In the first five games of the season, the Dolphins offensive line failed to offer much protection for quarterback Ryan Tannehill or much in the way of running room on the occasional running play by running backs Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas.
The Dolphins returned to work after the bye on Monday and the offensive line remained intact. There will be no personnel changes this week on the unit and offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said that the team remains confident that focusing on fundamentals in practice will lead to better results on the field in the weeks to come.
“Well I think they’re a hard working group, they’re a work in progress, I said that from the very beginning,” Sherman said, via the team’s website. “They’re going to continue to get better. I think they’re taking a lot of hits that aren’t necessarily all their fault, you can spread that around to all of us, not just to them.”
There are schematic changes and play calling choices that the Dolphins can make in order to alleviate the pressure on the line, but they won’t matter if the players don’t execute better. The Dolphins are betting that they can.
The choice to bank on improvement will get an immediate test when the Dolphins face the Bills in Week Seven. Buffalo has 21 sacks this season, tied for second in the NFL, and the Dolphins will need to keep them from adding to that total in order for their offense to operate at peak efficiency.