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Talk about a unit that tends to break down at the worst possible time. Ladies and gentlemen, the Miami Dolphins offensive line.
Here's another unit that has had its ups and downs throughout the season. They don't get Ryan Tannehill sacked too often, but they've missed crucial blocks. One block caused him to fumble the ball at midfield against the Arizona Cardinals. The result? Arizona was able to drive down the field to send the game into overtime.
One block got Tannehill injured. Why? Either it was bad schemes that forced Jonathan Martin to take the inside man that John Jerry was supposed to take, forcing a rusher from the outside to sack Tannehill, or it was that Martin had to take the inside man because Jerry missed his block.
Either way, it was no good.
A lot of sacks have also come courtesy of former No. 1 pick Jake Long, who's in the midst of his worst season. Unfortunately, Miami could wind up overpaying for a player who could be on the decline despite the fact that he was drafted four years ago to be the team's cornerstone for the next 10 years after that.
Richie Incognito's anger issues have given Miami some bad penalties as well.
The only member of the offensive line who has been consistent is center Mike Pouncey. With no fumbled snaps and no missed blocks, his lone mistakes have been minor, but even those have come at the worst time (anyone remember a couple of his false-start penalties against the Indianapolis Colts?).
Now, the good news is that, as weak as this offensive line has looked, there is talent and room for improvement.
John Jerry has gone from terrible to, at times, adequate, and he has now settled on just plain mediocre. Jonathan Martin struggled in training camp while learning a new position, but he now looks fairly good. Good enough for me to welcome a decision to let Long walk for more money and move Martin back to left tackle while drafting a new right tackle.
Incognito's only problems are his anger issues, and those have only popped up once. For the most part, he plays hard and does have enough discipline to avoid holding penalties and false starts. Jake Long was one of the best left tackles in the game at one point, and he could still turn it around this season.
It's a weak point, but not due to lack of talent. If anything, the new offense and new blocking schemes could be a reason for some of their failures. But the line has become a problem for Miami, and it's one that has to be fixed.
The good news is they do have the talent to fix it this season; the question is if they can.