So you have cast your vote for the Phinphanatic.com “Player of the Week” and the winner is not a player but instead a group of them. The offensive line. In the Dolphins victory over the San Diego Chargers, the unit gave up one 2 sacks but paved the way for 167 yards of rushing offense, 23 combined 1st downs, and 288 yards through the air.
With so much riding on the players overcoming mental mistakes and “dumb” penalties, the offensive line was flagged only one time and that was a false start leveled against TE Anthony Fasano.
The resurgence of the Miami Dolphins offensive line is the reason this team is 2-2. Young, the oldest member of the unit is Vernon Carey drafted in 2004. While Carey is in his contract year, Ikechuku Ndukwe (didn’t have to look that up the spelling this time), Justin Smiley, Jake Long, and Samson Satele, are all in their 1st or 2nd year contract with the Phins.
The Dolphins have spent the better part of 6 years swapping offensive lineman out year after year. It is a testament, for now, on the job that HC Tony Sparano is doing with a unit that was his speciality.
For their game play in helping the Miami Dolphins defeat the San Diego Chargers, Vernon Carey, Ikechuku Ndukwe, Samson Satele, Justin Smiley, and Jake Long are this weeks Phinphanatic.com “Player’S” of the Week”. They join previous winners, Anthony Fasano in week 1, Chad Henne in week 2, and Ronnie Brown in week 3. You can view all POTW winner’s selection reasons here.