Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
A season after having one of the worst offensive lines in league and franchise history, the 2014 Miami Dolphins have proven that their new line is much better and much improved and has made a tremendous impact on the season so far.
“I think to me everybody plays a hand in it. I don’t know if it’s one specific person, much like when the defense stops somebody on third down or the offense has a big day, it’s usually a collective effort. I would say certainly that’s the case with a lot of the guys. The personnel staff does a great job identifying guys. Our coaches do an excellent job of getting them ready to go, and you have to give the players credit. The players are the ones that have to put the work in. We can talk to them and give them speeches, but they are the ones that have to come out here every single day in practice and work their tail off to improve, get better and then go perform and produce on Sunday. I think all of the above apply.”
One of the newest players on the line is offensive guard Daryn Colledge. Colledge had played with Joe Philbin in Green Bay and most recently played with the Arizona Cardinals. While some considered him washed up coming into training camp, he has been a pleasant surprise.
“Absolutely. Again, he came in, I think it was late June or early July, for a workout. He was the same guy. He hasn’t missed a practice since he’s been here. He hasn’t missed a game. He knows what he’s doing. He’s professional. He gets to work early and stays late. Really, the exact same person you guys remember.”
The offensive line will have to dig in a little deeper on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers to help control the clock and keep the Packers’ offense off the field.