"If the Dolphins suddenly have to spend significant resources in either draft picks or free agency to address the guard position -- which has been a trouble spot for years -- then it would prove last offseason’s thinking that guard could be addressed on the cheap was a mistake" WE KNEW THIS! The FO and Gase kept telling the media not to worry, they felt good about the position. Most fans knew that going into the season with one FA signing and a lower round draft pick wasn't going to be enough. Now they seem surprised that the unit is underperforming.[/QUOTE] I think the front office and Gase are correct in thinking that Guards can be addressed on the cheap. However, this is assuming the rest of your offense is competent. If you can't throw the ball because the QB is no good, receivers can't get open and are running the wrong routes and the TE's suck.... Your oline has to be GREAT at run blocking in order to open holes when the defense stacks the box and focuses on stopping the run. The problem we're having now is that the passing game is so inept that teams are focused on stopping the run and forcing us to pass and we can't take advantage of it because our WR, and QB and TE aren't performing. Why can teams like NE, Philly, NO etc.... successfully run WR screens and quick passes? Because their WR's can block and get open quickly. Ours can't and that puts added pressure on the oline.