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Incognito Says Line Should Be Fired If Sacks Continue

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CHARLOTTE, NC – AUGUST 17: Richie Incognito #68 of the Miami Dolphins during their preseason game at Bank of America Stadium on August 17, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Dolphins pass blocking has been brutal across the board. From bad offensive line play to poor blitz pickup by running backs, it’s all contributed to quarterback Ryan Tannehill getting sacked at a pace that would result in 72 sacks on the season.

Dolphins guard Richie Incognito said that’s not acceptable and has a simple solution to deal with the problem.

“If we give up 72 sacks, everybody should be fired. The whole offensive line,” Incognito told 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.”

Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin has repeatedly said the blocking issues are a team problem and not just the offensive line’s issues. But, it’s still the primary responsibility of the o-line to hold at least the defensive linemen at bay long enough for Tannehill to get rid of the football.

Tannehill isn’t without blame as he’s held the ball for too long at times in the pocket as well.

According to CBSSports.com, Miami ranks dead last in sacks per pass attempt adjusted for down, distance, and opponent. Incognito said he’s been on a team that gave up 50 sacks and it’s not fun and at some point the line needs to get to a breaking point.

“We’re sick of hearing about it,” Incognito told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “We’re sick of talking about it every week. It just comes a point where you got to (man) up and get it done.”

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