despite their usual inconsistencies and "interesting" play calls -- such as the roolout pass with 2:14 to play that Ryan Tannehill carried out of bounds at 2:08 -- the Dolphins won today.

Dolphins 20. Chargers 16.

This is a good day for the Dolphins. It is a good win.

Enjoy it.

Because the next few days and weeks -- with NFL scandal interviews beginning Monday and the Carolina Panthers coming up -- promise to get tougher.

Live blog: OL in shambles, Patterson active

The Dolphins offensive line -- the source of off and onfield issues this season -- is the focus again today.

The Dolphins staring offensive line versus the San Diego Chargers will be: LT Bryant McKinnei, LG Sam Brenner, C Nate Garner, RG John Jerry, and RT Tyson Clabo.

Garner, who played left guard the previous two games, moves over to center because Mike Pouncey is out. Brenner was added off the practice squad Saturday. He was an undrafted free agent who was with the team since training camp.

The amazing things?

Danny Watkins, a former first-round draft pick acquired nearly two months ago, is active but obviously not better (in the coaching staff's opinion) to start ahead of the rookie.

And Dallas Thomas, who was worked both tackle and guard since the start of the season, is active but also not considered better (in the coaching staff's eyes) to start ahead of the undrafted rookie. By the way, Thomas was a third-round draft pick.

The good news?

Cornerback Dimitri Patterson is active today but he is not starting.

There's a live blog today. It happens below:

Source: Pouncey out against Chargers

Mike Pouncey, questionable for today's game against the Chargers, is not playing, according to a source close to the Dolphins center.

So with Mike Pouncey out, the Miami offensive line will now be down three starters from opening day -- Pouncey, Richie Incognito, and Jonathan Martin. The Dolphins also put backup OT Will Yeatman on IR this week when he blew out a knee in practice Wednesday.

Pouncey was Miami's best lineman.

What a mess.

The Dolphins may move Nate Garner over to center from the left guard spot and use Danny Watkins at left guard.

This season has become something of a nightmare, folks. And as I'm familiar with nightmare Dolphins seasons, the script is often this:

1. Problems with coaching/personnel.

2. Losses.

3. Off field issues (i.e. coach mutiny, player mutiny, discord among staff). This year it's the harassment scandal.

4. Ownership steps in to assure everyone everything is alright or will be alright -- which means things are falling apart.

5. Injuries mount.

6. More losses.

We are in the more injuries stage. Expect more losses.

And that leads me to this: I've already written the Dolphins need to clean house.

In my column today I tell you a possible solution for the Miami mess: Tony Dungy. Read the column Tell me what you think.