Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
Dallas Thomas had been having a strong offseason and looked pretty good against the Atlanta Falcons last week. However, all of that came crashing down against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as he was literally manhandled by Gerald McCoy and others on the Bucs defensive line. Thomas gave up multiple pressures and was directly responsible for the hit on Ryan Tannehill that led to a fumble. In addition, he had almost no push in the run game.
Now, Thomas is in danger of losing his job to either Shelley Smith or Billy Turner. Joe Philbin said as much in his postgame press conference and that all options are on the table, primarily because of how much pressure the offensive line gave up.
"They established the edge, penetrated and got up in our backfield way too much, way too much," Philbin said. It looks to me we still have some work to do. I thought we'd have more production in our run game. I thought we'd be better. We have a lot of respect for [their front]; their No. 93 [McCoy] is excellent,” Philbin continued. “But there were a couple of plays [Thomas] has to block better on.”
“Dallas struggled a little bit, but he’s working hard,” left tackle Branden Albert said. “Third week of playing guard, he’s working hard. He went against a good player [Saturday night]. Stuff happens. It happens to me when I was a young player. You’re not going to have your best games [every night]. You’re going to struggle.”
Thomas also had a penalty called on him for illegal hands to the face while his defender was steps away from blasting Tannehill. However, he doesn't really look at his performance as a negative one.
"You’ve just got to take it, learn from it, because you have to understand, you’re only going to play a guy like that once every once in a while.”
Thomas should take another look at the schedule and realize that the Dolphins will be going up against some great defensive lines throughout the season. Linemen such as Vince Wilfork in week one, Mario Williams in week two, the Jets defensive line, Ndamukong Suh and many others. It won’t only be once in a while in 2014 that he faces a good defensive line and if he wants to keep his starting job, he needs to really step up his game.