Hey guys, um, what about the offense?
It is a concern, no doubt about it, but I told the hosts that it is never wise to grade a team on the offseason before the offseason is over.
Having said that, I'm starting to get a little concerned that the Dolphins offense has not upgraded at all in free agency and, in fact, has probably taken a couple of steps backward since the end of the season. This is saying a lot because Miami's offense was ranked No. 20 in the NFL last year and the unit didn't have to take too many steps back to be considered a mediocre major-college offense.
So to recap the offseason for the offense:
Randy McMichael is gone.
Wes Welker is gone.
Joey Harrington is gone.
Guards Seth McKinney, Jeno James, and Bennie Anderson are gone.
Darian Barnes is gone.
On the plus side of the ledger, the Dolphins signed fullback Cory Schlesinger, who obviously helped the Lions to all those wins the past few years, and got a second- and seventh-round pick for Welker, a deal that will stand up despite all the hype you've been hearing about the NFLPA and NFL Management Council looking into the trade.
Anway, those moves don't add up to a net gain. And that still doesn't address the fact that the quarterback situation is in flux, the team has lost two bids to add a receiver when division rival New England signed both Kelly Washington and Donte Stallworth, and there are no proven answers to the left tackle problem in free agency.
So to recap: The Dolphins entered this offseason needing a fix at QB, a speed receiver, a starting left tackle and some cohesion on offense. So far they haven't addressed any of those needs and now have added needs at TE (sorry, but whatshisname they signed isn't the answer), and at guard.
That means the Dolphins offense lacks a speed receiver, lacks a starting left tackle, lacks a proven TE, lacks at least one starting guard, lacks any depth at guard, and lacks a starting quarterback.
Supposing the team utilizes every one of its draft picks on offense, it is still hard to fathom every need being addressed this offseason.
It's been almost three months since the Dolphins played their last game. It's a little more than three months before the team opens training camp. Hope the next three months bring more help for the offense than the last three months.