Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Breaking News: OL Coach Mike Maser Fired

The Dolphins have made their first (and hopefully one of few) coaching changes of the 2009 offseason, terminating offensive line coach Mike Maser.

Maser came to Miami with over three decades of collegiate and pro coaching experience. He had most recently served as the offensive line coach in Carolina from 2003 to 2006 before joining the Tony Sparano's staff in 2008.

I'll have more analysis on this move within the next day or two, but I have to say right now I think this is a tough break for Maser.

Yes, the line was a big reason Miami lost in the Wild Card round to Baltimore and they did have their struggles all game. However, I feel some of it was out of Maser's control. The injuries to Donald Thomas and Justin Smiley were big, and if Samson Satele is just too undersized for their taste them there's nothing Maser can really do. Miami was shuffling interior linemen all season, so it's hard to build continuity and have a good line that way.