Yes, I realize we are talking about training camp.
But it is never good to news when multiple beat writers are saying just how bad their team is doing in the early parts of the season leading up to preseason games.
This is the case for the Miami Dolphins as of late.
To start, the offense has yet to gel, and a lot of that has come from the offensive line, featuring Dallas Thomas at the guard spot (yes he's still on the team) struggling tremendously. Granted, the Dolphins defensive line is easily its best group, but the O-Line has been notorious for not protecting Ryan Tannehill in the past, and it is absolutely crucial that they protect him this season.
Speaking of Tannehill, the quarterback has thrown a few interceptions, but has otherwise shown great leadership and command of the field. If only the rest of the offense would follow suit. Again, it all comes down the offensive line, as they are the deciding factor of just how far this offense can go.
On the defensive side of the ball, the defensive line has absolutely dominated camp.
So far, Andre Branch looks to be locked in as one of the DE starters, leaving Cameron Wake and Mario Williams gunning for the other spot. With Ndamukong Suh still playing at a high level and recent emergence of Jordan Phillips, this unit could be the defense's saving grace.
Because as of now, the rest of the defense (except Reshad Jones), is either injured or basically not even on the field. The cornerbacks, led by recent addition Chimdi Chekwa and sophomore Tony Lippett, have been dismal so far. Byron Maxwell has been respectable but not great, and rookie Xavien Howard is just not getting back to running from his injury.
This group, coupled with a very injured linebacking corps, really need to get their games together if this defense is going to live up to expectations.
So, you must be thinking, what are the positives so far from camp?
On top of this, the energy and mental fortitude surrounding the team has been higher than in years past. Gone is the weak and gentle voice of Joe Philbin, and has been replaced by the fiery, high demanding Adam Gase.
The players already love and respect Gase, and like we saw last year in the first two games under interim HC Dan Campbell, these players will play for Gase.
Despite all of the struggles of training camp, this team is headed in the right direction. If they aren't ready for their first preseason game next week, I truly believe they will have to answer to Adam Gase and will be ready for the first regular season game September 11th against Seattle.