Of the four offensive units that is not the quarterback, the offensive line may be the hardest for McDaniel to fix and overhaul this year. It is going to take a lot of cap money to invest in free agent lineman and Miami’s draft position may not be good enough to land a top line prospect in Aprils’ draft.
Despite that fact, the Dolphins biggest priority is to fix the offensive line.
Jesse Davis needs to be replaced by what does Miami do outside of that one spot? Liam Eichenberg may be a better interior lineman but should he be replaced after one year on the outside? Playing out of position with a bad offensive line coach?
Should Michael Dieter who has shown positive development be given up on and replaced at center? What about Austin Jackson who looked better after his move to guard from tackle? Of all the lineman, the most consistent has been Robert Hunt and while we can assume he will get better how do you justify replacing everyone else when they are so young?
Miami’s biggest problem, or at least for Chris Grier is that in the last several drafts they have invested high capital in offensive lineman. Jackson in round one, Eichenberg and Hunt in round two, and Dieter in round three and all of the have been drafted in the last three seasons.
To me, this is where McDaniel faces his biggest challenge. Developing the line while adding and subtracting from it. The only spot that is 100% in need of being replaced is Davis at right tackle but he was and isn’t the only problem along that line. If Miami believes the problems have been coaching, maybe they get it right but if McDaniel wants a different style of play, a zone blocking scheme as reported, they might have to make some tough choices later this month.