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More offensive line shuffling for Dolphins with Pouncey surgery

Joe Philbin AP

If there’s a silver lining to the dark cloud that settled over the Dolphins yesterday, it’s that they were already adjusting to a brand new offensive line.

So while the loss of Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey for at least three months and likely longer is a blow, it’s at least not the first one.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald outlined their options, mostly internal ones given the chaotic nature of their line rebuilding.

Looking for a clean slate after last year’s Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin mess (and some bad line play), the Dolphins have revamped this year.

They signed left tackle Branden Albert in free agency and used their first-round pick on right tackle Ja’Wuan James. Free agent pickup Shelley Smith has been working at right guard, with Dallas Thomas at left guard.

That leaves filling the hold in the middle, setting the stage for five new starters in Week One.

During practice last week, Sam Brenner filled in for Pouncey. He started four games at guard last year. Veteran Nate Garner started a pair of games in the middle last year when Pouncey was sick, and remains another option. Smith could move inside, but that would weaken two spots instead of one.

There’s a full bus of capable-if-unremarkable veteran centers on the street, and the Dolphins have plenty of time to look for one of them.

The simple reality is that wholesale change was already happening, so adjusting is something they’re used to.

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18 Responses to “More offensive line shuffling for Dolphins with Pouncey surgery”
  1. jjb0811 says: Jun 24, 2014 8:22 AM

    New coach next offseason.

  2. doctorrustbelt says: Jun 24, 2014 8:23 AM

    Addition by traction.

  3. 700levelvet says: Jun 24, 2014 8:55 AM

    The worst thing for the Dolphins management and their high school girlish look on things, is that Pouncey will not have all this free time to be on twitter and show the world what a complete schmuck he really is…

  4. stealthscorpio says: Jun 24, 2014 8:56 AM

    I’m betting the line is better without Pouncey…

  5. 6ball says: Jun 24, 2014 9:06 AM

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    The Dolphins first four games :

    New England
    @Buffalo
    Kansas City
    @Oakland

    They are poised for a bad start unless they get their O-line stabilized.
    .

  6. cpitch12 says: Jun 24, 2014 9:53 AM

    but this is the year they take the division from New England………NOT

  7. laxcoach37 says: Jun 24, 2014 10:38 AM

    Ummm.. the Dolphins won both games they played without Pouncey last year. Next Story!

  8. southbeachtalent says: Jun 24, 2014 10:40 AM

    what a great start to the season, really???

  9. bakeberryjam says: Jun 24, 2014 11:12 AM

    this is gonna be another really shaky start to a season. completely brand new OLine, and a new OC on top of that. Just gotta hope things click sooner than later.

  10. coldwater32301 says: Jun 24, 2014 11:58 AM

    No worries the Dolphins OLine will do better than last year even with Pouncey down…what, hes going to miss 4 games at most, we will win all four in his absence and continue when he gets back…We will be better and win the division… It really rest on Tannehill and our ability to stop big plays on defense…Indeed…

  11. jchipwood says: Jun 24, 2014 1:07 PM

    Anyone who thinks Philbin is a bad coach is an idiot.

  12. VenerableAxiom says: Jun 24, 2014 2:19 PM

    Last year everyone expected the fins to be 0-4 to start the season, but they came out pretty strong. This year they have a better O-line and offensive system. I hope they are under estimated again, it seems to be favorable.

  13. simplegodfather says: Jun 24, 2014 5:30 PM

    well, here goes so many Fins saying they will own the AFC East.. with what? ya ain’t got O-Linemen to protect ur skinny butt.

  14. slick50ks says: Jun 24, 2014 6:01 PM

    Last years o-line was much better than this years incarnation.

  15. footstepsfalco says: Jun 24, 2014 9:06 PM

    O-Line, Linebackers… doesn’t matter if Miami’s are the worst in the NFL.

    If they make the 5 missed field goals over the past 2 seasons, this team is 9-7 // 11-5.

    yea, how about that.

  16. footstepsfalco says: Jun 24, 2014 9:06 PM

    5 missed game winning field goals*

  17. tarniman says: Jun 24, 2014 9:34 PM

    Im not worried. …I know alot of people will not like this but I think Pouncey is overated (not to mention a jackass). I also thought the same about Jake Long was overated after his 1st few seasons. Brenner was a stater at LG and he is hungry. …he played well last season. Nate Garner also can hold it down for a few games….I think somebody mentioned that we won two games without Pouncey. Im not saying its a good thing thats he hurt for the 1st few games but im saying its not the end of the world. If the the brain trust panic they will sign a vet FA but I don’t think there is a need to. …the Dolphins will be fine calm down folks

  18. finz4eva says: Jun 27, 2014 6:43 PM

    Hopefully Lazor is taking the offense for his own, just leave Joe to pick up the gum wrappers.

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