The starting offensive line is horrible right now
I wish I could tell you things will work out for the line because last night's horrible performance was only the first preseason game. Or maybe I could say things aren't that bad because the offense hadn't put together a game plan for Jacksonville.
I wish I could tell you the problems were a mirage that will go away soon in the reality of a regular season.
The Dolphins offensive line is looking worse now than it did last year. Yes, worse. The unit has no cohesiveness, no chemistry and no depth.
Ronnie Brown ran the ball eight times against Jacksonville. He was tackled behind the line of scrimmage three times. So nearly half the times he got the football, the blocking had broken down before he even got back to the line of scrimmage.
Trent Green had to run for his life. He was sacked twice but there were at least two other times he got out of the grasp of a sack or ducked under a defender that came at him unblocked.
Rookie guard Drew Mormino, who I believe will be a good pro once he gains some muscle and experience, looked overmatched at times. Rookie center Samson Satele didn't really move the pile forward with any consistency. And that stuff about the Dolphins didn't look good because they didn't game-plan?
Well, the Jags didn't game plan, either. They didn't run stunts or blitzes. It was straight man on man stuff and the Miami men generally lost.
And when Vernon Carey went out of the game with a not-serious knee injury, the next guy in the game at left tackle was undrafted rookie free agent Julius Somebodyorother. What is that all about?
The bottom line is this: It is impossible to win an NFL game without blocking defenders. The Dolphins first-team OL hardly blocked anyone Saturday night.
I wouldn't be surprised if there are some changes before the team plays again Thursday. And I know general manager Randy Mueller is looking (really hard, I hope) for a veteran guard to put alongside Satele so Mormino can go to the bench and have the redshirt learning year he needs.