Dwight Stephenson knows good line play.
The Hall of Fame center was a five-time All-Pro and the cornerstone of the Dolphins' excellent offensive line in the 1980s. How good was that group? They led the league in fewest sacks allowed for six straight seasons.
Compare that with his old team's most recent showing: Ryan Tannehill has been sacked 184 times in the past four seasons, most of any quarterback since 2012.
"The quarterback needs to be able to set back there and have confidence in the offensive line," Stephenson said at his charity golf tournament Wednesday morning. "I do think it was part of the problem last year."
But Stephenson has reason for optimism. And his name is Laremy Tunsil, the Dolphins' first-round pick and future left tackle. (Tunsil is expected to play guard as a rookie.)
"I think [Tunsil] is going to turn out to be a good addition," Stephenson said. "He looks like an athlete. He looks like he can do a lot of things. Obviously, I feel like he can play left tackle. He looks like a guy that has all the physical tools that you need. He has good quickness, he has his size and everything. It looks like he's a very intelligent gentleman. I think he's going to be a good addition to the Dolphins."
Stephenson added: "They've got some pieces. They still need to gel and come together."
Stephenson, who has been retired for nearly three decades now, still follows the Dolphins with great interest. He's a season-ticket holder and goes to all the games.
He's also actively involved with United Cerebral Palsy of South Florida. Wednesday, Stephenson hosted the organization's 23rd annual golf classic at Parkland Golf and Country Club.
Safety Reshad Jones was scheduled to appear, but canceled because he wasn't feeling well.