Can Martin Succeed At LT For The Dolphins ?

The success of the entire 2013 Miami Dolphins might just boil down to whether or not Johnathan Martin is successful at playing LT . There’s no shortage of hype surrounding this team . This hype is not based on the success of last season , it’s based strictly on potential , and primarily , on the potential of the Offense to score points in the passing game .

Fans are patiently waiting for the season to begin , so they can witness  QB Ryan Tannehill develop , and watch him connect with a group of receivers whom some are saying are the best in the AFC East .

The possibilities are endless .

There is however , one thing that has to happen , in order for those possibilities to have any shot of materializing , Ryan Tannehill has to have time to throw the ball . If He’s constantly under pressure , being hurried , and on his back , it won’t matter how open WR Mike Wallace is , Ryan will be unable to get Mike the ball .

All that potential won’t amount to a hill of beans . The 2013 season will end up being just another disappointment .

Eyes turn towards sophomore LT Johnathan Martin . Other than the LT position , the entire offensive line , that bolstered star players such as C Mike Pouncey and G Richie Incognito , remains in tact , and if anything improved , with the additions of RT Tyson Clabo , and a versatile Rookie in Dallas Thomas ( Tennessee ) .

However , for the first time in years , Dolphins fans don’t know what to expect from the LT spot . Since 2008 , Miami has enjoyed the stellar consistency of All Pro Jake Long . During this time , LT has been one of the few positions everyone in this fan base is proud of , but ever since Long’s departure in Free Agency , it appears as though it’s Martin’s time to shine .

There’s no doubt about it , Martin’s has big shoes to fill , and LT is the second most important position on the team , but something tells me it’s all going to work out just fine for Miami .

Had Dolphins Brass really wanted to resign Long , it would have happened . Had they really wanted to , they could have agreed to a trade that would have brought disgruntled Kansas City OT Branden Albert to South Beach , but they didn’t . And had they desired to do so , they could have selected OT Lane Johnson ( Oklahoma ) with the 3rd overall pick in this year’s draft , but they didn’t .

That’s 1 , 2 , 3 votes of confidence for the guy who did a great job of protecting Andrew Luck’s blind side at Stanford . Martin , who has a tremendous work ethic , is a class act through and through , and would have been 3rd generation Harvard , had he not chose to attend Stanford .

This work ethic is already starting to show , in the fact that he’s buffed up 20 pounds this offseason , by strength training . Dolfans got a shot of encouragement when a picture of Martin dragging an SUV recently surfaced on Twitter , it appears as though he’s taking this opportunity very serious .

I’m gonna go out on a limb here , and make a Bold Prediction : This year , Johnathan Martin locks down the blind side ” like a boss “, he might take a few lumps in the process , but he’ll prove that he can be a solid starter in this league !

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  • gofins60

    I’m disappointed that Ireland didn’t draft/sign anyone who can start at LT just in case Martin fails. Going with only Martin is a huge gamble at an important position. (This is assuming that Dallas Thomas was drafted to be a Guard or back-up Tackle.)

  • Johnny

    Said this yesterday::::::::::: I’ll have to disagree.. Jonathon Martin did NOT have a solid rookie season at RT, then LT. He gave up more hurries then every T in the league. Something like 47 hurries!!! I’m not comfortable with him at LT (and yes I know he played LT in college).. I don’t trust him and his abilities and obviously either does the Dolphins FO.. or they wouldn’t have tried to resign Long or negotiate trade picks for Albert.. Isn’t it obvious?? Martin is plan C.

  • Jcartwright67

    Martin will be a good LT this year. He’ll get bull rushed and miss assignments on running plays just like the other 31 starting LT’s will. He will play better for us this year than last…that’s easy…he had a poor rookie campaign. He was playing out of position most of it and what rookie doesn’t struggle other than a few elite players. None of us know what this man has done to prepare himself for this year…so let’s relax and have a little trust in Ireland-Philbin. Know this; Martin’s got the physical tools, he’s highly intelligent and football smart, and he knows you and all the other “experts” have been exercising their right to free speech. He’s been cardio training, studying film, working on technique, gaining weight and strength, and waking up every morning with one goal. (Respect)