When the Dolphins signed veteran Josh Sitton in an attempt to finally fill a need at guard, they may have also found an avenue toward getting more out of the left tackle position.
Sitton, 31, a former Pro Bowl selection entering his 11th year in the NFL, said when he was talking with the Dolphins about joining them, he brought up the possibility of helping mentor Laremy Tunsil, the former first-round draft pick who endured an uneven 2017, his second season in the NFL but first at left tackle.
“I’ve always been that type of player to give my knowledge or whatever to anybody younger than me,” Sitton said. “Especially going into Year 11 now, I’ve learned a lot of different things. I think it’s your duty as an older guy to bring those younger guys along with you.”
Sitton said younger players breaking into the league tend to have a narrow focus on their own responsibilities rather than taking a big-picture view on how they can help an offense.
“As you grow, you learn these different things, and those are the things that I’ll be able to help them with — just small things from a step here, a step there, an angle here, an angle there. Or watching the linebacker — if he moves over a couple of feet. Just small details things that you don’t think about as a young player.”
It might be natural to ask how Sitton can handle that while trying to adjust to a new team himself, but he’s confident the transition will be almost seamless because he played under Dolphins offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains in Chicago last year.
“We’ve had a pretty good little friendship over the past couple of years,” Sitton said. “I love his style of coaching. I love his offense. I love the system that they run.”
Sitton said he was in touch with multiple teams but the choice of Miami wasn’t difficult.
“Honestly, it worked out to where I was down here already,” he said. “My wife’s family lives down here in Homestead, so paying my visit was obviously right up the road.
“I would say coach Wash (offensive line coach Jeremiah Washburn) and coach Dowell, being down here and the familiarity with those guys played a big part in it for me. And (Ryan) Tannehill coming back and being healthy. I think there’s a lot of good parts to this team that are in place and I think it could be a really good football team. I want to be somewhere where I think we can win and I think we can do that here.”
Sitton said he’s most comfortable at left guard even though as a younger player, he was positioned on the right. Known as one who speaks his mind, sometimes unfiltered, Sitton gave a rather graphic example of what it’s like to switch from the right to the left side of a line.
“I could compare it to trying to wipe your (bottom) with your opposite hand,” he said. “That might be a little bit too much for you.”
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