Lost amid the Dolphins' 3-0 start was the fact that the offensive line wasn't playing particularly well. They allowed 14 sacks in the first three weeks, and four more in Monday night's loss to the Saints. That works out to 72 sacks on the season. For some perspective, David Carr went down 75 times his rookie season with the 2002 expansion Texans.
So, yes, this is troubling. But Dolphins guard Richie Incognito has a simple solution.
"If we give up 72 sacks, everybody should be fired. The whole offensive line," Incognito said Wednesday, according the South Florida Sun Sentinel. "If (Tannehill) gets sacked 72 times, there is obviously a major problem. I don't think anybody can handle that many sacks."
That works out to 4.5 sacks per game, on average. For an idea of just how absurd that number is, consider this: The hapless Steelers and Giants' O-lines have only allowed their QBs to be sacked 15 and 14 times, respectively, and those two teams are a combined 0-8.
Dolphins coach Joe Philbin insists it's a team problem, but the reality is that the five fat guys in front of Tannehill are primarily responsible.
Not surprisingly, Miami ranks dead last in FootballOutsiders.com's pass-protection metric, Adjusted Sack Rate (it's calculated as "sacks per pass attempt adjusted for down, distance, and opponent, according to the web site).
"I've been on teams in St. Louis that gave up 50 sacks and it is not fun," Incognito continued. "We've been through many quarterbacks and it is our job to step up. There comes a point and time as a competitor where you have to say 'this is enough.
"We're getting to that breaking point. We're sick of hearing about it. We're sick of talking about it every week. It just comes a point where you got to [man] up and get it done."
Things won't get easier this Sunday; the Dolphins face the Ravens, who rank eighth in the league in getting after the passer, according to Football Outsiders.