Monday, May 6, 2013
OG battles for Miami
By Tim Kavanagh
With the Miami Dolphins signing veteran RT Tyson Clabo on Sunday, they now have three O-line positions locked up: Clabo's at RT, Mike Pouncey is ensconced at C and Jonathan Martin is sliding over to LT. But what about the guards?
According to Ben Volin of the Palm Beach Post, it's going to be John Jerry vs. Lance Louis at RG, while Richie Incognito will battle with third-round draft pick Dallas Thomas over at LG. Given the investment at WR for Miami this offseason, it'll be important for the front five to perform well, keeping Ryan Tannehill upright to hit those receivers.
Danny Tuccitto of Football Outsiders ran down a list of problem spots remaining for the four AFC East clubs in Monday's "Red Flags" post, and for Miami, it focused on the offensive line:
Danny TuccittoRed Flags: AFC East
"Martin improved from awful to below average when he took over the left side during Long's injury absence at the end of last season, but he still ended up leading Miami's offensive line (and finishing ninth in the NFL, by our count) with 22.0 blown blocks in pass protection, 6.7 of which resulted in sacks. Coming out of college, one of Martin's main areas of needed improvement was "anchoring against power moves", and sure enough Martin crumpling to the ground in the face of a bull rush by San Francisco's Aldon Smith remains one of the most enduring -- and GIF-able -- failures of the 2012 season. Of course, Martin was a rookie, so perhaps we can give him a pass for his poor game charting stats and sometimes-embarrassing game film. But he's not the only question on the left side. Veteran Richie Incognito really struggled last season. According to our game charting, he led all offensive linemen with 11.0 blown run blocks last year, and finished with the ninth-most blown block sacks allowed among left guards. At least the right side of the line looks much more solid now that the Dolphins have signed free-agent veteran Tyson Clabo. That in turn allows third-round pick Dallas Thomas to move to right guard, a position more suited to his talents. He'll compete with ex-Bears guard Lance Louis for the starting job."