While much of last week’s blame felt like it was getting tossed on Jay Cutler and his hideous stat line — he completed 26 of 44 passes for 220 yards with an interception and a 22.1 QBR — the blame game ultimately should be focused up front.
Not only was Cutler sacked three times in Week 2’s thrashing by the Jets but check out this mind-blowing Jay Ajayi stat: “According to PFF, he had 22 yards after contact, as he was hit behind the line of scrimmage repeatedly.” So he racked up 22 yards after contact and only ran for 16 yards on the day. Goodness.
The Miami Dolphins’ offensive line has been a disaster this season on the whole if we look beyond Ja’Wuan James, who currently grades out as the NFL’s sixth best offensive tackle by Pro Football Focus. Let’s go from left to right, shall we?
Note: Each player is graded from 1 to 100 each week and is ranked by general position (ex: both left and right tackles are grouped together). Percentile grade is in parenthesis.
Laremy Tunsil: 54th among 69 offensive tackles (22%)
Anthony Steen: 40th among 71 offensive guards (44%)
Mike Pouncey: 30th among 35 offensive guards (14%)
Jermon Bushrod: 65th among 71 offensive guards (8%)
That’s four of five players up front grading as “poor,” which is the worst of the six labels PFF can throw on a player. It’s still especially early in the season for Miami, which has played one less game than all but one other team, but that Week 2 shit show is alarming considering it came against the Jets, a team many considered to be the worst in football entering the season.
On the defensive side of the ball, Miami’s cornerbacks are also grading out among the league’s worst. Starting corners Byron Maxwell and Xavien Howard rank 97th and 92nd by PFF, respectively, among the 109 cornerbacks to qualify.
It’s no wonder Miami reportedly made “multiple attempts” to trade for Richard Sherman before the season.
The Dolphins better hope this poor play at two key position groups is a matter of small sample sizes or else we’re going to be in for a longgg season.