Jan 20, 2013; Foxboro, MA, USA; Baltimore Ravens tackle Bryant McKinnie (78) lines up against the New England Patriots defense in the second quarter of the AFC championship game at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Did Miami Dolphins Accomplish Anything With McKinnie Trade?

The Miami Dolphins are losers of three straight and the most glaring reason as to why this has happened following their strong start has been their porous Offensive Line.

In an act to remedy the situation, or act of desperation depending on who you ask, GM Jeff Ireland pulled the trigger on a low cost gamble by trading a conditional late round pick for former UM and Baltimore Ravens Tackle Bryant McKinnie.

In the aftermath of this non blockbuster trade, I find myself asking if the Dolphins accomplished anything here. McKinnie, after helping propel the Ravens to the Super Bowl by solidifying their porous line last year, showed up this offseason to camp with a new contract in hand and a belly to match that sack of cash.

He quickly fell out of favor to the point that Ozzie Newsome traded for a player from the worst team in football, Jacksonville. Albeit one of their better players, no one is confusing Eugene Monroe for a young Tony Boseli.

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Now armed with the Ravens trash, is this supposed to be another man’s treasure? The savior to our porous line?

Or is it just a progress stopper? Forcing Jonathan Martin, coming off his best game of the year, back to RT where he struggled for most of last season?Granted most will say Martin is better than Tyson Clabo at RT and McKinnie, even with as bad as he’s been this year, is still better than Martin at LT, so in essence the Fins got better at 2 positions.

So while this logic may be rational, the proof is in the pudding and only time will tell, because if this logic turns out to not be as easy as 1+2=3, then the Dolphins accomplished nothing and will have the look of a desperate team looking for answers.

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  • tpl

    Miami would have been better off leaving Martin at LT, and using Garner, or perhaps Yeatman at RT. Maybe they should try Jason Weaver who is on the practice squad. I don’t like the trade, but likely the conditional pick will never get to the ravens, as McKinnie probably won’t be good enough to crack the lineup.

    • Chris

      Well, McKinnie was playing Tackle for the Ravens when they won the Super Bowl while Garner and Yeatman were unable to unseat Tyson Clabo all training camp and each week in practice. But yeah, maybe they should go with Jason Weaver! Lol

      • tpl

        Heard a rumor mckinnie is going to play sunday.

  • gofins60

    Miami IS a desperate team looking for answers! This line was porous in the preseason and still is, but our stubborn coaches did nothing to fix it. If something had been done earlier when EVERYBODY could see it was a major concern, then Miami could very well be 5-1 right now. Idiots! This is one of the reasons why this coaching staff must go… talent was added to the team, but both the offense and defense have regressed from last year.

    • tpl

      Yeah, they should have seen during the preseason clabo couldn’t hack it at RT. Don’t know WHAT was going thru their minds.

  • Dolfandave

    We did the right thing. Yeatman and Garner are obviously worse than Clabo if they can’t beat him out. McKinnie is no franchise LT but he is better than Martin so this does in fact make us better at least in pass blocking.

  • Chad Ronnebaum

    Laughing at not even two seasons and coaching must go. Yes the Buffalo game was bad. On the other hand we beat the Colts at home. We have a young team give them some time. Grimes alone makes our Def better than last year. Clabo could not handle Bull rushes. Part of this our offense we throw alot but don’t run many screens. Teams figured this out and d-ends push hard angles into the pocket. Clabo simply does not have the talent to prevent a strong end from pushing him back. McKinnie is a huge pile lol and he will not get pushed back. However he is old and slow and out of shape. He will struggle with quick pass rushers as well as moving on traps or sweeps. So is he a big upgrade? Well he will be better at allowing tannehill to step up in a formed pocket. But probably not better or worse than clabo at anything else. Maybe being back in Miami will motivate him to bust his ass and get in shape so he can move a little better and get out of his stance faster. We can dream right?