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Miami Dolphins All Time Depth Chart - Tackle #1

Can Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jake Long join former Miami running back Ricky Williams as starters on the All Time Dolphins Depth Chart?
Can Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jake Long join former Miami running back Ricky Williams as starters on the All Time Dolphins Depth Chart?

Earlier today, we started the vote for the offensive line, featuring the guards, as we build the Phinsider Community All Time Miami Dolphins Depth Chart. Now, we shift outside a little to vote for the top offensive tackle all time for the team. Does current Miami starting left tackle Jake Long claim the position, or can someone like Richmond Webb claim the top position?

First, we need to announce one of the most anti-climactic positions on the depth chart, the fullback position. With 96% of the vote, Larry Csonka claims the spot. Conka played for the Dolphins for eight seasons, starting all 106 games in which he appeared. Csonka's first stint with Miami was from 1968 to 1974, including the team's two Super Bowl championships. He then left the NFL for two seasons in the WFL, before returning to the league with the New York Giants. After the 1978 season with the Giants, Csonka returned for one season with the Dolphins. He led the league in yards per attempt in 1971 (5.4), and made the Pro Bowl every year from 1971 to 1974. He also was named First Team All Pro in 1971 and 1973. Csonka is the Miami all time leading rusher, with 6,737 yards, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987, and is one of three Miami players to have his number retired (Dan Marino and Bob Griese).

Now, on to the tackles.

The current depth chart looks like:

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Dan Marino Bob Griese Chad Pennington


Mark Clayton Paul Warfield Mark Duper Nat Moore O.J. McDuffie Chris Chambers


Randy McMichael Keith Jackson Jim Mandich


Ricky Williams Mercury Morris Ronnie Brown Jim Kiick


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The Dolphins have had 48 different players play the tackle position for them, but only 13 have played more than 50 games. Those 13 are:

Norm Evans - Evans was drafted in the 1965 AFL Draft by the Houston Oilers, spending one year with the team before joining the Dolphins in their inaugural year. Evans would immediately become the starting right tackle for Miami, holding the position through the 1975 season. He would start 135 games of the 138 appearances he had with the Dolphins, and be named to the 1972 and 1974 Pro Bowls. He would leave Miami after 1975, spending three seasons with the Seattle Seahawks

Doug Crusan - Crusan was selected in the first round of the 1968 Draft by the Dolphins, sliding into the starting left tackle position for the Dolphins. He would hold that position through the 1972 season, spending the 1973 and 1974 seasons as a backup on the team. He would start 60 games during his career, appearing in 82 total.

Wayne Moore - Signed as an undrafted free agent, Moore would spend the 1970-1978 seasons with the Dolphins. Initially used as a reserve offensive lineman, Moore would work himself into the starter's role in 1973, when he would be named to the Pro Bowl, a position he would hold through his final year in 1978. He would start 66 games, appearin in an additional 32 games over his nine years.

Eric Laakso - Drafted in 1978, Laakso would spend his entire career with the Dolphins, starting 55 games at right tackle from 1980 to 1983. He would serve as a backup tackle during his first two seasons, as well as his final year, 1984. Overall, he would start 61 games with the Dolphins, appearing in a total of 86 games.

Jon Giesler - The Dolphins selected Giesler with their first round pick in 1979. He would spend his rookie season as a backup lineman, before taking over the starting left tackle role in 1980, a position he would hold through the 1988 season. Giesler would start 105 games over his ten year career, appearing in 21 additional contests.

Ronnie Lee - Lee was drafted in the third round of the 1979 draft by Miami, who would use him at the tackle, guard, and tight end positions. From 1979 to 1989, Lee would see time at all three positions for the Dolphins, minus the 1983 season, when he played for the Atlanta Falcons. Lee would play primarily at tackle in his rookie season, as well as his last three years with the Dolphins, when they made him the starting right tackle. After 1989, Lee would move to the Seattle Seahawks for three seasons before retiring.

Cleveland Green - Green was signed by the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent in 1979. During his eight year NFL career, Green would appear in 92 games, starting 32 of them. The majority of the time, he was a backup tackle, however, he would spend the 1984 and 1985 seasons as the primary starting right tackle.

Mark Dennis - Dennis was drafted by Miami in the eighth round of the 1987 Draft, spending seven years with the team. During his time in Miami, Dennis would serve primarily as a backup left tackle, occasionally finding starter's duty. However, in the 1990 and 1991 season, with Richmond Webb taking over the starting left tackle role, Dennis was moved over to the right tackle position, where he claimed the starting position for those two years. Over all seven years, Dennis would appear in 90 games, starting 50.

Richmond Webb - Miami took Webb with the ninth overall pick in the 1990 Draft, solidifying the team's left tackle position for the next 11 years. Webb was a jewel for the Dolphins, being named the AFC Rookie of the Year in 1990, making seven Pro Bowls (every year from 1990-1996), and being named a First Team All-Pro in 1993 and 1994. He would start 163 games, adding one more appearance, over that time span, before spending his last two seasons starting 20 games for the Cincinnati Bengals. Oh, and his middle name is Jewel.

James Brown - After being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round of the 1992 Draft, Brown would spend his rookie year with the New York Jets. Leaving New York after the 1995 season, Brown would move to the Dolphins, where he spent four seasons as the team's starting right tackle, appearing in 63 games with 62 starts.

Todd Wade - Wade spent the first half of his eight year NFL career with Miami after the Dolphins made him a second round selection in 2000. During his four years with the team, Wade would start 63 games at right tackle for the Dolphins. After his time in Miami, Wade would spend two years each with the Houston Texans and the Washington Redskins.

Vernon Carey - Carey spent most of his Dolphins career playing right tackle for the team after being selected in the first round of the 2004 Draft. He only started two games his rookie season, but appeared in 14 of the team's 16 contests. After that, he established himself as a consistent starter for the franchise, appearing in every game for the team at right tackle from 2005 to 2009, starting all but two of those - with the 2007 season spent over at left tackle. In 2010, Carey continued to start at right tackle for Miami, but would miss time, only playing in 12 games that season. Last year, Miami restructured Carey's contract and moved him from right tackle to right guard.

Jake Long - Long came into the league as the Dolphins' number one overall selection in the 2008 NFL Draft. Since his selection, Long has simply started 62 of the 64 games the Dolphins have played (missing two last year due to injury), been named to all four Pro Bowls, and was named a First Team All Pro once. Long is so dominating that, despite an injury riddled year, including those two missed games, he was still voted by the NFL players as one of the NFL's top 100 players.

Marc Colombo - HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! He's not up for the vote.

Vote below for the top spot on the All Time Miami Depth Chart for tackles.