Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
Despite the offensive line making holes for two 100-yard rushers this season, they’ve also allowed nine sacks in three games which of course, is an average of three per game. At this current pace, the line would give up 48 sacks, which isn’t much less compared to last year. Joe Philbin understands this but also took a backhanded shot at Ryan Tannehill in the process.
“Well, they haven’t been all on them, number one – the offensive line. But they certainly have contributed to some of the sacks. It’s a work in progress. It’s certainly not where it needs to be yet. I think the consistency factor is something we’re going to talk to the team about that we have to get more consistent as a football team. They’re part of that, for sure.”
There have also been a few batted passes at the line of scrimmage, including four in the game on Sunday and again, Philbin blamed it on both the offensive line and on Tannehill.
“I think there’s instances of both yesterday. I think they had four, does that sound right? When you have four, there’s usually multiple culprits and I think there was a little bit of both yesterday.”
The Dolphins should see a boost in their offensive line play when Mike Pouncey returns and the team gets the five best lineman on the field. Then, these blitzing lines will close a bit more and Tannehill will have more time to make things happen.