NFL fans are usually the first to want players removed from their positions. Reporters and analysts often follow with their own opinions. Players are usually the last group of people willing to demand a change.
Unless you are Miami Dolphins offensive guard Richie Incognito.
Miami’s offensive line has given up 18 sacks this season, which ties Jacksonville for the most allowed through four games. At this rate, Miami will give up 72 sacks by the end of this season, which would fall short of the NFL record. Philadelphia allowed 104 sacks in 1986, Arizona gave up 78 in 1997, while Houston surrendered 76 in 2002.
"If we give up 72 sacks, everybody should be fired. The whole offensive line," Incognito told Omar Kelly of the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. “If [Ryan Tannehill] gets sacked 72 times there is obviously a major problem. I don't think anybody can handle that many sacks."
It is safe to say nobody on Miami’s offensive line will voluntarily give up their job if Ryan Tannehill is sacked 72 times, but the Dolphins would be forced to make changes after this season.
Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas have given up three sacks, while tight ends Charles Clay and Dion Sims have allowed a sack a piece, according to Kelly. Miami’s offensive line is not to blame for all the blocking issues, but Incognito has taken ownership.
"I've been on teams in St. Louis that gave up 50 sacks and it is not fun,” Incognito told the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. “We've been through many quarterbacks and it is our job to step up. There comes a point and time as a competitor where you have to say 'this is enough.'
"We're getting to that breaking point. We're sick of hearing about it. We're sick of talking about it every week. It just comes a point where you got to [man] up and get it done."
Or find another group of players to get it done.