Some corrections are in order here:
It’s not 20 sacks. It’s 24 sacks this line has allowed.
It’s not a concerning trend, but rather a budding disaster.
And the time for a turnaround is not in the coming 11 games, but the coming few days during the bye.
That’s right, this Dolphins coaching staff and personnel department need to figure something out during those days before the blitzing of Tannehill’s skull resumes Oct. 20 against Buffalo.
That means general manager Jeff Ireland has to trade for someone or Philbin needs to find bodies on the roster that change the direction of this line before this line changes the so-far positive direction of this season.
Obviously wholesale changes are impossible. Richmond Webb in his prime isn’t coming out of the shadows and no teams are going to trade away an excellent player unless the Dolphins pay a premium — and it’s not Ireland’s way to give up prime draft picks.
But perhaps a mediocre guard or tackle is available. Maybe someone is out there that can add some poor protection and run-blocking to upgrade from the awful protection and run-blocking the Dolphins are so far getting.
Maybe the Dolphins can look internally for answers. Maybe John Jerry is better suited for right tackle. Maybe Nate Garner can be part of the answer either at right guard or right tackle.
Anything is better than the status quo.
The status quo, by the way, is not just bad but historically bad. Remember the team record for most sacks allowed is 53 set during the Lyndon Johnson administration. That record is about to be shattered.
Remember in 2011 fans grew to dislike right tackle Marc Colombo because he was a virtual turnstile to the quarterback. Well, Colombo gave up nine sacks that year. Clabo this season is on pace to give up 16 sacks.
The Dolphins, in short have to do something about this offensive line so as to not become a butt of jokes, which is exactly what Suggs made them after he collected his three sacks.
“My wife told me to bring momma home three sacks and it came down to the stretch in the fourth quarter and I said, ‘Alright, momma said she wanted three sacks,’” Suggs said. “So I went and got it.”