Dolphins’ Daryn Colledge Talks Offensive Line

Miami Dolphins guard Daryn Colledge spoke to the media Wednesday.

(On how the offensive line is coming together) – “Well, I think everybody’s out there fighting for a spot. I think only one or two positions are really locked up at this point. So everybody’s kind of trying to find their spot. Everybody is out there battling trying to find out where they connect and it’s good. We get in a situation where we’ve got a lot of playing next to a lot of guys, so if we get an injury situation in the season, we have some experience with everybody.”

(On watching these practices on tape and if they are becoming more cohesive every day) – “Yeah, I see improvement almost every day. I mean we joke, we’ve got a lot to learn. We’ve got a lot for us, a lot of the game is mental, it’s not just physical. So we’ve got the guys that can physically get it done. We’re trying to perfect our technique and perfect our assignments. We’ve got to find answers for the little questions out there and that’s what makes a great offensive line. So it’s going to be nice this week to cut it loose and not have to play against our defense, get to cut some guys, that will help us in the run game, but it will be nice to go out and just hit somebody that’s not on our team and doesn’t know what we’re doing every day.”

(On if the offensive line gives any thought to the 58 sacks allowed last season) – “Well, I think everybody knows what happened here last year, but nobody was here last year. So it’s a matter of us, I mean, that can’t happen on any team. So I think we all know that there’s a certain standard that’s among professionals that you just can’t be that guy. You don’t want to be the last team in the league in sacks. We have a whole different plan for that. We’ve got different schemes, the quarterbacks are doing different things, running backs are doing different things. We’re going to run the ball a little bit better. So we’ve got hopefully some answers.”

(On what gives him confidence that they will run the ball better) -“I just like what we’re doing on the scheme. I like what our running backs are doing in practice. I mean we play against the defense right now that knows exactly what we’re doing every single day and they’re seeing it over and over again, and we’re still able to find a way to run the ball a little bit. So we get out against some teams and spread them out and get chance to start cutting some guys on the back side and really start opening some of those holes up and we’ve got some chances. Plus, you’ve got 17 (Ryan Tannehill) back there, that guy can move a little bit, he’s going to give us an opportunity on the back side. He’s going to hold some of those linebackers for us.”

(On how he feels as a nine-year veteran) – “Well, I mean, you’ve got to get past the heat and humidity. Right now, I feel miserable. When I came in this morning, I felt pretty good. So it’s one of those things where you kind of battle through. These are the dog days. This is the hard stuff. When you get in the games, that’s adrenaline, that’s fun. Practice is the work. This is what they pay you to be here for. They pay you to come to practice because this is the hardest part of your day.”

(On the chemistry with T Branden Albert) – “The good thing about me and Branden is we’ve both got a lot of experience. So we know what each other wants to see out there. It’s just a matter of us knowing exactly what we want on each play. Once we have that down, we can kind of start taking the communication stuff out of it and a lot of it becomes nonverbal, which helps out me and him. We’re getting to that point, but, again, I’m also rotating with Shelley (Smith). Shelley’s out there fighting to be the starting left guard also. Right now, I’m trying work with both left tackles and see where I end up on this offensive line.”

(On if it’s encouraging to see RB Knowshon Moreno out there today) – “Right now, we’ve got such a rotation at running back. You never know who’s back there, but it’s good to see the guys, guys that we expected to be playmakers this year to come off the sideline and start getting some work. Those guys are professionals and those guys will come in when the time is ready, but it is good to see them out there getting a few reps.”

(On what RB Knowshon Moreno can bring to this offense) – “First, I think he’s just explosive. I think he’s a good running back. I think he reads the holes well. I think this scheme fits him well. He’s got that Denver experience. He knows what we’re trying to do out there and he knows how to hit the hole. Again, we want to be the kind of offensive line that opens holes that you can get through. If we can get a guy like Knowshon up in the hole, we’ve got a chance.”

Source: Miami Dolphins Media