The Miami Dolphins haven’t officially made anything, well you know, official. That hasn’t stopped local beat writers from digging through the facility to find nuggets that would suggest who will play where when the Dolphins take the field in New England tomorrow.
According to two sources newly acquired Bryant McKinnie will start the game at LT and Jonathan Martin will move to RT. Tyson Clabo will move to the bench. Earlier this week Clabo denied knowledge of what was going to happen come Sunday and said that he had not been told he was being benched. Nor had the Dolphins openly said they were planning to move Martin to the right side.
Fans expecting a huge difference may want to rethink their thoughts. McKinnie can not be as bad as Clabo…or any worse at least, but his play is far from what it was as little as two years ago. Many question McKinnie’s commitment to football. He was benched in Baltimore in favor of a Eugene Monroe who the team traded for to replace McKinnie.
The good news is that McKinnie doesn’t have to be great he only needs to be better and that isn’t a tough task given the play of Martin this season thus far. The better news is that Martin has still played far better than Clabo who he will presumably be replacing on the right. If it gives Ryan Tannehill an extra couple of seconds it could be just enough of what the Dolphins need.