The Miami Dolphins shook up their coaching staff last week and as a result they may shake up their offensive line as well. This week it appears that Jamil Douglas will be moved to the back-up role and that Billy Turner will take over at right guard. Dallas Thomas will continue to stay at left guard.
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The change is a little surprising because Jamil Douglas hasn’t really played all that bad, just not all that good. Billy Turner on the other hand has been unable to beat Douglas for the job. What matters however is what the coaches think. Miami is trying to get more physical and from all indications and reports on Billy Turner, Turner is a physical football player who can play mean. He just hasn’t done it at this level.
The Dolphins will face a pretty good pass rushing defense on Sunday and protecting Tannehill will be important if they are to find success offensively. Branden Albert will be back which should help the left side of the line. While he played in week one against the Redskins he wasn’t very effective and hadn’t practiced much. That left him out of condition. How well his conditioning has improved will be on display Sunday.
During his introductory press conference, Dan Campbell singled out center Mike Pouncey as a player who needed to be pushed more and we have to assume that he has done just that over the course of the last week.
The offensive line has been a huge issue for the Dolphins since Joe Philbin’s arrival in 2012. If Dan Campbell can shake it up a big and instill chemistry and confidence it will be his first success as a head coach. He will need more than simply one but the offensive line is a big one and keeping Tannehill on his feet could solve a lot of offensive problems. It starts with the offensive line.