Thursday, October 17, 2013
Tyson Clabo faces the music
By James Walker
DAVIE, Fla. -- Right tackle Tyson Clabo was one of the least popular Miami Dolphins players during the bye week.
Miami has allowed 24 sacks in five games -- second-most in the NFL -- and Clabo is a primary reason. According to Pro Football Focus, Clabo has allowed five sacks individually, which is tied for the team lead. He's on pace to allow 16 sacks on quarterback Ryan Tannehill this season.
Clabo faced the music Wednesday evening. Before a large group of media, Clabo fielded questions for several minutes about his inconsistent play and shaky play as a unit with the offensive line.
“We obviously aren’t pleased with the numbers of sacks that we’ve given up,” Clabo said. “So we feel like we have to keep our head down and keep pushing through.”
Clabo will have a tall task Sunday when the Buffalo Bills (2-4) travel to face the Dolphins (3-2). Clabo will spend a lot of time matching up against Bills defensive end Mario Williams, who is third in the NFL with eight sacks.
Clabo, a nine-year veteran, said he’s never faced Williams in a game. This will be a good measuring stick for Clabo coming off the bye.
“His size and his strength are a rare combination, and that makes him pretty special,” Clabo said of Williams.
Sunday’s game against the Bills will be a good test to see if Miami fixed its pass protection issues. Tannehill is on pace to be sacked 77 more times this season, which would be an NFL record. Buffalo also uses a variety of blitzes to confuse the defense.
Clabo has been put on notice by Miami’s coaching staff. He must step up his game now or lineup changes could be coming.
Clabo isn't making any excuses for his play. He knows he must play better.
“You’re out there on an island a lot of times, and you have to be precise,” Clabo said. “Sometimes, it doesn’t always work out.”