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Dolphins’ line coach is concerned about his options at center


Dolphins center Mike Pouncey is injured and may not return until late in the regular season, and the performances in training camp of Pouncey’s potential replacements have the team worried.

After a practice in which new center Shelley Smith (who has never played center before) had two bad snaps to quarterback Ryan Tannehill, and in which backup center Sam Brenner was carted off with a leg injury, Dolphins offensive line coach John Benton acknowledged there are issues.

Obviously, I’m concerned,” Benton said, via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. “We’ve got to find a way to be good at that position.”

Benton said he doesn’t know how well Smith is going to play at center but hopes to see a good preseason performance out of him.

“It’s unclear in the sense there’s a lot unclear until you get to that first game,” he said. “We’ll know a lot after that first preseason game. I’m optimistic. To say confident is probably a little stretch.”

To say the Dolphins will have a good offensive line this year is probably a stretch.

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22 Responses to “Dolphins’ line coach is concerned about his options at center”
  1. flash1287 says: Jul 30, 2014 6:48 AM

    After last season he should be “concerned” about the entire line.

    Oh well, looks like another 8-8 season.

  2. clownsfan says: Jul 30, 2014 7:26 AM

    Does it matter? Dolphins are goin nowhere as long as Philbin is HC.

  3. campcouch says: Jul 30, 2014 7:46 AM

    Print a new t-shirt.

  4. filthymcfunny1 says: Jul 30, 2014 7:48 AM

    The packers go through new centers all the time,their scared of the man behind them!

  5. willysantos2014 says: Jul 30, 2014 7:49 AM

    Tannehill > Brady

  6. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 30, 2014 8:15 AM

    There could be some decent center/guard types cut by NFL teams in the next coming weeks. Better keep their eyes open for one.

  7. beachsidejames says: Jul 30, 2014 8:20 AM

    He should be concerned. A center thats never played before is in camp going up against Randy Starks and that is giving coach a dose of reality.

  8. 8drinkminimum says: Jul 30, 2014 8:21 AM

    Samson Satele may want to keep his phone close by today.

  9. 1uniquename says: Jul 30, 2014 9:19 AM

    The Dolphins have spent so many 1st round, 2nd round and 3rd round picks on the O line in the last 5-6 years and yet it’s still terrible. It just shows how much of a crapshoot the draft really is, they kind of hit on Pouncey and Long but not really, neither has helped us win anything at all. I think Parcells method of drafting O linemen high might be outdated in this fast past, QB is already protected by the refs league.

  10. bassplucker says: Jul 30, 2014 9:24 AM

    He should be. That Fins OL has the makings of a real dumpster fire this year.

  11. joefelicelli says: Jul 30, 2014 9:38 AM

    I would be making the call to the Bears. They have Garza, who would be a great mentor to the young OL they have for a year, Brian de La Puente, who is capable of starting and holding his own at center, and a young player named Taylor Boggs, who was on the roster last year, and is decent enough to get by. They won’t be keeping all 3 of them, and you could get one of them for a 5th rounder (only because desperation ups the price in draft pick compensation).

  12. bassplucker says: Jul 30, 2014 10:07 AM

    Agreed on the Bears. Strange as it is to say, there will very likely be some guys who won’t make their cut who would still be starting caliber for other teams.

  13. rajbais says: Jul 30, 2014 10:18 AM

    Then don’t play Shelley smith there. Why is that hard? Why was letting Fernando Velasco not coming to Miami okay?

  14. rajbais says: Jul 30, 2014 10:18 AM

    Btw, is Jeff Ireland still running this team??

  15. Bruce G. Owens Jr says: Jul 30, 2014 10:37 AM

    This is a joke. As a Dolphin fan I am embarrassed. In all of the CFL, FAs, or teams that have depth at the position these guys can’t find anyone? At this point start scouring the Arena League for a center but do something. How about David Baas or Jonathan Goodwin.

  16. profantasyplyr says: Jul 30, 2014 10:46 AM

    ughhh. Had the equipment coach snapping the ball at practice today……

  17. clelek05 says: Jul 30, 2014 11:07 AM

    I do think the Dolphins will be decent this year but it is going to take time to develop. With that, bet everything you have on the Patriots going into Miami Week 1 and laying the smack down. For the simple reason that they will be much more prepared than the Dolphins.

  18. ravenmadnky says: Jul 30, 2014 12:24 PM

    I bet the Fish could get Gino Gradkowski or AJ Shipley from the Ravens for a 7th rounder and a ham sandwich.

  19. VenerableAxiom says: Jul 30, 2014 12:59 PM

    Kind of early in training camp to get into a panic. They’re not going to be the best line in the league, but it’s hard to conceive of it being worse than last year. There are a couple young guys that have talent that just has to become consistent. They may also look at any vets that get cut prior to the start of the season.

  20. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 30, 2014 1:48 PM

    “Me too”
    Sincerely, Ryan Tannehill

  21. catquick says: Jul 30, 2014 3:04 PM

    You did OK at the tackle position, but if this tube steak is the starting center, Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus will be wearing that fancy new Tshirt by the end of the first series.

  22. bsizemore68 says: Jul 30, 2014 6:12 PM

    It will work out, or not work out, only time will tell. Time to watch a baseball game. Bill

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