The foundation of the Miami Dolphins' offense took a big hit Monday when Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey had hip surgery, which will sideline him for the next 3-4 months. This means the Dolphins will have to to start the regular season without their best offensive player.
So who will start under center in Week 1 for Miami against the New England Patriots? On Tuesday we laid out Miami’s in-house contingency plans. On Wednesday, we let Dolphins fans decide via our SportsNation poll.
Will it be backup Sam Brenner? This is the player who received second-team reps at center during the offseason. However, Brenner has never started at center at any level. Is an undrafted second-year player capable of handling the job?
What about versatile backup Nate Garner? He started at center for two games last season when Pouncey had a health issue. Garner has the ability to play all five positions on the offensive line but hasn’t received snaps at center this offseason.
The Dolphins also could move starting right guard Shelley Smith. Miami signed Smith in the offseason to play guard but might need him in a pinch to start the season. But this also would weaken the right guard position. Is this a good idea?
Using our SportsNation poll, vote on which player you want to start at center for the Dolphins in Week 1. You can share your thoughts below or send a message via Twitter to @JamesWalkerNFL.