Miami Dolphins: What the loss of Raekwon McMillan means – Miami Dolphins News

Miami Dolphins: What the loss of Raekwon McMillan means – Miami Dolphins News

Miami Dolphins linebacker Raekwon McMillan rolls on the turf after being injured against the Atlanta Falcons at Hard Rock Stadium. (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

The Dolphins have at least three players not named Raekwon McMillan who are capable of playing middle linebacker in 2017.

That the Dolphins had planned to line up with the McMillan, a 20-year-old rookie from Ohio State, in the middle of the defense in 2017 tells you how they felt about his talent.

The Dolphins felt McMillan was a sure-tacker, intelligent, mature and poised.

They trusted McMillan to wear the defensive headset and call plays in Miami’s preseason opener against Atlanta on Thursday night.

But shockingly, McMillan wasn’t able to take one signal from defensive coordinator Matt Burke, who was calling the plays from the field.

McMillan was injured on the very first play of his NFL life, a punt coverage of all things.

And now he is lost for the season. A devastating blow.

Dolphins coach Adam Gase had said McMillan was supposed to play one half. He lasted one play.

Miami needed badly to improve its rush defense, which was porous last season.

The idea of lining up with McMillan, Kiko Alonso and Lawrence Timmons, three players who have spent most of their football-playing lives in the middle of the field, was a plan designed to stop all those long runs.

Burke, a Dartmouth-educated man, must go back to the drawing board and devise a new plan.

Here is a more positive way to look at the situation.

As was the case with Ryan Tannehill’s knee injury, there is time to make the adjustments necessary to compete this season. It’s…

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