A Look at Our Offensive Linemen

Tannehill on ground

Quite a familiar sight for Dolphins fans, really since Tannehill has been the QB.  I know some of you think it’s all Tannehill’s fault, and that’s fine, but I for one don’t believe that to be the case.  Too much pressure, too often and no containment.  Seems like almost every drop back, someone loses containment on their man, and over the last 2 seasons, there really were good reasons for that.  Injuries depleted our O-line and the depth we had wasn’t up to the task.  Whether it was Brandon Albert injured, or Ja’Wuan James, or Mike Pouncey, it’s been rare to have those 3 former 1st RD picks on the field together.  One good nugget of info uncovered by the infamous Omar Kelly is this.  When those 3 have been healthy and on the field together, Ryan Tannehill, and the Dolphins are 6-1.  Some will scoff at this small sample, and that’s fine too, people will always see what they want, and contrarily ignore what they don’t.  I think it’s unfortunate that we have such a small sample, and if you think about it, this doesn’t even address the shoddy OG play.  Imagine if we had better OG’s than Dallas Thomas, Billy Turner or Jamil Douglas.  It could happen as early as this season, because the NFL draft is only about 2 weeks away!

First, let’s take a look at we currently have on the roster.  At LT, Brandon Albert is the starter, and OT’s Jermon Bushrod (Bears) and Sam Young (Jaguars) were brought in as depth for both tackle positions, as both of the aforementioned players have played both. At C we have Mike Pouncey, and backing him up is OG/C Jamil Douglas, and Jacques McClendon.  At OG, last years starters were a mix of LG Dallas Thomas and Jamil Douglas, and RG Billy Turner and Jamil Douglas.  At RT, I’m assuming a healthy Ja’Wuan James will return as the starter at RT, now that his dislocated toe injury appears to have healed.  Jason Fox is thankfully no longer on the roster, but my lord, is it about time we shore up the depth at OT or what?  Why every year do we get a turnstile at RT like Marc Colombo or Jason Fox?  Ya think maybe it’s time we invested in some quality depth on the O-line?

The 2016 NFL Draft leaves us with plenty of options, so let’s take a look at some of the players that might help us this season and beyond.  I’m going to put them ALL on the table, because you never know if we want to trade up, although it’s unlikely.

Laremy Tunsil

Ole Miss LT Laremy Tunsil  6’5″ 310

Laremy Tunsil is the premier offensive tackle in this draft, and will most likely go top 5, if not #1 to the Tennessee Titans.  With Branden Albert on our roster, unless they have discussed with Albert moving inside, which Albert has played before to OG, the Dolphins drafting Tunsil is even more unlikely.  He is the best prospect though, actually the highest rated prospect by NFL period, but a Dolphin he will not be.

Purdue v Notre Dame

Notre Dame LT Ronnie Stanley  6’6″ 312

 

Ronnie Stanley is the next highest rated LT prospect.  Still a slim chance that he falls all the way to #13 but he is in range to be taken somewhere in the top 10, or slightly beyond.  That puts him in striking range for a reasonable trade up should we want him.  Again, unlikely we trade up for an OT, but it’s possible.  Stanley would also not be a candidate to move inside and is really a pure LT.

Jack Conklin

Michigan St. LT  Jack Conklin  6’6″ 308

Jack Conklin is definitely a realistic possibility at #13.  The Michigan St. LT is a real throwback player, spitting nails and exhibiting toughness.  One of my favorite quotes of this whole draft was an NFC North scout, who said about Conklin “He’s tougher than old beef jerky”.    Whether the scouts or prognosticators are right, some feel Conklin might struggle with NFL speed rushers, and may have to either move to RT, or even possibly inside.  Conklin is a real scrapper, which makes me think he’d fit inside the trenches at OG just fine, and could of course give us depth at OT as well.  Yes, quality depth my friends, the luxury we haven’t had for too long!

Cody Whitehair

Kansas St. OT/OG  Cody Whitehair  6’4″ 301

Cody Whitehair has played LT, RT and LG for Kansas St. so he certainly has some versatility.  Most scouts feel he will be an OG in the NFL, so in the 2nd RD, he could be a target for us.  He would be another player that gives us some depth as either an OG or OT, but could give us an upgrade at OG from what we currently have.

Le'Raven Clark

Texas Tech LT Le’Raven Clark  6’5″ 316

Le’Raven Clark is another 2nd RD possibility for the Dolphins.  Clark has the longest arms in this draft at 36 1/8″ long.  Clark has good foot speed, but likely needs to add more muscle and get stronger in the NFL (As many prospects do).  He could be a guy to groom to replace Branden Albert, and be our LT for a decade, so Clark could definitely be a target of ours, if we think he could be what I said.  NFC scouts said they think he’s going to be a top 5 LT in the NFL.  Sounds good to me!

Germain Ifedi

Texas A&M OG  Germain Ifedi  6’6″ 324

Germain Ifedi looks like an NFL ready starter right now.  Ifedi has power, and also has very long arms (36″).  Germain played both OG and RT at Texas A&M.  Oddly enough though, his NFL comparison is our own Billy Turner.  He is a bit of a project though, like Turner, so although he would be thrown into the mix, the 3 year player may not be ready for us right now, but could could be a very good player in time.

NCAA FOOTBALL: OCT 04 Stanford at Notre Dame

Stanford OG  Joshua Garnett  6’4″ 312

Garnett looks to be a pro ready NFL OG.  Very thickly built lower body ideal for working in the trenches, he also has very good upper body strength.  A Stanford OL, again???  I think Garnett will be fine, although I also thought Jon Martin would be fine, so if you want to stop reading the rest of this, I understand.  NFL comparison is Gabe Jackson, who is doing just fine in the NFL for the Oakland Raiders, and a player both D and I wanted for our Dolphins. I could see Garnett winning a starting OG spot this season.

Christian Westerman

Arizona St.  OG  Christian Westerman  6’3″ 298

Westerman is a a very athletic OG, with lots of pop.  Weight room warrior who never stops.  Scouts say some of his actual strength doesn’t always show up on the field, but I would think learning technique from the right coaches would help that.  Westerman is a true OG prospect, and should be taken somewhere between the RD 2-4.  His NFL comparison is Alex Mack, and who wouldn’t want Alex mack on our O-line right now?

There are plenty more prospects out there, and I will leave that for you all to discuss and bring up on the blog!

 

 

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1,121 Responses to A Look at Our Offensive Linemen

  1. Tim Knight says:

    Son, Tannehill had nothing to do with the plethora of jail break rushes he had to deal with. You want him to be like Brett Favre and just toss it up and see what happens? I don’t. He’s not a gunslinger, he’s a play balanced offense around him and then let him do his thing type QB. Not a pass 40 times 90% in shotgun and rush 16 times with our OL on their heels all day. He’s not Marino and even he couldn’t get us to the promise land. Nobody likes to hear that but it’s the truth. I want to see a balanced team. Not whether or not Tannehill can carry us.

    • Agree 100%. We can’t continue to throw the ball 37x a game. We need to run the ball more and run it effectively and be a more balanced offense so the defense see’s the run as a threat. Maybe Tannehill’s td’s can go up to 30 or over if we take a shot from just outside or inside the 20 from time to time or if we use Parker’s and Cameron’s ability to go up and get it more often once we’re near or inside the 10. But, the only way that’s going to happen is if we have a legitimate rushing attack that makes the D cover the entire field.

  2. stangerx says:

    You guys wanna hear selfish……cause that was my first reaction to the schedule. First two aways are killer, but then five of the next six at home. That’s right in the heart of when I go to games with holidays thing involved.

    Guy in my building asked, “But isn’t that start tough and set up us worse with all the away games down the road.”

    Told him the truth — “Least in those five games we won’t know whether or not it is over yet.”

  3. getterdone says:

    Piggy, what’s wrong with TJ Green as a 4th round pick?

  4. Tim Knight says:

    One thing that will be worked on all offseason and we’ll have to be prepared for it is the silent count in Seattle opening day.

    Also, no more blaming the HC for not not influencing the play calls. Gase is the play-caller on offense. Lot’s of new variables this year.

    Anyone else think it’s weird that it’s 9/11? It struck a cord with me and it’s always an uneasy date.

    • The Flying Pig says:

      Why not open the weekend before?

    • stangerx says:

      “One thing that will be worked on all offseason and we’ll have to be prepared for it is the silent count in Seattle opening day.”

      What tougher task could you add in for a new NFL coach than playing in that place with a new system after flying across the country? Only thing that could make it worse would be flying back and than flying for another away game the next week to play the Pats as their place.

      • Tim Knight says:

        But he already knows that in April. It’s not like he got blindsided. 😉

      • getterdone says:

        Something tells me Gase will have our guys ready. He seems the ultimate prepper, like me. 🙂

      • stangerx says:

        He at least did when he read the schedule. Then he saw the Brown in the next game in the heat. Both a relief but also the realization that if he doesn”t win that one he should be renting instead of buying.

  5. Randy says:

    Tannehill will have a lot put on his plate this year if Gase runs the offense he seems to prefer. The only way that doesn’t happen is if we start running a lot more. This offense will only go as far as Tannehill takes it. He HAS to start making the right reads and taking advantage of the chunk throws when they’re there AND making the throws on 3rd down and in the red zone that lead to scoring opportunities. It’s gonna be interesting to see how much Gase puts on Tanny…and how he responds.
    ***
    But, it sure would be nice if we could back defenses off with a solid running game. Too many teams were able to bring that extra guy, and we kept trying to block them with 5 against 6 or 6 against 7. Of course, nobody talks about that or cares….the OL just sucks…no excuses for them. Lol

    • getterdone says:

      Hope our sucky OL get’s their shit together this year. Man they sucked the last 4 years!

    • Tim Knight says:

      Gase has always said his offense is what he likes from what he’s learned and then what best fits the personnel. He doesn’t have a “system”.

  6. getterdone says:

    Randy, with Gase calling plays, I think we’ll see a sensibly ran offense. As I’ve said a thousnad times, this will go a long way to helping our offense as a whole, The OL, the running game, & Tannehill.
    The funny thing is it could also have a positive effect on the Defense as well if we can sustain longer drives, keep the ball on the opponent’s side of the field, & score more points on offense.

  7. Randy says:

    Tim,
    He does. He’s talked about it before. He makes adjustments, but everyone has a system. It’s just how flexible you are with your system, but he will be running concepts similar to what he’s done so far.

  8. Randy says:

    gdp
    What I want to see is an offense that dictates to the defense. Make them adjust to what we’re doing and take advantage of their weaknesses when shown. We haven’t had that sort of offense in years…in part because we’ve been so one dimensional. The OL has to become more consistent and start controlling games by having viable running and passing games. We’ve been too easy to defend…especially in the red zone.

  9. finfanrob says:

    Tim Knight says:
    April 17, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Son, come on man. A troll?

    tim, i dont know why son wont say but it was me that said he makes troll like comments about tanny to get the masses stirred up. i dont think that is calling him a troll. it isnt like i thought he was, but he does like to make those tanny comments. and some of them do and are funny, but if he cant handle being called out on them when he does maybe he shouldnt make them. it is like when on here i am referred to as a perv or a creep, i dont go crying i was called names, i just have fun with it. after all i make pervy comments, i get it, it is part of the fun.

    besides this is nothing but a blog, if you get your feelings hurt then so be it. bet real life is really tough for you if a blog hurts your feelings

  10. finfanrob says:

    getterdone says:
    April 17, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    FU

    ok, but it is sunday. and i am warning you i am lazy on sundays so i am probably just going to lay there.

  11. wyoming85 says:

    Meat and potatoes draft!

    Your score is: 9024 (GRADE: B+)

    Your Picks:
    Round 1 Pick 13: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State (A)
    Round 2 Pick 11: Keanu Neal, FS/SS, Florida (A)
    Round 3 Pick 10: Kentrell Brothers, ILB, Missouri (A+)
    Round 4 Pick 9: Bronson Kaufusi, DE/OLB, Brigham Young (B)
    Round 5 Pick 8: Briean Boddy-Calhoun, CB, Minnesota (A)
    Round 6 Pick 11: Josh Ferguson, RB, Illinois (A+)
    Round 7 Pick 6: Deiondre’ Hall, CB, Northern Iowa (A)
    Round 7 Pick 10: D.J. Reader, DT, Clemson (A+)

  12. Brian in NY says:

    The only fair way to make the fest date is to stick to the poll. That said, should we disclose our votes? What if 5 people vote for the winning date and then they decide not to attend? That might open it up for another date.

  13. Randy says:

    The only fair way to do the Fest is if all you guys/gals come up to Minnesota to watch the game, so I can attend! I’ll borrow a TV from my mom…buy a couple bags of corn chips, steal a couch from my neighbor and toss it in the yard by my bucket. We’ll all have a great time….just pick a date before October, or you’ll all have to wear your long johns…ya sissies.

  14. Randy says:

    Wyoming,
    I think getting Hall…the CB from Northern Iowa….in the 7th would be a steal. Is he that lowly rated because I think he’s a nice prospect.

  15. The Flying Pig says:

    Another Ragland draft
    We would much more physical with this kind of draft

    But I have a hard time addressing CB when I take Ragland

  16. The Flying Pig says:

    ILB REGGIE RAGLAND
    ALABAMA
    42: R2P11
    DE EMMANUEL OGBAH
    OKLAHOMA ST.
    73: R3P10
    G JOSHUA GARNETT
    STANFORD
    107: R4P9
    OLB DEION JONES
    LSU
    147: R5P8
    CB SEAN DAVIS
    MARYLAND
    186: R6P11
    RB KELVIN TAYLOR
    FLORIDA
    227: R7P6
    WR CODY CORE
    MISSISSIPPI
    231: R7P10
    CB KEVON SEYMOUR
    USC

  17. Randy says:

    Tim,
    There are a number of articles out there breaking down the different concepts and schemes Gase employs. I’m not gonna get hung up on the word “system”. All coaches have a certain way they like to run their offenses. Tannehill has been studying his concepts for awhile now, and he’ll be implementing his concepts and ideas in the PS. The key with Gase is he doesn’t seem to try to force his concepts into the gameplan but rather uses his concepts to exploit what his team does best and specific matchups. But, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have a certain way he likes to do things….whether it’s called a system or not really doesn’t matter.

    • thing that gets me is if Gase doesn’t employ a specific system but develops a system around what he’s got to work with what the hell is Tannehill doing with the receivers. There’s no way to know if what they are practicing is even close to what Gase will do with the Miami offense. The wr’s and te’s are completely different from what he had to work with in Chicago.

  18. I’d say there’s a good chance Phins take a LB in the first but I think it’s more of athletic guy like Jack, Lee or Floyd before they take Ragland.

  19. Randy says:

    Lou,
    Again, I’m not getting hung up on the word “system”. System. Scheme. Concepts. Gameplan. Ideology. Philosophy. There are definitely certain concepts and schemes Gase seems to prefer to use. Yes, he tries to mold it to his specific players and matchups week to week, but so do lots of coaches. It doesn’t mean they don’t have a preferred way of doing certain things. He makes adjustments, but I guarantee you he will be implementing a certain way of doing things in the preseason. He’s not gonna just have guys out there running around doing whatever they feel like. They will be being taught specific things.

    • well, yeah, he’ll be implementing a system but what I’m saying is if you look at Chicago and Denver they were two completely different styles of offenses and they were so because of what he had to work with. He’s got a completely different set of tools to work with in Miami so we could be looking at something that’s not even close to what he did in Denver and Chicago. I watched his pressers from the Chicago games and he was still experimenting with different things in the offense to try and get things to work well into the season.
      So, what I’m saying is RT is practicing routes and things with his receivers based on what he saw from Denver and Chicago but how does he know how much of either will be implemented in Miami?
      Then, I think some people are under the assumption the offense clicks in week one and it could be week 5, 6 or later before we see things start to click. He could need to be working on the offensive every week until he gets it where he wants it so it could be some time before we see everything working together.

  20. The Flying Pig says:

    What do you guys think of Karl Joseph?

    • steveccnv says:

      he looks like a penalty machine, but what a hitter. I’d like to see game tape on him, so I know what he’s doing on every play.

  21. Just keep in mind that when Gase was talking in his post game pressers in CHI he was still working on getting the offense right weeks into the season. Maybe, hopefully, the guys he has to work with in the MIA offense gives him more to go with than in CHI, IDK.
    But, when you see him in those pressers and you see him talking about how things are going and how he’s still working on getting things right we could be looking at close to half the season before the offense starts to hit on all cylinders. So, it’s possible we stumble out of the gate and don’t start to see the improvement we’re hoping for until the 2nd half of the season.
    I know we’re in a “wait and see mode” for some here because of the draft and post-draft cuts but designing systems, schemes, etc is one thing; putting it all together and getting it to all work together and the right way is something else. So, I’m expecting some growing pains along the way. Another reason for my thinking about the way the season could go.

  22. Mike E. says:

    Son

    Uh-uh. Cam really did suck that season, and Derek Anderson really did win 2 big games in his stead to spring them into the playoffs. Anderson played much better than Cam did in those 2 games, check it out.

    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/car/2014.htm

    • Mike E. says:

      Oh, and don’t bother mentioning the playoff win over the Arizona Cardinals, with their 4th string QB, Ryan Lindley, it’s not worth mentioning. He will likely never ever again see NFL action.

    • son of a son of a shula says:

      You said Cam played worse than Tannehill and that’s impossible. Cam did in fact lead the team to 4-0 in December and he did in fact start the season with an injured ankle and back (I think back) and he did endure the car accident later on as well.

  23. finfanrob says:

    ‘You said Cam played worse than Tannehill and that’s impossible.’

    lmao…. yeah mike, how in the world do you think that is possible. i swear mike sometimes the things you say. it is like you want to prove something to us so we ask you questions and you can write a blog. silly mike, everyone knows it is impossible for any qb in the history of qbs to play worse then tanny. hell even the guy at mcdonalds who gives you a quarter back is better at it then tanny is

  24. finfanrob says:

    omg omg omg, some one called me a troll. let me leave and run away and cry in the corner.

  25. I think sometimes, and I’m guilty of it too, we have a tendency to think that it’s easy to have a seamless transition from one coaching staff to another or that, if the last coaching staff sucked, the new coaching staff is an automatic upgrade.
    I’m hoping Gase and his staff are the upgrade we need but, even if they are, when you are starting from scratch with new systems, schemes, etc. it’s going to take awhile for everything to come together.
    Now, if it’s a good coaching staff and their teaching methods are different and the players catch on faster then maybe the time it takes to implement everything and get it to gel isn’t as long. But, that’s easier said than done.
    Even if everything goes as you hope, even if the o-line doesn’t suffer any setbacks with injuries early on and everyone else is healthy, there’s bound to be some growing pains on offense before everything is settled and they get it right. It could be 3 wks into the season, it could be 5 or 6 but you know that getting the offense right because of the blocking, the design, the timing and everything else takes awhile before it all comes together. So, I wouldn’t be surprised if we end up with the same record as last season or maybe some slight improvement. The important thing is we see we’re moving in the right direction.

  26. finfanrob says:

    son,

    and just so you know, i mean for future reference, you should only use the word troll once in a post. to use it twice doesnt give it the same effect of importance that it deserves. just a bit of friendly advice.

  27. Mike E. says:

    Son

    Dolphins were 8-8 with Ryan Tannehill as QB, and Cam Newton was 5-8-1.

    Tannehill completed 66.4% of his passes for 4045 yards, 27 TD’s and 12 INT’s
    Newton completed 58.5% of his passes for 18 TD’s and 12 INT’s

    Sorry, the stats and the records disagree with you, and there’s nothing that supports the contrary, except of course for you. lol

    • son of a son of a shula says:

      The stats may be true but the important thing there is, and you can look it up, is Cam and the Panthers went undefeated that December while Tannehill led his Fins to a dazzling 1-3 and missing the playoffs when they controlled their own destiny.

      • Mike E. says:

        Derek Anderson led the Panthers December 14th, and Cam didn’t really do much to “lead” the Panthers in the other couple of games, he didn’t play especially well, the defense played very well. I looked it up. He played one good game in that group, against the Saints, who were horrible on defense that year, they allowed 424 points that season

  28. finfanrob says:

    mike

    dont you know when measuring a qb’s value that the wins and losses only count when they back up your theory. it doesnt matter if a qb sucks up the place and the team wins 3-0 it was all on the qb if that is what helps support ones theory.

  29. wyoming85 says:

    The Flying Pig says:
    April 17, 2016 at 4:57 pm
    What do you guys think of Karl Joseph?

    I didn’t like the film I say on him last year!
    And I haven’t seen anything of this years to change my mind!

    But that’s JMHO

  30. son of a son of a shula says:

    Hmmm, maybe we weren’t so bad after all …

    A young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment.
    The woman apologized to the young girl and explained, “We didn’t have this ‘green thing’ back in my earlier days.”

    The young clerk responded, “That’s our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations.”

    The older lady said that she was right — our generation didn’t have the “green thing” in its day. The older lady went on to explain:
    Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But we didn’t have the “green thing” back in our day.

    Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things. Most memorable besides household garbage bags was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags. But, too bad we didn’t do the “green thing” back then.
    We walked up stairs because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.

    But she was right. We didn’t have the “green thing” in our day.

    Back then we washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throw away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts. Wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

    But that young lady is right; we didn’t have the “green thing” back in our day.
    Back then we had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

    But she’s right; we didn’t have the “green thing” back then.

    We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blade in a r azor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

    But we didn’t have the “green thing” back then.

    Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family’s $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the”green thing.” We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.

    But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the “green thing” back then?

    Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smart ass young person.

    We don’t like being old in the first place, so it doesn’t take much to piss us off… Especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced smartass who can’t make change without the cash register telling them how much.

  31. finfanrob says:

    ‘Especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced smartass who can’t make change without the cash register telling them how much.’

    that is so true. got a sandwich the other day at an old sandwich shop and the cash register didnt tell the kid behind the counter the correct change. he had no idea, and to be a dick i wasnt going to help him, finally the owner did and just rolled his eyes at the kid.

  32. uwantwat says:

    Morning folks….thanks for those Jess Greenberg clips. I’ll spend some time researching her now. In my dreams, it would intimately.

    How can anyone possibly have a solid opinion on what this team will be like at this point in time? We have a number of players signed and that is it. Way too early to call anything. Now is the time to dream about things. JMO of course.

  33. this is why I can care less about what the so-called “experts” have to say about draft prospects. this, about the same player from the same person:
    Strengths:
    Balanced off the snap and extends his hands to jam in press-man coverage.
    Weaknesses:
    He will find himself off-balance in press and needs to refine his technique

  34. Tim Knight says:

    Randy, route concepts are not an offensive system as in how to look at the entire approach on offense. What formations and plays are used on specific down and distances? I don’t know yet. I don’t think for us it’s been determined.

  35. steveccnv says:

    Pig, Karl Joseph is a football player I don’t really want to take a safety in the 2nd round, but I’d take him. He looks better in coverage than all the CBs I’ve watched (I’ve seen all the top ones). I watched him against Oklahoma, he only made 2 mistakes, but both went for TDs. One he just went to the wrong man. The other an OL got a hold of him, but he shouldn’t have let that happen.

  36. tell me this guy ain’t twisted:
    derek tunnicliff ‏@derektunnicliff · 9m9 minutes ago

    @UolRosseforp @MaineFinFan who I want the first 2 rounds for this year wont happen. if I was GM it would be Treadwell and Cardale Jones

  37. olddolphan says:

    Mike E.; Just ANOTHER OUTSTANDING EFFORT!! –We are really lucky to have you and the pigster cranking out so much high quality stuff!!!!! – – REALLY appreciate it!! –This franchise is GOING NOWHERE UNTIL WE SIGNIFICANTLY UPGRADE THE TALENT IN THE O-LINE. PERIOD!! Too bad the “Doofus Brigade” doesn’t fully understand/appreciate that fact. But what can you expect from the combination of a New York real estate guy who knows very little about stocking an NFL franchise AND a guy who has TRIED to build a franchise BUT FAILED HIS LAST TWO YEARS IN NEW YORK AND HIS FIRST YEAR IN MIAMI?? LOSING BEGETS LOSING! –And all the New York real estate guys put together could NOT field a championship NFL franchise because THEY LACK EXPERTISE!!!!! – – This WILL NOT CHANGE until Steve Ross cedes total control of personnel to A FOOTBALL GUY (As in Bill Polian) who has PROVEN he can build a championship franchise!! And all the Kool-Aid in the universe WON’T CHANGE THAT!!
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    JUST BACK from working ANOTHER 7-DAY WEEK, this time in suburban Chattanooga. Me and Mrs. OD DID get to visit with our 30-year old Grand Daughter and her 3 kids (3 of our 6 Great Grand kids) for a few hours on Wednesday and Thursday. Also visited with “DAD” who is working hard to support the four girls in his family. WHAT A BLAST!! The Great Grandkids are 10, 5, and 1 and 1/2 years old. Got some amazing photos of “the prettier side” of my extended family!–You guyz and galz on this board are in for a REAL TREAT when your Great Grandkids arrive!! I must have received a couple of dozen of “I wuv you, Pop-Pops” over the 2-day interval!! And Mrs. OD received even more hugs and kind words. It was absolutely terrific. We will return late August to see them, again!
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    SON-OF-A-SON; Your post up the page was nothing short of epic!! VERY, very few of today’s youth can comprehend the sacrifices and the dedication of prior generations. WHAT does this say about our educational system?

  38. Randy says:

    Tim,
    I think Gase will be implementing specific things in the off season. He will have a plan for how he wants to run his offense. That’s a “system”. But like I said, it’s not worth arguing semantics. Gase has said he has drawn his offensive “philosophy” from several different “systems” or coaches. It’s not just about route concepts. It’s about run/pass ratio…man vs. zone blocking…under center vs. shotgun…use run to set up pass or vice versa….and on and on. All those things and many others constitute his “system”. I like what I’ve heard from him so far. I like his passion and flexibility. We’ll see how good he is with this group of players in making adjustments in game and week to week. We’ve sorely missed that the last few years.
    ***
    Do I win a prize for the most ” ” in a post? Lol

  39. Randy says:

    Lou,
    I think lots of fans get uber hopeful this time of year, and they buy into the hype and hope of a new year and new beginning…which is just fine. I think this offense needs to increase their scoring by about 6 or 7 points a game to truly be competitive, and that is just hard to do…especially with a new coach and new offense with all the hiccups that entails. I think it’s more likely this offense takes a step backwards or stays the same production-wise instead of forwards this season. We’re also relying on a number of young and inexperienced players on offense….that usually doesn’t equate to major improvement, but we’ll see. I’m hopeful given Gase’s experience calling plays. That may be the difference.

  40. Randy says:

    Geez…quiet day around here, and now my lunch is over. Later.

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