Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
After Mike Pouncey underwent surgery and the team learned he would miss several weeks of the season, the Dolphins signed free agent Daryn Colledge.
Earlier this week, Miami Dolphins columnist Andy Cohen sat down with Colledge and talked about a variety of things. Cohen mentioned that Colledge has never missed a game in his eight year career. The secret?
"A whole lot of hard work. A whole lot of luck. A whole lot of stubborness. You can’t always play this game at 100 percent, but I guess I’ve been lucky enough to do it," Colledge said. "My injuries have come close to bye weeks. I always felt I have a responsibility to my teammates and coaches to be out there. If there is any way, I’m going to play. I fractured my leg last year and kept playing. The first couple of weeks I struggled with it, but by week four it kind of numbed up on me and I was fine."
In terms of what it means to have five new starters on the offensive line, he didn't sugarcoat it.
"It’s harder on the outside then it is on the inside. Depending on the lineup we have out there, we have a lot of experience on the offensive line. I’ve got a good rapport with the tackles. Coaches are going to keep rotating guys. By week three, I think we will have settled into a clear starting five. Then we’ve got to stay healthy the whole season. If we can keep five guys on the field healthy, we have a chance to be a special offensive line, and I really mean that."
And what does Colledge think of the team this year?
"This team can make the playoffs. There is no doubt in my mind. Any team that can make the playoffs always has a chance. Don’t forget, my Super Bowl team in Green Bay was a wild card team. We have a great defense here. We have quality special teams and we have an offense that’s heading in the right direction. We have a lot of real good playmakers. I just feel fortunate to be here."