Miami Dolphins: The best starter at each position in franchise history

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Best offensive linemen in Miami Dolphins history: the following

Some of the greatest players to ever come through the Miami Dolphins organization have been offensive linemen. Four times in Dan Marino’s career he was sacked less than 10 times and finished with 10 exactly on two different occasions.

Measuring the importance of offensive linemen is difficult, especially when pinning one up against another. But there won’t be a whole lot of debate on who makes the offensive line Mt. Rushmore for Miami.

LT: Richmond Webb

The protector of Marino’s blindside for 10 seasons (and Jay Fiedler for one), Richmond Webb was arguably the best offensive lineman in team history. Not only did he play one of the most important positions, he excelled in doing so while missing just two games over his first eight seasons. He made seven straight Pro Bowls and was named a First-Team All-Pro twice.

LG: Bob Kuechenberg

Bob Kuechenberg was one of the guys that were around for the glory days of the franchise, and he was a member of the Miami Dolphins for a whopping 14 seasons from 1970 until 1983. His playing time essentially bridged the gap between the expansion franchise (1966) and the Marino days (1984). He was a six-time Pro Bowler.

C: Tim Ruddy

This one may be a bit debatable with Jim Langer and Dwight Stephenson having such great careers, but in this case, recency wins again. Tim Ruddy’s face just reminds me of Dan Marino, and that’s always a good thing.

RG: Larry Little

Larry Little has the highest “approximate value” of any offensive lineman to ever put on a Dolphins uniform. He was a cornerstone at right guard from 1969 until 1980, during a stretch of the most successful years that the franchise has ever seen.

RT: Norm Evans/Vernon Carey

Recency bias strikes again with this one, as Vernon Carey beats out Norm Evans for the right tackle spot. The latter had the longer career and has the higher approximate value, but he last played for the Dolphins in 1975, and it’s my list, and we’re going with Carey.