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.

22 responses to “Dolphins’ line coach is concerned about his options at center

  1. 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.

  2. 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 I think Parcells method of drafting O linemen high might be outdated in this fast past, QB is already protected by the refs league.

  3. 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).

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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

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