Interview conducted by Luis Sung | Twitter: @FLSportDebater
Prior to the Dolphins scrimmage game on Saturday morning, the Miami Dolphins granted Phin Maniacs access to a VIP breakfast along with a question and answer session with Sam Madison and OJ McDuffie. Luis Sung, our Assistant Director of Content and Production, represented the website and took part in the morning activities. After the session was over, Sung was able to secure an exclusive interview with Madison and picked his brains on the cornerback battle, the offensive line and the new offense that the Dolphins are installing under offensive coordinator Bill Lazor.
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Sung: How do you see the development of Jamar Taylor and Will Davis coming along?
Madison: Well, with Cortland Finnegan and Brent Grimes, it should help them a lot. Last year, Brent would have helped them a whole lot but both of them were injured so they couldn’t really get on the field to really let their talent show but they had one off season to really get their bodies together. They’ve been looking really good throughout the course of OTA’s and training camp, and even in training camp right now they’re out there competing but just the depth of that position is going to be really really hard for them to break that starting lineup. So, when you have veterans like that, Cortland Finnegan and Brent Grimes, it’s only going to get the younger guys better because you have so much film that you can watch of yourself of them doing it the right way.
Sung: A lot of fans are worried about the recent O-line struggles and the center. With the snapping so bad, how do you see that coming along?
Madison: Well, it’s a problem. I mean, if Mike Pouncey didn’t get hurt, that wouldn’t have been a problem but it did happen. He got hurt and that’s a setback. So, we just have to deal with it for right now. At least we know Mike Pouncey is still on the roster and when he does get back those problems won’t persist anymore. So we just got to wait and just see how Coach Philbin is able to get through this. I don’t know if it’s four, five or six weeks that Mike Pouncey is going to be out, we just got to be able to weather this storm until he comes back.
Sung: Finally, the one thing that the whole season depends on right now is Ryan Tannehill. Do you see him making that jump and finally becoming the franchise quarterback we all hope he will be?
Madison: Well, we can’t really put all that pressure on Ryan like that. I mean this whole entire offense is still learning totally new systems so everybody is going to be accountable. We can’t hang this on, you know, if he’s going to be a good quarterback or he’s not going to be a good quarterback. All we can do is just really hope that the things that Bill Lazor is going to implement, the whole entire offense can pick it up extremely fast and they just (the offensive line) are able to keep Ryan standing upright. We’ll see what happens but I think he is a really good quarterback and I believe he can be the quarterback of the future for this franchise.”