In the beginning of the year, the Miami Dolphins knew their offensive line was going to be an issue. The whole entire offseason was filled with uncertainty because we just didn't know what we were going to get from these guys. We sure found out quickly.
As the Dolphins started the year 2-4, the team just couldn't seem to protect Tannehill and it showed on the facial expressions of Adam Gase, as he stood on the sideline watching his team crumble by the weeks. The first time head coach decided to cut Billy Turner, Jamil Douglas, and Dallas Thomas. When asked about his decision by Sun-Sentinal reporter Chris Perkins, Gase made it clear.
I just know that we're trying to get the best guys we can possibly get to play in Sunday and play at max effort and do things right and do their assignments right and get guys that are going to play as a group and try to figure out a way to get a win.
The move by the coach definitely sent a message to the locker room. You must perform or you will get released. Previous Dolphin head coaches have been afraid of changing the culture. We saw it with Fist-Pump Sparano and Joe Philbin. The move to remove those three lineman from the team seems to be paying off thus far as Miami beat a good Steeler team with the help of Tomlin not realizing our defense struggles against the run. Thanks Mike!
The Dolphins rushed 36 times for 222 yards. It was the first time this season that the team had all five starting lineman healthy and as a fan, it was a great thing to witness. They did not give up one sack, something that Dolphin fans have been way too familiar seeing. These guys played with such physicality allowing Jay Ajayi to make impact plays and break off long runs. Finally, they played as one unit and if they continue to do that, I expect to see positive results.
As we move forward in the year, we need this offensive line to stay healthy and do their job correctly. Not only will this give the Dolphins a chance at making a push with some very winnable games coming up, but it will allow Gase and the rest of his staff to evaluate Tannehill. Let us not forget that our QB has been sacked 201 times since 2012. With those numbers, you can't expect Gase to know what is best for the team moving forward.
In the next couple of games after the Bills, Miami will take on four teams with a combined record of 7-17, with two of those games being home. The Dolphins might be down, but they are not out.
I know I am very optimistic.