Miami signed Mark Columbo as a last minute RT on 8/1 2011. Columbo's matador like skills at pass blocking led to 9 sacks that year. The offensive line gave up a total of 52 sacks on the way to a 6-10 record. Tony Sparano was fired before the season ended on 12/12/11.
Is 2013 going to be deja vu? The big name OT free agents have been signed. The draft has come and gone. Ireland decided not to trade for Branden Albert. Ireland also traded the 42nd pick in this years 2nd round to move up to the 3rd overall pick to draft Dion Jordan not Lane Johnson. Oakland used that 42nd pick to draft FSU OT Melenik Watson. Bryant McKinnie just resigned with Baltimore today. That leaves Eric Winston or Tyson Clabo as the next best available free agent OT's.
Ireland is betting his career that Jonathan Martin is the answer at LT to protect Tannehill's blindside. And he doesn't seem overly concerned that he doesn't have much additional depth on the roster as of this afternoon. Am I the only one who is concerned? If Eric Winston signs with San Diego it will be time to panic. Do you remember the 52 sack 2011 season????
I sure hope Ireland has a plan or as he said "something up his sleeve" for the OT situation.