Lem Jeanpierre is Miami’s embattled Offensive Line Coach and has a job nobody should be envious of as he is coaching a group of players that are young and they are being baptized by fire. To make matters worse this is his first time as an O-Line coach and that can be a mixture for disaster!
Let us take a closer look at who Lem Jeanpierre is and why he is Miami’s Oline coach.
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Lemuel Jeanpierre (born May 19, 1987) is an American football coach and former player who is the offensive line coach for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). In his playing career, he was a center for the Seattle Seahawks, having signed as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He played college football at South Carolina.
Jeanpierre was signed by the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent following the end of the NFL lockout in 2011. Jeanpierre was originally released from the Seahawks before the 2014 season began. He was resigned in November after an injury to the starting center, Max Unger Jeanpierre became a free agent on August 31, 2015, after the Seahawks terminated his contract. Jeanpierre was re-signed by Seattle during Week 7 of the 2015 season after Patrick Lewis sustained an injury
On July 28, 2017, Jeanpierre was signed as an offensive assistant by the Seattle Seahawks under head coach Pete Carroll
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On February 20, 2020, Jeanpierre was hired by the Miami Dolphins to be their assistant offensive line coach under head coach Brian Flores. On January 19, 2021, Jeanpierre was promoted to offensive line coach.
As you can see Lem Jeanpierre did not have successful playing career one of which he spent most of his time in Seattle. But looking at his limited coaching career he spent time with some incredibly good coaches Pete Carroll and Jon Gruden so I am sure Brian Flores had some very good recommendations from these quality coaches.
The problem is that Miami in their rebuilding processes has drafted young players over the last two years and as with anything it is going to take some time to develop these young guys and with an equally young/new coach at his position it is easy to target THEM as Miami’s problems and many want the Dolphins to fire the O-Line coach at seasons end, just like these same folks that were calling for the Owner, GM & HC to be fired during the 7-game losing streak.
What should be done?
With this 5-game win streak it has at least appeased some fans and critics alike while some haters are hell bent on doing the same thing that has plagued Miami for decades firing coaches every 2-3 years.
I on the other hand am preaching PATIENCE and allowing Brian Flores the head coach to make the decisions on his staff and I for one would love for some continuity on his staff and hopefully this offseason there are no major changes on his staff!
Lem Jeanpierre has an extremely difficult job to do and the longer he is allowed to do his job he will get this line together.
Miami just needs to go out in free agency and add some quality veteran linemen to come in and stabilize this YOUNG UNIT and continue to draft Line men and they will eventually get it right! As this young O-Line coach gains more experience.