"It starts with me," Long said. "I've got to do better. That wasn't good enough."
"We had an off day, and it's tough to get into a rhythm when you're getting hit," left guard Richie Incognito said. "I just know as an offensive line, we got him hit way too much."
The protection begins with Long, the cornerstone of the line and the franchise. He's allowed three sacks in eight games and is on pace to match a career-high of six.
"I hate it," Long said. "It kills me. I'm going to make sure I don't let it happen again."
With things going smoother than planned, the Dolphins need Long to be the dominant player expected of his draft position. Especially if they want to keep Tannehill healthy and allow him to thrive. Long has been that guy in the past and certainly can return to that form.