Sep 22, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins running back Daniel Thomas (33) is tackled by Atlanta Falcons free safety Thomas DeCoud (28) during the second half at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Dolphins O-Line Must Make A Statement


For all of the excitement that has come with the Miami Dolphins sitting undefeated after 3 games, there is a lingering worry that has not been quelled during that stretch. It’s the elephant in the room when talking about the Dolphins‘ resurgence on offense, actually it’s more like 5 elephants in the room with the offensive line needing to perform better.

In all facets of the game the offensive line needs to improve, no longer can Ryan Tannehill be forced to take 5 sacks, no longer can the running game sputter and be an afterthought in the game plan. Yes, there are circumstances that rest on the skill positions as our Tailbacks need to pick up blitzes and run through arm tackles but the bulk of the responsibility rests on the shoulders of the big guys up front.

Sep 22, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin (71) reacts after a touchdown by tight end Dion Sims (not pictured) in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Sun Life Stadium. Miami won 27-23. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 22, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins tackle Jonathan Martin (71) reacts after a touchdown by tight end Dion Sims (not pictured) in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at Sun Life Stadium. Miami won 27-23. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

It’s up to the Big Uglies to live up to their mantra, protecting their Quarterback and paving the way for their Tailbacks to find seams of daylight to burst through. With most of the criticism falling on the O-Lines shoulders, this unit needs a statement game to get themselves in a groove with no better time for that then tonight’s game on prime-time in the Super Dome.

With the nation tuning in to see how real this Dolphins team is, the game is setting up as the perfect opportunity for the team to make a splash and generate national buzz, but it also sets up as the perfect moment for the Offensive Line to show they are not the weakest link on the team, exhibiting their ability to be stalwarts up front.

As a unit they have the goods, with talented and savvy players that know how to perform on the big stage of prime-time. It’s just time for this unit to show they have the ability to execute collectively and consistently, instead of just for stretches of games as they have done so far in the early going of this young season.

This game is huge for the franchise as they look to continue their resurgence and if the Dolphins are to leave New Orleans victorious, it will come down to the old cliche’ “it all starts up front in the trenches”. FINS UP!

 

 

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