Can offense rebound?

The Dolphins offense will have a different look on Sunday, with A.J. Feeley at quarterback, rookie Rex Hadnot at left guard and possibly a different starter at wide receiver in place of the injured Marty Booker. But will it be the same old thing? Or can the coaching change and the bye week make a difference for an offense that has badly struggled this season?

The main focus will be on Feeley, who gets a second chance at starting, but this time probably for the remainder of the season.

Feeley has made some good throws at times this season, but he also has shown a penchant for making bad mistakes, as evidenced by his three interceptions returned for touchdowns.

Feeley said Wednesday he needs to do a better job of counting his losses on certain play when there's nothing there instead of always trying to make something happen.

That would be a positive start.

Feeley also could use some help from the running game, which actually has performed pretty well the last couple of games.

Interim coach Jim Bates said Wednesday that Sammy Morris again would start at running back, but Travis Minor also figures to see plenty of action.

For the Dolphins to improve on offense, though, the offensive line needs to pick up its game.

Bates thinks that can happen with the people in place, which is why he left Damion McIntosh in the starting lineup at left tackle when many expected him to go with Wade Smith, who was benched after struggling early this season.

But with Jeno James already declared out of Sunday's game at Seattle after undergoing knee surgery last week, the offensive line will get even younger with Hadnot stepping in.

Dolphins players and coaches will tell you the offensive line has improved in recent weeks, but that's difficult to see from the press box.

And no coaching change or quarterback change will help the offense until the line improves.

McIntosh said this week he knew he wasn't playing at the level he needed to, and then talked about wanting to get his name out of people's minds in a negative way.

That applies for the entire offensive line. Those guys hold the key to the success of the offense right now.


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