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Once again, the Dolphins are approaching the regular season with question marks along the offensive line.
Jake Long and Mike Pouncey are undoubted and unquestioned cornerstones, and no news is good news for left guard Richie Incognito, who is oversized by traditional West Coast offense norms.
However, the right side of the line is where the doubt and uncertainty lingers.
If the season started tomorrow, then either John Jerry, Artis Hicks or Nate Garner would line up at right guard. That's not good. The Dolphins' starting right guard may not even be on the roster yet, but regardless, it'll most likely be a weak spot all season long.
Then, second-round pick Jonathan Martin is battling the young and inexperienced Lydon Murtha for the starting right tackle spot. Having two unproven players fight for a starting job is very discomforting, and we can only pray that one of them will be serviceable.
Anyway, if the Dolphins' offensive line plays poorly during the season, then Joe Philbin may be forced to resort to the running game.
Although both David Garrard and Matt Moore have mobility, neither should be classified as a mobile quarterback. This will become an issue if Miami's wideouts struggle to get separation. Considering the Dolphins' starting wideouts will face elite corners on a fairly regular basis, then there's a very good chance they will.
So, if defenses generate a pass rush, then things could quickly implode for the Dolphins.
Although this is the worst-case scenario, it's a very plausible one.
In order to combat this, Joe Philbin needs to run the ball aplenty, and utilize the play-action pass.