Ryan Tannehill, Ted Larsen, Raekwon McMillan, and now Tony Lippett. That’s not even counting Koa Misi, who couldn’t pass his physical due to his neck injury. The roster is being robbed of talent, there is no question about it. The bright side? The Dolphins have been, and will continue to address the issue responsibly.
Ryan Tannehill went down, they immediately signed Jay Cutler. They signed an NFL starting QB who knows the verbiage Adam Gase uses in his offense, and he will very quickly be up to speed. Gase trusts Cutler, and Cutler trusts Gase. It was a smart move, and one that doesn’t saddle the team past this season, but ensures we can remain competitive, with Cutler as the starter, and Moore backing him up.
OG Ted Larsen will NOT be out for the season, he was put on IR with the opportunity to return after week 8. With a torn biceps muscle, he should be able to make it back for the 2nd half of the season, but there are a few candidates who would like to not only temporarily hold the spot for Larsen, but keep it, so how this plays out, remains to be seen. Veterans Kraig Urbik, Anthony Steen and rookie Isaac Asiata will all be battling in the preseason to take the job.
Raekwon McMillan’s season with all the promise in the world, as the rookie was digesting the defense and proving to be worthy of starting MLB was cut short way too early on Miami’s first punt of the day on special teams. An awkward collision with teammate Deon Lacey resulted in a torn ACL for the rookie standout. As of now, Mike Hull resides as the next man up, but the Dolphins are looking at other players as well, and brought in long time Bengals fireplug MLB Rey Maualuga. Unless Rey is signed, I would think that search will continue, until a veteran player is signed. Taking care of business.
Yesterday, a freak injury to CB Tony Lippett, who showed tons of growth last season. Lippett, a WR who was converted to a CB led the team with 4 INT’s, and proved he could make the change, and also showed a penchant for being around the ball, and tracking it well in the air. All he did was jump up, come down a little off, and voila!, a torn achilles tendon. It’s such a shame, but Adam Gase said before the draft, you can never have enough cornerbacks. That thinking has proven sage as our depth there may be stout enough to continue on as is, especially after the wise pickup of former TB Bucs CB Alterraun (All-Terrain) Verner. Maxwell, Howard, Verner, McCain, Tankersley, Pitts, Lucas and Aikens gives us pretty solid depth there.
What am I trying to say here? Gase and company are ON IT! They’re not throwing pity parties and lamenting what could have been, they’re addressing each and every pitfall, and keeping this team competitive, and that’s that! Unfortunately, there will be more injuries, but hopefully no more season ending injuries. I have complete faith that Gase will continue to do whatever he has to do to ensure we can win. It feels so good to be able to actually believe that and feel confident enough to say that.
As Ron Burgundy would say . . . “Stay healthy Miami”