There's been a battle to see who would emerge as the starter at right guard all throughout training camp and the preseason, whether it's Billy Turner, Jermon Bushrod or even the recently unseated left guard Dallas Thomas, who has moved over to the right to make room for Laremy Tunsil at left guard.
Unfortunately, according to Adam Gase, no one player has managed to make themselves stand out above the others, leaving the right guard position a question mark even with only one preseason game remaining.
“I think it’s been a little inconsistent." Gase said. "It’s like, we’ll have some really good snaps, but then we’ll have that one snap that’s just not good enough. Nobody has really separated themselves right now and we’re taking that evaluation into this last game."
Gase stated during a recent press conference that while most of the starters would be sitting during the final preseason game against the Tennessee Titans, there would still be some, such as Laremy Tunsil, who would be going in to get some more reps and practice before the beginning of the regular season.
These snaps will be crucial to see who - if anyone - will finally emerge as the starter at right guard. If that doesn't happen, then Gase is prepared to take more drastic measures.
"Once we get to the first regular season game, that’ll be for that game." Gase said. "You never know what’s going to happen. One guy could emerge himself after this game to where we can say, ‘This is the guy the whole game.’ Will we have guys rotating in and out? It could happen; it wouldn’t be the first time.”
The thought of a rotating offensive line is a scary prospect. It's hard to imagine things working out well if a certain lineman had to come in for running downs, while another lineman stayed in for passing downs. This would take away all unpredictability in the offense, and would instantly telegraph what the team is planning.
On the other hand, if the Dolphins decide to utilize this method, it's possible they could use it to their advantage by catching teams off guard and doing the opposite of what the lineman's specialty is.
Or maybe I'm just talking nonsense.
In either case, it would most certainly benefit Miami if some player - no matter who it is - manages to impress the coaching staff enough that they take the starting job at right guard for themselves. It would certainly make things a lot less complicated, and keep them from having to run a bunch of different schemes just based on who happens to be there.
“The thing about mixing schemes up is you try to hang your hat on something." said Gase. "At least my experience has been, when you try to do a whole bunch of different things, that’s really when you don’t anything well."
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @FLSportDebater
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