Miami Dolphins vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 3 things we learned

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We’ve gone back and forth about who is to blame for the shortcomings of this Dolphin’s team. Grier, Flores, naming two guys as the offensive coordinator, the defense, the talent evaluators, the coaching staff, the defense, Tua, Ross, or the offensive line. The thing is, it’s a mix of mostly all of what I mentioned. But, if I had to pick one culprit that isn’t Chris Grier, it’s the offensive line. They are a level of terrible that I haven’t seen since the Rex Hadnot days.

I know we have no real idea who the person or persons are who call the plays. As ridiculous as that is, what’s more ridiculous is that the Dolphin’s offensive line, to me, is the reason why Dolphins aren’t allowed to do, virtually, anything on offense that would constitute an NFL offense.

I don’t know, exactly, how much time the offensive line gave Brissett to throw, but my team here at Sern is telling me the early numbers are around 1.3 seconds to throw on every pass play. What this means is that it doesn’t matter if you have Parker, Waddle, Fuller, Gesicki, Moss, Rice, T. Hill Owens, or whoever. Regardless of whoever is running routes or calling plays for the Dolphins, they will never have enough time to get open downfield when the offensive line, who everyone knows is hot garbage, only has to have four guys rushed at them to be completely thrown for a loop.

Miami went with Eichenberg at left tackle and Austin Jackson to left guard. Though it was a good move to see what happens because it couldn’t get any worse with Jackson at tackle, it didn’t matter. Jackson and at times Eichenberg looked like guys who had no clue what was going on.

On the other side, you had Jesse Davis in there. On one play, Davis got rushed by Jason Pierre-Paul, got knocked down, and looked like he had no idea that he even got thunderly thrown to the ground. It was as if he didn’t know he was playing football as a guy whose job it is to block. Perhaps he didn’t? I’d believe that.

Obviously, this issue can’t be fixed this year. When Tua comes back next week, if he comes back next week, nothing will change and the coordinators will have to call plays that get the ball out of the quarterback’s hands in 1.8 seconds. That doesn’t utilize Waddle or Gesicki. But, that’s what we got and it’s disgusting.