The Unmentionable Subject

The current Dolphins regime was very fortunate in that they took over the team having the first pick in the NFL draft of 2008. Their selection to begin rebuilding the team was Jake Long, Michigan offensive tackle. There has been much debate whether this was an appropriate decision, as left tackles are rarely playmakers, but nobody could argue that Jake Long had been among the top three in the NFL at his position.

Things have changed since last season. Long injured his knee in a 2010 preseason game and hasn't been the same since. Playing Long in a meaningless game may have been Sparano's greatest error as Dolphin coach. Long had a decent but subpar season in 2010-2011. He then underwent knee surgery during the offseason, although the exact nature of the procedure hasn't been fully disclosed. This year, Long has regressed into a journeyman left tackle at best. Nobody is revealing whether Long is still recuperating from his surgery or if this will be a permanent situation. Long, in a sense, was the Dolphins' franchise player. He is also one of the highest paid offensive linemen in the NFL. If Long is slipping, the Dolphins will have to make some very difficult decisions in the upcoming 2012 NFL draft and continue to address their porous offensive line.




Comments

  1. Look long has been bad this year. Giving up a sack a game. He isn't regressing, he is having a bad year. There is a difference. And he isn't going anywhere and looking to replace him when you have HUGE voids at RT, RG, and LG would be silly.

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  2. They should give him the rest of this year off to rest and recuperate so he can be 100% healthy, fresh and ready to protect our prized rookie quarterback next year, whoever it may be. No need to risk further injury to him this year.

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  3. Long won't take time off. he has roster bonuses tied to playing time. Which is why he refused to sit last year and played hurt in meaningless games.

    Long is selfish and cares about his contract. Sad but true

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  4. Long is not just having a bad season. He is hurt and the situation could be chronic. Long does not want to sit and Sparano won't sit him because he is trying to preserve whatever slim chance he has to keep his coaching job by winning as many games as possible. If it were up to me, I would place him on IR immediately.

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  5. You just don't like anyone on this team, do ya Mike? And yeah Brian, I agree.

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