Robert Hunt was a bright spot in a Miami Dolphins’ offensive line that was so bad last season, so it stands to reason he could end up as the only starter remaining in the role in 2022.
But Hunt still has to adapt to a new scheme under head coach Mike McDaniel and deal with all the changes around him.
“I think we’re all vying to try and win a place,” Hunt said. “Nobody’s settled or based anywhere. We’re out there competing and trying to get better and yeah, trying to have a better year than we did last year, in paper terms. I think we had really good guys in the room last year too; but no I definitely think that everyone is working on improving themselves and improving themselves to be something that no one expects from us.”
The starting line in 2021 was Liam Eichenberg in the left tackle, Austin Jackson in the left guard, Michael Dieter in the middle, Fisher in the right goalkeeper and Jesse Davis in the right tackle.
Terron Armstead will be the left tackle in 2022, so Eichenberg will have a new position, Conner Williams will play the center or left keeper after being signed as a free agent, and Austin Jackson was working on the right tackle after Davis was fired in the offseason. .
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Staying in the right guard makes sense despite his experience with the right tackle – another position the Dolphins need – from his rookie season. He finished last season with the highest PFF score in Miami among the usual starters and only allowed two bags.
Although Hunt allowed less pressings than either Jackson or Eichenberg last season, he allowed 18 more pressings than Williams, so there are still tweaks he can make to his game.
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One of Miami’s latest additions up front, Armstead, is helping Hunt and the other young players improve from last season despite not training during the OTAs.
“Terron has helped a lot of our guys, especially us guys,” Hunt said. “He’s been doing business with some guys. He’s in the boardroom telling us what we can do and what he’s seen. He’s been doing this for a while, so what he’s saying, we’re definitely paying attention and listening because he did it. He was All-Pro, he was At the Pro Bowls, it’s pretty much everything we want to be in life. Whatever Tyrone says, we take it and listen.”
Armstead is working with Hunt on “little technical things,” which Hunt hopes will carry over into the season.
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As for the layout change, Miami is going from an in-area heavy running scheme to a heavy outdoor district scheme under McDaniel.
Hunt doesn’t feel there has been a major transition in offensive line responsibilities from last season. He had previous experience working on a similar scheme when he played for Billy Napier at Louisiana Lafayette.
“I don’t know if there’s a transmission,” Hunt said. “We’ve only been working from last year from inland to duo to power. Like everything is going on here and then people can get a ray on it. Right now we’re trying to get everyone to champion the whole field. Guys just trust what the coaches say , and they put it in and we try to catch it as we run away from the ball We try to run away and, like I said, make them defend the field We run here, here, so we got them to guess, It’s a nice thing. It’s the kind of abuse I ran in college. I respect her so much I love it.”
Another reason Hunt feels that the scheme change is going well is because of how McDaniel communicates with his players.
Hunt said it’s easy to tell McDaniel he has the players’ backing and wants to win more than anything, let alone “show off.”
“I’ve had some really good coaches in my life,” Hunt said. “I can talk to Napier and all these guys. Mike (McDaniel) is just a guy. Mike is younger than him, and I feel like we can relate to him. He’s good. He knows (expletive), and we have to trust that. We’ll trust that.”