The Miami Dolphins suspended Lawrence Timmons shortly after the first game of the season and now, two games later, he is back with the team.
It’s unclear if Lawrence Timmons coming back to Miami has to do with his getting back into the good graces of head coach Adam Gase or the fact that the defense is not playing up to what the Dolphins had envisioned. Two things however are certain. One, Timmons is needed, and two, his reinstatement will be debated among the fans.
Miami lost to the Jets on Sunday and it was not pretty. However most of the problems seemed to be on the offensive side of the ball where play calling has been a major issue through the first two weeks. The defense however wasn’t great by any means.
Timmons, who is expected to play this weekend against New Orleans in London will give the defense a much-needed boost. A solid run stopping linebacker, Timmons is better than what the Dolphins currently have in pass protection as well.
Miami has had to deal with issues at linebacker for what seems like years and despite trying to fix the position through free agency, have failed. Rookie Raekwon McMillan was supposed to add a spark as well but he was sidelined for the season with a torn ACL. In his place, the Dolphins have platooned Mike Hull and Chase Allen with Timmons on suspension.
By bringing Timmons back the Dolphins will honor their commitment to Timmons’ contract and Timmons has some work to do on the field to mend the fences and bridges that he set on fire. Gase has made it very clear that he expects two things from his players, show up on time and work hard. Which one of those issues Timmons failed is anyone’s guess.
The Dolphins are placing the issue behind them and while fans will debate the timing it’s done and over with. Miami must find a way to get better on both sides of the ball and at least on paper, Timmons does that on defense. To make room for Timmons, the Dolphins released Justin March-Lillard.
How do you feel about the timing and reinstatement of Lawrence Timmons?