Miami Dolphins Oline coach Flaherty says Laremy Tunsil can improve
By Brian Miller
A common name that surfaces when talking about the Miami Dolphins offensive line is Laremy Tusnsil. Offensive line coach talked a bit about him.
When you think of Miami Dolphins left tackle Laremy Tunsil you think of a key building piece on the offensive line. A player that should have been in the pro-bowl last year. A player who had his best season as a pro. If you ask new offensive line coach Pat Flaherty about Tunsil, he will tell you he has room to improve.
It seems that is all we need to know about Flaherty as a coach. If he looks at the best offensive lineman on your team and says, “yeah, he is good but can be better” then he is a coach is going to demand a lot from his players.
The Dolphins made the assistant coaches available to the media last week and Flaherty had some interesting thoughts on his offensive lineman.
"“I think Laremy is a good football player, I really do. He’s still a fairly young guy and he has, like most guys his age, has some improvement to make. He has a high ceiling and we feel he’s going to get better and better each year.” – MiamiDolphins.com"
When Flaherty was asked about Tunsil’s Pro-Bowl type season last year, Flaherty again mentioned improvement.
"“He has potential to be one of the best, if not the best, in the league, at his position. He still has some work to do to separate himself into that category. I really like the things he does.”"
Tunsil is under contract and a lynch pin to the Dolphins offensive line success. At right tackle, Ja’Wuan James is an impending free agent who many fans want to re-sign. Flaherty said he hoped James would be back with the team and that he liked his ability to play on the right.
"“I think it keeps the continuity there, if we’re able to retain him. We sure hope he does. He’s a good football player."
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Flaherty did mention that there were technique things that James needs to improve on and Flaherty said he has watched the 2018 tape on James. The question is how well do the Dolphins believe James can be the blind side tackle if they draft a left-handed quarterback? Flaherty thinks James will be fine with the right coaching.
It is clear that Flaherty wants to build a physical offensive line but he will need to find two guards and a center that will fill that need. Judging by some comments he made during the process, youth might be served. We will cover that in our next article on Pat Flaherty and what he may be building in Miami.
The Dolphins are full of new coaches at their position but Flaherty brings a veteran presence and knowledge at his positional unit. He has had success at almost all of his stops but this time he will have his hands full, at least to start.