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Thursday, October 10, 2013
Changes coming on offense line ... in 2014

By James Walker

DAVIE, Fla. -- The biggest weakness of the Miami Dolphins this season has been their struggling offensive line. The Dolphins are 28th in rushing and have allowed a NFL-high 24 sacks on quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

Although many Dolphins fans want changes right now, that is probably not going to happen during the bye week. Dolphins coaches said they’re sticking with the players they have, and an outside trade is unlikely.

But based on their contracts, Miami’s offensive line could be in for a major makeover in 2014. Three of the Dolphins' five starting offensive linemen -- tackle Tyson Clabo and guards John Jerry and Richie Incognito -- are all unrestricted free agents after the season. Backups Will Yeatman and Danny Watkins are restricted free agents.

With the group underperforming, it appears unlikely that all of these players will be brought back in the offseason. But that is looking too far ahead for Miami’s coaches, who need to work with what they have for the rest of the season and make improvements.

“We are going to be looking at everything the next couple of days,” Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said. “We have already begun that process, but we are going to look at all different ways of improving our protection and productivity in the passing game.”

There doesn’t appear to be any quick fixes for Miami’s offensive line. The group is struggling in all areas, and Miami must make it better for at least 11 more games.