The domino effect refers to the way one change causes another change, which then leads to another change and so on and so on until things look totally different than they did before.
Thanks to right guard John Jerry’s knee injury, it’s playing out in Dolphins camp right now. The Dolphins hope Jerry will miss two-to-four weeks and be back with the team well before the start of the season, but they have to plan for the alternative and they have to do it without turning to former Bear Lance Louis since Louis is also out with a knee issue at present.
That’s led them to try a variety of different looks on the offensive line. Rookie Dallas Thomas has played left guard with usual left guard Richie Incognito sliding to the right side. Incognito has also played on the right side with Josh Samuda at left guard and he has been on the more familiar left side of the line with Samuda at center and starting center Mike Pouncey at right guard.
“It’s not how comfortable I’ll be, it’s how comfortable they’ll be,” Sherman said of Incognito and Pouncey, via Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. “But I think they’re both very talented and flexible if we have to go that way.”
Flexibility is a good thing, although coach Joe Philbin said he’d like to have the starting five in place before the team’s fourth preseason game on August 24. With Jerry missing a large chunk of that time, Samuda and Thomas will get plenty of chances to prove they’re the right person for a job on the first team.