Sunday felt like Armageddon for the Miami Dolphins offensive line because, well, six sacks.
Today came the fallout.
The Dolphins have released tackle Billy Turner and guard Dallas Thomas today after both started Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans and played poorly. The truth of it is neither has lived up to expectations with the Dolphins since being drafted and it's apparent the coaching staff has decided their play cannot be raised to high levels.
The Dolphins are filling the open roster spots with the signing of Sam Young and some other lesser known player.
Turner was mentioned prominently in the PFF grades post from this morning. If you want to see who else stunk and has a job on the line, go to the link in the last sentence. As to Turner:
He was forced into action at LT -- a position he is basically the third-stringer for. He had a game to forget against the Titans, allowing three sacks, two QB hits and five QB hurries in addition to being responsible for one hands to the facemask penalty. Turner was the worst tackle in the league for week of the 55 qualifying players and also struggled in the run blocking game - an area he's had success at in the past.
And what we have seen today is the team part ways with players drafted high by past general managers.
Turner was a third-round pick in 2014. Thomas was a third round pick in 2013.
Good NFL teams turn third round picks into solid starters or, at the worst, solid backups. These two were neither, although I believe Turner was better than Thomas and definitely didn't get as much of a chance to show his ability than Thomas.
The interesting thing is both Turner and Thomas were given the opportunity to become starters during their careers and basically washed out. Thomas was the starting left guard as late as the recently completed 2016 training camp. He started 16 games at left guard last season.
Turner was a starting right guard for 12 games in 2015.
So there was a ton of tape on both before this year. Why did it take this long to figure out something was not right?
On the bright side, you can't say today's moves were kneejerk.